Designers put varying levels of thought into the things we see every day, from the buildings we walk into, to the logos and food labels we use daily. However, some designers go above and beyond to make sure the products they put out are convenient and clever. These are 40 designers that thought about every single detail of what they were designing.
Knee-Activated Bathroom Sinks
Public restrooms are a necessity, even though they can be gross sometimes. Many people try to find ways to make their public restrooms trips cleaner to avoid getting sick.
This design makes motion-activated sinks look obsolete. This design makes it easy to turn the water on simply by pressing the button with one of your knees. This is perfect for keeping you from touching the faucet, especially in cramped situations where there are multiple people around the sink.
All-In-One Stairs and Ramp
Ramps must be added to buildings with stairs to accommodate those with mobility issues. It’s important that these ramps be easily accessible to anyone who needs them.
This architectural design perfectly blends the stairs and ramp leading to the building. It prevents those who need the ramp from having to go out of their way to find it. It also accents the appearance of the front entrance of the building, making the ramp blend into the design.
Space for an Upside Down Bottle
We’ve all been there. You’re in the shower, only to realize that your shampoo or conditioner bottle is almost empty.
The nearly universal solution to this problem is to turn the bottle upside down so the contents drip nearer to the opening where they come out easily. With this shower caddy, you can rely on the opening in the shelf to perfectly hold your upside-down containers, rather than letting them fall to the shower floor.
Charge Your Phone and Shop
When you’re out running errands, you probably have a lot on your plate. People often use their phones to help them out, too.
Maybe you keep your grocery list on your phone, use a store’s rewards app, or even just need to give a housemate a call to check if they need anything. This can mean that if your phone dies, you’re at a significant disadvantage. When you visit this grocery store, though, you don’t need to worry – just charge your phone while you shop!
Scoop and Clip Coffee
For those that need a bit of caffeine to get the morning started, coffee is often the drink of choice. Making a good cup, though, is highly dependent on measuring the grounds.
There’s no need to use a spoon and have an inaccurate measurement with this device. This scooper allows you to measure out the exact amount of coffee you need to create the coffee you enjoy. When not in use it can be clipped nearby, keeping it handy for those mornings when you’re tired.
Adjust the Water Safely
The cold shock of turning on the shower is almost never pleasant. For this reason, many people try to turn on the water beforehand, so it can warm up a bit.
If you like to turn on the shower before you get in, consider this design. Having the handle on the other side of the shower makes this much easier. You’ll never need to be wet waiting for the water to warm when you have this shower design!
How Full Is This Elevator
Taking the elevator is often more convenient than taking the stairs. This is even more true in buildings where taking the stairs can involve many flights worth of walking.
Elevators often get cramped, though, and it’s hard to know when it’s at max capacity. This handy device is helpful for keeping the elevator car under maximum capacity. It is also helpful for informing people getting in the car, as they will understand whether or not to take the next elevator.
Control the Late Night Volume
Midnight snacks are perfect, until they involve a beeping microwave. The sound can wake other people, leading to annoyance at being woken up in the middle of the night.
This microwave is the answer to this problem. The volume of the beeping can be raised or lowered by the user. The volume can be lowered during late nights or even raised by those with hearing difficulties! There’s no reason to fight with your microwave sound with this appliance.
A Fun Way to Move
Tall staircases are no fun, especially when you have kids that want to run ahead. When there are no escalators in sight, stairs become the most boring way to travel.
Adding slides to this staircase is an awesome way to bring a bit of joy to an otherwise boring place. Children that have extra energy can take the slide, along with adults who are too tired for the stairs. They may only work in one direction, but they are worth the trip.
Signaling for Help
Employees in stores are trained to provide assistance to customers who need help. On the other hand, we’ve all been in a situation where someone has tried to help us and we weren’t interested.
To keep awkward interactions to a minimum and ensure employees are where they’re needed most, this store offers two different basket options. If you choose a green basket, employees know not to bother you. If you choose an orange basket, you’re signaling that you need a little help shopping.
