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Tight on space? Try a shelf reinvented by Tylko

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Poland ranks 6th in terms of furniture production worldwide. No other of our industries have such a strong position. Despite such a well-developed market, it turned out that there is still room for innovation and development.

The founders of Tylko have created an application for designing shelves themselves. They are boldly invading the global furniture market, which is only just discovering the possibilities of new technologies and sales via the Internet.

Interior design with a Tylko shelf
Source: https://tylko.com/

 

How does it work?

You aim your smartphone at the place where you want to place the rack. You can view and configure a piece of furniture using the app: you can adjust the shape, height, and width of the furniture by sliding the slider and analyze the changing price. The application translates your design into production files and sends them to one of the factories that produce the parts that make up your shelf. It will come to you two or three weeks later as a flat-pack, a self-folding piece of furniture – sequentially packed, with personalized instructions and no tools required.

The Tylko shelf arrangement
Source: https://tylko.com/

Tylko shelf integrated into the interior
Source: https://tylko.com/

 

What distinguishes Tylko from other companies?

Surely the easiest thing to identify is customization. Tylko is not the first company that does it, but it does things completely differently, in a form that is very simple and accessible to everyone. Furniture is supposed to be functional in terms of ergonomics. It is meant to be beautiful, stable, possible to produce and to serve the customer for a long time. All this is written in a complex algorithm, which is very simple to use with a series of sliders to let users quickly tweak and apply dimensions, styles, and finishes. This is the advantage.

 

Why is Tylko a technology company?

Tylko is not e-commerce. The product is sold over the Internet, but calling this startup an e-commerce site is too simplistic. It is a technology company that has its products and creates them. Tylko is an inventor when it comes to a physical product.

The startup has very complex algorithms that make the furniture the way we want it to be, i.e. it meets all values and conditions. Drawing furniture for production has been completely eliminated. Instead of that, Tylko writes programs that draw furniture for production. Automating the creation of production files is a very strong thing at this startup.

In addition, the elements that make up the furniture are of different sizes. Each time they have to be packed in a different way which is also facilitated due to technology. The startup also created an algorithm that packs these things, and by the way, it creates a manual for the factory staff on how to hide these items inside. This process is completely chronological. We open package no. 1, take out the manual, there is an element no. 1, element no. 2, element no. 3. Thanks to this, especially in a small apartment, we don’t have to put everything down on the floor first and look for these things, but they are arranged in turn.

The main markets for the company are Germany, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, but sales are made all over Europe. Many American investors have tried to convince their founders to bring their business to the United States. However, the owners did not want to do this as the place where they want to develop their product is Poland.

Does the company have a chance to become a global brand that will be recognized? Is there still room for startups in the furniture industry?

 

References:

[1] https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/tight-on-space-think-modular-furniture-600zqdcfp

[2] https://www.forbes.pl/biznes/tylko-meblowi-rewolucjonisci/xcy5mp5

[3] https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/07/tylko-bags-3-1m-to-size-up-a-bespoke-furniture-business/

[4] https://mamstartup.pl/13-polskich-startupow-ktore-moga-podbic-swiat

[5] https://plndesign.pl/tylko-albo-az/

[6] https://gregalbrecht.io/pl/podcast/mikolaj-molenda-tylko/

[7] https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/tylko-2

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7 basic design principles, which are taught in Star Wars

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The wave of interest in “Star Wars” is just at its peak: the world for a long time was going crazy before the premiere, and finally came the first weekend rentals, “Awakening Forces.”

A good film should not only special effects dazzle the audience, but also to promote storytelling through the “seamless” installation and good design. In one of the infographic on Venngage decided to return to the first trilogy saga to take a closer look at how the basic principles of design used in the world-favorite Star Wars.

[Infographic] Design with the Force - 7 Star Wars Design Principles

Infographic by Venngage.

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Would it be a trend in 2016 ?

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In the world of web design life does not stand still. New ideas, techniques, tools and approaches appear almost every day. In web design, as well as in any other sphere of activity – for those interested in the subject and intends to understand it, you need to keep an eye on and watch what happens.

Personally, I think that “trending” of web design is very interesting as for well known designers as for new entrepreneurs. The goal of this article is to offer not only the designer of sites, but also the most modern patterns, each one of you could easily make a beautiful and professional site a trendy solution.

2015 gradually coming to an end, so let’s talk about what will be important in the near future. 

Good news

Text + Graphics = Love

Prepare to be that designers will use a text made up of graphic elements, images, textures and geometric shapes. Typography has always been considered an important part of web design, and with the growth of the technical capabilities of its role will only increase.

Web design: customer-oriented

To make a good site, you need to understand what the audience wants. The idea is not new, but are beginning to discuss it very deeply and seriously only now. The point is that the designer should provide the client uses the site, and do everything that he was the most clear and comfortable. Content and images must involve everyone, but first of all – representatives of a specific target audience.

All the attention to the content

A good way to emphasize the importance of communication – to put it right in the middle of the page and add a striking image or homogeneous background. This method is ideal for those occasions when you want to focus on the short statement.

Blocks content

If the statement is not one thing, it makes sense to divide the page into several large blocks – is still relevant. The blocks must not be such as to Pintereste and wide – on the entire screen. Researches would like to draw your attention to the fact that each unit can be decorated in its own style. This gives designers greater freedom – you can not worry about the visual hierarchy.

Bad news

Very long sites

The popularity of mobile interfaces and Facebook led to the fact that all started to make a long scrolling page. The idea itself is not bad, especially if you know when to stop. Now we regret that some sites are too long. The most common errors of their creators is infinite scrolling, love heavy animation effects and inability to structure content.

Securely hidden menu

You could not help but notice that the familiar menu navigation was reduced to a single icon, which opens when you click. On the screens of mobile devices, where little space is important and every pixel, it is really convenient, but on the ordinary – not always. Often, people do not see this icon, and does not understand how he go from one section to another. The golden rule of design says – avoid unnecessary complications. That is, do not hide the menu and do not force the user to search for it.

Too many layers

The text over the picture, and the picture – over the motley heterogeneous background. Do you think anybody wants to understand this chaos? Let’s agree to comply with the order. It’s easy to get started, you can get rid of superfluous elements arranged in two or three layers.

Unnecessary entry

Modern sites have a serious drawback – they are very “heavy”. Sometimes, instead of reducing the amount of content and thereby increase the speed of loading, their owners camouflage problem by adding an introductory welcome page. While the user is viewing the intro, site-heavyweight quietly loaded. What is the result? As a result, you do not make friends with the visitor, but the opposite – pushes him away, creating an additional obstacle. Output – safely remove all unnecessary.

Some “horror”
Enumerating applications

It’s great that the site you can add any third-party application, but there are limits. Please do not get carried away. Understand that these applications work on different people. Each of them – his own style, which is often not identical with the style of your site. Excessive application will not lead to anything good, honestly. The advice – pick one or two of the most necessary, and to confine them.

Source: WIX

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