art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive
art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive
feb 16, 2011

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive

‘flashkus’ by art. lebedev all images courtesy of art. lebedev

products by russian-based design studio art. lebedev often play with digital icons such as a hand or mouse cursor, the computer desktop file symbol or pixelated imagery, translating them into real products. though taking a bit of a detour, their latest design still deals with the digital and comes in the form of a disposable thumb drive called ‘flashkus’. made from a cardboard stock material, the sticks come in sets of four, divided by perforations which make them easy to separate and use. the paper surface allows one to hand-write labels directly onto the drives, indicating what is stored on the key. they come in 4GB, 8GB or 16GB storage capacities.

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive the cardboard body makes it easy to label and personalize the drives

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive the thumb drives come in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB storage capacities

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive ‘flashkus’ comes in sets of four, which are separated by perforations, making it easy to tear them apart

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive a single ‘flashkus’ USB drive

art. lebedev: flashkus disposable paper thumb drive ‘flashkus’ in use

via technabob

  • This is the coolest s**t ever! 🙂

    Artman says:
  • zaebal svoei huinioy

    arist says:
  • where can i get it? i really want one!

    inkimmm says:
  • renderings or reality? ; )

    g says:
  • Nice idea but not very realistic – the model looks like a strip of wood. To be flat on both sides, the (circuit) board needs to be sandwiched somewhere inside which is a technical nightmare + the fact that USB2/3 electronic components are already thicker than this model, means it needs to be redesigned. The labeling concept is nice, but this is a concept, not a product.

    N says:
  • try to find [url=]here, his shop[/url] or [url=]here[/url]

    preview says:
  • nice!) says:
  • zaebis’

    yaandry says:
  • Why would you make this disposable? After filling the drive with info, you just toss that data out with the trash? I don’t get it…?

    LMNOQ says:
  • too sick!

    ube's icecream shop says:
  • Like we need more stuff to throw away…

    NDF says:
  • disposable?! no thanks.

    BP says:
  • looks great, but does that mean more heavy metals in the trash? seems a misdirected goal

    peter says:
  • looks like this concept… but still cool!


    uber says:
  • i couldn’t agree more with LMNOQ… there is no reason why you shoud dispose of a thumb drive like that! I get the idea of handing your info in drives like these to clients and stuff instead of burning cd’s and all that. But in that case, i guess it should look a little more professional. I wouldn’t like to hand my portfolio to a potential client in a cardboard drive.

    Toski says:
  • Agree with LMNOQ as well. Who wants to throw away his data!?
    This only works if the idea is that, once the thumb drive has ran its regular course, its thinness will mean it will take less space in landfills, or degrade faster.
    And of course, such a think drive would cut down transportation and storage costs…

    weird anita says:
  • very “GREEN” 🙁 says:
  • These are so great!
    I love the idea of being able to label the flash drives. Now all they need are an accompanying file cabinet…

    San mate says:
  • This will be trash

    Andreas says:

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