The Scripter is a nifty note-taking virtual assistant that you can wear on your collar

Wear it. Forget about it. The Scripter gives you quick access to a virtual assistant without needing to take your smartphone out of your pocket, or pop AirPods into your ears. It sits right on your collar like a brooch, letting you easily turn all your narrations and conversations into text transcripts, so you don’t need to juggle thinking and typing/writing together. Perfect for linguists, teachers, authors, scriptwriters, or anyone who wants to document conversations or meetings, the Scripter instantly turns voices into paragraphs of text without needing a keyboard or worrying about typos… and it works seamlessly across as many as 16 languages.

Designer: Nazar Fedorchuk

Click Here to Buy Now: $129. Hurry, less than 24 hours left!

Designed to be a smart 21st-century dictaphone, Scripter modernizes note-taking by delegating the menial task to a powerful, capable AI. A single button starts and stops the Scripter’s ability to record (so you’ve got control over what the device listens to), and the Scripter’s internal computer can actively transcribe voices across 16 languages, all while accurately editing the transcribed text to add punctuation, paragraphs, capitalization, and even handling syntax, without needing to connect to the internet.

Better documentation and time-saving.

The Scripter looks like an outwardly simple device. Its plain design sports a two-part magnetic assembly that lets you easily attach your Scripter to clothes (without needing pins that damage your clothing). A single button interface allows you to toggle the wide membrane microphone which can pick up on even the slightest vocal cues, comparable to a professional microphone… while Scripter’s most understatedly impressive feature is its battery, which allows you to continuously transcribe audio over an hour-long, making it perfect for meetings or lectures (proving to be especially useful for multi-lingual conversations with international clients/lecturers). 1GB of onboard storage allows the Scripter to run continuously too, giving it nearly 20x more recording time than its predecessor, the Senstone (which could record/transcribe only 3 minutes at a time).

Stay organized.

While the Scripter sounds really like a niche product, it’s much more useful than you’d think. Designed to make capturing thoughts easy, the Scripter is a modern journaling tool, allowing people to focus on thinking, interacting, and focusing on social cues instead of frantically typing away at a keyboard (ironically, like I am) as they collect their thoughts, or focus on the thoughts of others. It’s a tool that serves creatives as well as executives, educators as well as scientists, linguists/communicators, and even people with ADHD, helping them document their train of thought. In fact, Scripter’s received FCC certification, making it safe to use for people with heart implants, and even secured NASA’s Seal of Approval, assisting them in addressing challenges facing exploration of the Moon and Mars.

Transcribe meetings.

Measuring about the same size as an AirTag, the Scripter is discreet as it’s powerful. The magnetic clip lets you secure it to even thick clothes like jackets and coats, without any danger of it falling off. All of Scripter’s transcription happens offline, without needing an internet connection. Audio gets sent in real-time to the Scripter app on a smartphone via Bluetooth 5.1, which uses AI to process the recording and convert it into editable text.

Works offline.

The battery within the Scripter gives it a whopping 8+ hours of continuous use on a full charge, and up to 2 weeks on standby. The tiny device charges via USB-C too, letting you quickly hook your standard Android smartphone charger to the Scripter to keep it running. For now, the Scripter seems to only come in black, and ships for a special Kickstarter price of $140. It currently supports 16 different languages on a freemium model, with a paid tier for more accurate transcriptions for select languages.

Click Here to Buy Now: $129. Hurry, less than 24 hours left!

Last Chance to grab this tiny forest-powered natural air purifier at a discounted price!

With over 80% of briiv Air Filters delivered to loyal Kickstarter backers, the all-natural forest-powered air-cleanser is beginning its transition from a crowdfunded product to a retail product… which means you’ve got a limited window of time to buy a briiv of your own at its 28% discounted crowdfunding price.

Designers: Sean Sykes & James Whitfield

Click Here to Buy Now: $344 $477 (28% off). Hurry, only 5 left! Raised over $1,000,000.

Made from 90% natural and sustainable materials and 100% biodegradable filter materials, briiv is the most sustainable natural air purifier there is. Designed to look like a tiny terrarium, briiv ditches those non-biodegradable HEPA filters for a natural kind of filtration that does the job of 3,043 houseplants, purifying a standard 6m x 6m room in just 1 hour. It does so while consuming negligible amounts of energy (5V) and generating zero waste. All those features combined together, briiv’s gone on to receive international recognition and a seal of approval from numerous organizations including winning the prestigious 2021 Red Dot Award and also being named the WIRED ‘Gear of the Year’ for 2021.

