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Create the Perfect Entry for Any Design Award Program in Five Steps

Create the Perfect Entry for Any Design Award Program in Five Steps

Create the Perfect Entry for Any Design Award Program in Five Steps - Core77

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Original author: Eric Ludlum

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Core77 Weekly Roundup (2-12-24 to 2-16-24)

Core77 Weekly Roundup (2-12-24 to 2-16-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:

Fun for corporate drones: The Escalator Slide, by artist/designer Julijonas Urbonas.

Mitsubishi Electric's sealed, insulated $270-$500 single-slice toaster apparently makes perfect toast.

The precursor to the bicycle: This 1816 "running machine," a/k/a the Draisine.

Designed for the contract market, industrial designer Goncalo Campos' Babar chair uses less parts and simplifies production compared to an incumbent design.

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A Collapsible Hair Pick

A Collapsible Hair Pick

A hair comb is relatively slim and easy to carry; a hair pick, less so. Global industrial design and product development firm Shark Design rectified this with their Portable Hair Pick. As the firm writes:

Collapsible and perfect for on-the-go use. The portable hair picks are designed to be completely collapsible. The size of the hair picks is around a standard mobile phone size. Users can collapse the hair picks by moving the yellow slot up and down the track.

Serve as a makeup mirror. When the hair picks is opened, it also serves as a makeup mirror. With the angular joint, the mirror stays up and slanted for ergonomic use.


Hands-on design approach. To make sure the design function as expected and eliminate potential pain points of the design, we would develop step-by-step prototypes to check each of the mechanisms. In the hair picks, a flat spring is used to push the parts in position so that the hair picks to stay in place during use.

Open window packaging design. Used to show the users the actual product. Printed instruction is presented both in the front window and the back so that consumers can easily understand the product functions.

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An EDC Dream? This Storm Jacket has 18 Pockets

An EDC Dream? This Storm Jacket has 18 Pockets

This waterproof Storm Jacket, by Hong Kong clothing brand Storm Lab, has a whopping 18 pockets. There's an extra flap of fabric to help accommodate them all. It's an EDC'ers dream.


One pocket, on the left sleeve, is transparent and comes with a removable "lighting module" that serves as a hands-free flashlight.

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Sexy Knife Cases for "Nomadic Cooking"

Sexy Knife Cases for "Nomadic Cooking"

These Nomadife knife cases are by Japanese manufacturer Babacho. The company has been making knives since 1890, but these decidedly modern offerings are meant specifically for "nomadic cooking;" i.e. for people who want to bring their own blades to campsites, barbecues and cooking schools.

The cases are terribly sexy. A block of Paulownia wood has been notched and slit to accommodate a kitchen knife, which is held in place by unseen magnets. A sleek aluminum cover slides open along grooves machined into the wood. There are two sizes: S will accommodate blades up to 155mm in length, whereas M can handle up to 210mm blades. Any larger than that and you may as well buy a scabbard.

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Industrial Design from Thailand: A Quirky Alarm Clock Concept

Industrial Design from Thailand: A Quirky Alarm Clock Concept

Industrial Design from Thailand: A Quirky Alarm Clock Concept - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe
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Compelled Speed Chess: A Chess Set Where the Pieces are Candles

Compelled Speed Chess: A Chess Set Where the Pieces are Candles

Compelled Speed Chess: A Chess Set Where the Pieces are Candles - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe

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Three Things You Need to Create Exceptional Products

Three Things You Need to Create Exceptional Products

This year Scott Henderson leads both the Core77 Design Awards Lifestyle Accessories category featuring consumer products intended for personal use in daily life, and the Core77 Design Awards Tools category which features consumer products or services designed for individual use to improve efficiency and productivity.

Scott Henderson believes the best designs are also made for the designer. In his words, "If you attempt to design only for the third-party user, your design will lack the positive trapped energy, exuberance, and soul that separates a good product design from an exceptional one that will be remembered for decades, if not longer."

NONSTOP Desk Clock for Real Simple Magazine's 10th anniversary - cover image.

Scott knows something about exceptional designs with staying power. The New York City-based designer, artist, writer, and curator (and founder/Principal of Scott Henderson, Inc.) has risen to the pinnacle of the industrial design profession by creating iconic, best-selling products for companies including OXO, Microsoft, Krups, Intel, Skip Hop, and Alessi. Over fifteen of Scott's products have been best-sellers at the Museum of Modern Art's MoMA Design Store. He believes that the goal of good design is to meet the mind of the user "with unimpeded flow."

Scott Henderson of Scott Henderson, Inc.

