World Design Rankings Announcement

World Design Rankings (WDR) has released its latest design rankings of countries based on multiple design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. The number 1 position is now held by United States then followed by Italy, England, Japan, Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong and then Turkey that took the number 1 position in 2013.

The goal of WDR is to provide additional data and great insights for journalists and economists related to the design industry. The intention of this organization is purely to contribute to our global design culture by advocating and highlighting good design. These rankings offer information of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide, you get to see each country level of creative strengths, design weakness, and available opportunities.

There are new countries in the list this year, such as Puerto Rico and Iceland, you can also find a new category called “Design Business Insights” which has been introduced lately. This category offers you the rank of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories, in this way, design lovers or journalists will be able to find leading countries for specific design sectors easier such as industrial design, interior design, fashion design, etc. You can find complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings here:

World Design Rankings Announcement 2013

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nThree Electric Vehicle Offers The Comfort of A Car with The Cost of An E-Bike

nThree electric vehicle aims to provide you with affordable, personal vehicle that features the comfort of a car yet with the cost of an e-bike. It sounds pretty ambitious and interesting, doesn’t it? Let’s read what these designers have to say about the project.

Following the recent electric revolution of lightweight vehicles around the world, the nThree is a new design, following the very successful nCycle e-bike concept. With the irreversible process of global economies turning towards renewable energy, the way we see and use the city has already changed and is set to do so dramatically in the next few years.

With our increased awareness and sensitivity towards energy consumption, courtesy among others of the most recent economic crisis, in the last 4-5 years, personal transportation has begun a slow but steady drift away from the model we have come to know in the past century. The 10s and hundreds of new e-bikes and electric cars like the Renault Twizy or Toyota i-Road have shown the way to a more personal and conscious approach. Our new concept builds on the characteristics and refines the strengths of these vehicles to bring electric power even closer to the mass market.

Small electric cars, tricycles and quadricycles all suffer from the same inherent drawback; they are meant to be cheap and affordable but they end up being expensive like real cars because they are BUILT like real cars. The mission on the nThree was to address these conceptual and design shortcomings and design an affordable, single-seat electric vehicle that would offer all (or most) of the comforts of an electric car at the cost of an e-bike.

To achieve the objectives, the nThree electric vehicle was built with a simplistic approach reminiscent on the nCycle. In first place, the vehicle was reduced to the most essential stable geometry of three wheels to reduce cost. Even though the latest small electrics are a great way to move around the urban areas, there is something about these offerings that does not look great at all: Price. Starting from about 7000 Euros and above these 1-2 seaters cost almost as much as a cheap standard car and more than many used ones in good condition.

Designers : Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

nThree Electric Vehicle by Hussain Almossawi and Marin Myftiu

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Nissan ZEOD RC : World’s Fastest Electric Racing Car Yet

Nissan just unveiled Nissan ZEOD RC, it is claimed as the world’s fastest electric racing car that reaches the speed of more than 300km/h. ZEOD stands for Zero Emission On Demand Racing Car, it’s going make its debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 hour. Nissan was invited to compete at the 2013 Le Mans 24 hours by Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), that event would be the perfect time to showcase new and innovative electric technology. Although this car will not show its power till next year, Nissan wants to give you a glimpse of its advanced technology by unveiling the car in the public area of the Circuit de la Sarthe, it wants to draw the attention of fans around the world while giving updates through its partnership with YouTube and Nismo TV channel.

Nissan ZEOD RC is the result of further development from Nissan LEAF, the technologies are hoped to become the basic form of future innovations for other Nissan road cars. As one of global leaders in all-electric car industry, Nissan is eager to showcase its latest technology in the world oldest, toughest and most high profile endurance race.

From : Nissan

Nissan ZEOD RC

Nissan ZEOD RC

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