While the pandemic has practically created a boom for the air-purifier industry, its clean air has an incredibly dirty secret behind it… HEPA filters aren’t recyclable and they don’t biodegrade. 6000 tonnes of HEPA filters find their way into landfills each year and they take millennia to decompose. While using them in medical equipment and PPE makes sense, briiv aims to shift the perception that human-manufactured plastic filters are needed in domestic air purifiers. Unlike artificial plastic-based HEPA filters, briiv utilizes nature not only in the elephant grass-based bioplastic but also the filters themselves, which are derived from lichen, coconut, and ahimsa silk, that are extremely effective at tackling air pollution but need absolutely no maintenance or watering. They generate zero artificial waste, are completely biodegradable, and offer a healthy, natural, and aesthetic alternative that’s as good as having a mini-forest in your house.

With a design that looks like a cross between a terrarium and an Apple Homepod, the briiv is a modern-looking air purifier that adds a touch of green to your apartment. The filter comes with a special, sustainably-grown, dried moss on the inside that naturally purifies the air by trapping harmful particles, killing microorganisms, and releasing clean, fresh air. Sitting underneath the moss are multiple bio-filters, including one made from loosely woven coconut fibers, another filter comprising reconstituted and recycled coconut waste material, and a proprietary bespoke material created combination filter made of silk and activated carbon that together combines to filter particles as small as PM 0.3 while also trapping and neutralizing bacteria, molds, and other volatile organic compounds to give you air that’s been freshened naturally, in a filter that’s designed to be the equivalent of as many as 3000 house plants in one device.

Ultimately, briiv is a winning combination of nature-inspired design and consumer-tech. The purifier comes with smart features that let you power it with your voice, allowing you to either use your smart speaker to perform a deep-purification cycle, or use the briiv’s app to set on and off timers on your phone. A simple 1-hour run-time on the briiv does the job of a miniature forest, rapidly cleansing the air you breathe by helping trap microparticles, microorganisms, and odors. briiv doesn’t need to be watered or kept in the sun, and the replaceable filters can easily be composted instead of being thrown in the trash. It does the job of a well-engineered air-purifier, while all along being bio-friendly and adding a beautiful touch of greenery and nature to your space!

The road to providing homes with filtered air has been a rather winding one for briiv. While the pandemic and a need for cleaner air helped briiv cross the $1 million milestone, the designers also had to overcome challenges presented by halts in the supply chain brought about by several lockdowns. briiv is now delivering to backers (with over 80% of commitments fulfilled), and its crowdfunding campaign officially ends on the 1st of November. Go ahead and grab your own forest-powered air filter while it’s still running a crowdfunding discounted price of £249 ($344) before you end up having to pay its full retail price of £349 ($477)!

Click Here to Buy Now: $344 $477 (28% off). Hurry, only 5 left! Raised over $1,000,000.

Pixel 6 Launch: Google gives us a deep-dive into the new Pixel’s refreshed product design

It’s rare for Silicon Valley companies to actually explain their design choices and decisions to their customers. Google flouted convention by beginning their Pixel Fall Launch keynote with a pretty comprehensive look at how they designed their latest flagship phone, from its hardware right down to its software.

Just yesterday Apple had us baffled with their MacBooks bringing back ports, connectors, and keyboard elements that Apple took away 5 years ago. Apple’s design process has always been a complete mystery, so it was really odd to see them finally walking back on their past design decisions and bringing MagSafe, HDMI, the SD Card slot, and the Function keys back to their MacBooks. While the Cupertino giant has a reputation of being shrouded by secrecy, Google on the other hand is perceived as much more open, forthcoming, and vocal… After all, they deliberately leaked their own Pixel 6 design MONTHS before it actually launched.

Just 10 minutes into the Pixel 6 reveal, head of hardware Rick Osterloh hands the stage to designer Isabelle Olson to talk about the Pixel 6’s design. Isabelle mentions the Pixel 6’s redesign on the back involves highlighting its breakout feature – its camera. With a bar running across the screen almost like a highlighter running across important text, the Pixel 6’s camera is the first thing you look at.

“So the Industrial Design team designed the phone to celebrate the camera”, Isabel mentions. “The camera bar brings a clean, symmetrical design that puts the camera front and center.” The bar, as strange as it looked back when the images were first leaked, is now an icon of the Pixel’s not-so-subtle evolution, and provides the perfect separating element for the phone’s dual-color back. The Pixel phones originally pioneered this with their split-tone design that had two different colors on the top and bottom of the phone’s rear surface. With the Pixel 6, that split-tone design gets a hearty refresh, with a black belt adding its fair share of contrast in the middle. The phones instantly look refreshing, and are immediately recognizable (a feature that really helps in a market where all smartphones are beginning to look alike).

