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Logo Designer Who Has Impressed Clients For A Year Turns Out To Be AI

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Russian logo designer Nikolay Ironov’s work is so wildly experimental, one might say it almost seems inhuman—and they’d be right, because Nikolay Ironov is an AI.

His creators, an isolated team at design firm Art. Lebedev Studio, had kept Ironov’s identity a secret for over a year, during which the high-tech designer landed over 20 successful commercial projects under the guise of a “remote employee.”



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Keeping the designer’s face under wraps meant “the team could manage any risk of leaks, while also gathering valuable feedback from clients on Nikolay Ironov’s work — free from any prejudice against generative design,” the neural network’s developers explained.

Instead of attending design school like many of his human peers, Ironov was trained on a number of interwoven algorithms “so complex” that not even his makers can identify where his final work is derived.

Ironov completes his projects by gathering details about clients, distilling branding concepts, and then generating numerous iterations, including color schemes, 3D models, and patterns.

“Nikolay Ironov can replace a human at every stage of creating an identity — from searching for an idea to designing ways to apply an identity,” the studio added. “This allows one to create a unique design, free from restrictive external influences such as environment, fashion and authority.”

Clients wowed by the AI designer’s unorthodox aesthetics—including dining establishments, apps, consumer good brands and influencers—were left in the dark about his identity until the agency announced it in June. His work can now be seen across Russia.

Make no mistake that Ironov is simply an experiment, though. The studio insists that the neural network can take on real gigs proficiently.

“He is available 24 hours a day,” his developers revealed. “He does not get sick. He does not experience crippling creative blocks. He is always developing and can complete tasks in a matter of seconds.”

“More importantly, his designs are completely unique.”

For a while, humankind has been convinced that creativity cannot be replicated by robots. The faceless designer, who managed to nail real jobs without getting discovered for over a year, overturns this belief.

Take in some of Nikolay Ironov’s uncanny branding projects and head here to view the AI designer’s portfolio. You can also check out the work of his creator, Art. Lebedev Studio, via its website and Instagram.



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission

Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission



Image by Art. Lebedev Studio and featured with permission

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‘Space Hero’ Reality Show Sets Out To Send Someone To Space In 2023



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The sky is not the limit for the contestants of an upcoming reality show Space Hero, where the winner will earn a seat to the 2023 mission to the International Space Station (ISS), the biggest prize on reality television history.

The reality show will bring together a group of space enthusiasts, who will undergo intensive training and face challenges that will push their physical, mental and emotional strength in order to become an astronaut in space.

Viewers from all around the globe can tune in and vote for the candidate they would like to see head to the ISS for 10 days alongside professional astronauts, orbiting Earth 16 times a day.

The Space Hero champion will get on board the SpaceX Dragon rocket for the ambitious trip to space.

The show will run under the US-based production company Space Hero Inc, and produced by Ben Silverman and Howard Owen’s Propagate, per Deadline.

Prior to this, a private Dutch company called Mars One unveiled plans to send 24 humans to Mars and document the experience as a reality television show. However, the firm couldn’t materialize the concept as it went bankrupt.

EXCLUSIVE: Space Travel reality show set to send contestant to ISS in works from Space Hero Company & Propagatehttps://t.co/Bctod88FmR

— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 17, 2020

[via Deadline, cover image via NASA / Public domain] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411577/Space-Hero-Reality-Show-Sets-Out-To-Send-Someone-To-Space-In-2023/

Hans Zimmer Worked With A 32-Person Choir For ‘Dune’… Over FaceTime

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Warner Bros. Studios recently unveiled the trailer for the upcoming sci-fi film Dune, which features a rendition of rock band Pink Floyd’s Eclipse from the 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon.

Variety reported that the reworked tune of Eclipse was created by renowned film score composer Hans Zimmer, who supervised the recording with a 32-voice Los Angeles choir over FaceTime.

To keep in line with COVID-19 measures, Zimmer sat through eight sessions with four vocalists at a time, who all had their own mics and had the booths wiped down after each session. 12 vocalists performed the lyrics from the song, while the remaining 20 recorded the choral parts.

Though Zimmer’s cover is not released on any music streaming services yet, the popularity of the Dune trailer has drove digital sales for Pink Floyd’s original Eclipse by 1,750 percent, per IndieWire.

The trailer for Dune, featuring Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Jason Momoa, Rebecca Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac, has already garnered over 22 million views in its first week of release. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on 18 December 2020.

Check out the trailer below.

