The Weapon of Mass Creation

The pen is mightier than the sword… especially when it’s made of titanium! We’ve seen a massive influx of pen designs on Kickstarter, each competing aggressively with another, and it’s our responsibility to handpick the finest designs there are in this category, because with writing instruments, one only deserves the best.

The X-01 pen by Namisu is so focused on being a powerful writing tool, it channels minimalism in a way most luxury pens don’t. The Pen comes in a single material design, with grooves for gripping only where they are necessary. The pen is even devoid of branding because a remarkable writing experience is their brand. The casing of the pen is immaculately machined from a single metal block and you can choose from brass, aluminum (in comet grey and satin black), or satisfy the immortal penman in you by going for the Titanium X-01. Looking nothing short of a futuristic bullet casing, the X-01 comes built for Schmidt’s short rollerball refills (available widely in broad, medium and fine thicknesses).

The X-01 come in absolutely dapper looking jet black boxes (perfect for gifting, I say), and for a little more, you can even get your hands on the leather sleeve cases for the pen. The pens come in different weights, based on the metal. The lighter Aluminum makes for great lengthy writing sessions, while the heavy brass is perfect for signatures. The titanium however gives you the versatility of articulating thoughts, taking long notes, and the occasional signature or autograph.

Let’s remember… the keyboard may be the most popular writing tool today but significant moments are always immortalized in pen…

Designers: Adrien Cols & Maria Millan

BUY IT HERE: $44.00










Launch your Design Career! A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

It’s February already?! Whoa! Time flies, right? Well, luckily we’re still in the lead, with only three weeks to go. If you missed out on your golden opportunity last year to win yourself an A’ Design Award, never you mind, you can still register your designs till the 28th of February.

The A’ Design Awards and Competition aren’t like your run-of-the-mill design awards. Like I’ve said before, the purpose of the award isn’t just to recognize good work, it’s to promote and broadcast it. Winners don’t just get an award (well they get a pretty cool looking trophy for sure), they also get their own PR campaign, a chance to network with the best in the business, and we obviously do a pretty grand feature of the winning designs. The best thing about the A’ Design Awards and Competition is that even registrants are entitled to a great deal of opportunities. All participants get included in the ever expanding World Design Index (which ranks countries based on their participation) and even get covered in the World Design Encyclopedia, so make sure you and your country get represented!

The A’ Design Awards are judged by a stellar jury of 80+ highly respected designers who span all design disciplines and are spread all over the world. These jurors judge designs over a wide variety of categories (some of them being Furniture Design, Lighting Design, Electronic Devices Design, Transportation Design, Medical Devices Design, Home Appliances Design and MANY more). Head down to the website to read more about the design category that fits your project.

Winners of the A’ Design Awards and Competition will be declared on the 15th of April and winning design entries will be featured right here on Yanko Design on that very day itself. So if you’re looking for an easy way to launch your design career, get noticed (and featured on YD!), and become the designer you’ve always dreamed of being, get busy! You’ve got exactly three weeks till the deadline! Scroll down to see the designs that won last year. Maybe this year could be your chance!

Register Here for the A’ Design Awards and Competition 2017 : Deadline 28th February

Shadowbrook 3D Printed Faucet by DXV
The water faucet that won our hearts and dominated Pinterest this year! Absolutely gorgeous, don’t you think?

The Birth by h220430
What happens when you flip a chandelier inside out? You get something as incredible as the Birth chandelier. Always a personal favorite.

Qwikflip 6-IN-1 Activity Center by Grow’n Up R&D Team
Children get tired of their toys really quickly. Designed to be six games/toys in one, the Qwikflip will ensure your kid is always on his toes, occupied, and never bored!

Nest by Paul Ketz
Trap your material belongings in the Nest, because man is an animal that is trapped in his own self-made materialistic prison! Dark? I think it’s quirky!

Lr16 by Adam Miklosi
Controversial, edgy, and downright eye-catching, the Lr16 is an industrially manufactured coffin with a more functional design than traditionally crafted coffins. Rather interesting.

Shelter Pack by Hakan Gürsu
Don’t worry. This isn’t another coffin. The Shelter Pack by A’ Design’s most awarded designer Hakan Gürsu puts an entire refugee shelter into a highly transportable, foldable flat-pack.

Brave Jet Syringe by Ilmo Ahn, Jisu Kim & Juyeon Baek & SeonwooPyo
How do you get kids to be less afraid of injections? Gamify the concept! The Brave Jet is a toy that also can be added to the syringe design to make an otherwise scary procedure much more child-friendly.

Coral Flower Vase by Steve Lee
The Coral Flower Vase inspires the two most important reactions to its design. Wow, and How. While some people marvel this vase’s beauty, the more curious among us can’t stop asking ourselves how this ethereal flower vase was made!

Mitosis by Soroush Vahidian Kamyar
Who knew design could preach aesthetics and molecular biology at the same time?! The Mitosis lamp series are inspired by the way cells divide/replicate within nature. Fun to look at, and fun to learn too!

memobottle™ by Jesse Leeworthy
You’ve probably seen these bottles somewhere. Hell, you may just know someone who owns one of these! That’s the power of good design and good marketing! The bottle is good design. The fact that you’ve seen it somewhere is A’ Design’s great marketing! So don’t wait up! Go register immediately! February 28th will be here before you know it!

Hybrid Inclusive Mobility?


It’s probably a good thing that at first glance, I couldn’t tell whether the Volkswagen Roller was an urban mobility device or a disabled mobility device. I think we should start thinking of products that bridge the gap between regular and special needs.

The Volkswagen Roller, in fact, is a new-age roller skate. It’s autonomous, and hands-free. The design comes with two main hubless wheels and two retractable rear wheels. The rear wheels (almost like a plane’s landing gear) remain outside before and after the ride. However, while in-transit, they retract inwards, so that you ride using only the main hubless wheels on each foot. Think of it as a split hover board, but Volkswagen style.

Each roller comes with a hard-plastic shoe that you slide your feet into. Maybe one day disabled people can have bionic feet that look like that and all you need to do is snap a pair of hubless wheels on and you’re set to go! It would be interesting to see a car company like VW entering the futuristic disabled mobility business. If the Volkswagen Rollers are any indicator, they’ll definitely look incredibly stylish!

Designer: Raquel Villani









Real Life Virtual Reality Racing


The razor-thin Volkswagen 300 concept is so low profile that it’s unfeasible a human driver could get behind the wheel! But, that doesn’t mean it’s autonomous. Instead, the pilot drives the VW remotely using a virtual reality headset that provides an immersive experience as close to actual driving as possible. This entirely new take on racing puts humans out of harms way and makes it possible for an endless expansion of virtual tools to help reduce lap times and give drivers the winning edge.

Designer: Michel Dias













A Perf Surf Accessory

Unless you’re a surfer who lives within walking distance to the beach, you’ve gotta hide your stuff like keys and phone in a safe hiding spot where it won’t be stolen or picked up. Designed with this in mind, the First Smart Surfing Bag takes the stress out of stashing your stuff.

Worn comfortably across the upper body, it provides a convenient, safe place for your belongings without hindering movement. Better yet, there’s a spot for keeping snacks and even a water pouch for quenching your thirst. This means you can surf longer and harder without taking a break on land!

Designer: Alix Brassart