The Pixel 6 comes in two variants, a 6 and a 6 Pro, which are different sized, and have slightly different designs, but are unified by the same visual language, UI, and the Tensor chip inside the phone. The 6 sports a black metal armature, with 3 color variants with their signature quirky names – Sorta Seafoam, Kinda Coral, and Stormy Black. The 6 Pro, on the other hand, has a more chrome armature (the team used jewelry references to highlight the differences between the Pro and regular models), and comes in Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, and Stormy Black.

A concern I had earlier with the Pixel 6’s odd camera bump (it’s now referred to a camera bar) was how it made case-design impossible, or rather, difficult to elegantly execute. To subvert these worries, Google even released its own set of cases with a slightly tinted frosted design, matching colors with the phone you have underneath. When paired correctly, the case would actually complement the phone and highlight its color palette rather than being an obstructive piece of plastic that’s only purpose was to protect the phone. The cases, Isabelle claims, are also designed out of recycled plastic (the phone’s chassis is made from recycled aluminum too), helping further Google’s mission to build devices that have a minimal negative impact on the environment. From what it looks like, though, the cases don’t do much to protect the Pixel’s camera bar from direct impact, although that’s the kind of thing you find out months after customers actually buy and use the phones.

Moving onto software, Google has big plans for the Pixel thanks to how powerful its Tensor SoC is designed to be. The new chip unlocks a new era of Material Design that Google calls Material You. Instead of having you adjust to your phone’s settings, Material You has the phone adjust to YOU. For starters, the entire screen’s color palette changes to match your wallpaper, giving you an experience that’s unified. Widgets, icons, and elements complement your theme and they change when you change your wallpaper too. The phone also understands context exceptionally well, serving you up with the information you need right when you need it, from your fitness app’s stats while you’re jogging, to your boarding pass while you’re heading for a flight. As Rick Osterloh keeps reiterating, the Pixel 6 is a completely new take on smartphones, both inside as well as out.

Designer: Google

Watch the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro video below.

Celebrating over a century of design and creativity, the ADC Annual Awards return for their 101st edition

Established in 1920, the ADC Annual Awards are touted as the world’s longest-running award initiative in the design and creative industry. Held every year as a part of The One Club of Creativity, the ADC Annual Awards are back for their 101st edition of the competition to scout and celebrate the very best in advertising, digital media, graphic and publication design, packaging and product design, motion, experiential and spatial design, photography, illustration, and fashion design all with a focus on artistry and craftsmanship.

Entry for the awards is open to creative professionals from all around the world, with a tiered entry-pricing structure that makes it easier for smaller agencies, studios, and freelancers to participate by paying a discounted entry fee, while larger agencies and brands pay the standard entry fee (read more about the tiered pricing structure here). The awards only accept design entries from industry professionals, and projects that have been created or printed/published/aired for the first time between January 1, 2021 – March 4, 2022. Outstanding entrants are selected by highly respected juries and honored with coveted Gold, Silver, and Bronze Cubes, presented at the Annual Awards Gala. Beyond these Cubes, however, ADC Annual Awards winners join a rich legacy of past honorees that include some of the most influential artists of the past century.

The 101st ADC Annual Awards are officially open for submissions across all their categories, with the regular deadline for entries on the 31st of January. Scroll below to take a look at some of our favorite 2021 Winners from the Product and Packaging categories.

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Winners of the 100th ADC Annual Awards

Smart Box by Peng Ren for Shenzhen explore home Industrial Design Co., Ltd (Product Design Gold Cube)

A clever way to introduce the concepts of mathematics through calculation, right at an early age, the Smart Box by Peng Ren is the kind of smart-toy a kid can play with from their early years right up to their early teens. The blocks in two formats – with numeric faces and symbolic faces. They attach magnetically to form a math equation with a solution block right at the end that displays the answer to the equation. By turning the act of pressing a bunch of keys together on a calculator and hitting the ‘equals’ button, the Smart Box set gamifies it in a way that makes mathematics playful!

SAGA Grand Gin by Paprika for Distillerie Grand Dérangement (Packaging Design Gold Cube)

A brilliantly quirky piece of packaging design, the SAGA Grand Gin bottle instantly makes you curious. With a vibrant yellow wax seal that covers almost half the bottle, the SAGA comes with a concealed label too. The label design showcases a face, with the eyes covered by the wax. You’re immediately intrigued to know more and see more – what’s the face behind the label? Is it a gin-maker, is it a clue, a game? Chances are you’ll pick up the bottle just for how visually engaging it is… and possibly come back more because of how great the gin is.