[via Dazed, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411575/Hans-Zimmer-Worked-With-A-32-Person-Choir-For-Dune-Over-FaceTime/

Watch: Step Inside Apple Park’s Massive ‘Spaceship’ Headquarters

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In 2018, Apple completed work for its headquarters in Cupertino, California, known as the Apple Park. The donut-shaped building is often called the “spaceship” for its circular and futuristic architecture, which spans across 176 acres of land.

Some 12,000 employees work in the main structure of the headquarters, which includes a visitor center and a retail store for people to take a peek at the campus or purchase official Apple merchandise that can’t be found anywhere else.

There is also the Steve Jobs Theater beside the “spaceship” portion of the campus, which is made out of glass walls to offer a stunning 360-degree view of its lush surrounding.

The US$5 billion building is also eco-friendly as it merges nature into its modern facilities, such as four-story glass windows and solar panels on the roof. There are even dense orchards around the building that supply fruits for the cafeteria.

The inside of the building is rarely shown to the public, but YouTube channel TechVision has uploaded a video to give a rare look into the headquarters. Watch it below.

[via Core77, cover image via Droneandy / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411574/Watch-Step-Inside-Apple-Park-s-Massive-Spaceship-Headquarters/

Gwen Stefani Sneakily Photoshops Blake Shelton Over Her Photo With Ex



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Breakups typically entail a whole lot of resentment, heartbreak, and a collection of photos that are no longer usable but you still look good in. This, however, hasn’t bothered Gwen Stefani, who has dredged up a picture from the past and repurposed it in the most honorable way.

At the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday, Stefani had the adorable opportunity to perform a duet with her partner Blake Shelton. To cement the sweet moment, the pop star posted a familiar picture of the couple.

The only thing—Shelton never posed for this shot. The former Sexiest Man Alive had been photoshopped over where Stefani’s ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, was supposed to stand.

The original image, uploaded in 2014 to mark the former couple’s 12th wedding anniversary, still exists on Stefani’s Instagram feed.

Eagle-eyed fans promptly gave a holler back to their girl for not wasting such a good photo. “Gavin is literally out the picture,” one follower wrote. “Blake and you look adorable together.”

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#datenight @acmawards w my boo🥰 @blakeshelton gx

A post shared by Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) on Sep 16, 2020 at 6:03pm PDT

[via BuzzFeed, cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411578/Gwen-Stefani-Sneakily-Photoshops-Blake-Shelton-Over-Her-Photo-With-Ex/

Ryan Reynolds Is Moved By Burn Survivor’s Cosplay As Mask-Less ‘Deadpool’



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Earlier this year, Instagram user and burn survivor Jadiant, whose real name is John Quinn, expressed how much the Deadpool films have inspired him by cosplaying the titular character without the mask.

Quinn shared an Instagram post of himself, dressed as a mask-less Deadpool, and even learned how to do a split for added authenticity.

“Deadpool has honestly made me way more confident. Anyone who has read or watched anything about Deadpool, knows his face and body are pretty messed up. So it’s only natural that I cosplay him,” Quinn wrote in the post.

He also said that he wanted to make his costume as authentic as possible by choosing not to wear a mask. Quinn also shared how the character has boosted his self-esteem and helped him embrace who he is.

The inspiring image was later spotted by Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds, who commented on the post.

“Holy s**t, Jadiant, this made my year. Can’t even describe what this post means to me. Also, I can do the splits… but only once a year. And it has to be in the lobby of a hospital,” Reynolds wrote.

Quinn then responded to Reynolds’ comment by saying, “So worth it.” Check out the moving post below.

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It would make my dream come true if @vancityreynolds got to see this post! I learned to do the splits just for this photo. Deadpool has honestly made me way more confident. Anyone who has read or watched anything about Deadpool, knows his face and body are pretty messed up. So it’s only natural that I cosplay him. I wanted to be authentic as possible, and that was to not wear a mask. It’s so easy to cover up who I am, and to give In to despair. Deadpool just makes me not care about that stuff and show my true self. This is me, and I’m not Ashamed about it. Deadpool is icy clean, and he’s helped my self esteem so much. I’m owning who I am, and cosplaying Deadpool makes it that much easier.

A post shared by Johnny 🔥 (@jadiant) on Jan 24, 2020 at 12:22pm PST

[via Nerdist, cover image via DFree / Shutterstock.com and IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411573/Ryan-Reynolds-Is-Moved-By-Burn-Survivor-s-Cosplay-As-Mask-Less-Deadpool/

NASA Snaps A Close-Up Photo Of Jupiter Experiencing Colossal White Storms



Image via NASA, ESA, STScI, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), and the OPAL team

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured Jupiter, 406 million miles from Earth, experiencing massive white storms at 350 miles per hour on 25 August 2020.

