They may be neon orange, made of thick, durable plastic and protected by Federal law, but if they’re in your way chances are you’ll run them over.
After all, they’re only traffic cones. But what if it was more than just a cone? What if those bright orange safety indicators were shaped like helpless animals? Would you have the heart to run over a mama goose and a trail of her little ducklings? The answer, in most cases, is no.
This ingenious solution to the traffic cone dilemma is what designer Michael Savona calls the “family dynamic,” a brilliant redesign that goes beyond structural solutions and cuts to the heart of the matter. Savona, who’s currently finishing his Masters in Design of Designed Objects at the Art Institute in Chicago is still sifting through the Department of Transportation’s regulations he needs to meet in order to produce the Goose Cones, but in the meantime you can buy a palm-sized replica that stacks just like the real thing.