A seemingly simple innovation to the aluminum can is causing waves not only for its improved functionality but for what its inventor intends to do with the proceeds from his invention.
Digital Art Director Dhani Sutanto has been developing a line of wearable Oyster Cards for Londoners and envisions a future of DIY wearable devices. One of a series of interviews brought to you by the Heineken Ideas Brewery.
The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten
Design students Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin want to make cycling safer. “If people say it’s impossible, we have to prove them wrong.”
Sharky tea-infuser by Pablo Matteoda.
What do you mean, you haven’t seen the classic IDEO shopping cart episode of Nightline? It’s well worth a watch, if only to remind yourself that your research and design skills are not limited to the web…
The briefcase chair.
“If it isn’t functional, it isn’t beautiful…” - Charles Eames
The TomTom Letterbox stems from a collaboration between DesignByThem and independent Aussie designer Tommy Cehak.
Made from powder-coated Zincalume, the TomTom is highly rust-resistant and uses Nylon pivots for smooth opening, while a tab at the back means it can be locked with a standard padlock.
Inspired by the Australian suburban landscape, TomTom reflects the desire of homeowners to differentiate and customize their home on the streetscape. “From manicured gardens to concrete rendering and colour schemes, the possibilities for making one’s home unique seems endless” says Tommy.
The letterbox comes in 5 colours and retails for AUD$330, with the Australian hardwood post an extra AUD$120.
The award-winning SEIL Bag was designed for cyclists by the Lee Myung Su Design Lab. It has a bright and colorful remote-controlled LED Display that has been programmed with a variety of signals — from common traffic signals (stop, emergency, brake, turn) to emoticons, courtesy gestures, and even the current temperature.
U Jung Heo and Sa Yoeng Kim’s award-winning “Continuous Pencil” promises to put an end to the wasteful practice of tossing away pencil stubs when they become too short for comfort.
How It Works: First, sharpen the Continuous Pencil as you would any other pencil, and use at your leisure. Then, once you reach the stub stage, simply attach another Continuous Pencil to the base of the stub. Once the pencil runs out in full, sharpen the next one and start the process again.