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‘Largest Hand-Painted Portrait In Southern Hemisphere’ Honors Nicole Kidman



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Nicole Kidman is honored with a huge mural painted on a side of an apartment building in Sydney’s Darlinghurst.

Kidman has been praised for her performance as Grace Fraser in HBO’s new psychological thriller The Undoing. Now, the actress is able to celebrate the show’s success with the large mural commissioned by streaming service BINGE.

The painting, which is roughly the size of an Olympic swimming pool, is said to be the largest “hand-painted portrait” in the Southern hemisphere. The portrait saw the actress’ striking facial features complete with her strawberry blonde locks.

The mural required the help of 11 artists from Apparition Media, and painted over the span of two weeks. Speaking about the mural, BINGE’s executive director Alison Hurbert-Burns said, “We’re so excited to be able to share The Undoing with Australia. Not only is it some of the world’s best drama, but it stars Nicole Kidman – so we just had to do something big to celebrate the show in her hometown. And what better way to mark the year’s biggest thriller, with the biggest portrait Australia has ever seen.”

“After nearly three weeks of project planning and painting, we’re so excited to finally reveal this stunning portrait to Australia. This has been an incredible undertaking from the team who have pounced and painted, with a few stops and starts caused by some very unpredictable weather,” Tyson Hunter from Apparition Media, whose team painted the portrait, said.

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Nothing stays hidden forever. Today we unveiled an epic 18-storey painting of Nicole Kidman in Sydney, to celebrate #TheUndoing on #BINGE. See it in person before it unravels. #NothingStaysHidden pic.twitter.com/JgN5IKTSgF

— Binge (@binge) November 14, 2020

Wow the incredible acting talents of Nicole Kidman, @HackedOffHugh, and Donald Sutherland all in one show is a privilege to watch. #TheUndoing is must watch television.

— Viral (@Viral1035) November 16, 2020

Nicole Kidman Emmy campaign, who agrees? #theundoing #theundoinghbo pic.twitter.com/pSdQGtYBRG

— G (@todief0r) November 23, 2020

I hope Nicole Kidman's eyes win an Oscar for their role in #TheUndoing

— Brifi 🚀 (@Brifi999) November 18, 2020

Just finished episode one of THE UNDOING and I’m hooked. I’m pleased I didn’t know it starred Lily Rabe, it made the surprise even sweeter. Also, everything about Nicole Kidman is on point. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/flxsjsAAVG

— Ollie Charles 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇪🇺 (@OllieCharles) November 14, 2020

[via B&T, cover image via BINGE] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412420/Largest-Hand-Painted-Portrait-In-Southern-Hemisphere-Honors-Nicole-Kidman/

Amazon’s Alexa Ensures You Don’t Miss That Legendary Death Scene In Hilarious Ad

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Amazon has released a couple of adverts showcasing the efficiency of its voice assistant, Alexa.

The campaign, conceived by ad agency Droga5, features two ads named Ironing and Opera.

The first video reveals an epic death scene being constantly interrupted. The characters had to repeatedly act out the tragic moment due to the instructions given by an Alexa user, who turns out to be missing the action while ironing.

The ad highlights Alexa’s ability to carry out voice commands instantly, so the user does not miss out on the action.

The second clip is set in the middle of an opera performance, which is interrupted by a man lounging in the sun and asking for more upbeat tunes out of nowhere.

The man turns out to be another Alexa user, who is giving out his voice commands to the virtual assistant to play the music he prefers.

Watch the hilarious adverts below.

[via Muse By CLIO, cover image via Amazon] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412425/Amazon-s-Alexa-Ensures-You-Don-t-Miss-That-Legendary-Death-Scene-In-Hilarious-Ad/

Hallmark Channel Debuts Its First Christmas Movie With A Gay Couple In The Lead

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Hallmark has debuted a teaser for its first-ever Christmas flick featuring a gay couple.

The holiday film, The Christmas House, stars Jonathan Bennett and Brad Harder. According to the film’s description on the Hallmark Channel’s website, it follows brothers Mike and Brandon Mitchell’s return home for the holidays. As they attempt to bring the family together to recreate the Christmas house, Brandon and his husband, Jake, anxiously wait for a call about the adoption of their first child.