Nest Thermostat by Google LLC (Product Design Silver Cube)

Perhaps one of the foremost examples of a ‘smart home device’, the Nest thermostat returns in a new format that embraces the same classic design language of Nest the Alphabet company, along with Google’s hardware color-palette. The new Nest Thermostat sports a more clock-like proportion, with a relatively bezel-less display. It still comes with the numbers on the front (a design choice popularized by Honeywell and then Nest), although with the rest of the thermostat in muted, pastel shades that go incredibly well with home decor. Perhaps one of its most celebrated aspects is the Nest’s design, which came from Tony Fadell, who prioritized simplicity and sensibility over everything else. The new Nest thermostat still honors that tradition.

Your Taste, Your Way by Jones Knowles Ritchie for Burger King (Packaging Design Silver Cube)

What the Your Taste, Your Way campaign does for Burger King is turns its packaging into an eye-catching, tongue-tantalizing piece of art. The packaging helps prepare the consumer for what’s within, not only by telling them which burger sits behind the wrapper but also by describing its tastes and flavors… just to get those juices flowing!

XP Zero by Hugo Eccles for Untitled Motorcycles (Product Design Bronze Cube)

Untitled Motorcycles (UMC) turned a lot of heads when it unveiled its XP Zero design. Based on Zero Motorcycles’ SR/F naked sportbike, the XP Zero floored audiences with its classic lines, modern performance, and minimalist styling. Since its debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed, the XP has exhibited in Milan, Italy and Portland, Oregon; won nine design awards; and been featured in hundreds of magazine articles. Now that alone is pretty impressive… aside from that bare-basic beautiful design!

Nongfu Wangtian Chili Sauce by Shenzhen Bob Design for Nonfunctional Wangtian Agricultural Technology (Packaging Design Bronze Cube)

Perhaps one of the most simple and creative pieces of food packaging I’ve seen in a while, the Nongfu Wangtian Chili Sauce quite literally embodies its origin, with a chili-inspired design! The sauce comes within a tube that has the graphic of a chili on it, while the cap is shaped like the curved stem of the chili. Depending on the type of chili used, the tubes come with green, yellow, or red chilis on the label. A star rating system on the bottom near the crimp also tells you how spicy the sauce inside is!

Click Here to Enroll in the 2022 Edition of the ADC Annual Awards and stand a chance to be a part of history and win one of the most prestigious awards in the creative industry!

‘Two-part helmet that can be safely removed by EMTs’ declared winner of the YD x KeyShot Design Challenge

Among hundreds of entries for the YD x KeyShot Design Challenge that asked participants to redesign the Envoy Helmet to make it safer, Jonathan Hatch’s redesign presented a clever feature – a pair of pull-tabs that allowed the helmet to split into two, making it easy for emergency medical technicians to easily and safely remove the headgear in the event of an emergency.

“My addition to the Envoy helmet concept is to improve safety for the user after an accident occurs”, Jonathan told Yanko Design. “Typically, removing an injured user’s helmet after an accident requires one EMT to stabilize the head and neck and another to cut the chin strap and pull the helmet off. The helmet removal often results in accidental repositioning of the head and neck, potentially causing additional injuries or taking up precious seconds during the rescue.”

By adding the EMT Removal Lock, the Envoy Helmet prioritizes wearer safety in virtually every scenario… even the unavoidable ones. The Envoy helmet with the EMT removal lock simplifies this procedure by allowing an EMT to split the helmet at a critical seam in seconds, all without applying any force or moving the head or neck. After the cap is separated, the user’s head remains safely cradled in the remaining shell.

Unanimously declared the Gold Winner by the YD x KeyShot Design Challenge Jury Panel, Jonathan also wins an Apple iPad along with a KeyShot Pro Licence.

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Designer: Jonathan Hatch

Why the notch on the new Apple MacBook is a TERRIBLE idea from a User Interface perspective…

The upper part of a laptop screen is often reserved for mission-critical digital elements like menus and toolbars, search bars, filenames, internet browser tabs, and other crucial information. Putting a notch there is just counterintuitive and downright senseless.

The notch was supposed to be temporary. It was supposed to eventually be replaced by a hole punch camera, or by a transparent display, but it was never supposed to stick around for so long that it manifested itself onto another range of products. Putting a notch on the iPhone could be classified as innovation back in 2017 (complex facial mapping and recognition on a handheld device… pretty impressive), however, carrying it to the laptop feels lazy. Moreover, the notch on Apple’s M1 Pro MacBooks doesn’t even do FaceID, there’s a TouchID Key on the Keyboard for authentication. It’s there because someone at Apple thought slimmer bezels would look nice, echoing a rare Jony-Ive-level of narrow-minded thinking that gave us the iPhone Bendgate, the odd Magic Mouse charger, and the lightning connector on the backside of the 1st Gen Apple Pencil.

