The slimmest portable monitor to double your productivity!

You would imagine us editors at Yanko Design sitting in front of dual monitors, scouting for projects to write with one screen, while using the second monitor to write the article. The hard truth is that only Takashi – my boss has the luxury of working with two 34″ kickass monitors. He often bum’s us for not being efficient and productive. Well guess what – boss – here is YOUR chance to upgrade your team with some performance gear – the BladeX monitor.

The purpose of this slim, lightweight, touchscreen is to be a super portable monitor and help you double your productivity! It works with all laptops via USB-C/HDMI, but on the flipside, it also hooks up to gaming consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

So while it promises productivity, it also works as a distraction – or entertainment, whichever way you see this coin.

With loads of good stuff packed into this gear – it even works with smartphones, making them super-snappy computers – the question is, what will you use it for? Work or pleasure or both.

Designer: Odake Design

Click Here To Buy Now: $209 $359 (41% off). Hurry, less than 24 hours left! Raised over $600,000.

About BladeX

BladeX is one of the most lightweight and compact on-the-go external monitors available today. At under 2 pounds, it is easy to store and travel with. It’s available in 1080P and 4K high definition versions and this 15.6” monitor promises to boost your productivity by up to 50%. Just plug into it with USB-C or HDMI and you’re ready to work with the convenience of double monitors wherever you are!

Stay Productive

BladeX is a super slim 1.89 lb. monitor, perfect for turning your laptop into an optimized desktop, but in a much more compact way. Wherever you go, you can always stay productive and on task.

Play Your Game On Big Screen

Wherever you go, simply plug in your gaming console or smartphone and start running your favorite games. Your games become larger, more detailed and easier to play.

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Laptop

By connecting it to BladeX, you can do everything you can do on a laptop—and more. With desktop-class browsing, access to office applications, games, and email, the possibilities are limitless.


With an ultra-slim 4.5mm profile, BladeX is ultra-light and ultra-portable. Traveling with a monitor has never been easier.

Built-in Battery

Its on-board 3000mAh battery delivers a solid three hours use-time between recharges.

Landscape Mode

It broadens the view and assists with multi-tasking. You can either extend the monitor to create more productive desktop space or mirror the monitor to share the screen.

Portrait Mode

It stretches out the view for document reading, coding, and other extended applications.

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This 3 in 1 smartphone case protects your privacy while protecting your screen

Let’s face it. As brilliant and advanced as your smartphone is, it isn’t immortal. That thin, slippery, all-glass device is sure to show battle scars if you accidentally drop it somewhere. Most people buy at least one of two accessories along with their smartphone… a protective case, and a screen protector. It just so happens that the PhoneGlass is both those things.

PhoneGlass is a protective case for your smartphone that doesn’t just physically protect it from scratches and cracks… it provides an additional protective service for your screen too. Designed to fit onto the front of your phone rather than the back, PhoneGlass protects your phone as a conventional bumper case but also acts as a screen-protector with (wait for it) a privacy guard. Designed and developed using a special polarized glass, PhoneGlass prevents people around you from snooping in on your phone’s screen to see what you’re doing. With a very small angle of viewing, PhoneGlass only lets YOU see what’s on your screen, and not the person beside you. The polarized glass instantly blacks out if viewed from outside the viewing angle, while at the same time allowing you to use your phone’s touchscreen just as normally with incredible accuracy, and it doesn’t affect the phone’s front-facing camera or its face-recognition feature either. The polarized glass even blocks blue-light, making objects look clearer while reducing the screen’s harmful effects on your eyes.

What’s remarkable about the PhoneGlass though is that it’s completely reversible. Designed as a tempered-glass bumper with a polarized surface, the PhoneGlass can be mounted on your phone from the front as well as from the back. Mount it from the back and you’ve got a traditional protective case that absorbs shock and guards your phone. Mount it from the front and you still have those things… but you’ve also got yourself a privacy-screen-protector! The reversible design is clever because it accommodates for your phone’s design details like the receiver-earpiece on the front, and the camera-bump on the back.

PhoneGlass also comes in a double-sided case variant too. With a polarized privacy-glass screen-protector on the front, and an anodized metal case on the back, the PhoneGlass metal case provides all-round 360° protection. The two halves snap magnetically around your phone, giving you the powers of both a protective casing as well as a tempered screen-protector. The PhoneGlass comes designed for and compatible with most iPhones, going all the way from the 7 and 8 to the XR and the XS and XS Max, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ and the Note 9. It seems like a sensible choice to want to put a protective case around your $1000 smartphone… so you might as well pick up one that doesn’t just physically protect your phone, but gives you digital privacy too!