The Christmas House marks Hallmark’s historic move to not only feature an LGBTQ+ love story, but also a gay couple in the lead.

“Representation is important, but correct representation is more important, not just for viewers who may not interact or accept LGBTQ people, but it’s also important for LGBTQ+ people to see themselves in media,” Bennett told NBC News.

Hallmark’s CEO Bill Abbott announced in December last year that he was “open” to having movies with diverse relationships in it. “It’s something we’re always thinking about, always considering and we’ll continue to make the movies where the best scripts are delivered to us and what we think have the most potential,” Abbott explained.

The Christmas House premieres 22 November at 8PM ET on the Hallmark Channel.

[via UNILAD, cover image via Hallmark Channel] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412432/Hallmark-Channel-Debuts-Its-First-Christmas-Movie-With-A-Gay-Couple-In-The-Lead/

Butter-Passing Robot From ‘Rick and Morty’ Is Now A Real Thing

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Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has explored an existential amount of possibilities in the way people lead their lives. The main character Rick Sanchez even birthed many gadgets to make his life a breeze, and one of the devices was the sentient “Pass the Butter.”

The machine’s main purpose in the show was to help Sanchez make toast. Though the idea was clever, the bot was made aware of its meaningless existence.

Now, Adult Swim and Digital Dream Labs have decided to turn the product into a reality by launching the Butter Robot. Don’t worry, it’s not sentient to some extent.

The product comes with a complex “emotion engine,” allowing it to react to external forces and become more ‘self-aware” over time and even choose to “rebel” against commands in the future. Besides that, it’s a really cool device to have.

It will listen and respond to the phrase “Pass the Butter” and will pass the butter stick to the person who gave the instruction. It even comes with a distinct voice a lá the character on the show, allowing the machine to interact and repeat phrases instructed through the mobile app’s text-to-voice feature.

At its core, the Butter Robot is simply a tool that makes sure the butter is given to the people seated at the dining table. The user can pick three control modes (Direct Control, Coding, Passing) to relay for the robot to carry out.

The show’s co-creator Justin Roiland has released an unboxing video to show off the nifty new gadget. Watch the video below.

[via Nerdist, cover image via The Butter Robot] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412424/Butter-Passing-Robot-From-Rick-and-Morty-Is-Now-A-Real-Thing/

UNIQLO Debuts Its First 100% Recycled Down Jackets From Old & Unwanted Clothing



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UNIQLO’s Recycled Down Jacket is now available to purchase in its stores and online.

First announced in September as part of the brand’s new recycling program called Re.Uniqlo, UNIQLO’s first ever jacket is made of 100 percent recycled down. It is created out of old and unwanted apparel as well as feather garments from UNIQLO’s customers that were returned to its stores.

The UNIQLO U Recycled Down Jacket is a unisex outdoor jacket and be worn on its own or layered on top of other pieces for additional warmth. The jacket also features a V-neckline and a zippered front pocket.

The Recycled Jacket is the result of 620,000 unwanted jackets that were collected in Japan. Reimagined by the UNIQLO U design team, headed by artistic director Chritstophe Lemaire, the sleek yet sustainable jacket is available in four colorways: dark grey, dark orange, brown and dark green.

The company also ensured that the materials collected were through ethical measures, and in line with the Responsible Down Standard (RD) certification.

As part of the Re.Uniqlo program, customers are also encouraged to bring unwanted down products to UNIQLO stores to be donated or recycled. They will receive a coupon that can be used online or in-store.



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[via Fast Company, cover image via UNIQLO] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412431/UNIQLO-Debuts-Its-First-100-Recycled-Down-Jackets-From-Old-Unwanted-Clothing/

Kodak Revives Classic Film Cannisters In Striking Colors Inspired By ’70s Design



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Kodak has released a new set of metal film cases, which harks back to the brand’s 1970s heritage.