Kid’s Eye View
Children love fast food for their delicious meals and the toys that are often included. Often, though, it’s hard for them to decide what they want to eat at the restaurant.
Rather than having to read the menu to their child, many parents wish their children could read it themselves. This design for the kid’s menu is a great way to accomplish this, all while letting children decide their meals for themselves. Sadly, this will only benefit kids who can already read.
A Private Tent
Those in shared rooms at college or camps will know that privacy can often be in limited supply. This means you need to get creative for time alone.
There’s no need to kick your roommate out for time alone when you have this tent. It can be left open for conversation, or easily zipped for privacy. While you may not have the whole room to yourself, this can certainly make having roommates a bit more bearable.
Making Parking Easy
Parking precisely in the outline spot is important, especially when you have a nice car that you don’t want to get hit. This can be hard in some lots, where visibility is limited.
This design allows drivers to see the parking space lines on the guardrail that borders the parking lot. This makes it easy for drivers to know if they’re within the bounds of the space. This way drivers never need to worry about hitting others or getting hit in cramped lots.
Safe Skateboard Parking
In urban areas where car travel is a hassle, people may choose to travel with other forms of transportation. Many opt for bikes, rollerblades, and even skateboards.
In these cases, it’s important to have a place to lock up your bike or skateboard so it doesn’t get stolen when you need to leave it somewhere. This rack is a way for people to lock up their skateboards so they don’t have to be carried when not in use.
Historical sites are an excellent way to learn about history firsthand. It can sometimes be difficult, though, to visualize historical sites that have eroded and degraded with time.
By overlaying a diagram of the building over the ruins, people are able to see what it used to look like. This gives viewers a better idea of the beauty of the original building. It also demonstrates how much has degraded with time, an important lesson for historians.
Children in wheelchairs often experience limitations in what they are able to do. This is most often because many aspects of the world are not made to accommodate those with disabilities.
There’s no need for children in wheelchairs to miss out on using a swing. This swing has a ramp that allows wheelchair-bound children to get on a ramp that functions as a swing. This gives them the ability to enjoy the fun of playgrounds along with the other kids their age.
A Dispenser for Bar Soap
In terms of hygiene, hand washing is highly important. It’s impossible to wash your hands properly without a quality soap, regardless of whether you choose a bar or liquid soap.
One downside of bar soap is that it can cause a mess once it’s wet. This device shaves a bit of soap off the bar while keeping it from leaking out or causing a fuss. This is an alternative to liquid soap that has all the benefits of its solid counterpart.
Check the Microwave
With steamer bags of frozen vegetables becoming a mainstay in the frozen section, people are starting to catch onto the craze.
When you opt for this brand, you have an easy way to tell how long you have to toss a bag in the microwave to make sure it comes out fresh and delicious. If you look at these bags, you’ll notice the microwave display has a time on it. This is actually the accurate cooking time of each option on display for all to see.
Making Sure the Plugs Fit
The struggle of limited outlet space is all too familiar for many homeowners. When you have multiple family appliances with large plugs, it can be difficult to arrange them so they all fit.
Trying to fit two large plugs on top of each other is often a lesson in futility. This design makes it easier, though, because the plug is curved. This way, if you plug it into the upper half of the outlet, it doesn’t block the lower one from being used.
Everything You Need
Public restrooms often have the hand dryers off to the side, forcing you to walk with wet hands across the room. This makes handwashing difficult in busy, cramped bathrooms.
By having the soap, faucet, and dryer next to each other, users can clean their hands in a quick, streamlined fashion. It cuts down on bathroom traffic, freeing space for the next person in line. Stadiums, colleges, and venues should install these immediately to keep their bathrooms straightforward and easy.
Need More Space?
Libraries with computers are helpful for those that need the internet while they study. They can get in the way, though, for those that only need desk space.
This university knows how to make sure that students and other visitors have the space they need to work. There is a space below the desk for the monitor to sink down into, clearing the space and giving you room to work without any hassle or need for extensive rearrangement.
While we’ve paid a lot of attention to the things we use every day, there are also clever marketing designers behind the brands we don’t see daily.
