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VinoCaddy, by Daniel Hilgenberg – Coming Soon!

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

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Lights Out Ashtray

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

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Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously

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

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Making the Pawfect Suds Dog Soap

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

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Chocolate Treasures Gift Packaging

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 rendering.

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Candy Plumbing

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

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Skittles Candy Sorter

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

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Inspiration: Pill Organizers

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

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Stuck at your desk?!

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

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Egg Speakers

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

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Dispensing the Remedy

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

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Surf Approved : Better Wax Comb

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

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USB Scent Flower on NBC17 “My Carolina Today” Show

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

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Broken: Discover Lattea Design Contest

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

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Xbox Controller with Trackball Aim

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

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David Merrill: Siftables, the toy blocks that think!

MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning? Source: TED.com

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Wind Powered Lantern

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

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Custom Gecko Coffee Mug

  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.

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Reminder Pocket Pill Case

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

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Flameless Rechargable USB Lighter

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

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PC World : Wall Mounted Renderfarm

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

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Bringing back forgotten engineering from the 50’s

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

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Making the USB Scent Flower™

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

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