The cases are released by Retopro, who are licensed by Eastman Kodak, the makers of Kodak motion picture and still film. The metal cannisters were originally made of aluminium while the cap was created out of steel before the company decided to switch to plastic.

“We are inspired by the selection of materials and colours, and wish to recreate a new version of the Kodak Film Case, only to make it even more practical and stylish,” Kodak said.

The cases are available in different finishes: the Classic Case has a yellow body with red top or blue cap; The Radiant Case has a chrome body with yellow top or silver cap, while the Matte Case comes in black and white. Each case is able to hold five rolls of 35mm film and it comes with a plastic insert, which can be removed so it is able to hold other items.

“The Kodak Film Case, made of steel with high tensile strength, provides your films with strong protection,” the company explained. “The case is small and portable, making it ideal for all analog lovers. It protects your film rolls dry and clean, and organizes five rolls of 35mm film in one place. It is perfect for a day out for shooting or even a sweet long holiday.”

The cases cost US$25 each and expected to ship in December.



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[via PetaPixel, cover image via Kodak] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412430/Kodak-Revives-Classic-Film-Cannisters-In-Striking-Colors-Inspired-By-70s-Design/

Pornhub Gets Naughty & Nice With XXXMas Sweaters And NSFW Ornaments



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Pornhub has released its holiday collection to get you into the festive spirit.

Dubbed XXXMAS collection, the line features the adult website’s take on the classic “ugly” Christmas sweater, mistletoe boxers, Pornhub printed scarves, ornaments and beanies. The pieces are modeled by Pornhub ambassadors Asa Akira and Kira Noir.

The items are priced between US$7 and US$75, and they are up for grabs on Pornhub’s merch website.

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XXXmas Collection is officially here!!! Whether you've been naughty or nice, you can get yours at https://t.co/nCssPv81JE But HURRY, these are limited edition 🎄 pic.twitter.com/P7RxrdHcTE

— Pornhub ARIA (@Pornhub) November 18, 2020



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[via HYPEBEAST, cover image via Pornhub Apparel] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412429/Pornhub-Gets-Naughty-Nice-With-XXXMas-Sweaters-And-NSFW-Ornaments/

Employee Builds An Innovative Cookie Machine To Motivate Colleagues To Work

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Have you ever had those days when you felt uninspired to do work? Well, you are not the only one. Creative marketing lead at monday.com, Joel Goldstein, is all too familiar with this quandary and decided to solve it with a fun little reward system.

Monday.com enables companies and their teams to plan, track and deliver tasks in a seamless workflow through its platform, so it makes sense that as an employee of such a company, Goldstein wants his fellow colleagues to get ahead of their respective tasks through this device.

So, he took it upon himself to build a cookie machine to motivate his colleagues to start completing their work.

Goldstein utilized the website’s dashboard to get his machine to do its trick. When a team member marks a project as “done” on the platform, the self-created cookie device pops a cookie down to the employee’s desk.

If you’re wondering how that idea panned out, it worked, to say the least. Watch the machine in action below.

[via Monday.com, cover image via Monday.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412423/Employee-Builds-An-Innovative-Cookie-Machine-To-Motivate-Colleagues-To-Work/

Sega’s Canceled VR Project From The ‘90s Gets A Second Life Via An Emulator

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In the ‘90s, Sega was set to release a virtual reality headset for its Genesis console, but the launch never came to fruition… until now.

A joint collaboration between the Video Game History Foundation’s Rich Whitehouse and Gaming Alexandria’s Dylan Mansfield has rebirth the video game Nuclear Rush, which was developed to play on the Sega VR.

Mansfield reached out to developer Kenneth Hurley, who discovered a CD-ROM of Nuclear Rush and set out on an adventure to recreate the emulated version of the long-lost game.

Now, the team has created a modern version of the game playable on HTV Vive Cosmos. Whitehouse detailed the process of working through the game’s code for bugs, running several tests, and editing the language to make it playable.

He also looked through the clues from the game’s code that hinted at drivers to create an emulator that would be able to run it. This ultimately led to the Vive becoming a Sega VR headset, without it being actually physical.

