WISKI is a design-focused cat brand dedicated to making simple modern products that you'll love as much as your cat does. Founded by Evan Ryan when he became frustrated with the limited options in the pet aisle, he tried many scratching posts for his cats, but even those that worked noticeably didn’t fit with his home decor. Ultimately, he decided to put his skills to use and create a new generation of modern cat products.
Visit wiskicat.com for more info.
The team behind Kala believe that if you sleep your best, you perform your best the next day, but when they looked at the mattress and sleep market, they where left feeling disappointed. Modern office chairs have a dozen different adjustments, each one targeting a specific type of support for healthy sitting, but when it comes to our sleep, generally the pillow is the only place we get targeted support for our bodies. Kala thought this was a major oversight and set out developing a better sleeping solution.
The team knew they wanted to offer a more natural "Zero-G" sleeping position, the challenge was to deliver that without the bulk or expense of articulating bed frames. We accomplished this by using contoured layers of foam in different densities to provide targeted areas of support (neck, upper back, lower back) and let the body sink into a more natural sleeping position. Because the contours are internal, the result is a traditional looking mattress, not something that looks or feels like a contraption.
Since no two people are the same, we also developed a removable insert which lets the sleeper adjust the mattress' firmness level, allowing the sleeper to customize the mattress to their specific needs. Additionally, the insert is made of a special material that is composed of 90% air. Unlike traditional foam mattresses which absorb body heat and make the user hot and uncomfortable, this insert layer provides a barrier between you and the foam making for a much cooler sleep.
The Kala mattress is available online at kalasleep.com
Work done in collaboration with ECCO Design
Building on the success of the original wishbone, Benebone wanted to develop a new dental chew that would not only be great for a dog's dental health, but also be fun and stimulating so they would play and chew for hours.
The new chew is made of the same great stuff as the original but has a new ergonomic shape. Curved in two directions, the dental chew rocks back and forth no matter which side is up keeping your pup's attention for longer. The ridged areas help clean dogs teeth as they chew and provide lots of grip for play. The open holes make it easy for dogs to pick up, and provide a great spot for you and your pup to play tug of war.
The Benebone Rocking Dental Chew is available online and pet stores nation wide.
The team at Alpha was looking to revamp the packaging for Skybuds, their line of truly wireless earbuds. The main focus was to reduce costs while still keeping the package engaging and informative for the consumer. For a small product that fits in one's ear, seeing is believing, and it was crucial that the consumer be able to see the physical size and shape of the buds while in the package.
The design process started with a series of quick marker sketches exploring various ways to display the buds as well as how to open and interact with the packaging. From that group, a basic direction was chosen and some quick refinements followed. The design then moved into CAD for fine tuning and to address all the small (but important) details such as accessory storage and basic graphics layout.
The result is a package with strong physical presence on store shelves, but still saves significantly on size and cost of materials compared with the previous package. The buds are displayed behind a clear window, and held securely in place with high-quality, protective EVA foam. The foam creates a thick boarder around the buds, both giving the window a strong visual impact as well as making the jewel like buds pop against the matte foam. Angled foam sections above and below the buds provide better viewing angles as well as reducing the chance of shadows being cast over the buds in the store. Simple graphics and Alpha's bold cyan color make the packaging visually striking, but still keeps the focus on the buds, letting the product itself do most of the talking.
The team at Brianbit were already experts on EEG (electroencephalogram) technology, or detecting electrical activity in the brain, but they wanted to bring their tech to the consumer market. Unlike most EEG headsets which are primarily hard plastic and look like sci-fi props, Brianbit wanted to make something soft, friendly and unobtrusive for the user.
The final concept re-imagines what a health and technology wearable can be. The "brains" of Brainbit are all contained in the super slim front housing minimizing the footprint of the rigid components. The portion closest to the eyes thins and follows the hairline, making it nearly invisible to the wearer and allowing the simultaneous use of glasses. The soft headband is semi elastic to create a snug fit and contains no delicate electronics, making it sweat-proof and can even be thrown in the wash. Multiple size bands and premium material choices mean every customer can find their perfect fit.
More information at brainbit.com
Work done in collaboration with ECCO Design
ONA was looking to create compelling imagery for a new camera bag they were designing for use with the legendary Leica M camera system. They had the design of the bag already laid out but needed help bringing the concept to life to sell their vision. Design sketches were created in a loose style to help tell the story of a rich leather bag which has the high level of quality and craftsmanship worthy of the Leica name. The end result was the beautiful Berlin II Camera Bag.
Berlin II bag available online at onabags.com
All product photography courtesy of ONA Designs International LLC
Pizza Hut's Wingstreet brand needed a new to-go container for their wings that would not only improve on their existing packaging but also solve a space issue in their restaurants kitchens. The large steel bowls used to sauce their wings took up a lot of valuable space, Wingstreet wanted a solution that would let them sauce the wings in the to-go container itself saving time and kitchen space.
The final product is a nod to those same steel mixing bowls. The tight seal and carefully placed hand grip mean the wings and sauce can be safely tossed in the package, thoroughly coating the wings, without any leakage and without needing to clean or store any extra bowls. This also has the benefit of making the container leek-proof for the customer and retain more heat than the previous packaging. The raised section at the container's base keeps the wings separated from the extra sauce meaning they'll never get soggy.
The to-go container is now in use at Wingstreet locations across the nation.
Portable, Cable Free Charging
Stow was created to improve the currently poor experience or charging one's smart phone on-the-go. Phones are constantly getting slimmer and sleeker but charging them still involves tangled wires and bulky USB converters which fit awkwardly in a pocket or laptop bag.
Stow has a flat, seamless form when closed that hides all electrical connectors and fits with Apple’s clean design aesthetic. Wide enough in the center to fit essential components but incredibly thin on the edges, Stow has a very thin appearance and easily slides into a pocket or bag. When opened, Stow plugs directly into a wall outlet and provides a dock area to securely hold and charge an iPhone. No need to carry any cables or bulky USB bricks.
DOGS CHEW GOOD
The Guys at Benebone noticed that a lot of people give their dogs flat plastic bones that dogs have a hard time interacting with. Unable to easily get their mouths or paws around them, they have a hard time getting these toys up off the floor and often times loose interest.
The Benebone Wishbone was designed with dogs in mind from the start to be paw friendly. With it's curved design that helps dogs get a hold of it and deep grooves for great grip, dogs spend less time struggling and more time playing and chewing. Real food like Bacon and Peanuts are co-molded with food safe nylon to make the bone irresisatable to dogs and also extrodinarily durable.
When environmental regulations forced the use of a new larger engine in the 4X drill, it was an opportunity for the manufacturer to update the functionality of the bodywork as well. Previously getting the "hood" off to access the engine was a very cumbersome and time consuming process. A functionality overhaul made the drill easier and faster to service and offered the owner added security over the previous model. The aging graphics were also updated to a bolder look which better communicated the purpose of the drill.
A selection of my design sketch work