Category: Design

Awesome Products: Every KitchenAid Mixer Attachment and What They Do

Every KitchenAid Mixer Attachment  & What They Do #product_design

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This product infographic that explains every KitchenAid Mixer attachment and what they do is one of the best I have ever seen. I had no idea this fantastic kitchen product was so versatile! After seeing this, I am definitely tempted to get myself a KitchenAid – the problem will be deciding which colour!

UPDATE: I found the source of the original infographic! You can find it here.

x Jess

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Awesome Products: Pixel Waffle Maker lets you customize a message

Awesome Products: The Pixel Waffle Maker #product_design

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How clever is this? A Pixel Waffle Maker that allows you to create your own designs, letters and messages on your waffles by pushing down individual “pixels”. Great for personalizing breakfasts and desserts, its a throw back to the 8-bit graphics of the past. The waffle maker features an easy-to-clean 9 x 9 pixel silicone tray which you can customize to your heart’s content – as much as is possible with such a low-res canvas. But I honestly wonder who won’t simply push all the pixels down for maximum syrup storage!

You can follow along with the product development, check out the latest photos, and see if this awesome concept will make it to market soon! I certainly hope so.

x Jess

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Design Crush : R.M. Williams Bed Linen

R.M. Williams branch into bed linen and homewares // I love this quilt cover!

On Sunday I popped into Myer for something completely unrelated, but I found myself in the bedding section with eyes wide open in front of this beautiful doona quilt cover, designed by none other than iconic Australian brand R.M. Williams. You almost wouldn’t believe that the brand famous for boots and sophisticated country style has branched into homewares, but there you go. And what a fine design debut! In my opinion, the standout piece is this gorgeous Flowerdale quilt cover, featuring a floral motif inspired by a journey from the bush to the coast. While I’m not usually a fan of kitsch Australiana, I am a huge fan of this! It is an on-trend design printed on the highest-quality cotton exhibiting both subtlety and boldness by combining neon and neutral elements, modern with an almost bohemian edge. Time to makeover my bedroom, methinks. Love!

x Jess

R.M. Williams branch into bed linen and homewares // I love this quilt cover!

Today has been cancelled. Go back to bed.

Today has been cancelled. Go back to bed.

Sometimes – you just have days like this.

Like the time you slept in too late on a gorgeously sunny Sunday, jump on the train to the city with the intention of hopping on a ferry to the beach, only to realize that the entire rest of the city also slept in and had the exact same idea as you – and you will have to wait for 1.5 hours in line before there’s a place on a ferry for you. And you think… nope. No beach for me today. Mission aborted.

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Awesome Products: This grocery backpack is my new favourite bag!

I was just saying to my hubby Antok a few weeks ago that somebody should design a backpack with multiple stacked layers, basically, separate layered compartments with zippers, so I don’t have to rummage at the bottom of my bag for random things all the time. And, it would be so handy to be able to put the heavy things in the bottom, while the lighter things and the things I need quick access to (like drink bottles) stay at the top. So, I couldn’t believe it when I saw this perfect grocery backpack on Pinterest the other day!

Grocery backpack! With compartments to divide things, so easy to carry. Brilliant! Love! #product_design

GENIUS - layered section backpack lets you pack heavy stuff at the bottom and lighter stuff at the top - saves rummaging and re-packing! Betabrand

A GROCERY backpack! With four compartments to divide things, it would be so easy to carry to the markets. Brilliant, I thought! I simply love this!

The CORNUCOPIA bag by Betabrand is sheer GENIUS in grocery backpack format. It’s is exactly like I was imagining – a layered section backpack that lets you pack heavy stuff at the bottom and lighter stuff at the top – saving rummaging and re-packing!

I’m so glad that somebody invented this amazing grocery backpack. I got so excited, that I was all like “Shut UP and TAKE MY MONEY!”  and bought one right away! That rarely happens… usually I save all the ideas of things I want to buy on my Wishlist or Product Design board for later deliberation. But once in a while – my heart and my head just scream “Yes!”

While the bag that caught my eye is the mustard one, I actually bought the more conservative charcoal colorway, as the neutral tone will suit my style better.

