newwind wind tree aeroleaf

AEROLEAF – Micro Scale Wind Farm

When we think of wind turbines we either think large scale wind farm infrastructures or a miniature tri-propeller consumer version. With product design at the heart of its innovation, NEWWIND are taking a completely unique approach. By combining their micro-electricity technology with a multitude of micro turbines they have developed the AEROLEAF. […]

CES 2016 Trends white box design

CES 2016 Trends

The most notable new trend at this years CES 2016 was the resurgence of Virtual Reality (VR) partially due to the recent consumer launch of Oculus and others but also due to the huge new trend in 360 cameras that can provide the content for the VR medium.
Drones continue to evolve with a focus on more professional features, functionality and highend price tags to match.
Most of the big auto makers continue to use CES to give us a glimpse into what they think the future will be. The best market segment mash up in transportation was the Ehang 184 combining drone technology and self driving into an autonomous aerial vehicle for humans (very Jetson). To see more check out our summary of this year CES 2016 Trends.

Best of CES 2016 white box design

BEST of CES 2016

With a new year comes our annual White Box Design’s BEST of CES 2016. Walking the show this year we saw plenty of optimism as evident in the record number of exhibitors 3800+, over 170,000 visitors and a whopping 2.47 million square feet of exhibits. Take a look at our Industrial Design stand outs of CES 2016. […]

No Tech-Zone Sign

No Tech-Zone Sign

More apt sign bombing, this time in San Francisco by artist Ivan Cash of Cash Studios. ‘No-Tech Zone’ is an official looking sign installed in parks across the city that ‘encourages people to question the role technology plays in our lives and environment’. It’s a helpful social reminder to take time out from our devices and interact more with our physical surroundings. […]



CreativeMornings is a free monthly breakfast talk hosted in over 110 cities around the globe. Originally started in 2008 in New York City by designer Tina Roth Eisenberg, it was an effort to bring the creative community together through celebrating local creative talent. The goal was to get creative folks together within an accessible format and for the event to be free of charge.
Here in Vancouver we are very lucky to have our own local branch CreativeMorningsVAN, made possible by a very dedicated crew of volunteers. […]

Clet Abraham's Guerrilla Street Art

Clet Abraham’s Guerrilla Street Art

Artist Clet Abraham has been subtly transforming the street signs in and around Florence over the pass year or so. With a keen sense of humor and the simple use of temporary vinyl transfers he has added a juxtaposition to the timeless Renaissance art in Florence. It’s unknown how many renditions he has done but from Clets facebook page it’s apparent the constraints of a simple road sign have limitless possibilities. He’s since branched out across Europe click here to see several of our favorites

CES 2015 trends

CES 2015 Trends

At CES 2015 the overwhelming trend across almost all market segments continues to be “connectivity”, due in large part to those mobile smart devices we all carry and the relatively low cost of sensors.
This year Drones were a big feature. Unlike 3D TV’s (non existent / maybe dead?) we think drones are here to stay especially as we see drone technology from the commercial landscape move into the consumer market. Another segment that is full of surprises and bigger than ever are the companies born out of crowd funding. Crowd funding has sparked a lot of innovation from the cross pollination of market categories, technology and hardware, and CES is now a natural stepping stone for showing off their products, progress and getting wider traction. To see more check out our summary of this year’s CES 2015 Trends

Best of CES 2015

Best of CES 2015

Here at White Box Design we ring in the New Year with our annual pilgrimage to the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas CES 2015. It gives us a chance to see what’s happening in the very wide, sometimes wacky, and always enlightening world of electronics. Take a look at what we thought were the stand outs at this years CES.

Hacking IKEA

Hacking IKEA

After several busy months in the studio we’re back! On the ‘to-do’ list has been some binge podcast listening now that we have a bit of breathing room. 99% Invisible Design (see earlier post) is a staple around here and when you get a chance, Episode 128: Hacking IKEA is definitely worth a listen. It dives into the not so under world of hacking IKEA stuff and highlights a passionate, dedicated and […]

The Drinkable Book

The Drinkable Book – Brilliant by Design

The Drinkable Book is a multi-functional device that not only communicates safe drinking water in developing countries but actually purifies water too. The key component in this water purifying device is the unique properties of the rusty coloured paper. The paper acts like a high tech coffee filter. […]