Back in the ‘90s, Sega had announced the VR project in its own magazine and even displayed it at the 1993 Summer Consumer Electronics Show. However, the plans fell through as the company felt that the technology was way too realistic, possibly affecting the player’s safety and health.

A report in 2004 denounced the gadget, as it could allegedly cause headaches and motion sickness, prompting Sega to leave the product back on the shelf.

Watch the reminiscent of the Sega VR headset below.

[via Mashable, cover image via Game History] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412426/Sega-s-Canceled-VR-Project-From-The-90s-Gets-A-Second-Life-Via-An-Emulator/

11,000 Freelance Designers Worldwide Share How They Thrive In 2020 Amid COVID-19



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It’s no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the livelihood of many people around the world. However, a new study by 99designs, called Design Without Borders: The Freelance Revolution, found that the freelance design industry has been thriving.

The study enlisted freelance creators across 146 countries to share their valuable insights and experiences on how they managed to stay afloat amid the virus crisis.

Despite the tumultuous year, around two-thirds (63 percent) of the participants were extremely optimistic about their future in the design industry, while a third (23 percent) considered working on additional non-creative work to keep up with the hardship spurred by COVID-19.

Among the participants, 26-percent lost a salaried job, and six percent of designers chose to work freelance as they couldn’t find a job elsewhere.

The broad majority of designers (81 percent) succeeded in learning new professional skills during the lockdowns, which is a 60-percent huge jump from the report in 2019.

Around 72 percent of this group taught themselves the new skills via YouTube tutorials, while 36 percent attended online courses.

To seek more perspective in their personal lives, the survey found 42 percent of freelancers with better work-life balance in 2020.

Now that most communications are taking place online, it might seem like freelancers would have a harder time interacting with their clients. However, the study showed that 30 percent of the group reported that their clients improved their collaboration and communication skills.

More than three quarters (77 percent) of designers are looking forward to more businesses hiring remote talent as work-from-home has become the new normal.

Overall, 47 percent of freelance designers are ready for the digital nomad lifestyle after the pandemic simmers down and travel restrictions are lifted.

In the long run, 98 percent of the participants are thrilled about the design industry in the next decade, and 49 percent of freelancers stated that they are set to earn more in 2020 in comparison to their earnings in the previous year.

View the in-depth analysis from the study below.



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[images by 99designs and featured with permission] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412421/11-000-Freelance-Designers-Worldwide-Share-How-They-Thrive-In-2020-Amid-COVID-19/

‘Rick and Morty’s’ Butter-Passing Robot From The Show Is Now A Real Thing

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Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty has explored an existential amount of possibilities in the way people lead their lives. The main character Rick Sanchez even birthed many gadgets to make his life a breeze, and one of the devices was the sentient “Pass the Butter.”

The machine’s main purpose in the show was to help Sanchez make toast. Though the idea was clever, the bot was made aware of its meaningless existence.

Now, Adult Swim and Digital Dream Labs have decided to turn the product into a reality by launching the Butter Robot. Don’t worry, it’s not sentient to some extent.

The product comes with a complex “emotion engine,” allowing it to react to external forces and become more ‘self-aware” over time and even choose to “rebel” against commands in the future. Besides that, it’s a really cool device to have.

It will listen and respond to the phrase “Pass the Butter” and will pass the butter stick to the person who gave the instruction. It even comes with a distinct voice a lá the character on the show, allowing the machine to interact and repeat phrases instructed through the mobile app’s text-to-voice feature.

At its core, the Butter Robot is simply a tool that makes sure the butter is given to the people seated at the dining table. The user can pick three control modes (Direct Control, Coding, Passing) to relay for the robot to carry out.

The show’s co-creator Justin Roiland has released an unboxing video to show off the nifty new gadget. Watch the video below.

[via Nerdist, cover image via The Butter Robot http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412424/Rick-and-Morty-s-Butter-Passing-Robot-From-The-Show-Is-Now-A-Real-Thing/

Studio Ghibli Releases 250 Images From ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ And More Films



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Studio Ghibli has been pretty generous this year. Previously, it released free backgrounds for video calls and shared two batches of still images from its classic films in September and October. Now, it has unveiled the third batch that stars the beloved character, Totoro, from My Neighbor Totoro.

