At Dynomighty Design’s recent sneak preview of what’s new and popular, designer Terrence Kelleman shared his theory that the best product ideas are often the simplest. I thought these items all seemed to capitalize on that idea. –Sarah C.
Bottle Cap Tripod, $10
My photos seem to fall into two categories: those that prominently feature people, and those that feature a close-up of the arm of the person taking the picture. While I love the coziness of a self-snapped shot, sometimes it’s nice to have a photo that is not taken at point-blank range. The Bottle Cap Tripod solves this problem in a simple twist of the wrist! A universal thread mount makes it compatible with most digital cameras. Just attach your camera to a standard bottle cap and you’re set to take photos from a distance that reminds you of the good times, not your last visit to the dermatologist.
Lil Sprout Growth Chart, $20
I’m convinced that having kids thrusts your life into warp speed. I’m vacationing soon with good friends and their twin toddlers, and I swear these kids were sonograms ten seconds ago. That’s why I love the Lil Sprout by PA Design. Divided by increments of one inch, this growth chart has spaces for mini pictures of your kids as they grow so you’ll never forget how cute they were in those fleeting first years.
Mighty Wallet, $15
I am always amazed at the state of affairs when it comes to the wallets of my male friends. Every one I see looks like it’s been thrown into a meat grinder with an encore in a washing machine. Which begs the question: Why won’t someone just make a more durable wallet? Enter the Mighty Wallet. Designed by Terrence Kelleman, the Mighty Wallet is made of Tyvek (the same stuff as priority mail envelopes), which makes it tear-resistant, water-resistant and (bonus!) recyclable. Its stitch-less, single fold design protects it from wear and also allows its 5/16â€ profile to expand to hold up to 16 credit cards. It’s available in 15 eclectic prints ranging from comic book art to a map of the New York City Subway System, so youâ€™re guaranteed a sweet treat for your back pocket. And although its hardy construction will keep it with you for years, Dynomighty Design is a receiving center for Tyvek and will recycle your wallet for you when you choose to retire it!