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Expected Medical Device Lifetime at a Glance

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 19:08
A distinguished Medtronic engineer shares his knowledge about regulations regarding medical device lifetime expectancy.

Medical Device Manufacturers Hit Major Hurdles—Can Contract Manufacturers Help?

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 19:08
Contract manufacturers offer medical device companies a lifeline after a tough year of supply and demand challenges.

Programming Gains Speed As Developers Turn to Low-Code During the Pandemic

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 19:05
As pressures for programming increase, developers are turning to low-code programming to catch up.

How to Build a Better Bridgestone Ultra High Performance Tire

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 19:00
Bridgestone’s new Potenza Sport has earned a place on cars like the Ferrari Roma, Lamborghini Huracan, and Maserati MC20.

Graphic Breakdown of Famous Logos

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48

I stumbled across this gallery on Facebook featuring graphic breakdowns of famous logos:

While there's no page numbers, these do look suspiciously like pages of a book. If anyone knows that it is, please let us know so I can link back to it.

Mockup To Market with Jimmy DiResta, Episode 3 Takeaways and Video (Subscriber Content)

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48
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A Smartphone Shaped Like an Ellipse

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48

The Cyrcle Phone is a smartphone, but despite the name it's not shaped like a circle. Nor is it shaped like a rectangle. For a reason I cannot fathom, it's shaped like an ellipse.


"A Non-Rectangular Phone For Non-Rectangular People," reads the catchphrase on the manufacturer's website. Which doesn't quite make sense; does it mean the phone is for people shaped like ellipses?

In any case, the $699 Android device is apparently real and was successfully Kickstarted. This was their pitch video:

The shape just does not make any sense to me, particularly when you look at the size of the viewing window of the cat video below, versus the size of the device you have to carry around:

Here's a video look at how the interface works:

Real-world reviews are a long ways off; the Cyrcle Phone is supposed to ship in September of 2022.


"A Seat at the Table" is an Immersive Architectural Installation Highlighting the Facts About Gender Inequality

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48

Imagine walking through a large lobby, searching for a place to pass the time. As you approach an empty corner of a large white table, you notice that a single chair is yellow. The chair attracts your eyes to the table's design, and you realize you're now sitting inside of a pie chart. Your eyes follow the colors to accompanying text on the ground, and just like that, you've learned that only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. This might inspire you to look for more information, talk about what you've seen, or take a picture and share it with friends.

This is just one of many sections within "Seat at the Table," an exhibit designed by Brooklyn-based design studio Dome at Drexel University's Kimmel Center that's dedicated to the centennial of women's suffrage. Its poppy, graphic seating educates visitors about underrepresented groups within a system, like a half-white bench illustrating the gender income gap. This simple redesign of furniture transforms a lobby into a political statement, encouraging visitors to take notice and engage.

"Seat at the Table" originally launched in early 2020, as a tense Democratic primary swept the country. It shut down after the COVID-19 pandemic kicked into full gear, reopening in April 2021. Before the exhibit's brief closure, the Drexel team noted "thousands of visitors per week, often before and after events." Since the designers took full advantage of the space's size, many of the infographics were legible from three balconies above the lobby.

The team knew all kinds of visitors would see these designs, so they wanted to make sure its content appealed to as many as possible. In the interest of reaching across the political spectrum, every piece of the exhibit was designed carefully and intentionally.

"Coalition-building is key to the Institute's mission, [so] the design team was challenged to capture the attention of visitors without leaning on partisan cues," said a statement by the designers. "As a solution, the Dome created an experience around having a 'seat at the table.' The form of the seat and its symbolism create multiple points of entry for visitors of different ages, genders, and abilities. Inspired by the Kimmel Center's surrounding theaters, the exhibition acts as an open stage, inviting visitors to become participants in each scene."

While "Seat at the Table" celebrates how far we've come, it also reminds us how far we still have to go. This exhibit maintains an awareness that suffrage is not a static event, but a right that requires active engagement. Stationary bikes with voter turnout statistics serve as a visual reminder of Americans' agency in influencing national policy. Six nearby screens provide background on current issues that affect gender equity and allow visitors to cast hypothetical votes on each.

Through merging infographics and lobby seating, "A Seat at the Table" forces Kimmel Center visitors to interact with its message. With their innovative use of public space, the Drexel University team provides an excellent example of how graphic design can foster community engagement.

A Seat at the Table is the Professional Winner in both the Built Environment and Visual Communication categories of the 2021 Core77 Design Awards. You can check out all of the 2021 winners now on the Core77 Design Awards website.


Gifted Musician Turns Sound of Squeaky Glovebox Into Compelling Jazz Track

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48

When someone discovered the glovebox in their car made a weird noise, and posted a video of it on YouTube with a clever title, it went viral:

South African musician The Kiffness looped the track, brought some instruments into his car and composed the following:

His car, funnily enough, is a Honda Jazz.

How Viking Cruise's Dual Evacuation Chutes Work

Core 77 - Mon, 2021-10-18 15:48

The last time we looked at a cruise ship lifeboat, it was the massive fiberglass CRV55 used by Royal Caribbean. Passengers climb directly aboard from the deck, and the craft is then lowered to the water by winches.

