In thinking about objects in need of a redesign, the lowly egg carton falls pretty low on the list. That is, until we saw this clever concept from Éva Valicsek, a design student at the Institute of Applied Arts, in Hungary. Instead of the usual flapped carton of paper, plastic, or Styrofoam, Valicsek has devised a tray made from a single piece of cardboard, bent accordian-style and with oval cutouts for cradling the eggs. The top is open for easy access, but the contents are held in place by a rubber band at each end.
I adore my vacuum. It might seem strange to express affection for an unsophisticated piece of technology -- it's no Dyson after all -- but it's served me well for more than 10 years. Should it break down, however, I wouldn't hesitate to toss it, knowing that it would cost more to repair than replace. I?m not alone: Countless vacuums end up in landfills, even though fixing them would require just a few new parts.
Countless vacuums end up trashed, though they could be fixed.
Far too many people toss their outdated clothes or, worse, send them to Salvation Army assuming, wrongly, that someone else wants to snatch up a pair of 1987 Z. Cavariccis. Tobias Juretzek ain't one of them. He takes his old shirts, jeans, and other garments and turns them into something actually useful: furniture.
Juretzek, a German designer, throws together disused clothes to create stylish little chairs that could almost pass for something you'd find around the dining-room table, if not for the occasional exposed zipper (ouch!).
Customizing an iPhone case is nothing new. So how about customizing it with Pedobear?
Most of us assume that packaging protects the stuff we buy from people and their grubby paws. Boy, are we wrong. As a series of photographs by New York- and L.A.-based Lorena Turner shows, even our most meticulously packaged goods betray evidence of human taint. Turner's got the fingerprints to prove it.
When I was on a National Geographic crew shooting in the Congo several years ago, batteries were my gods --each one a tiny little idol of power, allowing our cameras to run and our hard drives to spin -- and because we spent most of our time nowhere near any kind of outlet, I feared and revered my batteries in equal measure.
The visual programming language Processing is one of the coolest design tools out there, and I write about it all the time. But have I learned the language myself? No: because I have yet to stumble across the perfect "onboarding" experience, something that makes me forget about how difficult learning to program seems, while still building up the necessary "101-level" skills.