The storms had erupted on 18 August 2020, which resulted in intricate white clouds swarming the planet’s surface. There were also two additional plumes that followed the storms at the same latitude.

The image reveals Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a persistent high-pressure region, in an intense dark color with the storm clouds.

The storm now spans about 9,800 miles from one end to the other. However, it is currently shrinking in size for unknown reasons.

At the left corner, the planet’s icy moon Europa can be seen in a tiny white spot on the image, as well.

Take a look at the stunning photo below.

406 million miles from Earth, Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere was captured perfectly by @NASAHubble on Aug. 25 as the Great Red Spot plowed into storm clouds: https://t.co/H5szWfZZdL pic.twitter.com/PnyqSpUOpD

— NASA (@NASA) September 18, 2020

[via Futurism, cover image via NASA, ESA, STScI, A. Simon (Goddard Space Flight Center), M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley), and the OPAL team] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411572/NASA-Snaps-A-Close-Up-Photo-Of-Jupiter-Experiencing-Colossal-White-Storms/

Netflix Unsubscriptions Skyrocket Amid Outrage About Film ‘Sexualizing’ Minors

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Netflix might have lost a significant slice of its fanbase following the promotion and release of a French film criticized for sexualizing young girls. Recent statistics indicate a spike in cancellations of Netflix accounts amid the backlash.

While a fraction of the dropouts can be attributed to the coronavirus crisis—during which people have been cutting back on expenses—observations from subscription analytics Antenna, via Forbes, indicate that there were five times as many cancellations in the past five days as there had been in the previous 30 days.

During this period, viewers decried Netflix’s release of Cuties, a Sundance award-winning movie about tweens vying to triumph at a “twerking competition.”

In one scene, the lead character takes a photo of her crotch and uploads it online. Netflix’s own poster, which it later removed, featured young girls twerking in micro tops and shorts.

Even though the supposed intention of the film was to spark a debate “against the sexualization of young children,” subscribers argued that the movie was promoting “child porn” and “pedophilia.”

“#CancelNetflix” became a trending topic on social media, and according to Forbes, a Change.org petition threatening to boycott the platform had amassed over 650,000 signatures.

However, the analytics firm did not provide actual numbers for the unsubscriptions, so how much its membership base has been affected remains unclear.

Netflix has yet to comment on the purported loss.

The streaming service has previously apologized for publishing “inappropriate artwork” from the film.

@AntennaData can confirm that Netflix experienced a meaningful Spike in Churn Rate due to the 'Cuties' Backlash https://t.co/mW8hb8AhLY pic.twitter.com/8DNT01KJXZ

— ANTENNA (@AntennaData) September 17, 2020

By the numbers: Subscription analytics company @AntennaData says it saw 5x the number of cancellations of Netflix in the past five days compared to the previous 30 days. https://t.co/lcaPnXwSNP

— ANTENNA (@AntennaData) September 17, 2020

Additional data compiled by @AntennaData also suggests that #CancelNetflix had a bigger impact on Netflix US cancellations in the days after “Cuties” was released, than Disney Plus did during the days after its 2019 debuthttps://t.co/lv5Sjva2kG https://t.co/IpmAqXR0uB pic.twitter.com/qmlezWckyJ

— Ashley Rodriguez 📺 (@AshleyRReports) September 17, 2020

[via Forbes, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411576/Netflix-Unsubscriptions-Skyrocket-Amid-Outrage-About-Film-Sexualizing-Minors/

Burger King Reveals Whopper Recipe On Wrapper To Depart From The Artificial

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If Burger King’s Moldy Whopper hasn’t traumatized you into remembering that the Whopper is free of artificial preservatives, the chain has now printed another reminder on its packaging that is, thankfully, much less nauseating.

On Thursday, the fast-food giant confirmed that Whoppers everywhere in the US no longer contain colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources. As a seal of quality, it has printed the Whopper’s recipe and pasted it on wrappers to reassure that the sandwich features “the Whopper and nothing but the Whopper.”

Ingredients listed on the label comprise 100-percent flame-grilled beef, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun. It also stresses that the burger has “no colors, flavors or preservatives from artificial sources” nor MSG or high-fructose corn syrup.

