Category: Industrial Design

VinoCaddy, by Daniel Hilgenberg - Coming Soon!
January 18, 2013

The VinoCaddy, designed and hand-made by local designer Daniel Hilgenberg, is the perfect way to carry two wine glasses and a bottle. It's also a great presentation piece. There are four material options available: 1) domestic walnut, 2) domestic oak, 3) salvaged and up-cycled domestic chestnut (now extinct), 4) bamboo. Hand made with pride in the USA. We're adding the VinoCaddy to our store very soon! — at The Product Farm, Inc. The finish is...

Lights Out Ashtray
July 3, 2012

Eggcrate pattern + Ashtray = Form + Function.  While the undulating peaks and valleys lend a unique, yet familiar appearance, it primarily serves to safely extinguish the smoldering cherry of a cigarette. The convoluted interior surface is scaled to that of a cigarette so that when a butt is pushed into the ashtray, the cherry is suffocated as it gets pressed into a depression.  No more lingering burning cherries.   Once satisfied with the...

Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously
June 10, 2011

Janet Echelman builds living, breathing sculpture environments that respond to the forces of nature — wind, water and light— and become inviting focal points for civic life. Exploring the potential of unlikely materials, from fishing net to atomized water particles, Echelman combines ancient craft with cutting-edge technology to create her permanent sculpture at the scale of buildings. Experiential in nature, the result is sculpture that shifts...

Making the Pawfect Suds Dog Soap
April 25, 2011

A few summers back, my girlfriend Jen started making her own, all natural dog soaps to sell at one of our local farmers' markets. To begin with, she used soap molds of paw prints that she found at an online retailer. The feedback from pet owners was really positive and her soaps began to work wonders on many dogs with irritated skin conditions. With the success of her soaps, Jen was eager for the next steps in the development of her new dog soap...

Chocolate Treasures Gift Packaging
April 22, 2011

This item was concepted, rendered and modeled in 2005. A plastic container that mimics the treasure chest shape of the chocolate treat itself. Rendered in 3ds Max with Splutterfish Brazil. This packaging concept went into production, although the final version was a laminated 4-color cardboard box and not plastic per the...

Candy Plumbing
April 1, 2011

This brings back good ol' memories! Back in the day, we had a lot of fun with candy dispensers and ended up producing a bunch of fun and colorful things. This SweetTarts candy plumbing dispenser was pitched to Nestle's "Sugar Division" in 2005. The idea was that you could collect a bunch of tubes an build structures out of them. Sweet and...

Skittles Candy Sorter
April 1, 2011

Concept 3D rendering of a Skittles candy dispenser. I designed this for Mars Incorporated (makers of Skittles, Snickers etc) in June, 2003. I can't tell a green gummy bear from a red one - I just chow a bunch in my mouth and enjoy as a whole. This is more for those delicate taste buds out there who likes to enjoy one at a time... Aren't green Skittles suppose to improve womens sex drive? Or was that green M&M's? Since Mars Inc. makes both I...

Inspiration: Pill Organizers
March 9, 2011

It's time to open up the archives and present some pill organizer designs we've worked on over the years. With such a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs on the market at different medication durations, a vast variations of pill containers are needed to assist patients. A pill organizer, pill container, or pill box is a special box for storing scheduled doses of one's medications. Pill organizers are usually made with compartments for each...

Stuck at your desk?!
March 5, 2011

This little suction cup enhanced desk set started as a promotional concept for a pharmaceutical drug treating anemia due to chemotherapy. Ironically, the marketing brand team were focusing on the "stability" of the drug in advertising campaigns. Years later, the drug is now pulled off the market. The FDA have banned Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) in medication after studies proved it increased tumor growth and actually shortened the...

Egg Speakers
November 22, 2010

Giant egg?  Check.  Neoprene sack?  Check.  Induction charging dock? Check.  These are space age speakers. This luxury speaker unit combines the practicality of a portable sound system and striking modern design to create the antithesis to the boom box.  From the cord trap/ ipod cup, to the dense rubber ring on the underside of the sack, to the CNC'd buttons, to the countersunk jack terminals, there are details for such a simple form....

Dispensing the Remedy
November 16, 2010

Unlike some of us, who enjoy a bit of over self medication, most people take the recommended dosage of cough syrup.  Especially when it comes to giving our little ones drugs.  This unique childrens cough syrup bottle was designed to do just that.  The user simply twists the base to unlock, fits the provided syrup cup onto the nozzle, turns over and pushes down on a counter to drop the cup while a predetermined volume of medicine is dispensed via...

