5 Creative Products: Boat Edition

One of my favorite memories as a child was watching all the vessels moving around Door County (Wisconsin) with my grandpa. And so, I leave you all with this post, of some of the most impressive, interesting, creative, and/or innovative boats and boating products that I have seen.

No. 1 – Palmer Johnson Super Sport Yachts

These boats are built in Wisconsin, and feature some of the most innovative and forward thinking designs currently available out of America.

No. 2 – Seabreacher “Diving” Boats

This is one crazy recreational vehicle! I’ve never seen anything like it, which is why I’m putting it up here. The experience given by this watercraft must be crazy.

No. 3 – Blueseed Offshore Startup Vessel

For international businessmen and startup founders, it’s not always easy to set up shop in America. And when you’re in a competitive area, it’s nice to be close to the right people. Such is the reason for Blueseed, which hopes to be the first offshore Silicon Valley community. It will be able to sustain businesses that need the location but can’t gain entry to America quite yet, and is a very interesting company to watch.

No. 4 – “Seaplane” Convertible Sailing Yacht

Planes that can land on water are fairly commonplace, but boats that can fly are definitely not!

No. 5 – “Green Jet” Yacht

This boat focuses on being environmentally friendly and using sustainable resources, like the wind and solar energy. Everything is designed for ease of use and minimal worry, and it will be exciting to see boats similar to this in production.

Using Design Heuristics to Inspire New Solutions

Design heuristics is a method of inspiration which helps designers to start thinking in new ways and spurs faster development of form and function. My instructor, Seda Yilmaz, is a leader in the field of the development of creative ideas, and is part of a team that created a system of cards that makes use of a set of 77 identified heuristics to inspire designers.

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 9.45.25 PM(Picture from the Design Heuristics website)

In class, we got the chance to try out some idea development for a few minutes with the cards, and I found that they were extremely helpful in quickly coming up with different ideas that I might not have otherwise, or at least would have taken much longer to do. For a novice designer still in school, this can be very helpful to get past a rut or “designer’s block.”

These are some pictures of the cards in-use.



Here we were tasked with developing some new forms for salt and pepper shakers, and were given 5 minutes to go through some sketching. The cards give you prompts like “incorporate the packaging as a functional aspect of the product.”
IMG_0072For more information, you can visit their website, https://www.designheuristics.com/



5 Creative Products

No. 1 – BeetBox

This is a simple but novel way of using beets as a “switch” of sorts for an electronic drum interface. It works well, is hilarious, and brings a smile to your face.

BeetBox from Scott Garner on Vimeo.

No. 2 – Urban Concrete Eraser

I never thought about the fact that concrete could be recaptured and recycled, but obviously this designer did. What’s amazing about this device is that it could completely change the way we look at decrepit buildings while making the dismantling of old structures a much safer and cost effective effort.

No. 3 – Cella Urban Planter

The goal behind this little thing is to bring more nature into the lives of urban dwellers. The designers found that they could create an environment conducive to certain moss and other plants just by making a sort of open enclosure. I find this somewhat interesting, and will keep checking up on the project to see if it goes anywhere or not.

No. 4 – Dart: Mini Laptop Charger

Usually when faced with a inconvenience, people don’t immediately find a way to solve it, they find a way to live with it. This is one example of a group of engineers and designers who chose to solve a problem rather than working around it. In this case, they wanted to fix the annoyance of carrying around gigantic laptop chargers. They looked into new technologies and eventually came up with a way to fit all the necessary components into a package the size of a phone charger. This is something that will greatly help travelers, commuters, and others that carry around laptops regularly.

No. 5 – Gibbs Amphibious Vehicles

Amphibious vehicles have always interested me, and Gibbs took the idea of a road and land vehicle and ran with it. They developed new technologies and put them to use in innovative ways to create land and water craft that have incredible performance.