“We put a lot of effort into the Whopper to make it taste great and the real Whopper free of colors, flavors and preservatives from artificial sources has the same iconic flame-grilled flavor that guests know and love,” explained Chris Finazzo, President of Burger King in the Americas. “This announcement further highlights our commitment to serve delicious, affordable meals our guests can feel good about.”

This means you can recreate the Whopper from home if you wish to. Burger King actually has a recipe for a ‘Quarantine Whopper’ prepared for emergencies because it’s chill like that.

Burger King reveals that 85-percent of its permanent food lineup in the US is now free of the yucky stuff, and that it hopes to completely phase out artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives by the beginning of 2021.

The chain has also recently come out as a lover of McDonald’s in an amorous pride campaign depicting mascots of both restaurants making out.

no longer serving the whopper…as you know it. pic.twitter.com/jEvMYfznTi

— Burger King (@BurgerKing) September 17, 2020

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[via The Dieline, cover image via Burger King / Business Wire] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411570/Burger-King-Reveals-Whopper-Recipe-On-Wrapper-To-Depart-From-The-Artificial/

Facebook Shows Off First Look at Virtual-Reality Office You Can Access From Home

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Facebook has revealed an early glimpse at its ‘Infinity Office’ project, which aims to boost at-home productivity through a virtual-reality workspace.

The technology merges virtual reality with real life by providing live feeds of their home space from the attached cameras.

Using Facebook’s Oculus Quest gear, users will be able to work across multiple customizable screens, on top of the Oculus Browser, with their fingers.

Through a partnership with Logitech, Facebook will also let users utilize certain keyboards to seamlessly input text while working inside the Quest.

The early releases will concentrate on solo productivity, rather than group collaboration.

Facebook plans to roll out the tool later this year. Take a look at the promotional video below.

[via TechCrunch, cover image via Oculus] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411569/Facebook-Shows-Off-First-Look-at-Virtual-Reality-Office-You-Can-Access-From-Home/

Marvel Studios Is Introducing She-Hulk And Has Cast Tatiana Maslany For The Role



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It looks like Marvel has found the perfect star to play She-Hulk, an attorney-at-law who at times turns into an enraged green giant.

This week, Variety reported that Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany will play She-Hulk in Disney+’s upcoming series based on the titular Marvel Comics character.

In the comics, Jennifer Walters is the cousin of Bruce Banner, also known as the Hulk. Walters turns into She-Hulk after inheriting his gamma-radiation transformation power through a blood transfusion. The process lets her control her moments of flaring up, unlike her cousin.

Mark Ruffalo, who starred as the Hulk in the Avengers franchise, has publicly embraced the news about having Maslany in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Welcome to the family, cuz!” Ruffalo wrote, tagging Maslany in a tweet.

The She-Hulk series will be directed and produced by Kat Coiro and written by Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao.

Earlier this week, Disney+ excited Marvel fans by revealing that the WandaVision series, based on Scarlet Witch and Vision, will be available by the end of this year.

Welcome to the family, cuz! @tatianamaslany #SheHulk https://t.co/VXcaE9Fine

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 17, 2020

[via Gizmodo, cover image via IMDb and Joe Seer / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411568/Marvel-Studios-Is-Introducing-She-Hulk-And-Has-Cast-Tatiana-Maslany-For-The-Role/

IKEA’s Latest Guide Is This Bizarre Ad That Flat-Packs Products As Yoga Poses

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Video screenshot via IKEA Australia

Now more than ever, people are seeking relaxation in the most unexpected things. Take, for example, BMW’s ultra soothing car wash video to stand in for all the spa sessions you’ve been missing due to social distancing concerns.

IKEA, whose furniture setups have been the source of countless frustrations, is going down a similar route. The homeware giant has reassembled its products as yoga poses to help “harness health and wellness for mind, body and home.”

The amusing spot, created by Melbourne-based ad agency CHE Proximity for IKEA Australia, teaches you 15 new poses to help you channel your inner table, martini glass, and even barbecue tongs.

If some of these stances prove to be too challenging, you can simply master what IKEA considers to be the “most important”—and also our favorite—position of them all: the GRACIÖS Rug. This simple move involves lying on your back with relaxed limbs.

[via Ads of the World, video and cover image via IKEA Australia] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411571/IKEA-s-Latest-Guide-Is-This-Bizarre-Ad-That-Flat-Packs-Products-As-Yoga-Poses/

Banksy Loses Copyright To His Work After Refusing To Disclose Identity In Court



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Faceless street artist Banksy has lost the copyright to his iconic Flame Thrower work, a graffiti piece he plastered on the walls of the West Bank in Jerusalem.