Now Apple’s most obvious solution was to simply turn the upper bar into a black no-go zone while using programs in full-screen, so the notch doesn’t eat into the software’s interface elements. You don’t need viral internet star bastion-of-human-sensibility Khaby Lame to tell you that this basically proves that the notch wasn’t necessary to begin with. Through the duration of the keynote, Apple’s team spent a grand total of 9 seconds highlighting the notch (without ever using the word ‘notch’), and even in those 9 seconds, all that VP of Product Design Kate Bergeron ever mentioned was that the upper bezel was made 60% thinner… a feature that’s only purpose was to make the overall screen on the MacBook Pro bigger. Nothing else.

So what’s inside that notch? Well, just a camera. One single 1080p camera. This means the MacBook Pro has a notch, but doesn’t have the benefits of it, i.e., FaceID or Memojis. One can’t help but feel baffled and slightly short-changed here. From what I can tell, the notch is visible ONLY on your desktop and when you have multiple windows open… but when you maximize a task or program, the top of your display turns into a black bar, making that entire strip of screen useless for 99% of your time using the laptop. Apple does this with its own apps too – Safari, Logic, Facetime – going to show that even its own apps can’t account for the notch.

It’s a shame that the notch is the only glaring problem I have with the laptop. It sits there continuously triggering me like talking to someone who is blissfully unaware that they have spinach stuck in their teeth. If you can look past the notch, the laptops are great. The new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips push the laptop’s performance and efficiency off the charts, giving you a laptop that’s VOLUMES faster than even its older iterations. The new laptops use Liquid Retina XDR displays and come with powerful speakers that fire both upward and downward for stellar audio. The ports finally make a comeback too, and the TouchBar’s gone the way of the dodo, being replaced by a row of function keys. The laptops come with up to 8 mind-numbing terabytes of storage and 64 GB of memory, with the M1 Max chip having 10 CPU cores and 32 GPU cores, making the laptop an absolute beast of a machine while still having a respectable 21 hours of battery life thanks to how efficient the new chips are. If you can look past the notch… the new Apple MacBook Pros have a lot to offer. I for one, am patiently waiting for the notch’s demise.

Watch the 2021 MacBook Pro introduction video below.

Heinz designed the perfect roller-squeezer to extract 100% of the ketchup from their sachets

The handly little EDC device comes in the iconic shape of the Heinz ketchup bottle and sports a cutter that slices off a corner of the sachet, and a squeezer that lets you extract every last drop of ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, relish, or hot-sauce from those single-use plastic sachets.

If you’re a bit of a condiment aficionado, the Heinz Packet Sauce Roller might just be the perfect everyday carry. It’s small, straps right to your keychain, and lets you efficiently sauce your burgers, hot dogs, corndogs, or any street/restaurant food that needs smothering in sachet-based sauces/chutneys/gravies.

Using the Heinz Packet Sauce Roller is pretty simple. A slot near the ‘cap’ of the device lets you elegantly slice a corner off so you’re not fiddling with your fingers or teeth to rip open the sachet at the risk of getting ketchup everywhere. The other larger slot lets you slide the sachet in backwards, and the keychain-grip lets you rotate a set of rollers that squeeze every ounce of sauce from within the packet, reducing wastage and increasing sauce-age.

For a price of $5.70 I’d go ahead and argue that this product is really a nifty little marketing gimmick that you could probably buy if you really wanted to show off to your friends, although you’d just be better off skipping it. It would be nice if the folks at Heinz chucked in a bottle opener too, or made the slot wider so I could use the roller with toothpaste tubes as well (like Alessi’s toothpaste-squeezing buckle)… but all-in-all, it’s just a quirky little gizmo that has comic appeal more than anything else.

Designer: The Kraft Heinz Company (Heinz)

This large, portable external display is powered by a detachable, independent ultra-short-throw pico projector

Coming from the folks at Arovia who designed the SPUD external display in 2016, the Splay is a smaller, brighter, more versatile version of their previous product. Designed to efficiently tick two boxes while being compact and portable, the Splay works both as an ultra-short-throw pico projector with a projection image up to 80-inches, as well as a bright external display, thanks to its foldable projection screen that opens out to give you a large external monitor for your laptop, tablet, or phone.