Take this ad for example. While the building blocks themselves are in simple designs, the shadows show a much more detailed and realistic image. It’s a great way to subtly show how these toys can help unlock the imagination, even if you aren’t someone who builds complex designs.
See the Time from Anywhere
With the advent of concepts like blackout curtains, it can be hard to gauge how late it is when you first wake up. Plus, you don’t necessarily want to get up and check.
This alarm clock for a hotel is great because you can stay snuggled in your blanket without needing to move a muscle to check the time. While it has a traditional front display, it also features a display with the time on the side, so you can see from wherever you are.
You Can Grip It
Winter brings cold weather that often leaves us wearing gloves or mittens. This can sometimes limit our ability to do everyday tasks without being able to grip.
This door knob design is a great way to work around the limitations of wearing gloves. The knob has a textured band that runs around it, making it possible to be turned by those wearing gloves. This keeps you from having to take your gloves off, a major plus for the winter months.
A Symmetrical Freeway
If there’s anything that can ruin just about anyone’s day, it’s sitting in heavy traffic, or even worse, winding up in an accident, even if it’s minor.
That’s why taking the time to cleverly design the roadways is crucial to making sure everything flows smoothly. This designer took the time to make sure this freeway stayed as safe and streamlined as possible. Not to mention, the symmetry is pretty satisfying from this bird’s eye view.
Practicality is a major aspect of interior design, and one that is often overlooked. It is important to ensure that every piece is functional in preventing clutter in the home.
This piece functions not only as a bookshelf, but also as a desk. This foldable shelf is a great option for those with limited space or who otherwise want to limit clutter. When not in use, it can easily fold up, keeping your room neat and tidy.
Coconuts Made to Drink From
Coconuts are delicious in a variety of ways. Their shavings are used in everything from health foods to confections, and coconut water is an increasingly popular drink choice.
The only downside is that coconut isn’t the easiest food to crack open and enjoy. This store has an answer to this, luckily. Instead of breaking out tools to break open one of these, all you have to do is use the pull tab. This makes them as easy to open as a canned drink.
Never Burn Out
One of the most infuriating things about candles is that they tend to make a mess of melting wax and don’t last forever. With this designer’s help, you aren’t out of luck.
Instead of simply pouring off the sides into a dish to catch it, this candle holder design collects the wax in a tube below the candle itself. This allows you to take your time and burn the candle completely down if you want, and you can just relight it and start from the beginning once more!
A Map of Seattle
Navigating in major cities can be difficult if you aren’t from the area. Not having a phone or map can make this especially hard, often leading people to get lost.
This manhole cover design is a unique way to keep people from getting lost in Seattle. The map details the inspections of the city, making navigation a breeze. These covers are presumably found on every manhole in the city, meaning you could follow the map from one manhole to the next.
Options for Everyone
Utensils like chopsticks hold a significant place in many Asian cultures. This can mean that if you’re going to your favorite takeout spot, you might get served with a pair of chopsticks.
Yet, if you’ve never used them before, it can be a challenge. Plus, it can also be embarrassing to have to ask for something else. With this utensil, you have the option to use them as chopsticks or a fork, and it makes the chopsticks easier to use for beginners.
Rent a Charging Station
There are a few essentials that you need to bring on any vacation or business trip. For instance, you shouldn’t leave without a toothbrush.
In the modern world, this also means bringing chargers to keep your tech up and running. If you forget them, you may end up paying the price later when you have to buy a replacement. Alternatively, if you’re staying at this hotel, you can rent a charging station for a short-term solution.
Level, Pour, Never Spill
Baking can be difficult because it requires ingredients to be measured precisely and accurately. Inaccurate measurements can ruin the product and cause tons of frustration for the baker.
Measuring dry ingredients requires you to level the cup so that there is nothing overflowing. This makes the measurement precise, but is difficult with most measuring cups. The arm on this cup allows you to level it easily, a design element most bakers would be overjoyed to have.
A Handle Too High
Outdoor playgrounds are an excellent way for children to get out their energy. They are able to run around and play under the watchful eye of nearby adults.
