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The Convercycle: A Bicycle That Transforms to Cargo Bike Length

11 May 2021 @ 3:02 pm

The last time we saw a transforming bicycle, it changed its wheelbase to alter ride height:Rako Bikes German bike manufacturer Convercycle, however, has designed a bicycle that can change its wheelbase for cargo functionality:

A Skyscraper Made of Stacked Farmhouses, Lifted by Crane Into the Structure

11 May 2021 @ 2:29 pm

Here's a fascinating proposed solution to the displaced Hmong population in China, whose farming communities are being displaced by modern planning. Xiangshu Kong, Xiaoyong Zhang and Mingsong Sun envision tall, skeletal structures built in the countryside, with farmhouses lifted into them by crane. Mobility between units, both vertically and laterally, would be accomplished by a system of cable-car-like, human-sized birdcages that dovetail with traditional Hmong production techniques (see bottom illustration).

Industrial Design Student Work: Hélène Fontaine's Droplet, for Easier Dispensing of Medication

11 May 2021 @ 1:41 pm

While pills are all the rage in America, in Europe "children and elderly people often get medicine prescribed in the form of drops," writes Hélène Fontaine, "because they are easier to take than pills." Fontaine is an Industrial Design student at Germany's Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, a/k/a Burg-Halle. (One of Germany's largest art and design universities, Burg-Halle antedates the Bauhaus.) Her recent project, "Droplet," addresses the difficulty of this dispensing method."Exact dosing of drops requires steady hands, good eyes, and much attention. Droplet offers a safe alternative to the regular bottles with a

Pro-Plastic Publicity Stunt: The Museum of Plastic, With a 10-Day Lifespan

11 May 2021 @ 1:12 pm

Spain-based EsPlásticos is a "plastics platform," i.e. a sort of collective PR arm for European plastics manufacturers. "The main objective of the Platform is to publicize the sustainable solutions that plastics offer to the challenges of society," they write, "as well as to highlight the many economic, technical, social and environmental advances that these unique materials have made and continue to make possible." In other words, their mission is to dispel any negative connotations of the material.Hence they've launched this publicity stunt: The Museum of Plastic, a temporary structure made out of you-know-what, erected outside of Spain's National Museum in Madrid. Its projected lifespan is just ten days; opened last Saturday,

Sponsored: Upgrade your Pro Photography Equipment with the iF Design Awards' Best Cameras of 2021

10 May 2021 @ 3:45 pm

This is the first in a series of upcoming articles devoted to showcasing winners from the iF Design Awards 2021, a competition identifying outstanding examples of design around the world.Though this past year has presented plenty of challenges to making new memories, there has been no shortage of photo-worthy moments. Instead of documenting special occasions and travel, many photographers have enjoyed capturing the world around them in greater detail by documenting local nature or taking quarantine self-portraits.While plenty of creators continue to make content on smartphones, experienced photographers know a good camera makes all the difference in quality. Th

Industrial Design Students from Munich U. Create a Portable Pizza Oven

10 May 2021 @ 2:12 pm

Having completed Germany's rigorous craft apprenticeship process, Nicolas Prinz is now pursuing a degree in Industrial Design from the Munich University of Applied Sciences. Teutonic tolerances. From Prinz's final exam for his apprenticeship We came across this

Great Inspiration for Industrial Design Students: Basketclub

10 May 2021 @ 1:25 pm

Product designers Adrianus Kundert and Jamie Wolfond graduated from Eindhoven and RISD, respectively, and are based in Rotterdam and NYC, respectively. But the two managed to link up online to form Basketclub, a collective of designers that share their passion for all things woven.Each month Kundert and Wolfond post a single emoji to the Basketclub Instagram account: That emoji signifies the theme of the month. Basketclub's members then submit their creations, and the variety is fantastic:

Product Designer vs. Graphic Designer's Approach to Bike Safety Device

10 May 2021 @ 12:42 pm

London-based product designer Sean Whiffin has designed the L-Bow, a bendable taillight for bikes meant to increase their visibility to drivers:

This Week Only, Rare Sale Prices on the Eames Lounge Chair

10 May 2021 @ 11:57 am

Design Within Reach has expanded their 15% off sale to include what might be the most covetable piece in their collection, the Eames Lounge Chair (the previous sale didn't). On DWR's site, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in the classic walnut and black leather, which they normally sell for $6,995, is going for $5,945.75--a savings of over $1,000.

Industrial Designer Keillor MacLeod's Simple, Elegant Show Lamp

7 May 2021 @ 4:23 pm

I'm digging Toronto-based industrial designer Keillor MacLeod's simple Show Lamp:"Show Lamp is a table light intended for discreetly illuminating surfaces and precious objects on cluttered shelves and desktops. "The thin aluminum armature houses dimmable LED strips and pivots at its centre, enabling it to expand and contract to fit any surface.