Designer: Seok-Myong Kang of PixelRo

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PhoneGlass – Your Privacy Safeguard

PhoneGlass is a smartphone case that surely protects the privacy of the smartphone. Stay on the go, while helping keep your screen protected and your confidential texts, emails, calendars, and alerts, well, confidential as well as protecting your smartphone device.

Two particular functions of Phone Glass privacy case

– Peep preventing function
– Protection case function

Since PhoneGlass is made in case shape, it is dust resistant and can also withstand shock falls as well as protecting your screen privacy safe. With PhoneGlass, keep your screen shield always on.

Main Features

1.Easy to install and remove

PhoneGlass can be installed on both sides of the smartphone. When installed on the front, your privacy is guaranteed, and when installed on the back, you can easily share your screen with others as well as protecting the device.

Unlike regular screen protectors for the privacy that are not easy to peel off once it’s stuck, PhoneGlass can be simply attached and detached at any time you want to.

2. Powerful privacy protection

PhoneGlass designing with a special filter prevents your next person from seeing your smartphone screen.

3. Shock-resistant Structure – Air Cushion and Tempered Glass

Transparent air-cushion protectors are mounted around the corners of PhoneGlass, so your smartphone with PhoneGlass is able to survive from drop-damages.

PhoneGlass with strong elasticity and flexibility functions of the air-cushion protector entertains great adsorption to your smartphone that protects phone free from external shocks without harm. Besides, it is produced with a 9H strength tempered glass in order to be resistant to scratches.

Additional Features

High Light Penetration – Screen Clarity+Superior Touch Screen Accuracy

Due to high light penetration, you can get clear and precise display screen and highly delicate touch.

Anti-Blue Light

PhoneGlass protects your eyesight by blocking the blue light.

Special Edition

Advanced Metal Cases – to protect the entire Smartphone


Development Process

pixelRo is a startup venture company that was launched as an independent company under Samsung Electronics’ internal venture incubation program, called (C-Lab) Creative Lab. We are currently developing functional films and applications for smartphones based on our experience and technical skills.

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Shaped like a jellyfish, the HM7 Aquapod is a beautiful, organic wristwatch

After exploring the roads, skies and even outer-space, MB&F’s HM-series looks deep into our oceans for inspiration with the HM7 Aquapod. The Aquapod is a thing of sheer beauty, with the elegance of its bulbous body, reminiscent of a jellyfish. Exploring the third dimension to create a watch that’s memorable and mesmeric, the HM7 Aquapod has a domed sapphire crystal on the top as well as the bottom. A rotating bezel sits around the bulbous body much like the waist of the jellyfish, with not one, but two crowns embedded between the watch’s body and its floating bezel ring. The hours and minutes are displayed by two aluminium/titanium rings rotating on oversized central ceramic bearings, with a marking on the dome helping you read the time, while the at the center of the wristwatch is the very heart of the gentle beast… its 60-second flying tourbillon.

While the central tourbillion grabs one’s attention on the top, its exhibition base reveals the watch’s spectacular winding rotor, visually guarded by tentacles machined from solid titanium with a platinum sector underneath. The watch comes with a 72-hour power reserve and automatic winding with the ability to manually wind it too, using the secondary crown. While the HM7 isn’t a diving watch, its clear inspiration is aquatic in nature. The watch comes in four variants, red, blue, green, and black, with each variant made from either Grade 5 Titanium, 18k Rose Gold, or Platinum 950.

Designer: MB&F

IDEO’s Play Lab is looking for a Senior Toy Designer!

Lauded as one of the most well know design and innovation brands in the world today, IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that is spearheading the movement to embrace design and design thinking. The multidisciplinary firm isn’t just responsible for designing end-products, but also helping businesses evolve and innovate, as well as allow individuals and companies to foster a culture of creative problem-solving through IDEO U, their online design-university. IDEO’s Play Lab is looking for a Senior Toy Designer to join their team in Palo Alto, California.

The Opportunity

IDEO’s Play Lab is looking for a talented, build-focused designer to join our toy invention team. As a senior designer, you will work closely with a skilled team of designers and engineers to dream up and bring toy concepts to life through prototyping. IDEO’s Play Lab creates innovative, fun, and engaging products and experiences with a focus on toys for kids. Will you join us in inventing the next generation of toys?