This playground has a fence to ensure that children are kept safely inside. The handle is kept high enough that only the adults watching the children can open the gate. This ensures that small children cannot accidentally open the gate and run out where they cannot be easily supervised.
Saving You and Your Pets
Traveling with pets can be hard. Even the most well-behaved and highly-trained service dog is still an animal with basic needs.
If you’re traveling with an animal for any reason, this airport has you covered. Not only can you stop in the restroom when you need to, but a small grassy patch is designed for pets and service animals to take care of business without the owner going out of their way or the animal making a mess.
Saving the Earth
In recent years, the drive to be eco-friendly is stronger than ever. From recycling to cutting back on meat to opting for shorter showers, a lot of people are trying to do their part.
That includes this designer, who made this bathroom attractive, functional, and environmentally-friendly. The water that you use from the sink goes into later use in the toilet itself. This limits your water waste without looking awkward or being too cumbersome.
Picnic Table for All
Going out for a picnic with your family and friends can often be more complicated than it needs to be. More often than not, there is not enough space at the tables and many families resort to simply spreading a rug on the grass and eating there.
However, this park has special tables that are specifically designed in a three-tier kind of way. This ensures that adults and kids all have comfortable places to sit while still maintaining a close-knit, family experience.
Elevator Buttons for Feet
While elevators are undeniably more helpful than a flight of stairs, this doesn’t stop carrying heavy objects from being a tough ordeal. How are you supposed to push the up or down button, or the button to determine which floor you want to get to, if you have a heavy object in both of your hands?
That is where the following buttons come into play. You can simply press them with your feet and you’ll be high up in the building before you know it.
Tea Bag Holder
Sure, having a hot cup of tea can do wonders for your sore throat and is just a pleasant thing to drink during the evening. However, there is no denying that the label attached to the string is very annoying to deal with.
It seems so easy for that string to fall into the drink and is awkward to drink around if that does happen. If you have the following cup though, you will never have to deal with that problem ever again.
Inbuilt Extension Cable
Sometimes, those extension cables we buy from the hardware store just aren’t long enough to connect certain appliances to the electricity. How do you connect your vacuum cleaner or any other electric appliance if you have to use it far away from the outlet?
Have no fear – the following designer came up with this solution, building an inbuilt extension cord that will stretch all over the home and revert back into a hole in the wall when it is no longer used.
Safe Cat Door
Have you ever wished you could have every door in the home closed but still provide your cat with the opportunity to move around without too much trouble? Leaving the door slightly ajar just isn’t enough at times.
That is where the following solution comes into play. This built-in hole in the door is specifically there as a kind of mini-door for your feline friends to come in and out of. No more awkward scratching or noises at night.
Don’t you just hate it when your curtains don’t close enough and there always seems to be a ray of light that is able to find its way through the middle? It is a problem that has plagued many people since the dawn of, well, curtains!
A designer was particularly familiar with this issue and wanted to do something about it to eradicate the problem once and for all. They engineered this useful system that ensures that one curtain is always overlapping the other.
Rain Elevator Indicator
Many people who live in buildings that have elevators know what it is like to get to the bottom floor only to discover that it has started raining. They didn’t bring an umbrella with them and don’t necessarily have much time to go all the way back upstairs to get it.
So the following designer ended up installing a light into a Japanese elevator that lights up with an umbrella logo to indicate if it is raining outside.
Inbuilt Table Phone Shelf
This is certainly one of the more unique examples on this list. However, we are not entirely sure why this is such a useful designing marvel. We assume it helps because it makes it more difficult for opportunists to come along and snatch your phone from the table surface.
If it’s tucked away inside like this, it’s going to make stealing it a lot more awkward and difficult. Moreover, it will also prevent you from potentially spilling a drink over your phone.
Have you ever brought a bag with you or some sort of carrier to a restaurant/cafe and wondered where you should put it? Putting it under your chair doesn’t seem like a good idea and putting it on your lap is just a nuisance.
