Fuseproject and the Mexican government have teamed up to create “See Better to Learn Better,” a free new program. Acclaimed designer Yves Béhar came up with this new collection of glasses, Collección Escolar 2010, made specifically for students. His glasses are customizable for changing fashions (and prescriptions) and they’re made of nearly-unbreakable Gilamid plastic. As part of the program, schools will offer free eye exams, and the glasses themselves, which will be produced locally in Mexico.
Monday, May 3, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
In 2008 Yves Behar, of the Fuse Project, worked with New York City’s Health Department to promote safe sex in the Big Apple. which resulted in his creation of the NYC Condom dispenser (above) along with the condom packaging (below).
To keep the condom distribution campaign fresh, the city decided to redesign the overall look of the packaging by introducing a ‘call for entries’ competition. The five finalists have been announced and voting has begun. Peruse the following and vote for your favorite. (more…)
Friday, February 19, 2010
In an effort to increase bike commuting NYC has made plans to upcycle 225 parking meters by converting them into circular bike racks as seen above. According to Inhabitat: “The increase in bike racks is small compared to the current need in New York — there’s currently only one bike rack for every 30 bicyclists. It is meaningful, however — especially because they are sacrificing the ease with which you can pay to park a car. The meters are going to be replaced by “muni meters” at the end of each block.”
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The much anticipated Apple iPAD was revealed by CEO Steve Jobs during an Apple Event on Wednesday in San Francisco. Jobs says “In order to really create a new category of devices, those devices are going to have to be far better at doing some key tasks,” “We think we’ve got the goods. We think we’ve done it.”
Monday, November 9, 2009
Here’s a clever idea for those of you that have not converted back to the tap. GR Lab, and industrial design firm has launched a simple yet innovative product called the ‘Aqua Jar’ that transforms any plastic bottle into an easy-pour pitcher. It is made up of the usual eco-friendly materials and is offered in three colors (orange, graphite and frost).
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The City of Brotherly Love has cleaned up its act of late with the expansion of their recycling single stream initiative in March and most recently with the HUGE rollout of 500 high-tech trash compactors (Big Belly Solar).
Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson said the compactors, the last of which was installed this month, usually need to be emptied five times a week—as opposed to 19 times for a regular can. The change frees up 25 streets department employees, who are now filling vacancies on trucks that collect household recycling. (more…)
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
More than 510,000 tons of milk and juice cartons are generated every year in the United States, but unfortunately, less than .05% get recycled. This unfortunate fact prompted Portland-based industrial designer Schreiber into action. He’s developed functional wallets from the very paper cartons that we so readily discard.
Milkmuny pays local groups seeking to raise funds for the cartons they collect. After giving them a good scrub down, they create multi-pocketed wallets through an intricate folding process. Wallets are priced at $10 a piece, and come with a 45 day warranty. A percentage of sales are donated to various environmental groups. Schreiber explains:
“I wanted to challenge traditional design thinking and create a mass produced product that didn’t expend more energy to create or require more resources to produce but was also aesthetically pleasing and uncompromisingly functional.”
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Nokia has developed a prototype cell phone that can recharge itself. Yahoo explains “… It harvests ambient radio waves from the air, and turns that energy into usable power. Enough, at least, to keep a cell phone from running out of juice.” Peak over to Yahoo for more on the prototype.