Start your Design Journey! A’ Design Awards are Just Around the Corner!

You know that idea you have in the back of your head? What if it has true potential? Award programs are the best way to dip your toe in the water and see if your idea is received well. It also helps the world get to know about your vision and in a lot of cases, support it too!

We’ve got a small albeit rather insightful round-up of products that won the A’ Design Award and were received by the world with a great deal of praise. A lot of these products went on to becoming successfully crowdfunded projects too, riding on the support and confidence after having secured an award!

The A’ Design Award and Competition happen each year, with thousands of entries over a vast variety of categories. With a jury panel of 173 esteemed international designers, and multiple categories ranging from Furniture to Toy Design, and Architecture to Consumer Electronics, there’s a category for each and every concept/idea wanting to be tested, to be accepted, to be validated. It’s a good thing you’re reading this now, because you’ve still got till the 30th of September for regular submissions. That’s a week to ruminate, refine, render, and finally register! Not to forget getting rewarded! Here’s a list of what’s on the table for winners and even design submissions.

Click here to Register Now and get your design evaluated for the 2017-18 A’ Design Award and Competition by submitting your entries! Meanwhile, scroll down to see our mini-roundup of designs that went from strength to strength after winning the A’ Design Award!

01. 01: Dimensioning Instrument by InstruMMents Inc.
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The death of the measuring tape came long before Apple’s ARKit. It came with the dimensioning pen from InstruMMents. The pen garnered a lot of interest on social media after winning awards at major design competitions from A’ Design, to IDEA, to the Red Dot. The pen even managed to successfully smash its crowdfunding target and become an icon in itself, while being a go-to tool for most designers and architects.

02. Only Clock by Vadim Kibardin
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First came the hubless tire, then came the hubless clock! The Only Clock by Vadim Kibardin keeps exactly what is necessary for time-telling, the numbers, and eliminates everything else, which is all of the central mass. You’re then left with a circular frame of sorts that looks beautiful against patterned wallpaper, exposed brick, or against a windowsill! The Only Clock started as a concept, but only recently went up for sale on Kibardin’s website.

03. memobottle™ by Jesse Leeworthy
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Who can truly ever forget the Memobottle? The first bottle to be able to fit into any backpack, briefcase, or even sleeve, the Memobottle took the notion of a cylindrical bottle and rendered it extinct. It also won the A’ Design Award last year and after a successful crowdfunding campaign, their latest version the Memobottle H2.0 just recently successfully completed its crowdfunding campaign minutes ago! In fact, the Memobottle became so popular, it spawned a series of duplicates that even now continue to try to ride on its success!

04. Raven Kick scooter by Ignas Survila
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The Raven Kick Scooter by Ignas Survila scored an A’ Design Award as well as a Red Dot Award. The completely foldable scooter (including the handlebars) made its way to the crowdfunding stage and is now up for preorder on the Citybirds website, with shipping starting as soon as this December!

05. Smarter USB Adapter by inDare Design & Baseus Manufacture
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Known for their stellar mobile and tablet accessories, Baseus had an absolute winner with the Smarter USB Adapter. Literally! It secured an award in last year’s A’ Design Award and even an iF Design Award. After a long cycle of product development (which usually takes a year), the Smarter USB is available to all! You can grab one for yourself here!

06. Nextbit Robin Smartphone by Nextbit
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The Nextbit Robin Smartphone is yet another multi-awarded project. After winning an A’ Design Award and a Good Design Award last year, the phone went on to change how we perceive storage. In fact, the Robin has unlimited storage. Everything gets secured on a cloud folder, so you never run out of space even after a billion selfies. Google followed suit immediately with its unlimited storage for photos on its first Pixel device! An idea can truly change the world, can’t it??

So, if you’re someone with a small idea and large dreams, head to the A’ Design Award and Competition registration today! You have till the 30th of September to change your fate and your career!

Don’t Waste Time Tracking your Time

The timesheet. Ah… the bane of every office-goer’s existence. Having to fill up logs showing how much time you devoted to each activity of the day. I remember having to time my lunches too. It was awful! Especially having to remember to start and stop timers every time I changed activities. At the end of the day, putting those entries into the timesheet software would take up almost half an hour of my time every day.

This frustration pushed Joan to create the ultimate time keeping experience. The Tiller is an innocuous little device that sits near your mouse. Looking no bigger than a hockey puck, this product makes time keeping a tactile and much more efficient experience. The very idea that Tiller is a product that sits on your desk (and not a software that can be minimized and forgotten) makes it constantly remind you to efficiently keep tabs on the work you’re doing and the time you spend doing it.

The Tiller comes with a single disc-shaped touch surface that acts as a jog-dial too. In the center lies one sole notification light to let you know when Tiller is timing your activities. Designed with an experience that is all too familiar after having used iPods for over a decade, the jog-dial on the Tiller allows you to swiftly cycle through activities and clients, while simply tapping on the surface starts and stops tracking. At the end of the day, Tiller compiles all your activities and has them stored on your time-tracking software. Tiller works seamlessly with the industry’s leading timekeeping software like Toggl, Harvest, WorkflowMax, and AND CO. They plan to add more to this list!