Grocery backpack! With compartments to divide things, so easy to carry. Brilliant! Love! #product_design

Grocery backpack! With compartments to divide things, so easy to carry. Brilliant! Love! #product_design

Grocery backpack! With compartments to divide things, so easy to carry. Brilliant! Love! #product_design

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It also comes in a brand new tricolor combination, which I absolutely LOVE as well… but then went for the trusty charcoal anyway. Yeah – that’s so like me. But I have enough color in my life…

Grocery backpack! With compartments to divide things, so easy to carry. Brilliant! Love! #product_design

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I just received the email this afternoon to tell me that my new backpack is on it’s way, all the way from the US to the sunny shores of Australia. Oh – and I can’t wait! It’ll be like Christmas in September.

x Jess

 

 

How do I price my product? The ultimate product pricing formula for designers and makers

The ultimate formula for product pricing for designers and makers

This morning, I was SO inspired listening to the most recent podcast of Elise Gets Crafty by the incredibly talented Elise Joy, that I decided to make an infographic summarizing the one main point from the episode that made light bulbs start flashing in my head. This is the kind of MBA-quality wisdom you usually would have to pay big dollars for in consulting fees. You can listen to the full episode on iTunes here or stream it from your computer here. Just look for Episode 28 featuring an interview with Tara Gentile.

While I was at university studying Industrial (Product) Design… I would have loved for somebody to present me with this simple chart and formula to show me how product pricing actually has to work in the real world of business. So I made one myself right now!

Enjoy, use, and share!

x Jess

Awesome Products : Cutlery covers perfect for your purse

Have you ever wanted to eat lunch on the go and hygienically carry your cutlery? Usually a packed lunch is fine on the way there, its just that after you eat, there’s nowhere to keep the dirty spoon, fork and knife. Here is an awesome product design idea I stumbled across on Pinterest recently – cutlery covers, so perfect for your purse!

Cutlery covers | perfect for your purse! Awesome! #product_design

I couldn’t find the link to the original product – can anybody help me out to find the source?

If I can find out where to buy these, I’ll take three, thanks!

x Jess

Awesome Products : Couch monster

I think I need a couch monster!

I think I need a couch monster!

This cute little guy AKA the “Beast Pillow” is handmade in Los Angeles by designer Debi van Zyl.

I can totally imagine coming home to him sitting on my couch, bed or chair. I would tell him my secrets, and he would keep them. My daughter would cuddle him and drag him across the living room floor, and my husband would use him as a pillow and fall asleep on him! We would try not to sit on top of him – but it might happen. Hopefully he wouldn’t be offended!

Each beast is made to order – and takes 2-3 weeks to produce. He’s a rather popular fellow, and you can get him right here.

I want one, now!

x Jess

Awesome Products : Microfibre house slippers that dust, sweep and polish as you walk

Microfibre slippers that dust, sweep and polish as you walk! Genius! | via A Designer Life

These must be the most brilliant products ever invented for lazy housekeepers or busy mamas like myself who simply don’t have hours to dust, sweet and polish the floors. Microfibre house slippers that dust, sweep and polish as you walk. Genius, am I right?

To be honest I didn’t think they were a real product until I saw these on Amazon. I thought that these were surely an example of Japanese Chindogu, of crazy, un-useless, yet noncommercial inventions.

I can see myself popping these babies on, turning the music up,  and waltzing around the kitchen, doing a blitz of cleaning while burning up calories dancing.

The come in a hot pink and a lime green (as well as other colors) with removable pads that have little microfiber fingers that catch hair, dust and dirt. This super clever footwear are supposed to be able to clean faster, easier and better, because the slippers can go where mops cannot reach, obviously. And they are way more fun than using a dull old mop, duh!

Here are a few other features:

  • A velcro pad that attaches/detaches the cleaning cloth from the slipper
  • No hard edges, so they are safe to use on all floor surfaces including wood, tile, vinyl
  • Machine washable; for use on dry floors only

The manufacturer says that one size fits most, but I wonder if they make them in kid sizes, so that the whole family can help out while having a dance party at home?!

You can pop over to Amazon and get a pair for yourself… or as a gift for your partner who needs a not-so-subtle hint to help out a bit more around the house.

x Jess

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