Simplicity and Honesty in Innovative Product Design

Everyone wants innovative product design, but what does innovative even mean? Design can make a product appear new and fresh, but in what ways?Rather than write a long, dull treatise on the history of the word "innovative," let's work backwards and look at individual things that make design innovative.Today we'll talk about two key factors in design innovation: simplicity and honesty. It sounds as if they might mean the same thing, but as always, details are important and make the difference.SimplicitySimplicity means eliminating all the bells and whistles, and beyond […]

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Great Design is Sustainable Design

  "There are professions more harmful than design," wrote Victor Papanek in the 1970s, "but only a few." Papanek – considered the modern father of responsible design – accused designers of “creating whole species of permanent garbage to clutter up the landscape, and by choosing materials and processes that pollute the air we breathe, designers have become a dangerous breed." If this is so, then why not consider social and environmental factors when designing future products? And having done this, why design unsustainable products at all?  100% Sustainability Begins with the Design According […]

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Canadian Dj Kid Koala’s Cardboard Record Player

To celebrate the launch of DJ Kid Koala's "12 Bit Blues" album release, a real working cardboard gramophone kit and record were included. The title track Distinguished Urban Rental can be played with ease once you set it up. To promote this unique release, Kid Koala produced an animated stop motion promo piece of the package design, setup and use of the mini cardboard record player! Pretty Cool we must say! Check-it out: Kid Koala Flexi Player from See Creature on Vimeo.

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Designing for Visual Impact

A critical component of product design that cannot be overlooked is the reflection of light off a products surface. For architects, light refraction is a major component of designs concepts for bridges, buildings or highway barriers. Varying the position of fold lines, edges, corners can make a seemingly thick and bulky wall look slim and sharp. In similar respect but on a much smaller scale, reflection of light plays into the design of products as well. To get sense of how industrial designer use light to their advantage check-out "The […]

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CES 2012: Client Product Innovations

The Design 1st team arrived in Las Vegas last week for CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2012 – the largest annual trade show in the US featuring 2700 Exhibitors, 150k attendees and over 1.6 Millionsquare feet of floor space. For gadget lovers, product designers and tech companies CES gives exclusive access to the hottest product debuts in consumer technology. While attendees at the CES come for many different reasons – they all have one thing in common a love for technology, innovation and gadgets. For Design 1st making the trek to CES […]

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