Designers: Mark Kimbrough & John Jaworski

Click Here to Buy Now: $674 $1299 ($625 off). Hurry, only 2/105 left!

The Splay is a pretty unique device, if you come to think of it. It’s a projector as well as an external display, all packaged into a product that can easily fit into the average backpack. The projector can be used as a standalone device, allowing you to watch 1080p content on a nice 80-inch surface… but things get even more interesting with the Splay’s expandable display that turns your projector into an external monitor using an inverted umbrella-shaped device that lets you project images onto a bright 24-inch screen. In this format, the pico projector transforms into a monitor that you can use alongside your laptop, or with your tablet or phone, for added productivity.

Projector Mode

Auto Vertical Keystone

Building on the SPUD’s format (Spontaneous Pop-Up Display), the Splay returns as a smaller, stronger, and lighter device. The tiny projector works at a resolution of 1080p with an ultra-short-throw, giving you an 80-inch screen in just 2 ft. of projection distance, along with two powerful built-in speakers. The ultra-short-throw makes it perfect for smaller places, and automatic vertical keystone means always having a straight projection no matter what angle you tilt your projector to.

However, things get really interesting when you throw the expandable display into the mix. The display attaches onto the front of the pico-projector, turning it into something that looks about the shape of a lightbox. When assembled, you get a 24-inch external HD screen that has 800 nits of brightness, making the Splay a perfect primary or secondary display for attaching to any of your gadgets.

The patented expandable display produces a crease-free, warp-free image that’s comparable to traditional monitors, and the most impressive thing about it is that it folds down right into a flat-packed fabric unit that just wraps around the Splay pico projector, so you can carry your setup anywhere.

On the connectivity front, the Splay comes with an HDMI input for plugging in your devices, as well as a USB output for using the Splay as a power bank, or using it to supply power to your Chromecast or Fire Stick. The Splay comes with a USB-C input too, to power its internal battery, which runs for a good 4 hours on a full charge.

All in all, the entire contraption is about the size of a smart speaker… and when packed along with the external display, forms a pouch no larger than a bento box (weighing just 2.5 lbs), making the Splay perfect to carry around with you either to an office, a coworking space, on business trips, or even to a friend’s house for a movie or game night. The projector comes with a tripod mount and onboard controls to adjust the brightness, volume, focus, and toggling between projector and display modes (they’re essentially mirror images of each other). The Splay is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, with a pretty modest price tag of $674 (48% off) and delivery next year. Each Splay ships with the projector and expandable display, along with an HDMI cable, a USB-C cable + adapter, and a protective case, so you can carry your projector/external-monitor wherever you want!

Click Here to Buy Now: $674 $1299 ($625 off). Hurry, only 2/105 left! Raised over $270,000.

Your Lighting Design Lookbook: Award-winning Lighting Projects from A’ Design 2021

We’re here with inspirational lighting designs to help ‘spark’ your imagination! Perhaps the most ‘lit’ amongst the A’ Design Award’s multiple categories, this list looks at winning designs from the past year, celebrating good design from the year gone by. The Italy-based A’ Design Awards and Competition have always tried to be more than an award, by creating a multi-disciplinary program that rewards designers while also creating an environment that helps designers grow their products as well as careers… And yes, you also win a shiny trophy.

Lighting Design forms just one of the various categories of the A’ Design Award and Competition, which spans the popular categories like Architecture, Packaging, and Consumer Electronics, as well as the obscure, lesser-known categories like Cybernetics, Prosumer Products, and Safety Apparel Design. The A’ Design Award’s ultimate goal is to be an umbrella that covers good design across all disciplines, which is why it has 100 different categories for submitting design projects, and 211 jury members (comprising academics, design professionals, and press members) from all around the world collectively judging the works. Winners of the A’ Design Award don’t just secure a trophy and a certificate, but receive an entire PR Campaign dedicated towards pushing their career, clout, and even their projects to newer heights. A’ Design Award’s winners and even its participants are included in its annual award book and business network, while additionally contributing to their country’s overall design ranking that paints a holistic picture of how design-centric and design-forward each country is.

The A’ Design Award is currently accepting entries for the 2022 edition of the award program, so go ahead and give your work and career the push it deserves!

Here are some of our favorite Lighting Design winners from the A’ Design Award & Competition 2021. If you have a potential lighting design project that you think is worthy of an award, Click here to register & participate in the A’ Design Awards 2022.

