Sorry, Don't Expect STD-Sensing Color Condoms Anytime Soon

When the TeenTech Awards announced their 2015 winners last week, news outlets far and wide swooned over the concept of color-changing condoms that detected STDs proposed by three teenaged students. The idea is brilliant as it is bizarre—but don’t expect to see these in stores anytime soon. » 6/30/15 12:24pm 6/30/15 12:24pm

A 20-Sided Pocket Art Director Gives You Free Design Advice

When deadlines are a-looming and your creative well has momentarily run dry; when a conversation with colleagues would result in a down-the-rabbit-hole discussion that time won't allow; or when a client wants a design change and you need guidance from an impartial third party; the Pocket Art Director wants to help you… » 6/30/14 5:00pm 6/30/14 5:00pm

The Ultimate Father's Day Shopping Deadline Guide

You know that Father's Day is coming up. But if you're anything like me, "June 19th" still sounds distant enough that you haven't gotten off your ass to actually buy a gift. It's not too late. (But it almost is!) Here's a list of places that should have presents your dad won't hate, and that will still deliver by… » 6/15/11 11:00am 6/15/11 11:00am

This Toothbrush-Toothpaste Hybrid Will Eliminate Those Travel-Sized Tubes You Bring On Vacation

This is Twist&Brush, the toothbrush-toothpaste hybrid concept: It jams your toothpaste into its handle, so you never have to remember to bring those pesky extra tubes when you travel. An idea so tremendously obvious that it's brilliant. [Kawamura-Ganjavian via FastCoDesign] » 3/22/11 7:02pm 3/22/11 7:02pm

Great Giz Ideas: Harass Your Neighbors With Your Wi-Fi Hotspot Name

We were setting up our wireless router in this our new house when we made a startling realization. Our wireless hotspot doesn't need to be limited to boring names like LinksysN or 2Wire1969, they can be messages to our neighbors that they see every time they connect to their router. Here are some that our crack team… » 7/02/08 5:00pm 7/02/08 5:00pm

Concept Dishwasher Looks Nice, May Turn Your Kitchen into a Rainforest

Spring segueing into summer means degree shows, when students show off their, frankly, outtahere-lunatic creations. So, without further ado, let's go to the Centre de Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal, where we have an innovative wall-hung dishwasher, or dishwasheur, as it's probably called. » 4/30/08 5:40am 4/30/08 5:40am

10 Feasible Concepts We Wish You Could Actually Buy

Concept gadgets are great because they offer a possible vision of our future while showcasing the potential of outside of the box thinking. The one problem is that many of the designers out there are not even on the same planet as the box. The trick is to come up with an interesting, marketable idea that may actually… » 2/22/08 6:20pm 2/22/08 6:20pm

Wall Outlet 2.0: Plug-In Design Minimizes Exposure to Plumber's Ass

Taking home the Silver in the student design category of the Idea Awards, Plug-In by designer Julia Burke fits in a standard opening for electrical outlets. Its uplifted angle makes it easier to plug things into it, so when you're bent over to plug something in, unfortunate onlookers won't have to see your butt crack… » 10/19/06 9:39am 10/19/06 9:39am