Viking Cruises, however, has a different approach to lifeboat deployment:

How it works is quite interesting. Viking's lifeboats are inflatable and compressed inside a pair of gigantic canisters attached to a heavy sleigh that's pointing nose-down and resting on a ledge:

When the release handle is pulled, a small nitrogen blast kicks the nose of the sleigh away from the boat, clearing the ledge. Then gravity takes over, and the sleigh (they call it a "sledge," tomayto, tomahto) plummets towards the water, pulling the escape chutes open.

Once the sleigh hits the water, the canisters float but the heavy sleigh sinks, pulling the ripcord that inflates the lifeboats inside the canisters. The sleigh detaches and sinks away.

I was initially puzzled by the escape chutes, which go straight down: How the heck do they slow one's descent?

I found the answer in the instruction manual for the Viking Evacuation Dual Chute, or VEDC:

So the dual chutes are basically internal sleeves that slow you down by friction. It appears the key is that you cannot have your arms above your head, but must keep them by your sides to give your torso area enough bulk to maintain friction. As you can see at the right of the image, injured or sick people must be lowered with a rope. And presumably, crew members top and bottom direct the pace, so that you don't have people landing on each other.

I hope none of us ever has to use one of these, but at least now you'll know what to expect when you jump down that chute.

Need a Job? Check Out the Top Companies for Electrical Engineers

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 11:02
If you’re seeking a job as an electrical engineer, these companies are always in the market.

20 3D Printing Companies That Matter

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 10:24
Let’s take a look at the 20 3D printing companies that matter. This is the past and the future.

This New Method for Creating 3D Artificial Tissue Was Inspired by Children's Pop-up Books

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 09:08
The advancement could help improve experimental drug testing, artificial organs, and more.

Time for Clean Production Methods? 3D Printing Could be the Solution

Design News - Mon, 2021-10-18 08:04
3D printing companies are enhancing the sustainability of additive manufacturing with lightweighting, reduced inventories, and reusable materials.

Mockup to Market: Jimmy DiResta's Tips for Getting Designs Into Production

Core 77 - Sun, 2021-10-17 14:44

For tomorrow's free webinar on DIY product design and development, we picked five objects mostly invented by independent designers. Then we showed them to Jimmy DiResta, and asked him to pretend that these were concepts of his, still in prototype form—but that a retailer is now asking for 5,000 units. How would he go from prototype to production?

Here are the five objects we'll use as examples:

The Plugull, by industrial designer Michael Omotosho.

The Tsukushi Pencil Tip Protector, by Drill Design

The Bumble Bee Strap Winder, by an anonymous truck driver

The Malco Conformable Sander

The Kuvalda Tape Dispenser

Episode 3, "Tips for Going Into Production," airs Wednesday, October 13th at 11AM EST. If you tune in live, you'll see the presentation (30-45 minutes) and will have the chance to participate in the live Q&A with Jimmy afterwards. (If you can't make the live airing, you can also watch the video later if you're signed up.)


2D Toy Cars from "Germany's Smallest Car Factory"

Core 77 - Sun, 2021-10-17 14:44

Jesco von Puttkamer runs what he calls "Germany's smallest car factory." From his studio in Ober-Ingelheim, the sheet metal artist attempts to capture the essence of certain iconic European cars in two dimensions, but not by drawing:

The desk toys feature a spring mechanism, but are meant for adults only. "Sharp corners and edges, parts that come loose - no children's toys!" writes von Puttkamer. "Not a toy for children."

The cars run €45 to €50 (USD $52 to $58). Von Puttkamer's also got a website of his non-automotive sculptures here.


Interesting LaserCube Applications: HUD for Bikes, On-Car Sketching

Core 77 - Sun, 2021-10-17 14:44


The LaserCube is a powerful, portable wireless laser designed for artistic applications. Popular use cases are something like a cross between installation art and temporary digital vandalism:

(Note: NSFW language, you may want to turn your speakers off.)

Someone, however, had the interesting idea of using it as a heads-up display for bicycle navigation:

Or for skiers:

It would also be interesting if car designers were able to use it to "sketch" onto full-scale bucks. Something like this, but where you're sketching unique lines rather than tracing:

The 1,200mW base model LaserCube runs €699 (USD $807), and the more powerful 2,500mW version is available for €999 (USD $1,153).

Pro Car Detailer Demonstrates the Horrible Fit-and-Finish of a Tesla

Core 77 - Sun, 2021-10-17 14:44

Is there anything worse than an expensive thing that's shoddily made?

Below, professional car detailer Jessica Tran of JT Mobile Detailing goes over the horrendous fit-and-finish of a Tesla. It's difficult to imagine any other car manufacturer getting away with this stuff:


Thriving in the Era of Medtech 3.0: Five Key Trends to Watch

Design News - Sun, 2021-10-17 05:03
Connectivity is the foundation to success in the era of Medtech 3.0, but it’s only the beginning.

Plastics, Composites Venture into Orbit and Beyond

Design News - Sun, 2021-10-17 05:00
Next year’s Chinaplas will showcase engineering plastics that are supporting aerospace on earth, as well as space exploration and research, at an unprecedented level.