Buddy Table Light by Mona Sharma for Gantri

Modeled on the image of a friendly little ‘buddy’ that helps you by illuminating your workspace, the Buddy lamp sits obediently on your desk, with an adjustable ‘head’ that lets you ‘face’ the lamp anywhere. Designed by Mona Sharma for Gantri, the lamp is manufactured entirely using 3D printing techniques and Gantri’s proprietary Plant Polymers. The Buddy is “inspired by bold shapes and forms found in the Memphis design style, and the clean, minimal forms found in Scandinavian culture”, says Mona. “I wanted to create a companion for ‘thinking’ spaces, so quirky, playful cues in abstract photography and in nature gave it character.”

Translucence Pendant Light by Iestyn Davies

For context, Iestyn Davies is both a glassmaker and lighting designer… which explains the Translucence light’s origins, inspiration, and intricate design. The lamps are made entirely from scratch by hand using traditional hot glass techniques, which means each Translucence is completely bespoke and unique in its design. Davies wanted to create a lamp that had its roots in traditional techniques, instead of creating a form and slapping an LED bulb somewhere inside it. Instead, Translucence is a celebration of the relationship between light and refractive solids. The wavy design of the glass helps curve and guide the light, creating a shimmering halo that’s absolutely captivating and bordering on jewelry!

Linear Refraction Light by Ray Teng Pai

Yet another example of light and refractive solids, the Linear Refraction Floor Lamp uses a much more simplified design to achieve the same goal. The floor lamp literally consists of a vertical tube with a light source at its end, and a fluted glass sheet on the front of it, scattering light in different directions. The disc can be rotated by hand, and comes with a pearlescent coating that gives the light a shimmering rainbow effect too!

Cling Floor Lamp by Dabi Robert

“My lamp concepts involve a certain amount of interaction in order to modify the way light is perceived”, says designer Dabi Robert. “This should encourage curiosity and human interaction with the light source, instead of just putting it somewhere to rest. I strive for a deeper relationship to the interior product”, he adds when describing the Cling, a uniquely minimalist floor lamp that’s relatively invisible to the eye until you start engaging with it. The lamp comes with a halo-shaped light attached to a flexible gooseneck base, which bends and flexes when you adjust the light’s position. Almost looking like a gymnast or someone doing yoga, the lamp contorts in all directions, helping you not just adjust the lighting, but also create a different design each time!

Silhouettes Lamp by Alexey Danilin

Created as a visual metaphor of a lamp, the Silhouettes Lamp by Alexey Danilin relies on the iconic shape of the lamp and shade to give his lighting design its character. Alexei says, “The main source of inspiration was the National Russian toy – Matryoshka, however, to be more precise, it was the principle of its design. It consists of one form, but of different scales. They can all create a common object.” The lamp uses a metal wire-like structure to create the impression of a lamp. The different metal silhouettes/outlines are pivoted around the center, allowing you to open the lamp out from a flat 2D design to a 3D form, with the actual lamp – an illuminated frosted glass orb – inside it.

Weed Lamp by Jinying Cheng

Designed to look like a fast-growing weed among a tuft of grass, the Weed Lamp by Jinying Cheng can actually be ‘uprooted’! The lamp itself comes with a detachable design that lets you lift the weed out of its grassy base and carry it around like a handheld torch. It’s perhaps the most quirky little lamps I’ve seen in a while with an unusual interaction, but I’m really taken by how fun it looks and feels!

Time Lamp Timing Light by Peng Ren

There’s something very intuitive and interactive about the way the Time Machine Table Lamp is designed. Made to look like an hourglass, the lamp features a freely rotating shade with a central pivot and LEDs on both ends. Switch the lamp on and the LEDs on the upper half of the hourglass illuminate. Over time, the upper half of the hourglass dims down and the lower half begins illuminating, almost as if light particles are passing through the central channel, like grains of sand would. The Time Machine Table Lamp was designed to help provide an ambient bedside aura of soft light, while allowing you to intuitively gauge time as it passes by. It takes around 60 minutes for the light to transfer from one half of the hourglass to the other, and a simple flip helps reset the entire procedure. It’s a fun-yet-useful way of timing your nightly activities before going to bed… perhaps reading a bedtime story, or sharing stories about your day before hitting the sack.

Be Water Lamp by Fernando Correa (Platinum Award Winner)

A winner of the coveted Platinum A’ Design Award, the Be Water lamp uses refraction to make light look like water! The lamp features a set of LEDs in a linear strip, right below a tube of warped glass. As the glass tube rotates, it creates wonderful patterns of light that when placed against or near a wall, mimic the effect of watching light bounce off a pool of water. The lamp exists in four chromatic variations – Be Water, Be Fire, Be Air, and Be Earth. The variations can be achieved simply by changing the color of the light to go from water to the tongues of fire, the Aurora Borealis visible in the air, and the billowing fields of purple lavender on Earth in Provence, France. I really wish there was a video of this lamp at work!