It seems like this designer has been annoyed plenty of times by this predicament and wanted to solve it once and for all. Their answer is pretty simple – turn the actual seat into a “door,” which when opened up, provides storage space.
Pedal-Charge Your Phone
Sure, pretty much every airport and train station these days has outlets that allow passengers to charge their phones while they wait to embark on their journey. However, how many of these stations can you honestly say also allow you to be productive while charging your device?
In order to feed electricity to your phone in this scenario, one actually needs to ride some pedals as if they were riding a bike. So you can work out while charging your phone.
Sheet Side Indicator Label
Let’s face it – it can be really annoying and time-consuming trying to work out what side of your bed sheets is the correct side, whether it is the long one or the short one. The difference can seem very subtle, but there is a difference.
This begs the question though – do you want to spend 10 minutes of your day off trying to find the answer? With the following sheets, you will know instantly which side is which, because labels are provided on each side.
There is no denying that traveling on a train with your kids can be a grueling experience. How do you keep them occupied if you have to share a carriage with them for multiple hours?
Apparently, the following train found an answer to that problem by installing its very own playground at the end of one of the carriages. This is the perfect opportunity for your kids to blow off some steam and give you the break that you deserve.
Let’s be honest with ourselves – comfort is a very subjective thing. What might be comfortable for one person might be extremely uncomfortable for somebody else. So how exactly could a public bench be nice to sit on for everyone in the area?
The answer is actually pretty simple – install a bench whose shape can be adjusted in order to suit the user’s comfort. As you can see in this photo, everyone is relaxing in different positions on the exact same bench.
Don’t you just hate it when only half of the outlets on a device like this one can be used at any given time? This is because some plugs are bigger than others and take up way too much space, preventing one from being able to use all of the outlets that are available.
That is where the following design marvel comes into play. Each of these outlets rotate, meaning that you can fit all of your plugs as long as they are positioned correctly.
Door and Ping Pong Table in 1
So many of us out there like to play ping pong. But how many of us can actually fit a table in our homes? It is one of the biggest conundrums of any ping pong player’s life. It seems like the following designer faced the exact same situation and wanted to do something about it.
Then it hit him – why not make a ping pong table the size of a door, and install the following fold up table onto the frame of a door?
Pizza Shop with Takeout Tips
Takeout pizza is enjoyable both when you first order it, and the next day when you want leftovers. It can be difficult, though, to reheat it without it getting mushy.
This restaurant’s instructions for reheating pizza are exactly what customers needed without them having to ask. These instructions are included with the order and make reheating pizza quick and easy for their customers. This method is a great way to achieve crispy delicious pizza the next day without any hassle.
Keep Your Page
Even with the rise of e-readers, traditional books are still popular among many readers. It is for this reason that products are made to improve the experience of reading books.
Holding books for long periods can cause hand-cramping, as well as make you susceptible to paper cuts. This device is able to solve both problems easily. Not only does this hold your page, but it also does so with a soft grip that won’t cut your hand while you use it.
Krispy Kreme Checkout
Branding is a major part of marketing for businesses. Iconic brands work hard to make sure customers have a positive opinion of their brand and its products.
This Krispy Kreme designer knew what they were doing with this one. Not only is this a great way to get a little creative with a design, but it makes it clear what you’re walking towards as well, since it visually stands out. Even if you had somehow never heard of Krispy Kreme, you’d know exactly what you’re looking at.
Landscaping is an art that creates beautiful arrangements for outdoor plants. These designs are often used to accentuate businesses, schools, and other large properties that have expansive outdoor lawns.
When the client decided to have tulips as part of their landscaping display, this landscaper chose to elevate their work. Not only did they plant some beautiful tulips, but they also planted them in the shape of a giant tulip. This cheeky design is likely to make this lawn look good to visitors.
Plugging something into a USB port is already a challenge. After all, you have a 50-50 chance that most of us still manage to get wrong at first glance.
However, this difficulty soars staggeringly high when you’re trying to plug a USB device in when it’s dark. With this design, you can opt for a slight illumination that will help you see exactly where your USB port is rather than having to make guesses in the dark.