• Join an experienced, interdisciplinary team of makers
• Support junior team members
• Generate new to-the-world toy ideas
• Identify toy invention opportunities
• Tinker, explore, and validate toy concepts
• Create high quality working prototypes
• Push our team to improve the quality of our work
• Solve complex mechanical challenges
• Explore and push concepts further through sketching
• Create engaging videos of prototypes and concepts
• Share our inventions with clients
• Have fun every day!


• 2+ years of build experience
• A passion for making and inventing new ideas
• Experience bringing products to market
• An interest in toys and playful experiences
• Well developed skills in hand prototyping, rapid prototyping, and CAD
• Experience prototyping and solving complex mechanical challenges
• Experience self-guiding and leading projects
• A well developed, efficient project workflow
• A background in industrial design or engineering
• An aptitude for operating shop machinery
• Great communication and collaboration skills
• Motivation, initiative, and attention to detail
• An ability to generate ideas quickly
• Knowledge of how things are made
• Experience in and knowledge of the toy industry is a major plus

Some Previous Toy Inventions To Check Out

• Alpha Training Blue
• Flip Slide
• Barbie Dream Camper
• Paw Patrol Flip & Fly
• Barbie Sparkle Lights Mermaid
• Shopkins Super Mall
• Hungry Bunnies
• Little Live Pets Hedgehog
• Imaginext DC Super Friends R/C Mobile Command Center
• Barbie Hello Dreamhouse

Additional Information

Question For You
Please include your answer to the following question in your cover letter.

If you could redesign a toy: what would it be, why should it be redesigned, how might you make it better?


Our ideal candidate is a builder at heart – who thrives on making things real. In addition to your resume and cover letter (with pop quiz answer), please submit examples of your work and capabilities – Design projects, mechanisms, electronics, personal projects, shop skills, etc. We look forward to hearing from you


Palo Alto (California), USA.

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This desk has an assistant desk stacked on top, to hold more stuff for you

I love the cheeky design of the DUOO 2.0 Desk, as it efficiently adds a tier of holding space, for you to utilize well. It’s like having a tray or box on top of your desk, to hold smaller items like your phone, pens, watch… the ‘not very critical’ items, and then elevating it a little, so that you can keep additional gear under it.

Aesthetically, it looks very classy and complements the overall look of the desk. The mix of dark wood and black metal frame, just adds to the chic feel of the desk. Aside from the elevated tray, the design also includes a convenient cubby built into the table top, to hold your cables and wires, and keep the desk clutter-free.

Designer: Andrey Mohila for Zegen

This 3D folded paper art adds the perfect balance of minimalism and colour to your walls!

Gone are the days when the walls would be littered with cheap printouts of photos taken by some unknown photographer. In the new world where we realize that everything we put up is an expression of ourselves, this edgy and minimal paper art is what we need to perfectly match our minimalism-inspired decor! Istanbul based designer Tayfun Tinmaz has been setting Instagram and Etsy ablaze with his nature-inspired series under the name @paperpan! Just as his username describes, his collection brings whimsical fun to the third dimension by capturing everything from animals to insects on paper, by paper.

Inspired by the animated movie Rio, a beautiful portrait of the macaw bird.

The ferocious portrait of a tiger!

A minimalistic Palm Cockatoo.

Find the smart chameleon that is hiding in plain sight on this black canvas.

A simple and sweet Cockatoo that is minimal and colourful at the same time.

Frog Friend scaling up the wall.

Say hello to the muted tones of this parakeet.

Add some Christmas cheer with this red and gold deer!

Look, we spotted a unicorn!

This edgy and vibrant Toucan is a thing of beauty.

Another version of that elegantly seated macaw.

Neon Star blinking on the wall.

Make barista-quality coffee anywhere with this portable pour over kit

As a self-respecting tea drinker myself, I understand the lengths people go to to get their daily beverage fix. I’m incredibly fickle about my cup of cardamom tea everyday, and an insipid cup of tea could completely destroy my spirit. True-blue coffee drinkers are equally fickle about their coffee. They don’t experiment with their brew too much, and have a meditative routine which they follow to the T, resulting in that cup of coffee tailored to their exact specifications. Mess with that practice, with the ingredients, and you’re messing with the balance of the universe.

The Pakt was designed for those coffee aficionados, that prefer having control over their brew no matter what. They love traveling, but they hate the idea of instant coffee, or pre-made coffee decoctions. Pakt allows you to carry your brewing apparatus anywhere you go. The size of a thermos, it packs every aspect of the brewing process into its compact, cylindrical form. Nesting multiple elements into one another like Matryoshka dolls, Pakt comes with an electric kettle to heat water, a pour-over unit to collect your brew, and a coffee canister to carry your favorite blend of coffee along with you. When traveling, the units nest within each other, creating an all-in-one compact cylinder that’s easy to carry around. Minimal tolerances ensure a perfect fit, so that components don’t rattle around, or get damaged while you’re traveling.