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The Michelin Challenge Design returns for its 22nd edition as the “Movin’On Challenge Design”

The rebranded design challenge focuses on Movin’On to the next frontier of transportation design — Sustainable Mobility.

Ever since its first-ever design competition in 2001, Michelin Challenge Design has focused on welcoming a new generation of designers, thinkers, and transport enthusiasts into the automotive industry. Over the last two decades, the challenge issued a broad brief to designers, asking them to create concept electric vehicles, conceptual Le Mans race cars, and even its most recent brief — “Respect”, a call to end the mobility divide between people from different communities, walks of life, and with different abilities.

Michelin Challenge Design became Movin’On Challenge Design in 2020, reflecting its integration as a featured program of the Movin’On Summit, the world’s foremost gathering for sustainable mobility. Created and inspired by Michelin, the Summit brings together large companies, startups, public and academic authorities, NGOs, and international organizations, as well as a community of experts and professionals to move from ambition to action. “We are excited that Challenge Design has become an official pillar of the Movin’On ecosystem that engages the global design community through the development of sustainable mobility solutions,” said Mike Marchand, Michelin North America Director of Sustainable Development and Mobility.

In its fresh new avatar, the Movin’On Challenge Design retains certain aspects of its predecessor, but provides a unified vision towards a better future, through a more inclusive and sustainable approach to mobility. The challenge isn’t even a transportation-focused one anymore. It’s open to artists, designers, engineers, architects, city planners, creatives, or anyone with a strong vision to build a more equitable, sustainable future by considering mankind’s need for and relation to mobility.

The theme for 2020—2021’s edition of the challenge was RESPECT: Ending Isolation and Conquering the Mobility Divide, and saw 170 entries that sought to create inclusive mobility for those who are often overlooked when mobility solutions are being designed. “Age and disability can limit access to safe and affordable mobility for one of every four people in the world today, reducing joy and the ability to fully participate in, benefit from, and contribute to society—both socially and economically,” said Nick Mailhiot, chairman of the 2021 Movin’On Challenge Design competition. The top three winners brought a unique set of perspectives to the challenge, from individual mobility to mobility as a society. Scroll below for a detailed look at each of the 2021 Challenge’s winning designs that were announced in June this year.

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Winners of the 2021 Movin’On Challenge Design

1st Place: Crosswing by Drew Spahn (Industrial Designer, Kean University)

The Crosswing’s clever design turns a prosthetic leg into a skateboard that the prosthetic-wearer can use to skateboard – either for recreation or transportation. The prosthetic leg features a fold-out skateboard that when closed, provides the same walking experience as a prosthetic leg but when opened out, offers a riding experience that compares to a skateboard or pair of skates! The multipurpose artificial limb “turns a disadvantage into an advantage”, mentions Spahn, a fourth-year industrial design student at Kean University.

2nd Place: Tramo by Stefan Perriard (Industrial and Mobility Designer, Royal Danish Academy)

Tramo imagines transportation in a world without cars. Designed for the futuristic car-free city, Tramo offers an equitable mode of transport that’s safe, human-centric, and truly for everyone. The design adopts the shape of a pod-like platform that traverses across the city’s roadways. Its unique design makes space for people who want to stand or sit, as well as for wheelchairs and baby strollers. Designer Stefan Perriard describes Tramo as “a flexible solution with no need for stations — like a moving sidewalk” that you can hop onto or hop off from.

3rd Place: Nomada! by Elkin Alejandro Cruz Castro (Architect, Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

The Nomada! revisits the design of the city entirely. Instead of conventional buildings, Nomada! introduces nomadic spaces that can move around the city, benefiting everyone and making public utilities accessible to all the citizens. The Nomada! is a massive purpose-built vehicle that’s best described as architecture on wheels. Designed with two semi-spherical carriages that rotate and pivot, and a corridor in between, the Nomada! acts as a building in motion, providing space on the inside for various public utilities like libraries, coworking spaces, medical care centers, commercial units, etc. The idea is to have the Nomada! transport to an area where it’s needed and stay stationed there for a set amount of time (almost like a fair or circus that’s coming to visit, and departs after it’s done). By doing this, Nomada! aims at creating fragments of the ‘megacity’ and making aspects of those fragments nomadic, so every neighborhood gets access to them whenever needed.

Click Here to visit the Movin’On Challenge Design website to know more about the upcoming 2022 challenge.

Click Here to see all the winners from the 2021 challenge.