Tiller, like all your premium office products, comes in machined aluminum with an anodized matte finish that you’ll immediately associate with your MacBook or any other laptop. Tiller comes in Black, Silver, and Slate Gray variants that compliment your other office accessories beautifully. They even have a bright Orange variant for people who are familiar with the Pomodoro time-keeping techniques!

Designer: Joan

Click here to Buy Now: $99.00 $130.00

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Here’s How Tiller Works

1. Start & Stop: Tap Tiller to instantly start or stop a timer.

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2. Switch: Turn Tiller to switch between clients, projects or tasks.

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3. Quick Insights: You can double tap on any item to see analytics, budgets information, and more.

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Available in four gorgeous finishes.

Click here to Buy Now: $99.00 $130.00

This clock has hands… and legs!

MB&F is known to push boundaries with their timepieces. Unlike most watch brands that’s all about following tradition and legacy, Maximilian Büsser and his friends (MB&F) dabble with timekeeping on a different level, oftentimes creating watches that are more sculptural or are performance pieces rather than the standard two hands and a dial.

Octopod is one of MB&F’s most dazzling (and borderline scary) timepieces. Exploring the aquatic theme (an MB&F favorite), the Octopod is mesmeric (and borderline scary, I repeat) with its transparent orb head and eight movable legs. The timepiece almost floats inside the transparent orb, and was engineered to perfection by L’Epée 1839, who have been in the watchmaking business for over 175 years. The watch’s movement is made from 159 individual components, including 19 jewels, with an eight-day power reserve. The true enchantment however lies in the Octopus head that comes with a 360° gimbal action allowing the watch/clock face to face in any direction. The timepiece itself is mounted on a special glass base-plate with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, making it absolutely unnoticeable so it looks like the timepiece is truly floating in air.

Available as a limited edition, the Octopod comes in three colors, Black PVD, Blue PVD, and Palladium, and an absolutely hefty price tag… which is the price you pay for something this remarkably beautiful and unique. Not to mention again, borderline scary.

Designers: MB&F & L’Epée 1839

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This clock has hands… and legs!

MB&F is known to push boundaries with their timepieces. Unlike most watch brands that’s all about following tradition and legacy, Maximilian Büsser and his friends (MB&F) dabble with timekeeping on a different level, oftentimes creating watches that are more sculptural or are performance pieces rather than the standard two hands and a dial.

Octopod is one of MB&F’s most dazzling (and borderline scary) timepieces. Exploring the aquatic theme (an MB&F favorite), the Octopod is mesmeric (and borderline scary, I repeat) with its transparent orb head and eight movable legs. The timepiece almost floats inside the transparent orb, and was engineered to perfection by L’Epée 1839, who have been in the watchmaking business for over 175 years. The watch’s movement is made from 159 individual components, including 19 jewels, with an eight-day power reserve. The true enchantment however lies in the Octopus head that comes with a 360° gimbal action allowing the watch/clock face to face in any direction. The timepiece itself is mounted on a special glass base-plate with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, making it absolutely unnoticeable so it looks like the timepiece is truly floating in air.

Available as a limited edition, the Octopod comes in three colors, Black PVD, Blue PVD, and Palladium, and an absolutely hefty price tag… which is the price you pay for something this remarkably beautiful and unique. Not to mention again, borderline scary.

Designers: MB&F & L’Epée 1839

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This clock has hands… and legs!

MB&F is known to push boundaries with their timepieces. Unlike most watch brands that’s all about following tradition and legacy, Maximilian Büsser and his friends (MB&F) dabble with timekeeping on a different level, oftentimes creating watches that are more sculptural or are performance pieces rather than the standard two hands and a dial.

Octopod is one of MB&F’s most dazzling (and borderline scary) timepieces. Exploring the aquatic theme (an MB&F favorite), the Octopod is mesmeric (and borderline scary, I repeat) with its transparent orb head and eight movable legs. The timepiece almost floats inside the transparent orb, and was engineered to perfection by L’Epée 1839, who have been in the watchmaking business for over 175 years. The watch’s movement is made from 159 individual components, including 19 jewels, with an eight-day power reserve. The true enchantment however lies in the Octopus head that comes with a 360° gimbal action allowing the watch/clock face to face in any direction. The timepiece itself is mounted on a special glass base-plate with anti-reflective coatings on both sides, making it absolutely unnoticeable so it looks like the timepiece is truly floating in air.

Available as a limited edition, the Octopod comes in three colors, Black PVD, Blue PVD, and Palladium, and an absolutely hefty price tag… which is the price you pay for something this remarkably beautiful and unique. Not to mention again, borderline scary.

Designers: MB&F & L’Epée 1839

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