Marken mit langer Tradition finden Sie neben jungen Designerlabeln und Herstellern die Sie vielleicht noch nie im Designbereich wahrgenommen haben. In der heutigen Warenwelt steht eine Marke für mehr oder weniger gerechtfertigtes Vertrauen der Verbraucher in Proportion zum Marketingbudget. Formost spricht lieber vom Gebrauch und wirklich gerechtfertigten Vertrauen und prüft seine Hersteller intensiv. Sollten Sie unser Siegel "gute Ware" bei einem Produkt finden, handelt es sich um ein Markenprodukt nach unserem Geschmack.

Side by Side

Side by Side
Schlichte Funktionalität und gutes Design. Das sind meist die ersten Eindrücke, wenn man ein Produkt von side by side in Händen hält.
Neue Ideen, schönes Holz, fein verarbeitet, geschliffen oder geölt. Erst das Zusammenspiel aus Design und Verarbeitung lässt einen Gegenstand gut werden.
Produkte von side by side findet man heute in vielen Haushalten in der ganzen Welt. Ob in Japan, Sidney oder in Hamburg. Überall freuen sich Menschen über eine besondere Idee, die auch weiterhin eines immer sein wird: Schön anders.
side by side ist eine Designkollektion, die die Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten 2001 in Zusammenarbeit mit der Projektleiterin Sabine Meyer, der Grafikagentur factor product und mehr als 15 freien Designern entwickelt haben. Produktentwicklung, Marketing & Vertrieb und das Versandlager sind in Raubling, im bayerischen Voralpenland. In den Wendelstein Werkstätten arbeiten im Werk Raubling über 120 behinderte Mitarbeiter in verschiedenen Bereichen, 80 davon in der sehr gut ausgestatteten Schreinerei.

Aus ökologischen Gründen werden in erster Linie heimische Hölzer verwendet, die Oberflächen bleiben naturbelassen oder werden mit umweltverträglichen Ölen, Wachsen oder Lacken behandelt. Die Produktion erfolgt zu einem großen Anteil in Handarbeit in eigenen und weiteren Werkstätten für Menschen mit Behinderung. Neben der Designlinie side by side stellt die Schreinerei seit über 30 Jahren hochwertiges Holzspielzeug her.

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What Do the Different Icons on Japanese Washlet Toilets Mean?

Visitors to Japan may find themselves befuddled by the control panels on washlet toilets, like this one:

There are at least nine different toilet manufacturers, each with their own graphic design team that has individually decided how to communicate various functions. For example:

In an effort to make these less confusing to foreigners, the members of the Japan Sanitary Equipment Industry Association have agreed to standardize the designs. Here's the new universal iconography:

And here's what they all mean:

For those of you that can read katakana, this one may confuse you a bit:

In katakana it says "bidet," yet is meant to refer to "Front Spray for Females." This is because in Japan, "bidet" has erroneously been understood to refer to only that part of the job. But consider the graphic design challenge this poses: If we look at the icon for "Rear Spray"....

...that's clearly an ass, which could belong to either gender. How does one flip the image around to indicate "Front Spray for Females [Only]" without drawing something crass? 

The designers have neatly solved this by not showing the front view at all, but by using a side profile and simply adding an extra tuft of hair to suggest a female.

Well played. Though we are a bit curious to see what designs ended up not making the cut.

In any case, the standardization of these icons is a welcome measure, and one that will surely go down in the annals of graphic design history.

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9 Innovative Inventions We Saw in 2016

This year we saw the invention of a lot of neat, useful things that allow us humans to do more, waste less, use nature to protect ourselves from nature, create absolutely perfect toast and more.

The New Jersey family behind the Zenesis House developed a nature-powered snow-melting system, allowing them to ditch their shovels forever while creating their own electricity.

A Texas homeowner used water to fight water, saving his home from flooding using the clever Aquadam.

A tween girl from New Zealand invented the Kindling Cracker, which allows one to safely and quickly turn firewood into kindling.

The Makinex Powered Hand Truck allows single users to effortlessly hoist and move nearly 400 pounds, with no fear of sustaining back injuries.

The Zipper Truck System is a brilliant, sustainable way to quickly build tunnels that will last forever.

The Vertical Walking invention allows folks to ascend and descend while using less energy than taking the stairs.

From Japan comes the Tsunago pencil sharpener, which allows you to combine a shorter pencil with a longer one, so you can use pencil stubs up right to the very end.

A Canadian inventor developed these crazy omnidirectional wheels and put them on his Toyota, though we have our doubts about the video.

And in a quest to create absolutely perfect toast, appliance manufacturer Balmuda developed a special toaster that requires adding the magic ingredient: Water.


More from Core77's 2016 Year in Review

The 16 Best Stories from 2016

16(ish) of 2016's Best Materials Moments

2016 Best of Furniture Design

10 Things 2016 Had to Offer to the Future of Transportation

2016 Best of Digital Fabrication

15 Reader Submitted Projects That Wowed This Year

Footwear Designs That Pushed Boundaries in 2016

2016 Marks the First Year in the "Age of the Drone"

The Best of Sketching in 2016

9 Ways Robots and AI Took Over 2016 + How to Cope

2016 Year in Photos

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Slick Gift Picks for Studio-Dwellers

Some people run their work zone like a tight ship, others like more like a ball pit at a Cheezy restaurant, but either way the studio is a vital space for the creative self. Whichever way you (or your favorite design nerd) work, the Hand-Eye studio picks list highlights both quality and durability. So whether you keep it clean and precise or wild and free, all of these finds can keep up and keep that work inspired.

For Japan's Claustrum, minimalism and functionality are both of critical importance. Along with rigorous development and testing, their emphasis on lasting quality has helped them produce one of the most fun and functional desk tools we've found. The Claustrum Magnetic Tape Dispenser is seriously stately and enjoyable to use. It's entirely made of thick stainless, with an interesting floating-tape shape, the ability to accept different tape sizes easily, and a super sharp cutting lip. Most notably, its base is a heavy magnet which lets you attach the upper in any kind of weird configuration you feel like. It also seems like it's referencing some kind of important architecture or industrial form, but we're not certain which. So you can make that up yourself.

Fountain pens are excellent for people who enjoy the personal and tactile part of writing, and Kaweco's Brass Sport is an extra hearty handful. These pens have been made for generations, and the classic pocket-friendly Sport style was updated with a glinty and weighty solid brass body. Writes smoothly, warms to the hand nicely, and will develop a personalized patina with use. Like correspondence, they'll get better with age. 

Hay thinks your straight lines should be having more fun. These wooden triangle rulers mark out measurement in 3D style with pops of contrasting color to keep it extra interesting. Wonderful for anyone who works in metric. Your grumpy ex-pat officemate, perhaps? 

For more studio ideas check out the Hand-Eye Supply Design Under Duress guide!

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