The Co.Design Guide To Black Friday

Here are 16 of our favorite products from 2013. Go wrestle some grannies to get ’em.

If we had to pinpoint what we appreciate most in consumer goods, we’d say this: shortcuts. We’re dazzled by them. We’re talking about everything from environmentally conscious shortcuts (turning a used water bottle into a micro-humidifier) to money-saving shortcuts (stick-on panels that look like reclaimed wood) to recreational shortcuts (skipping the very literal pain-in-the-ass task of breaking in a leather bicycle seat, with a cleverly designed alternative). This has little to do with laziness; we just like to live efficiently. What follows is a guide to some of our favorite products from 2013. Call it a shortcut to the shortcuts.

About the author

Margaret Rhodes is a former associate editor for Fast Company magazine.