Surf Approved : Better Wax Comb
September 11, 2010

Wax combs are a necessary product for surfers.  They are tools used to scrape old wax from a surfboard so that fresh layer can be applied.  We were asked to design a quality item to be given away at a major surfing competition that attendees would actually keep.  We thought instead of just giving a novelty gift, why not give them something useful that would further strengthen the brand as a leader in the market.  We came to the wax comb bottle...

USB Scent Flower on NBC17 "My Carolina Today" Show
August 10, 2010

If you tuned onto NBC17 this Tuesday at 11am (after the Today show locally in Raleigh, NC), you may have caught a glimpse of "My Carolina Today" hosts Page Crawford and Sharon Delaney interview me about the USB Scent Flower.  We talk about how it got started and where we are today on their program segment: "Tech Tuesday". Check out the above video clip. Source: NBC17 My Carolina...

Broken: Discover Lattea Design Contest
August 4, 2010

Create a new and unique latte macchiato glass.  That was the challenge for the Melitta Lattea contest.  In response, the Broken/ Home Collection was imagined.  The collection is defined by 8 uniquely shaped cast ceramic handles, combined with an archetype latte glass to create a set of glasses with individual identities.  Each glass in the set is also characterized by an etched number and logo subtly placed on the shared surface,  only...

Xbox Controller with Trackball Aim
August 2, 2010

I always wanted to develop this for Xbox, however getting access to the Xbox developer kit was proven a little bit to difficult to obtain.  Without it, it's impossible to encrypt the wireless signal, making it possible for the controller to communicate with the console. Imagine the precision in a trackball vs joystick when you try to rack up kills in MWF2 or Halo 3. If anyone out there is interested in making this controller and have access to...

Wind Powered Lantern
July 28, 2010

Being born and raised in Sweden (one of the most northern countries in Europe) our summer days are very long and sometimes everlasting. They call Sweden "The Land of the Midnight Sun" and certain parts of Sweden never see darkness during the summer. But that does not mean we get a lot of sun. Fluffy blankets of ever-lasting clouds often covers the country, making solar technologies less efficient. Surrounded by the Atlantic ocean in the east and...

Custom Gecko Coffee Mug
July 23, 2010

  I've been fortunate enough to work on several recent custom product concepts for a famous US auto insurance company. When Kevin Silver came across an opportunity to present promotional ideas, we sat down one day to brainstorm on some cool concepts.  They were specifically looking for a custom ceramic coffee mug that incorporated their famous gecko. I sketched some designs of how I envisioned the gecko to be climbing the edge of the coffee...

Reminder Pocket Pill Case
July 21, 2010

Its a busy world out there.  Things to do, people to see.  And you don't always remember to take your pills.  Or in the case of your grandma, she just plain forgets.  This unique pill case was designed for that very reason.  It features a programmable alarm built into the cover to remind you to take your meds.  To access the medicine, simply push the release button on the underside and slide the case out.  The living hinge of the lids are...

Flameless Rechargable USB Lighter
July 19, 2010

Nathan Gabriele is one of our design collaborators here at The Product Farm - and also the designer behind our Stand Up Stapler. Besides creating beautiful products for KitchenAid at his day job, Nathan always got something new up his sleeve. This unique USB rechargeable cigarette lighter has received a lot of attention around the web. In lieu of lighter fluid and a flint, this lighter uses resistance coils to create heat. It’s the same technology...

PC World : Wall Mounted Renderfarm
July 19, 2010

Kevin Hall, Dvice: The ultimate PC case mod: 6 powerful PCs in one glorious case The first thing I did when I saw this setup was look at my own wall and see where I could fit one, too. Then I grabbed a napkin to clean up all the drool. Up above is exactly what you'd see if you walked into the lobby of designer Fredrik Perman's office in North Carolina: six powerful computers, all consolidated into one wall-mounted case. Perman, along with his...

Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50's
July 13, 2010

The initial idea of our unique utility strength stand up stapler came when I visited a neighborhood yard sale. I found a "hand vice stapler", commonly used in industrial settings, dry cleaners etc. The interesting thing about them to me was the hinge location. A normal stapler has a hinge at the furthest end from the staple mechanism, while the hand vice staplers hinge is more centered. We based our concept around this in an effort to make our...

Making the USB Scent Flower™
July 13, 2010

I've been designing, developing and producing products for what I would consider a long time. It wasn't what I went to school for, nor was it what I wanted to be as a child (I wanted to illustrate and draw cartoons for a living), but once I was introduced to industrial design by chance in 2002, I knew right away that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Creating professional 2D/3D artwork for six years prior, my skills seamlessly...