The artist was in a court battle for two years against card company Full Colour Black over the copyright to the Flame Thrower work.

Unfortunately, the court ruled that Banksy couldn’t claim the work as an EU trademark unless he reveals his true identity.

“He cannot be identified as the unquestionable owner of such works as his identity is hidden; it further cannot be established without question that the artist holds any copyrights to [the] graffiti,” the group of judges from the European Union Intellectual Property Office concluded.

Banksy previously set up a shop in Croydon to sell his works in order to fill his trademark obligations.

However, judges pointed out Banksy’s anonymity, and how he created works on “other people’s property without their permission,” leading them to reason that Banksy does not regard intellectual property rights.

The artist has been very public about copyright matters, allowing people to use and download his works for free. He has even bluntly stated that “copyright was for losers.”

Banksy has yet to address the court’s decision on his Instagram page.

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A post shared by Banksy Archive 🐀 (@banksy_archive) on Apr 27, 2020 at 1:25am PDT

[via LADBible, cover image via Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411567/Banksy-Loses-Copyright-To-His-Work-After-Refusing-To-Disclose-Identity-In-Court/

Burger King Reveals Whopper Recipe On Wrapper In Departure From The Artificial

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Click to view enlarged version. Image via Burger King / Business Wire

If Burger King’s Moldy Whopper hasn’t traumatized you into remembering that the Whopper is free of artificial preservatives, the chain has now printed another reminder on its packaging that is, thankfully, much less nauseating.

On Thursday, the fast-food giant confirmed that Whoppers everywhere in the US no longer contain colors, flavors, and preservatives from artificial sources. As a seal of quality, it has printed the Whopper’s recipe and pasted it on wrappers to reassure that the sandwich features “the Whopper and nothing but the Whopper.”

Ingredients listed on the label comprise 100-percent flame-grilled beef, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun. It also stresses that the burger has “no colors, flavors or preservatives from artificial sources” nor MSG or high-fructose corn syrup.

“We put a lot of effort into the Whopper to make it taste great and the real Whopper free of colors, flavors and preservatives from artificial sources has the same iconic flame-grilled flavor that guests know and love,” explained Chris Finazzo, President of Burger King in the Americas. “This announcement further highlights our commitment to serve delicious, affordable meals our guests can feel good about.”

This means you can recreate the Whopper from home if you wish to. Burger King actually has a recipe for a ‘Quarantine Whopper’ prepared for emergencies because it’s chill like that.

Burger King reveals that 85-percent of its permanent food lineup in the US is now free of the yucky stuff, and that it hopes to completely phase out artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives by the beginning of 2021.

The chain has also recently come out as a lover of McDonald’s in an amorous pride campaign depicting mascots of both restaurants making out.

no longer serving the whopper…as you know it. pic.twitter.com/jEvMYfznTi

— Burger King (@BurgerKing) September 17, 2020

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Click to view enlarged version. Image via Burger King

[via The Dieline, cover image via Burger King / Business Wire] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411570/Burger-King-Reveals-Whopper-Recipe-On-Wrapper-In-Departure-From-The-Artificial/

Hershey’s Shares Map Showing How To Trick-Or-Treat Safely This Halloween



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With the coronavirus lurking in the shadows, fears will undoubtedly be heightened this Halloween. Thankfully, the festivities won’t be canceled this year. Brands like Netflix’s Stranger Things are reinventing classic haunted houses that continue to let people social distance.

Hershey’s, on the other hand, is convinced that many American families will stick to traditional trick-or-treating—as an unfailing custom that kids and the young at heart look forward to every year, how could they not? The confectionery maker has thus unveiled an online map that shows families in every county how to continue the tradition without being haunted by the ghastly disease that is COVID-19.

The visual, which you can access here, is color-coded based on the COVID-19 risk level of the area.

Counties labeled in green, such as Lake County in Oregon and Guadalupe County in New Mexico, currently have the lowest risk of coronavirus transmissions. Yellow and orange zones bear medium risk, while red-marked areas are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Luckily, no matter where you live, there are a number of Halloween celebration ideas for you.

For instance, households in green areas, which report “less than one case per 100,000 people,” can afford to go trick-or-treating, participate in garage give-outs and neighborhood costume parties, as well as visit certified safehouses. On the other side, red zones should limit celebrations within homes as much as possible, though small in-person parties are still allowed.