The first lineup of images saw stills from iconic films like Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises, while the second series included artworks from Howl’s Moving Castle, Whisper of the Heart, and Princess Mononoke.

The latest edition now sports My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, TV film Ocean Waves and more.

The intricate drawings in the animation films can be utilized for various purposes from printing them out to be hung on your walls, to using them as your smartphone’s wallpaper. The studio noted that the content should be used “freely within the scope of common sense.”

Browse through some of the images below, or look for more here.



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[via Dazed, cover image via Studio Ghibli] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412422/Studio-Ghibli-Releases-250-Images-From-My-Neighbor-Totoro-And-More-Films/

KFC Rolls Out Self-Driving Trucks To Sell Fried Chicken On Streets In COVID Era



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Not even coronavirus can come between you and your fried chicken.

KFC China has unveiled autonomous 5G vehicles in several areas of China. These autonomous trucks let people purchase KFC without having contact with other people, thus reducing the spread of COVID-19, according to SoyaCincau.

The self-driving trucks can be found in Shanghai. To order, customers simply had to pick their meals off a touchscreen tablet. Payment is then made through scanning a QR code, and the order will be ready to collect once payment is done.

The vehicles are manufactured and designed by tech company Neolix, a Beijing-based delivery shuttle company that have managed to raise US$29 million to produce these trucks. The company is also said to be working with Pizza Hut to produce a fleet for the pizza chain as well.

思いがけず反応が多いので。場所は上海の市内の少し外れの地下鉄駅前の交差点。無人販売車は2台あって1台がKFC。たぶん朝〜昼の時間帯のみ(帰りには見かけない)。支払いはQRコード決済。決済完了したら扉が開く仕組み。 https://t.co/Wvwl2y4slP pic.twitter.com/8j14HTRF5j

— プーアル (@shanghaineko) November 18, 2020

[via B&T, cover image via Pavlovska Yevheniia / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412428/KFC-Rolls-Out-Self-Driving-Trucks-To-Sell-Fried-Chicken-On-Streets-In-COVID-Era/

Philadelphia Cream Cheese Introduces A Cheesy Version Of ‘PS5’ For The Holidays

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese has decided to poke fun at the hype surrounding video game consoles like the PlayStation and Xbox in its latest holiday campaign.

The company teamed up with creative agency Gut to introduce The Philly Series 5 (PS5), which is described as a “stunning advancement in cheesecake technology.” It also did a spoof marketing ad that highlighted the features of the product as if they were console hardware specifications.

“The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. No, it’s not the hottest gaming console of the season, it’s something even more delicious. It’s cutting edge cheesecake innovation you can’t live without,” it said.

The next-generation cheesecake kit includes five cream cheese bricks of power, ultra HD white chocolate and 3D cookie crumb technology.

Priced at US$4.99, the Philly Series 5 is available for preorder here.

Breathtaking flavor.
Stunning ingredients.
Next-Generation Joy.
It’s the Philly Series 5.
Get yours today for just $4.99.#PhillySeries5https://t.co/58MhSicbsc pic.twitter.com/OKccZKKhqN

— PHILADELPHIA (@LoveMyPhilly) November 17, 2020

[via Marketing Dive, cover image via Washington University in St. Louis] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412419/Philadelphia-Cream-Cheese-Introduces-A-Cheesy-Version-Of-PS5-For-The-Holidays/

Burger King Pushes Limits With ‘Extreme Burger’ That Has Four Patties & No Buns



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Burger King Japan has pushed the boundaries of a sandwich with its latest offerings: the Extreme Super One Pound Beef Burger and the Maximum Super One Pound Beef Burger.

The Maximum Super One Pound Beef Burger is brought back to celebrate the debut of the Extreme Super One Pound Beef Burger, which offers four flame-grilled beef patties with cheese and toppings in between. The Extreme burger is BK’s bun-free offering, and it gives away “I Did It” stickers to customers who purchased this meaty goodness.

