The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and the Dark Knight series may rule the box office, but the real superhero money comes from licensed products. And the superhero with the most lucrative license—earning a whopping $1.3 billion a year—is neither Bat nor big-screen Avenger.
Well, it's official: Apple is holding an event on Oct. 16th that will reportedly air out its stale iPad. But as they often do, the invitation to the event included a cryptic tagline: "It's been way too long."
The Chemex Coffeemaker, a pour-over apparatus invented by scientist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm 70 years ago, hasn't changed a bit since it was designed. It's the very definition of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." So how did this quiet little device gain such a following?
Apple's stock headphones aren't exactly the most-loved product in the company's oeuvre, even after Jony Ive's team revamped them last year. Yet they're free (with purchase) and produced by the millions. So Sprng, an inexpensive little plastic do-dad that makes them useful, is worth paying attention to.
The Design Museum has just announced the contenders for the sixth annual Designs of the Year. And their products shortlist highlights objects whose forms transcend their everyday functions.
Who decided babies should have all the fun when it comes to onesies? Certainly not Smart Products. Its one-piece Bikesuit offers head to toe rain protection in the form of waterproof, breathable polyester. Come at me, Poseidon!
And no, that's not an exaggeration. The reviews for Veet for Men Hair Removal Gel, over at Amazon UK are both alarming and sort of encouragingly insane. They leave you with a sense that the spirit of heedless exploration and devil-may-care experimentation that built our industrial society remains fully intact, because…
Some products are so ingrained into the mushy greyness of our brains that we can spot their branding on just the shape of the product alone. It's kinda sick, isn't it? Within half a second, you already knew that that packet above was Heinz ketchup.
NASA may not have spent its own money to develop the million dollar space pen, but the space agency did change your life in countless other ways. Over the years, NASA's technology has led to countless innovative products that you use every day. Some you'd expect, and some you... definitely wouldn't.
People have ascribed all sorts of paranormal abilities to Steve Jobs... but could he have spurred Apple to create a time machine? That's what an anonymous poster at Quora hinted, and the post was picked up by Forbes' Brian Caulfield.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology turns 150 this weekend! You're probably thinking—150? That's old! Who cares about something so old! What a geezer!—for shame. MIT's produced the brains behind some of the world's coolest stuff. [via FastCo]
Product packages are often the design equivalent of having a hammer driven into your eyeballs. Buzzword-y text everywhere, disgusting color overload, and corny cartoon mascots. So why not strip it all away and let the thing's name speak for itself?
Silly Bandz are great fun, but they're not really relevant to adults. So we made these Serious Bandz, suitable for anyone who has a dysfunctional marriage, a humdrum job, or a looming awareness of their own mortality. Get yours today!
Intensify forward rain protection power! Just imagine how stylishly dry you'd be with this Imperial Star Destroyer umbrella, as imagined by the maniacs at One More Gadget. If only this were a real product. [One More Gadget]
Alan Wake (fantastically entertaining game) is one of the more conspicuous about in-game advertising. Hell, they even work products into the gameplay itself. Penny Arcade's take on this is only slightly exaggerated, if you can believe it.
Will corporations still market to consumers at the end of the world? Designer Carl Bender certainly thinks so, and his series Anarkon imagines the sorts of products companies will try to sell consumers after the apocalypse, complete with pretty packaging.
Not to turn this into a secondary job board for Apple or anything, but they're opening up a position for a digital 3D modeler/CAD sculptor to create renderings of possible and future products. It's interesting because the turnover there for the position is really low, and it may be the only time you get a chance to…