Check here to find out how you can celebrate Halloween safely this year.

It's what we've all been waiting for! @Halloween_Assoc announced the Halloween Safety Guidelines, aligned with the @CDCgov's social distancing guidelines. Use the COVID risk map provided by @HarvardGH to find your county & ideas for a safe & fun #Halloween https://t.co/bV1lyoOhS2 pic.twitter.com/1xHIVL9rbI

— The Hershey Company (@HersheyCompany) September 14, 2020

[via CNN Business, cover image via Jennifer Wallace / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411566/Hershey-s-Shares-Map-Showing-How-To-Trick-Or-Treat-Safely-This-Halloween/

Google Brings Maps To Shopping Tool To Save You The Hassle Of Browsing IRL



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Google is merging its Maps feature with its Shopping tab to help users browse and shop for products by locating where the items are sold specifically.

This will enable customers to head directly to stores and purchase items they want without spending too much time looking for them in the outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Previously, Google only allowed users to search for stores nearby, but now users can seek specific items and find out the closest stores they can get them from.

The latest location-based shopping works on Google’s platform when you search for items under the Shopping tab. When users click the “nearby” filter, they will be shown where to buy the relevant products.

Shop safely and easily from stores in your community https://t.co/cPEZ6AYsrN #ppc

— David Rosam (@davidrosam) September 17, 2020

[via The Next Web, cover image via Google] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411561/Google-Brings-Maps-To-Shopping-Tool-To-Save-You-The-Hassle-Of-Browsing-IRL/

Ewan McGregor Nails Motorcycle Stunt Where He Jumps Over An Obi-Wan Figurine

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In light of Ewan McGregor’s upcoming motorcycle roadtrip show Long Way Up, the actor was tasked with a motorcycle stunt by host Jimmy Fallon for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Fallon put McGregor’s motorcycle skills to the ultimate test by asking him to jump over an Obi-Wan Kenobi figurine, a cheeky reference to the actor’s character in the Star Wars franchise.

McGregor, of course, took up the challenge and decided to perform the never-before-done act for the television show. He got his nine-year-old daughter to film him successfully riding a motorcycle on a ramp and leaping over the 12-inch Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure.

Watch the feat a little over a minute in the video below.

[via Nerdist, cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

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NASA Spots First-Ever ‘Survivor’ Planet Orbiting A Sun-Like Dwarf Star

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An international group of astronomers used NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and Spitzer Space Telescope and spotted the first-known planet to be intact while orbiting a white dwarf, which is a dense leftover of a sun-like star.

The planet, called WD 1856 b, is similar in size in comparison to Jupiter, and about seven times larger than the white dwarf, known as D 1856+534.

Andrew Vanderburg, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, noted that the WD 1856 b managed to survive and stay whole after coming in close contact with the white dwarf.

This is remarkable as the white dwarf’s “creation process destroys nearby planets, and anything that later gets too close [to it] usually [will be] torn apart by the star’s immense gravity.”

[via NASA, cover image via NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411562/NASA-Spots-First-Ever-Survivor-Planet-Orbiting-A-Sun-Like-Dwarf-Star/

Naomi Osaka Designs Fashion Line Inspired By Her Japanese-Haitian Roots



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Naomi Osaka is officially a two-time US open women’s singles champion. Now, the 22-year-old tennis star can put fashion design in her list of achievements.

The collection draws upon Osaka’s Japanese-Haitian heritage, including beautiful draped dresses and knitwear inspired by Harajuku.

The Tokyo shirt dress, which is also part of the lineup, boasts exaggerated puffed sleeves with corseted seams in the bust area. The Naomi top has a cinched waist with asymmetrical drapes and lace. The Osaka top and Osaka cardigan have feminine ruffles while keeping you warm at the same.

It is reported that Osaka reached out to the brand’s designer, Hanako Maeda, to ask if she would be interested in collaborating. They hit it off pretty well and began creating ideas and sketches at their first meeting.

You can shop the collection here.



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Disney+ Confirms Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’ Series Will Be Coming Out In 2020

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Disney+ has released a trailer for its upcoming programs in 2020, and it includes Marvel’s long-awaited WandaVision.

WandaVision will spotlight the characters Wanda Maximoff, also known as Scarlet Witch, and Vision, who will be played by Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany respectively. The show will premiere by the end of this year.

Scarlet Witch has been consistently proving to be a fan-favorite as she grew in power throughout the Avengers films. So, it is no doubt that the confirmation from Disney+ has stoked many fans, who are relishing the announcement on social media.

