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Pope Francis and President Obama Meet For The First Time

The Vatican Press Office has released a statement on Thursday morning’s meeting between Pope Francis and U.S President Barack Obama. The statement notes that the two leaders discussed “current international themes” and expressed the hope that “in areas of conflict there would be respect for humanitarian and international law and a negotiated solution between the parties involved.”

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iF Concept Design Awards 2014 – Select from 300 Shortlisted Entries

As Steve Jobs puts is, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower,” and we cannot help but being big-time fans of innovators. Imagination, inspiration and discovering the possibilities of our own thinking, is what Yanko Design is all about. It’s only natural that we become the seeding ground for innovations. Here is a teaser of what to expect from this year’s design thinkers; select sixty designs from the shortlisted 300 entries of the iF Concept Design Awards 2014.

Designers: Various

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(iF Concept Design Awards 2014 – Select from 300 Shortlisted Entries was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Radhika Seth

Posted in Cool Tech

The Powerline Quadrocopter of the Future?

The PLC28 is a futuristic quadrocopter concept specifically designed to aid in the dangerous task of maintaining power lines. No more truck and ladder adventures— the piloted multi-rotor design provides stability for technicians to work from a safe platform to make repairs or complete general maintenance. It’s easier for workers and quicker recovery from power outages.

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How To Turn a Labor Dispute Into a Marketing Opportunity

When there was a local labor dispute going on at Witchita Subaru dealership, the protestors brought out the big guns, with this sign:

Shame on Subaru of Witchita

It reads: "Shame on Subaru of Witchita."

 

Smeone cooked up a clever response, placing it alongside the original sign, with the same font, coloring, and size:

For having unbeatable prices

 

Theirs reads: "For Having Unbeatable Prices."

 

The result?

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Minimal Pen With a Twist

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you! This sculptural pen looks out of whack for a reason! Appropriately named Align, the pen is segmented in three sections that the user must align to begin using. Yes, it’s that simple and that cool! Watch the vid to see how it works —>

Designer: Beyond Object

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(Minimal Pen With a Twist was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Troy Turner

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Ring it on!

Rings are powerful. A simple wedding ring can get a man partnered to a woman and deem him incapable of slipping away. Well here is the wedding ring for your smartphone. The CELLTACK seems like the next best thing to being Magneto. This wearable magnetic dock makes your smart phone stick onto you with the intensity that rivals a possessive girlfriend.

The CELLTACK consists of two parts. A wearable dock and a magnetic cleat that adheres onto the phone. The wearable dock comes in the avatars of a ring and an armband. There is bike mount variant too. The ring version of CELLTACK holds on to your smartphone while you type. And worry not, according to its makers, the magnetic bond is strong enough to safely hold your phone.

Designer: CELLTACK

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(Ring it on! was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Radhika Seth

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Man’s Best Lamp!

This creative floor lamp takes the shape of a playful pooch for tail-wagging fun and instant illumination! Composed of a red cloth covered cord that looks like a leash and LEDs inside laser-cut plexiglass, the design is lightweight and durable enough to “walk” around your home. You can even set it down to “stay” or tilt it upright to “stand” … I wish my pups were so behaved!

Designer: Eglė Stonkutė

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(Man’s Best Lamp! was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Troy Turner

Posted in Brilliant!

If it gets us closer to brownies it’s a good thing!

To keep it short and oh-so-sweet, Blisk takes the hard work out of mixing fine ingredients. Traditional countertop mixers are often large, cumbersome and messy, but Blisk is easy to use and only slightly larger than the average spatula. Controlled with a simple pair of +/- buttons, the spin speed can be set with the push of a finger to ensure you get the perfect mix. When your creations are finished baking, just give Blisk a rinse, scoop em’ up and enjoy!

Designer: Gordon Grado

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(If it gets us closer to brownies it’s a good thing! was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Troy Turner

Posted in Brilliant!

Nun Takes The Stage On The Voice, and THIS Happened...

Nun stuns all four judges on The Voice

This "sunshine moment" sure made my day! The Voice is a smash-hit in the USA, with amazing talent, and lots of great surprises. But last night, check out what happened on the Italian version of The Voice!

At first look, you'd think it was a joke, when a nun was poised, ready to belt out a an Alecia Keys hit, as the judges sat, backs faced to the talent, without a clue who, or what amazing graces they were about to witness. 

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The rock star was tearing up, and so was I. Thanks, Italian version of The Voice! 

Magnifico!

Posted in Sunshine Moments

Sleek Backpack For Urban Adventurers

Ember Equipment’s modular urban backpack is a well thought out everyday/travel pack for active urban citizens. This rugged back pack can be a helpful companion in a double life spanning from urban streets to jungle trails. If you are the kind of person who escapes from the urban chaos into the soothing lap of nature at any possible chance, this 20 litre pack has the right set of compartments to carry all your essentials and equipments. It features padded internal laptop & tablet sleeves, 2 weather-proof exterior gear pockets and more.

Designed by a team with experience in ‘sport, performance and outdoor brands’ the equipment stays true to the wanderlust spirit. It promises ample protection and weather proofing for its contents and has options for upgrading and customization. Ember urban backpack will be at home in both city streets and the camping sites, just like its wearer.

Designer: Ember Equipment

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(Sleek Backpack For Urban Adventurers was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Akhil Thampuran

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For the Note Taker, Money Maker

For the multitasking man, Bfofo’s premiere product, the Note:Wallet, was designed so that you never again leave home without the simple necessities: cash, cards, paper and pen. Now you can jot down that lyric that’s been in your head, leave your number for that cute waitress, or simply keep your grocery list handy! Minimal yet highly functional, the wallet’s unique composition of stainless steel, leather, aluminum and cast rubber maintain a slim silhouette despite the extra features. Catch the vid!

Designer: Bfofo Designs Inc.

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(For the Note Taker, Money Maker was originally posted on Yanko Design)

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Original author: Troy Turner

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Phantom of the marina – Rolls-Royce inspired yacht

Rolls-Royce and Yachts. That is how high rollers roll on both Terra firma and Aqua fluida. So why not blend em both into a single entity to make a splash (quite literally) in the luxury scene? That is what Stefan Munro has attempted with his Rolls Royce 450EX yacht concept. With a 14.5m length, the 450EX is intended as a daytime luxury cruiser with the prestige of the luxury marque.

His internship at Rolls Royce seems to have helped Stefan to seamlessly embed the design DNA and principles of the RR styling on to a different platform. The subtle exteriors that reflect the sober English etiquette blends smoothly with the aggressive looking exposed parts. o well that it feels like a cup of earl grey spiked with Red Bull.

The Phantomish nose, the stance, the body lines all speaks the RR connect. Ofcourse, in a controlled voice, like gentlemen do. As expected, the interiors are elegantly luxurious. The design also proposes features like monocoque chasis and suspended interiors for added comfort.

Pampered with the stylish aesthetics and luxurious features of 450EX, the only thing left to do would be uncorking that champagne bottle and letting the spirit of ecstasy flow overboard.

Designer: Stefan Monro

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Original author: Akhil Thampuran

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