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Monday, June 8, 2009

Evolution of the mobile phone

Dig this find over at CR’s feed section. Product designers take note!

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:59 am  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

In-Formed Visualizations with everyday objects

Designer Nadeem Haidary has developed three case studies of everday products like the ‘fork’ as seen above. Below is an excerpt of the designer explaining his process:

Statistics like these may be striking when you first read them, but without context or placement in the physical world, they are rarely remembered and rarely change people’s behavior. What if this kind of information crawled off the page and seeped into the products that surround us? In-Formed provides three case studies in embedding contextually relevant information into everyday objects.


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 9:16 am  

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Iiamo: For the ‘Hipper’ Parent

This sleek, convenient self-heating baby bottle, by none other than Karim Rashid , heats in four minutes.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:50 am  

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nothing More Nothing Less

We thought this collection was appropriate given the opening of the much anticipated film Objectified. This particular series of objects showcases the “hand dryer”. The images are a culmination of Douglas Wilson’s travels around the world.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:00 am  

Friday, February 20, 2009

To Design or Not to Design

Steven Heller sat down with Core77′s editor-in-chief, Allan Chochinov on how to teach students to not design unless there is a need, as well as debate the concept of obsolescence as a tool for stimulating the economy. We’ve included an excerpt of the interview below. To read the conversation in full click here.

“There is an age-old debate between training students and educating them. This is true for many disciplines, and is perhaps reaching a crisis point with product, or industrial, design. I used to have a perennial argument with a fellow faculty member that took the form of: “These students won’t be able to design anything if you don’t teach them how” versus “These students will only be designing dumb stuff if you don’t ask them why.”


posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:59 am  

Friday, February 13, 2009

Blue Earth Phone by Samsung

Samsung just released Blue Earth – a solar powered phone made from recycled water bottles. Check out Treehugger for the goods.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:02 am  

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Power Hog

This pint-sized doo-hicky known as the Power Hog is geared to introduce little ones to the importance of energy efficiency. Simply plug the tail into the outlet and the device into the snout then drop in a coin to meter 30 minutes of use.

For more info click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:15 am  

Monday, February 9, 2009

For that Freshy Pressed Look…

I can’t remember the last time I used an iron, but I must admit that this design by Dong-Seok Lee & Ji-Hyung Jung called the transparent B-IRON 725 is pretty tight.

via Yanko Design:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:58 am  

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Objectified coming this Spring

Objectified, is a 90 minute independent documentary about industrial design. The World Premiere is set to be showcased at the South by Southwest Film Festival from March 13th-21st of 2009.

Objectified takes a look into the objects we all interact with on a daily basis. The feature includes in-depth conversations, and documents the creative processes of some of the world’s most influential designers, and looks at how the objects they dream up impact our lives. For more on Objectified you know what to do.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:00 am  

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Seal up your Soda

Innovative packaging concept by Ukrainian Designer, Johan de Broyer called Soda-Seal. It allows the drinker to reseal their soda can for later enjoyment. For more on how it works you know the drill.

In the designer’s own words:

They say the best ideas are often the simplest: but in reality, the best are the ones that can make money. My Invention of the Advertising Soda Seal is not just as a way of keeping our drinks sparkling, but opening up a new advertising media across the 250 billion drinks cans consumed annually. My Invention of the Advertising Soda Seal costs no more to manufacture than existing cans and offers the golden ticket of extra value for the consumer and revenues for the drinks companies.

via Reubenmiller:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 10:33 am  
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