“2020 has been brutal. Finally some good news,” one Twitter user expressed.

Fans can also expect to see other roles played by Kat Dennings, Evan Peters, and Randall Park in the upcoming series.

It is too early for the arrival of an actual trailer, but you can check out the series’ teaser trailer in the meantime.

[via The Daily Dot, cover image via Disney+] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411560/Disney-Confirms-Marvel-s-WandaVision-Series-Will-Be-Coming-Out-In-2020/

Library Of Congress’ AI Tool Lets You Explore 1.5M Images In Old Newspaper Pages



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Everyone has a different, dilluted concoction of historical memories they’ve picked up from the textbooks. However, as some going through the COVID-19 pandemic will point out to future generations, a faint secondhand account isn’t like living through an experience.

The US Library of Congress is now offering a more intimate glimpse into what life was like in the past with an AI tool that gives access to old photographs from 16 million historical newspaper pages.

The ‘Newspaper Navigator’, developed by the Library of Congress’ Innovator in Residence and Washington University researcher Benjamin Lee, seeks to reveal how key events and characters have been portrayed by the media. As George Washington was depicted to proclaim in Hamilton, “You have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”

To train the system, Lee used an object detection model specialized in World War I-era reports from the Library of Congress’ digitized archive to identify visual content, including photos, cartoons, ads, and maps.

You can use the AI tool by looking up a keyword and/or limiting the search to a date range or state, and the Newspaper Navigator will turn up relevant results from its dataset of 1.56 million newspaper images from 1789 to 1963. You’ll then be able to download related images and read their accompanying articles, or browse the newspapers in full.

NEWS: Just released, our new Newspaper Navigator tool lets you search 1.5 million newspaper images between 1789-1963 from our collections. More: https://t.co/53WWMx9Ma8 pic.twitter.com/rwIxbhDO6w

— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) September 15, 2020

Explore more than 1.5 million newspaper images online! We're so excited to announce the launch of the #NewspaperNavigator tool, which allows you to find images within millions of historic newspaper pages. Learn more at https://t.co/w4n6sSZ3BZ #ChronAm #MachineLearning @lee_bcg pic.twitter.com/Cs4crIvS4L

— LC Labs (@LC_Labs) September 15, 2020

[via TNW, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411564/Library-Of-Congress-AI-Tool-Lets-You-Explore-1-5M-Images-In-Old-Newspaper-Pages/

Facebook Is Releasing Its First-Ever AR Glasses Under The Ray-Ban Brand



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Facebook Reality Labs has revealed its new venture, Project Aria, which will develop its first pair of augmented-reality glasses in 2021.

Project Aria is working on a series of different AR technologies, including a pair of research glasses and wearable controllers, for the company’s future AR products.

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the company has teamed up with fashion eyewear company EssilorLuxottica to develop prototypes for the smart glasses.

The company will undergo at least two stages, the first focusing on the wearable’s basic workings and the next diving deeper into AR functions and other features, before launching the smart glasses under the Ray-Ban brand name next year.

Check out the rendering for the AR glasses below.

[via Venture Beat, cover image via Facebook] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411556/Facebook-Is-Releasing-Its-First-Ever-AR-Glasses-Under-The-Ray-Ban-Brand/

Bollywood Film Catches Flak For ‘Racist’ Song Insulting Beyoncé’s Natural Beauty



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A track from a Bollywood film, Khaali Peeli, has been rewritten after social media users accused it of being racist.

The original lyric of the song, titled Beyoncé Sharma Jayegi, appeared to glorify pale skin and made an inappropriate reference to singer Beyoncé.

The offending line, “Oh tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyoncé sharma jayegi,” translates to, “Beyoncé will feel insecure after seeing you, fair-skinned lady.”

Social media users were quick to criticize the anthem. “Beyoncé didn’t make lemonade album for this talentless rats to make a song about how this Ananya Pandey’s so-called white skin could make Beyoncé shy!” an angry user blasted on Twitter. “Might be the worse thing I’ve seen ever! I’d like to apologize to Beyoncé for this racist sexist hot mess,” another user tweeted.

The controversial melody also included sexist lines that include “gaudy women” with “lots of tantrums.”

In a statement, director Maqbool Khan explained that the lyrics “never intended racially,” and that the filmmakers were huge fans of Beyoncé. “The term ‘goriya’ (fair woman in Hindi) has been so often and traditionally used in Indian songs to address a girl, that it didn’t occur to any of us to interpret it in a literal manner,” he said.