Those interested to sink your teeth in the Extreme or the Maximum burgers can order them at participating Burger King Japan outlets from 20 November to 3 December.

直火焼きバーガーの頂上決戦開始まであと1時間!
溢れでる肉汁。直火焼きの100%ビーフパティのうまさをダイレクトに届ける究極バーガー、エクストリーム!!
迎え撃つは、
パティ・バンズ・野菜のパーフェクトバランス。絶対王者、マキシマム!!
数量限定、各日14時から!#バーガーキング pic.twitter.com/1xicWpr51g

— バーガーキング・ジャパン (@BURGERKINGJAPAN) November 20, 2020

超ワンパウンドビーフに最強の肉汁系が来襲!
エクストリーム超ワンパウンドビーフバーガー!
溢れでる肉汁を体感できるのは11/20(金)~12/3(木)の2週間!
さあ、4枚の直火焼きの100%ビーフパティを噛みしめよう。
各日14時から数量限定販売。#バーガーキング pic.twitter.com/v32qYBVlwg

— バーガーキング・ジャパン (@BURGERKINGJAPAN) November 19, 2020

[via Grapee, cover image via Burger King Japan] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412418/Burger-King-Pushes-Limits-With-Extreme-Burger-That-Has-Four-Patties-No-Buns/

Chewing Toothpaste Tablets May Be An Eco-Friendlier Way To Clean Your Teeth



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Environmentally friendly personal care brand By Humankind has created natural toothpaste tablets in a bid to become more environmentally conscious and to minimize waste.

Toothpaste tubes can result in unnecessary waste so By Humankind has produced an eco-friendlier alternative.

The 100 percent natural tabs are FDA-approved and contain fluoride and microcrystalline cellulose to ensure a healthy clean. To use the product, users are encouraged to chew the tablets and brush their teeth just like they normally do.

The toothpaste pieces come in a glass container with a reusable silicone top, which comes in three different colorways—Charcoal, Green and Sand.

The starter kit, which has 60 tablets, costs US$15 and each refill is priced at US$12 for 60 tablets.

[via HYPEBAE, cover image via By Humankind] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412398/Chewing-Toothpaste-Tablets-May-Be-An-Eco-Friendlier-Way-To-Clean-Your-Teeth/

Wuhan Releases Promotional Video Featuring Iconic Attractions To Boost Tourism



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Wuhan has released a new promotional video to boost its tourism sector.

The clip, titled Let’s Meet in Wuhan, aims to brush up its image after it was recognized as the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.

The ad features iconic tourist attractions, happy citizens and vibrant neighbourhoods and skyscrapers. It’s uploaded onto social media platforms by Wuhan’s Culture and Tourism Bureau to attract people around the world to visit the Hubei Province, where life has resumed to normal.

“Wuhan is never stingy in presenting its beauty, and we, who love it, hope more people can understand,” the tourism authority said. “[We] look forward to meeting you in Wuhan.”

According to The Telegraph, the Chinese provincial capital has found itself to be a “popular dark tourism destination.” Dark tourism refers to places known for its atrocity and death—including Chernobyl exclusion zone as well as World War memorial sites.

Niu Chen from Beijing told VICE that she traveled to Wuhan back in September as she wanted to see firsthand how the virus has impacted the city.

“I wanted to know more about what was going on and to see it firsthand. To get a sense of how things were and how people are living their lives now, as well as to look back on what happened,” she said.

#Wuhan, the epicenter of the #COVID19 outbreak in China, is speeding up its recovery after the more than two-month lockdown was lifted six months ago.

The latest #tourism promotional video "Meet in Wuhan" was released last Friday by the city’s Culture and Tourism Bureau. pic.twitter.com/7WUSWoQVIw

— TBN (@news_beijing) November 16, 2020

[via LAD Bible, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412329/Wuhan-Releases-Promotional-Video-Featuring-Iconic-Attractions-To-Boost-Tourism/

Internet Archive Preserves Nostalgic Flash Animations As Adobe Kills Support



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Adobe has plans to revoke support for Flash by the end of this year, and the Internet Archive has stepped in to save creative content compatible with the plugin.