Ultimately, Pakt lets you brew coffee the traditional way, but in a portable format. Designed to be taken on trips and holidays, Pakt gives you the same level of control your at-home brewing kit does. An electric kettle heats the water, a funnel-piece lets you create your pour-over using a filter and your favorite coffee, that you carry with you in the canister.

Designed for travel and made to last, Pakt uses as little plastic as possible, and relies on a combination of stainless steel and BPA-free silicone to provide the best brewing experience while remaining completely handheld. In its compact avatar, the entire kit fits into any bag, and is designed to be airline friendly, so you can carry your entire coffee-brewing ritual along with you wherever you go… Because a sub-standard cup of coffee isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.!

Designers: Malcolm Fontier & Impel Studio

Click Here to Buy Now: $139 $189 (26% off). Hurry, less than 48 hours left! Raised over $265,000.

Pakt Coffee Kit – The Complete Brewing System for Travel

Everything you need to make barista-quality coffee. All the components of a classic pour-over brewing method is brought to you in one sleek package.  Electric kettle included!

Make your cuppa coffee on the go, and never drink a bad cup while traveling – ever again!

Patent Pending

Built to Withstand the Knocks of Travel

Most other kits have a high probability of breaking due to the fragility of the components. Like nesting Russian dolls, each component of our kit fits inside the next larger one. The nesting design means your kit travels securely and silently – no rattling or broken parts in transit.

Carry the Pakt Coffee Kit on the Plane

There are many coffee-making kits designed for adventure travel, but the gas canisters typically used for making coffee while camping can’t fly at all. We designed the Pakt Coffee Kit to be airline friendly so it can easily go wherever you go. Check it or carry it on – the choice is yours.

Streamlined, Handheld Electric Kettle for a Perfect Pour Over

The handheld, compact design of our electric kettle gives you even more control than the standard gooseneck kettles typically used to make pour over coffee. And it takes up a fraction of the space.

How to brew pour over coffee with The Pakt Coffee Kit.

Minimize Waste While Traveling

Every coffee you make in your room means one less disposable cup for the landfill. The Kit’s coffee container holds enough coffee to brew about five cups — that adds up to a lot of disposable cups saved!

At a hotel.

Use anywhere you have access to water and electricity.


At the office

Below: Details of The Pakt Coffee Kit

The Team

Pakt were founded in 2018 to make refined, responsibly-sourced travel goods designed to #keeptravelsimple. As design freaks who are also environmentally-conscious, they take incredible care to only create products that they believe are useful, beautiful, and necessary. Their first product, a cult favorite travel bag called The Pakt One, raised more than $2 million via crowdfunding and is now available on their website. The Pakt Coffee Kit is their second product.

Coffee for Clean Oceans

The Design Team believe that the only truly “sustainable” product development is none at all. But since that option isn’t compatible with the lives we lead and the world we live in, they are going with the next best thing: producing products as responsibly as possible, building them to last, and designing them to be versatile so that the buyer can minimize the number of products they need.

Their Environmental Commitment:

– The Pakt Coffee Kit is designed to have a 10-20 year lifespan or longer, kind of like the toaster your grandparents received as a wedding gift and are still using.
– One of the key ways we’ve ensured a long lifespan for The Kit is by making it serviceable – so if something goes wrong, we can fix it or replace any broken parts so you don’t have to throw it out.
– The team has used premium, durable materials throughout production to ensure your coffee’s flavor isn’t affected by any cheap materials and that your kit lasts a very long time.
– The kettle, mug, and grounds container are made largely of high grade stainless steel and silicone, and they have made minimal use of plastic except for a few lids and things that never touch your beverage.
– Because the Pakt Coffee Kit is a very compact product, they have kept the packaging accordingly minimal.
– This gives the ability to fit more kits into fewer shipping containers to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible when transporting and storing kits.

Click Here to Buy Now: $139 $189 (26% off). Hurry, less than 48 hours left! Raised over $265,000.