The revised version of the song drops the controversial line and is now available on music streaming applications.

Oh Dear! #BeyonceSharmaJayegi
Might be the worse thing I’ve seen ever! 🤮
I’d like to apologise to @Beyonce for this racist sexist hot mess. #BLM #mondaythoughts https://t.co/EXc1zmdHFe

— Andy Kumar (@iAmVJAndy) September 7, 2020

Beyonce didn't make lemonade album ( that is about black power) for this talentless rats to make a song about how this ananya pandey's so-called white skin could make beyonce shy!

Lmao the lyricist and the whole record label should be sued for this TRASH!

#BeyonceSharmaJayegi

— Lorde Del Rey (@lordedellrey) September 7, 2020

#BOLLYWOOD is still propagating for light-toned skin in 2020 and such attitude has spawned a huge demand in India for whiteners and bleaching products? And Why will #BeyonceSharmaJayegi she is the one who featured brown south Asians in her music @iujjawaltrivedi #KhaaliPeeli https://t.co/QsMeAysi7e

— Drishti Kharbanda (@DrishtiKoffic) September 7, 2020

This is just blatantly ignoring the fact how they're glorifying fair skin (yet again) and then comparing it to Beyoncé (a black woman). This is RACIST.

Y'all are embarrassing yourselves. TAKE 👏 THIS 👏 DOWN 👏 AND👏 APOLOGIZE 👏 #BeyonceSharmaJayegi https://t.co/eyVv6xsakP

— Rajvi Desai 💀 (@RajviDesai31) September 7, 2020

#BeyonceSharmaJaayegi
Bollywood hitting new levels of low after hitting rock bottom.
Using obnoxious lyrics, skin color and comparing her with #Beyonce . Utter disappointment again. pic.twitter.com/FQW7HVd2pD

— Chaos. (@nayeemiqbal_) September 7, 2020

[via CNN, cover image via DFree / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/411549/Bollywood-Film-Catches-Flak-For-Racist-Song-Insulting-Beyonc-s-Natural-Beauty/

MUJI Releases Its Own Line Of Breathable Cloth Masks Made Of Lightweight Cotton



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MUJI has released its own line of reusuable cloth face masks to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Designed with protection and comfort in mind, these handy masks feature three breathable layers of lightweight cotton and polypropylene to protect users from germs and viruses.

MUJI Canada has released a clip on Instagram demonstrating how to effectively clean and dry the personal mask. Note that the garment should not be machine-washed or bleached, and wearers should opt for gentle cleansers, such as light moisturizing toning water or neutral detergent, to clean it.

MUJI recommends soaking its mask in lukewarm water to rinse off the cleanser, instead of scrubbing the soap off. Then, pat it dry with a clean towel or air it where there is good ventilation before reusing it.

The mask, currently retailing at MUJI Canada stores in Ontario and British Columbia, comes in a pack of two for CA$9.90 (US$7.49).

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New Reusable Cloth Masks in Toronto stores now! Wash by gently submerging in lukewarm soapy water and allowing to air dry completely. #muji #mujicanada

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New Reusable Cloth Masks in Vancouver stores now! Made using three lightweight layers for added comfort, protection, and durability. Availability in Toronto coming very soon! #muji #mujicanada

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Elle Fanning Praised For Not Editing Photos After Showing Her Eczema ‘Eyeshadow’



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Elle Fanning got real with her skin struggles in her latest photos on Instagram.

The actress shared a series of makeup-free selfies where she appeared to don pink eyeshadow on her lids. It turns out, the coloration on her eyelids is a result of an eczema flare-up.

“Eczema but make it eyeshadow,” she captioned her snaps, along with a emoji of a sticking tongue.

Fanning’s move on shining a light on her condition has been praised by her fans and celebrities, who also applauded her for being comfortable in her own skin instead of editing out her eczema.

“Thank you for posting this. I struggle with eczema and it hurts my self-esteem. It’s so refreshing seeing public figures without the filters and makeup to show that we are all human,” a fan commented on her photo.

Actress Rachel Brosnahan, who also has a similar condition, wrote, “I feel seen.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, eczema is a genetic condition specifically caused by a gene variation impacting the skin’s ability to provide protection against bacteria and irritants. Skin appears dry, itchy, or senstive, and is often accompanied with red patches or small bumps.

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Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜

A post shared by Elle Fanning (@ellefanning) on Sep 14, 2020 at 2:20pm PDT

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