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A Modernist Toy Car, by Veteran Industrial Designer Anders Hermansen

A Modernist Toy Car, by Veteran Industrial Designer Anders Hermansen

A Modernist Toy Car, by Veteran Industrial Designer Anders Hermansen - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe

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Stanley Gets Into the Pour-Over Coffee Game

Stanley Gets Into the Pour-Over Coffee Game


Drinkware manufacturer Stanley cut their teeth keeping beverages hot for 20th-century factory workers. That market is long gone, but Stanley has successfully pivoted with the times. Today's target customer is more concerned with glamping than stamping, thus Stanely now produces this Classic Perfect-Brew Pour Over object.

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Core77 Weekly Roundup (1-29-24 to 2-2-24)

Core77 Weekly Roundup (1-29-24 to 2-2-24)

Here's what we looked at this week:

Human factors design considerations for laundry baskets.

Seoul's hubless ferris wheel gets a dual-ring redesign.

There's a bunch of surprisingly innovative design features in this 1963 GE refrigerator.

Looped, by industrial designer Lieyah Dagan and furniture designer Spenser Atlas, is a line of experimental furniture made from pool noodles.

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Industrial Design Case Study: A Grocery Packaging Elimination System

Industrial Design Case Study: A Grocery Packaging Elimination System

Industrial Design Case Study: A Grocery Packaging Elimination System - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe

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Historical Armourer Recreates Roman Helmet from Scratch, Fills in Missing Pieces

Historical Armourer Recreates Roman Helmet from Scratch, Fills in Missing Pieces

Historical Armourer Recreates Roman Helmet from Scratch, Fills in Missing Pieces - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe

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Functional but Bizarre Design Features of 2,000-Year-Old Greek Battle Helmets

Functional but Bizarre Design Features of 2,000-Year-Old Greek Battle Helmets

Functional but Bizarre Design Features of 2,000-Year-Old Greek Battle Helmets - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe
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Hi-Tech Sewing: Ditto System Projects Patterns Directly Onto Your Fabric

Hi-Tech Sewing: Ditto System Projects Patterns Directly Onto Your Fabric

Hi-Tech Sewing: Ditto System Projects Patterns Directly Onto Your Fabric - Core77

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Original author: Rain Noe

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The Vâltoare: A Natural Washing Machine

The Vâltoare: A Natural Washing Machine

Prior to the invention of the washing machine, rural residents of Eastern Europe developed a way to wash bulky wool items like blankets, rugs and carpets. Water would be diverted from a nearby source into a roughly-made conical tub that was intentionally not made watertight.

Image: PoligraficNet

Because the channel feeding the tub is aligned tangentially with the circumference, the water flowing into it runs around the edges and creates a whirlpool, agitating the items within. No detergent is needed, and as gravity does its thing, the dirty water runs out from between the slats.

Image: Cinabru ES

Image: Cinabru ES

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Smart Design Improvements to the Travel Clothesline

Smart Design Improvements to the Travel Clothesline

During my backpacking days, like many others I carried a bungie cord to use as a mini clothesline. It worked okay, and lacking a certain amount of imagination, I couldn't have envisioned an improvement.

Little did I know a superior travel clothesline had been designed decades ago. In the 1940s, engineer and inventor Lloyd G. Copeman, who traveled frequently, made a portable clothesline for himself. Copeman braided together three strands of surgical tubing, attached to nylon loops at the ends. The latex allowed his clothesline to stretch up to seven feet, while the braided arrangement allows one to affix clothing without needing a clothespin.


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Specialty Paintbrush Designs

Specialty Paintbrush Designs

Staalmeester is a fourth-generation Dutch family business that makes specialty paintbrushes. Their offerings are unusual, to say the least.

This Round Brush 6121 was designed to paint narrow items like window frames, edges and profiles. The round bristle arrangement holds more paint than a flat one.

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A Smart Design Improvement to the Long-Handled Shoe Horn

A Smart Design Improvement to the Long-Handled Shoe Horn

The able-bodied among us take putting our shoes on for granted. But for those with mobility issues, the act would be difficult to impossible without the use of a shoehorn.

The design of shoehorns hasn't changed since they were invented. And as you can see from the images, it's all about getting the right angle. What modifications could you make to the design, to make this act easier?

The unknown, but very clever, designer behind this variant has added a spring between the horn and handle.

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Early Bird Deadline Is TONIGHT—Get Your Core77 Awards Entries in Before 9 PM EST

Early Bird Deadline Is TONIGHT—Get Your Core77 Awards Entries in Before 9 PM EST

Our hand-picked panel of esteemed Jury Captains lead the charge in honoring the most deserving design work across our 23 categories. Every Captain builds their own jury team of diverse design experts to ensure a broadly informed discussion and deliberation. Take a look at all the people who have been members of our juries through the years in our Jury Alumni Gallery.

Original author: Core77 Design Awards

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