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Perfectly Rectilinear Food Trucks from Italy

Food trucks in America aren't exactly designey vehicles; they're all pretty much variations on old ice cream trucks.Unsurprisingly, Italy—land of both designey vehicles and passionate eaters—won't stand for this form factor. As an example, the Europa line of autonegozi (loosely translated, "shop on wheels," i.e. food truck) sold by Italian manufacturer...

Can Anyone Guess What This Object Does?

Have a look, see if you can guess what it does:.....I correctly guessed it was used to clean something, but incorrectly guessed the thing-to-be-cleaned had two halves, to be kept divided by the center diamond. And I had no notion what the thing-to-be-cleaned was.The object is actually for cleaning suede shoes. Apparently the rubber is soft and tacky,...

Plywood Laminations So Pretty, You Won't Want to Edge-Band It<split class="segment_paste_split"></split>

Hokkaido-based lumber processor Takizawa Veneer manufactures plywood so pretty, it'd be a shame to edge-band it. First off, each layer is "checked and refinished individually, to guarantee there are no pores or other defects," the company writes. On top of that, they've developed a system of incorporating recycled colored paper, yielding an eye-popping...

Milwaukee's Innovative Portable Lighting Box

Milwaukee's got an interesting design for portable lighting with their M18 Packout Light/Charger. To make it play nice with their Packout system of stacking toolboxes, they've opted for a boxy form factor that clicks in to the top half of any of the other Packout components. For maximum light options and flexibility, they've kitted it out with three...

Japanese Overdesign FTW: Tsukushi Pencil Tip Protector Also Adds Clip Functionality

On the borderline between hilarious and ingenious: This Pencil Cap, sold by Japanese stationery brand Tsukushi and manufactured in a spring factory in Tokyo, not only protects the sharpened tip, but allows you to carry it around like a pen.The ¥1,650 (USD $15) cap was designed by Drill Design. (Note: For some reason, I couldn't get Drill's website to...

A Freestanding Spreading Knife that Suspends the Mess

Here's an interesting product design that addresses one of those minor UX hassles we all know, but rarely consider. This Self Standing Spreader Knife Air, by Swedish industrial designer Harald Hynell, rests on its handle to keep whatever you're spreading up in the air, rather than all over the presentation board:The knife is produced and sold by Bosign,...

Better UX for Cremation: Turning Ash Remains Into Smooth Pebbles

If you've ever cleaned out a wood stove, fire pit or fireplace, you know ashes have a way of getting all over everything. Consider, then, the potential for terrible UX when dealing with the cremated remains of a loved one, which are typically stored in urns or boxes. As Bloomberg points out:One entrepreneur, Justin Crowe had been thinking about this...

DIY 3D-Printed Mini Storage Containers Threaded for Existing Bottlecaps

Thingiverse denizens have been 3D printing these tiny, nifty storage containers, threaded to match bottlecaps on common products. They come in three variants: Normal, knurled and slitted.The .stl files were created by Japan-based Thingiverse user Tokyo Bird and are available here, though I'm not sure if Japanese-market bottlecaps are threaded to the...

A Garbage Disposal Designed for Seamless Composting

Composting is increasingly popular, and many state-run programs have made it easier than ever to reduce food waste. Yet despite the growing accessibility of composting, 50 million tons of compostable waste ends up in American landfills at the end of each year. Scientists in organizations like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have found...

A Utility Knife That Transforms Into a Scraper, Using the Same Blade

We've all seen our share of gimmicky transforming tools, but this one looks like it has true utility:Not shown in the video above: It's also got a built-in paint can opener.It's branded as a ToughBuilt product, but curiously it does not appear on their website. Instead the tool appears to be sold exclusively at Lowes, for $18.

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