2011 in Design

FRIDAY: Design!

It’s Friday and it’s almost the end of 2011. At the end of a year I have never before put together the best and worst creations of the year and sum up a year worth of ideas, however I think it’s a good idea to write down few of the design ideas I have come across this year and that I don’t seem to be forgetting. Let’s see what 2011 has left in my memory..

Grass bookmarks

The Green Marker by the Japanese company Yuruliku Design to make your bookshelf more green

The 365 knitting clock

by Norwegian designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen

Just in case you thought time flies and you feel you can’t grasp time passing… the clock knits a 2 meter long scarf over the course of a year and the un-knitted thread is placed on display as a sign of how much time is left of the current year (might not be suitable for the fainthearted or permanently anxious people).

The spoon and the chopstick.. the spoonplus!

Eat your dumplings or sushi and sashimi with the soya sauce handy for you to enjoy or just sip the soup after you ate all the noodles! All in one! Designer: Aïssa Logerot

iMacs turn into the Macquarium and the eSleeper

When I was a kid, the colorful, transparent and most of all, cool, Apple G3 iMacs, were something rare. Now, MacBooks are kind of a must-have. And because they are not that rare anymore, they have been transformed into acqauriums and “eSleepers”cats homes. Macs keep on being so cool, just as they were when they were transparent and pink!

The Macquariums are custom built by Jake Harms, each capable of holding about 3.5 gallons of water, built-in filter, and lighting switch (however if you’re brave enough, on google you can find how to DIY!)

Created by Samuel Cox, ‘eSleeper’ instead lights up and plays the Macintosh chime when the cat enters, and after the cat leaves it tweets how long the cat spent inside.

and Ladies and Gentlemen……..

theeeeeeeee OLLOCLIP!

The iPhone 4S has increased its photo capability to 8-megapixel and more and more iPhoners are using their phones to take pictures, artists are using iPhones to shot movies.. and it just cannot NOT be there… an interchangeable lens making iPhone photo-taking even more pro.

It has been Patrick O’Neill and Chong Pak, two California-based designers, who launched the Olloclip last summer and revolutionized the iPhone camera. And it just gets better and better because the Olloclip is not ONE lens, it’s actually 3 in 1! There is the fish-eye, the wide-angle and the macro lenses which can be interchanged easily to make life much easier to all iPhone photo-takers! Lets take a look:

Halo

[how to light-paint]

Lightpainting is a photographic technique which not many people know how to create but many know about it and would probably like to get that effect in a picture once in their lives. Designer Aïssa Logerot (the same as the spoonplus) has found a solution to the problem by creating Halo. Halo is a a handy light-writing tool, preserving the techniques and gestures that graffiti artists use with spray cans. It is possible to change the color and the brightness of the led to change the graffiti’s styles. If the light doesn’t have enough battery, you simply have to shake it to have energy again.

Artefact’s 999 water bottle

The 999 water bottle by Artefact is a revolutionary water bottle which turns your good recycling actions into data that can be visualized on a smartphone app. That’s the logic behind a brilliant conceptual project by Artefact’s director of industrial design, Fernd Van Engelen who developed a concept for this reusable water bottle which helps to keep track of non-consumption through a built-in three-dial counter system. Every time you refill the 999 bottle, the dial can be advanced of one notch. A companion app would then allow to visualize the impact: At eight bottles, the initial purchase will be amortized. At 147, the savings will add up to $326 and seven gallons of oil; stacked lengthwise, they’d reach the height of a 15-story building. A social media burst can be added to the “picture” through extra encouragement coming with the always present (but in a positive way, this time) spirit of competitiveness, with friends competing against one another or joining forces and measuring their collective impact.

Tèo by Alessi

Every, every, every time I make a cup of tea, I never, never, never know where to put the used tea bag and end up drinking tea with the tea bag floating around and eventually splashing on my nose……. Well it seems I’m not the only one and that’s why there is Tèo. This is definitely something I really would like to have!

Kicks by Bluelounge

And yet again.. I don’t think I’m the only one inventing weird structures which not even engineers can explain, trying to keep the iPad leaned against the table and not slipping off in a fatal crash. And so here it is, the solution: Kicks by Bluelounge, are a pair of simple silicone-rubber strips that attach to the iPad’s underside so that it doesn’t slip when you lean it against something.

[Apologies to those who previously received a blog post e-mail which was incomplete]

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