Meet Steasy, the smart lunchbox that heats your food up with steam

Anyone who’s worked with chocolate knows that you don’t melt chocolate by throwing it into a pan over a flame. You’ll burn the chocolate by causing it to cook. What you want to do is heat the chocolate without cooking it, which is why you use a double boiler. Heating chocolate, or any food for that matter, with steam is tonnes more effective. Heat distributes uniformly, rather than being concentrated to one area, and more importantly, you can warm your food up without altering its taste… and that’s precisely what the Steasy does.

The Steasy is an electric lunchbox that uses steam to heat your food up. Designed to be incredibly sleek and streamlined, Steasy occupies the same footprint as your regular tiffinbox would, but it does something your food-holding piece of Tupperware cannot. Steasy has primarily three parts. A base for holding water, a metal container for holding (and heating up) your food that nests right into the base, and a lid that seals the box shut.

With an integrated battery that can heat your food up for 15 minutes, Steasy gives you the satisfaction of steaming hot lunch that tastes fresh and great. The steam heats the content of your lunchbox evenly (without cooking it), allowing it to taste as good as it did when you prepared it. The box comes with the ability to fast-charge, and even has its own mobile-app that you can use to activate the Steasy’s heating function 15 minutes before your lunch break, so you can skip the queue for the office microwave and literally open your tiffin-box to some incredibly tasty, hot, home-cooked food!

Designer: Steasy

The world’s first truly wireless over-ear headphones look weirder than the Airpods did in 2016

Making you look sort of like an off-brand Princess Leia, these little black ear-cups are the world’s first truly wireless headphones. In short, they’re the sound you’d get from a good pair of Sennheiser or Beats by Dre cans, with the portability of the Airpods.

I distinctly remember the sheer ridicule that the Airpods were subjected to when they were announced back in 2016, with practically zero foresight of exactly what a phenomenon (and status symbol) they’d become in just the next few years… and chances are that we may get to see history repeat itself with the Human Inc. truly wireless headphones. The two unsuspecting cups rest on your ears as opposed to in your ears, giving you the convenience of the Airpods, but with much better sound and hopefully better battery life. They build on the functionality of truly wireless earphones too, with a much larger, easier to navigate touch surface, along with the ability to actively translate as many as 11 languages in real-time, a feature that Google debuted with their Pixel buds.

The Human Headphones pack not one but two 30mm audio drivers per ear-cup, giving you four speakers in total that provide a feeling comparable to having a 2.2 sound system. The speakers come with beamforming microphones that can pick up your audio without the noise around you, allowing you to answer calls as well as communicate with your smart device without any interference, and two 280mAh batteries provide the Human Headphones with a usage cycle of 9 hours on a full charge.

The best bit about the headphones are the fact that you can still use them when you’re charging them… not as headphones, but snapped together, as a Bluetooth speaker! The extra set of audio drivers per earpiece come handy when it comes to belting out audio into the surroundings, rather than into your ears.

Although it would seem weird to walk around the city in these wireless ear-cups, I imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult to get used to them. Designed to be worn everywhere you would wear your Airpods, the Human Headphones come with the ability to blend outside audio into your mix too, so you don’t end up completely tuning the world out; and when you experience earphone fatigue (it’s a real thing), you can easily use the Human Headphones together as a bonafide Bluetooth speaker… besides, with a $250 price tag, that’s much more than your Airpods could ever hope to offer you, right?

Designer: Human Inc.

This complete pill-shaped object is actually a hairdryer

Form and function marry well in the conceptual BR555 portable hairdryer. Inspired by the Braun 550 series – from 1976 – the new-age BR555 is designed to fit in your travel case. The power of the Sirocco fan, used in its construction, is good enough to work noiselessly as well dry your hair efficiently.

The design is very fluid if you ask me, it can be used as a travel piece, but at the same time it can fit well into any bathroom or dressing table. I like the fact that it has a completely folding form, and giving the dryer a completely compact footprint and making it easy to store it.

Designer: Jaekyu Jung

“Hairdryer products have more time not to be used than when they are used, so we have been considering designs that can harmonize in space such as bathrooms and dressing rooms,” Jung told Yanko Design.

“This hairdryer adopts a Sirocco fan. The Sirocco fan makes less noise. It features storage and portability by applying a structure that rarely folds the steering wheel among the Sirocco type. Minimalistic intake pattern, expressing the beauty and space harmony as a beauty product.”

“I disassembled a couple of hairdryers to see how that works also how the internal structure looks like and designed for and then tried to make a 1:1 prototype model to check the scale. The 90° is cordless and is powered by Li-ion battery, the body is made of ABS plastic and has a high polished finish. Its foldable design reduces baggage space making it ideal for both traveling and everyday use.”