The organization has created a new collection for internet users to experience the animations and iconic games via its built-in emulator called Ruffle.

Since the platform’s launch, the Internet Archive and other users have loaded over 1,000 content on the website. Some of the notable ones include the classic ‘Loituma Girl‘ and ‘Badger’.

The Internet Archive noted that not every Flash animation or game will work in the emulator, but a good range of content will appear much like how they did back then.

It is also key for your web browser to support WebAssembly to enjoy the collection, which is not much of a problem since the format runs on all modern web browsers.

News FLASH: (couldn't resist)
A growing number of flash animations are now in @InternetArchive, running in emulation. https://t.co/uBFPvPiGzi

— Internet Archive (@internetarchive) November 19, 2020

[via Engadget, cover image via The Internet Archive] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412416/Internet-Archive-Preserves-Nostalgic-Flash-Animations-As-Adobe-Kills-Support/

Ai Weiwei Designs ‘Wearable Art’ Line Inspired By His Iconic Paper-Cut Style



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Artist Ai Weiwei has designed a limited-edition collection of “wearable art” for Taschen featuring the iconic artworks from his Papercut Portfolio.

Ai Weiwei uses the Chinese tradition of papercutting for his art that reflects various themes including activism and heritage. Some artworks have now been transformed for his new collection of silk scarves and laser-cut bags.

A standout piece would be the Cats and Dogs scarf and bag, which pays tribute to his works in the ‘90s when he traveled to Beijing from New York and eventually discovered his “artistic identity.”

Another notable piece would be the black and white Citizens’ Investigation scarf, which ventures into the struggles in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

The scarves, priced at £250 (US$332) per piece, are weaved and silkscreened by hand and measure 90x90cm (35.43×35.43 inches) each. The bags, on the other hand, retail at £400 (US$531) each and are created from PVC with a transparent inlay. Ai Weiwei’s Papercut Portfolio books are also available at £35,000 (US$46,471).

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[via It’s Nice That, cover image via Taschen for Ai Weiwei] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412413/Ai-Weiwei-Designs-Wearable-Art-Line-Inspired-By-His-Iconic-Paper-Cut-Style/

Supermarket Rebrands Women’s L, XL & XXL Clothes As ‘Rotten’ Sizes



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A Taiwanese-owned hypermarket chain in China has adopted an unusual and questionable strategy to advertise its plus-size garments.

RT-Mart decided to assign names to height and weight measurements. While small and medium sizes were regarded as “beautiful” and “skinny,” sizes L, XL and XXL were described as “rotten,” “extra rotten” and “rotten to the core.”

The image of its new size chart was posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo, where a heated debate on fat-shaming in advertising had ensued.

State-run newspaper China Women’s News released an editorial piece with the headline, “The evil and vulgar body-shaming chain is on the road to ruin.” It also described the store labels as “vulgar marketing.”

RT-Mart has since apologized for its charts and claims that only one store had the sign. It has also pledged to strengthen its “internal management to ensure that such incidents will not occur again.”

[via VICE, cover image via Andy.LIU / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412414/Supermarket-Rebrands-Women-s-L-XL-XXL-Clothes-As-Rotten-Sizes/

NSFW Japanese Underwear Series Boldly Displays Erotic Ukiyo-e Prints



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Japanese underwear brand HIPSHOP’s latest underwear offerings aim to make a statement on the crotch area.

Its SHUNGA Series features Shunga, works of Ukiyo-e woodblock art from the Edo period that focused on erotic content and served as adult content material. This style reflected the Japanese attitude towards sex during those days.

The prints of Katsukawa Shunco’s Making Love in Winter, Kitagawa Utamaro’s Lovers, and Hokusai’s Lovers Seated with a Plant in the Background are now available on men’s underwear. The artworks are extremely provocative, with all the pleasurable bits on display.

The undergarments are made from polyester material that is stretchy and disperses sweat quickly. If you’re keen to purchase them, individual pieces are priced at ¥2,200 (US$21.19) while a bundle of three costs ¥6,000 (US$57.80).



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Image via Hipshop



Image via Hipshop

[via Sora News 24, cover image via Hipshop] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412400/NSFW-Japanese-Underwear-Series-Boldly-Displays-Erotic-Ukiyo-e-Prints/

‘Bobacino’ Is A Fully Automated Robot Who Can Make You Delicious Bubble Tea

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Bubble or boba tea has come a long way since its start in Taiwan at a tea shop in 1986. Now, the beloved beverage can be made from scratch by a fully automated robotic arm by Bobacino.

As the coronavirus pandemic calls for minimized physical contact, Bobacina has introduced an AI-powered boba tea maker that can make drinks designed to customers’ preferences.

Through AI and sensor technology, the robotic arm can craft customizable beverages with multiple flavor options and organic ingredients.

Once the machine gets the instructions for the drink, it will move between stations to pour in the selected amount of ice, milk, tapioca pearls, tea, and syrup needed for the drink.

The tea comes in a specialized cup that is sealed and then shaken for consistency. The robotic arm will then give the boba tea to an employee, or directly to the customer.

View the robot at work below.

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[via Mashable, cover image via Bobacino] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412410/Bobacino-Is-A-Fully-Automated-Robot-Who-Can-Make-You-Delicious-Bubble-Tea/

Is Apple Creating A New ‘Designed By Apple In California’ Logo?



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Is Apple secretly changing one of its logos?

Patently Apple spotted a new patent application filed by Apple that reveals an overhauled ‘Designed by Apple in California’ logo.

The current branding isn’t really a literal logo, but a text-based symbol that reads “Designed by Apple in California.”

The new emblem sees a stylized ‘A’, which resembles the current App Store logo, with an added hammer in the foreground.

Apple’s primary symbol isn’t going anywhere, though, and only time will tell where the proposed imagery might appear. According to Creative Bloq, the symbol may appear in the digital realm due to its similarity with the App Store wordmark instead of the back of the next iPhone.

[via Creative Bloq, cover image via Mazur Travel / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412415/Is-Apple-Creating-A-New-Designed-By-Apple-In-California-Logo/

Nike Unveils New ‘Unite’ Store Concept Ideal For The COVID-19 Period



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Nike has recently launched Nike Unite, a new retail concept focused on community amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The retail stores are designed to showcase local partnerships and celebrate the people who make up communities There are “community walls” displaying the residents’ hearts and spirits, and fitting rooms with posters of “local landmarks and hometown athletes” to encourage shoppers to bond through sports.

The stores have also been constructed with social distancing in mind. Visitors can shop at their own pace and opt for contactless self-checkout at the individual kiosks, or choose to pick up their online orders from these locations.

These outlets will also prioritize sustainability by encouraging customers to opt for reusable shopping bags.

Nike has set up the Unite stores in five locations across the US, the UK, and South Korea. It will also open four more in the US and China. Find the nearest Unite store in your area here.



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[via Sneaker News, cover image via Nike] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412411/Nike-Unveils-New-Unite-Store-Concept-Ideal-For-The-COVID-19-Period/

Starbucks’ Hue-Changing Cup Cheers You On With Confetti As You Refill Your Drink



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Starbucks has been encouraging customers to live more sustainably with reusable cups, even sweetening the deal by making some of the drinkware change color.

Bringing more cheer to the festive season, a clear Cold Cup by Starbucks Singapore is designed to show confetti whenever a cold beverage is in it. The collector’s item starts out looking rather unassuming, with its element of fun only given away by a rainbow straw.

The colorful decorations offer an incentive for customers to keep reusing the temperature-sensitive cup at a Starbucks location or at home.

The limited-edition item was part of a collaboration between Starbucks Singapore and Southeast Asian online marketplace Lazada, and is unfortunately now out of stock.

For those living in the UK, though, there’s another cool color-changing reusable cup from Starbucks, released in time for the holidays, that transitions from green to red with the presence of a hot liquid.

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[via Starbucks Singapore] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412417/Starbucks-Hue-Changing-Cup-Cheers-You-On-With-Confetti-As-You-Refill-Your-Drink/