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Google’s Online ‘Umami Land’ Theme Park Will Please Those Who Miss Japanese Food

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Do you miss travel, theme parks, and Japanese cuisine? You’re in luck today, because Google has designed a virtual travel experience that combines them all.

The tech giant’s new Umami Land website is a fun online theme park that’s reminiscent of the Candy Land board game—but instead of candy, you’ll explore districts of giant foods and learn more about Japanese cuisine along the way.

You’ll start at ‘Main Rice Street’, where you’ll be greeted by architecture resembling dishes of Japan’s staple carbohydrate. From there, you can visit other zones like ‘Long Valley’, where noodles live, and ‘Sweet Kingdom’, a saccharine destination.

Umami Land is the very definition of kawaii, but that doesn’t mean it’s all fun and games. With each dish you discover, you’ll have the option to learn more about it by prompting a Google search or finding out if the meal is served at a place near you.

Mirroring the rewarding experience of being at a theme park, Umami Land gives you a badge when you discover “special dishes,” and each win unlocks a ride that’s a joy to watch. Collect all the badges, and you’ll be able to exchange them for animated food stickers and wallpapers at the virtual gift shop.

Since the element of surprise is paramount in amusement parks, it wouldn’t be a good idea to spoil the rest for you. If, like many, you identify as a Japanophile, it’s time to visit this adorable wonderland.

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Screenshot via Umami Land

Screenshot via Umami Land

[via Umami Land] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412921/Google-s-Online-Umami-Land-Theme-Park-Will-Please-Those-Who-Miss-Japanese-Food/

Nintendo Dresses Its Switch In Red & Blue For Super Mario’s 35th Anniversary

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Nintendo is set to release a special-edition Nintendo Switch in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros.

Dubbed the Mario Red & Blue colorway, the gaming console features the famous colors donned by Mario. The console, Joy-Cons and dock are in bright red, while the Joy-Con grips are decked in blue. The carrying case, on the other hand, comes in red and blue, with gray accents that represent his enemies.

Other Super Mario features are highlighted through the use of black on the console’s buttons and joysticks, with a striking yellow on the zipper details.

The Nintendo Mario Red & Blue Switch will be available to purchase online on 12 February for US$299.

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Image via Nintendo

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[via Engadget, cover image via Nintendo] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412908/Nintendo-Dresses-Its-Switch-In-Red-Blue-For-Super-Mario-s-35th-Anniversary/

Mattel Releases Barbie Doll Honoring Maya Angelou As Part Of Black History Month

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In celebration of Black History Month, Mattel has released a Barbie doll to honor the late Maya Angelou.

The doll dons a maxi floral print dress and a matching head wrap. It is also seen holding a book titled I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou’s famous literature.

The doll is part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series, which already consists of dolls modeled after influential female icons like Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Rosa Parks.

The figurine depicting the civil rights activist is available for preorder. The doll was also designed as part of Mattel’s commitment to the Black Community in 2020.

The company has ensured that black skin tones will be included in its lineup. Aside from its merchandise, it has also created content to highlight diversity and shine a light on racism.

“Our efforts include a commitment to spotlight more Black role models who are female, and now, we are introducing a doll that honors Dr. Maya Angelou, author and activist who used her voice and unique writing style to connect with people and inspire generations,” Mattel said.

“Diversity and inclusion must be the foundation of all that we do. We will continue to stand united in the fight against racism and dedicate resources to directly impact the Black community, such as funding through the Dream Gap Project Fund, to help remove barriers that prevent the next generation from reaching their full potential,” it continued.

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Image via Mattel

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[via The Oprah Magazine, cover image via Mattel] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412917/Mattel-Releases-Barbie-Doll-Honoring-Maya-Angelou-As-Part-Of-Black-History-Month/

‘Pokémon Red’ Is Now Available To Play Via… Twitter Profile Pictures

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Gameloft 3D programmer Constantin Liétard has launched a script that allows you to play Pokémon Red directly from his profile picture on Twitter.

Liétard’s Twitter Plays Pokémon works rather simply. Users will need to tweet their button inputs as replied to the programmer’s initial post, which can be seen below. You can comment with either Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, Start, or Select to control the game.

You can now play Pokemon Red in my avatar! 🥳

Comment one of those buttons on this tweet:
Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, Start, Select pic.twitter.com/9RV383BGjW

— Constantin Liétard (@screenshakes) January 8, 2021

Every 15 seconds, a script will pull out the most popular commands from the thread, which will then be applied to the game. The results of the commands will be recorded as screenshots and shared on Lietard’s 400 x 400 Twitter avatar.

According to IGN, Twitter users seem to have chosen Squirtle as their choice of Pokémon.

Liétard mentioned that he has restarted the game several times to add more features to it as it has risen in popularity. He also logs on manually to save the game each night, ensuring that no data is lost.

An official Discord server has additionally been established for those who are keen to chat about the progress of this interested game.

I am restarting the game to add a new functionality that saves the frames from now on!

— Constantin Liétard (@screenshakes) January 9, 2021

[via IGN, cover image via Nintendo] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412909/Pok-mon-Red-Is-Now-Available-To-Play-Via-Twitter-Profile-Pictures/

Is General Motors’ Flying Cadillac Concept Vehicle The Future Of Traveling?

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General Motors has unveiled a vehicle concept that involves transporting passengers above the streets and through the skies.

The automaker revealed a single-seater electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft at the CES keynote. The vehicle concept is said to “reimagine the future of personal transportation” and is part of its Cadillac’s Halo Portfolio.

The concept looks like a futuristic version of an air taxi and is able to travel with speeds up to 55 miles per hour. The Cadillac eVTOL aircraft will use a 90kWh electric motor to power four rotors to enable it to travel from rooftop to rooftop. The autonomous vehicle will also be powered using a GM battery pack and will have an ultra-lightweight body.

“VTOL is key to GM’s vision for a multimodal future,” GM design chief Mike Simcoe said during the keynote. He also described the VTOL as “the Cadillac of urban air mobility.”

It is unclear if GM wishes to pursue a commercialized version of the aircraft, but the design exercise is one way of displaying GM’s technology and manufacturing skills.

This year at #CES2021 @GM surprises everyone with a Cadillac air taxi.

In other words. Yes. That's a flying car. pic.twitter.com/QPH5zZ5eOM

— CNET (@CNET) January 12, 2021

[via Reuters, cover image via Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412907/Is-General-Motors-Flying-Cadillac-Concept-Vehicle-The-Future-Of-Traveling/

China Previews Levitating Magnet Train With ‘Super Bullet’ Speed Of 385mph

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China has unveiled a prototype of a maglev train that is able to reach a maximum speed of 620 km/h (385.25 mph).

Researchers showed off the “super bullet maglev train” on a test track in Chengdu, a province in China last Wednesday. The vehicle is powered by high-temperature superconducting maglev technology, which sets it apart from other existing maglevs that run on low-temperature superconducting technology or a normal conducting magnetic levitation. The change now allows train rides to be steadier.

Designed and produced locally, the train boasts an all-carbon fiber lightweight body, has a bullet-shaped nose, and is currently the “fastest vehicle” ever produced, according to a report established by state media outlet Xinhua News Agency. The report added that if the team is successful in incorporating the train in a near-vacuum tube or tunnel, it would be transformative for the rail transit sector.

However, researchers will have to weigh in the safety of passengers in the trains if they run in a vacuum tunnel.

The team said that there are still cost issues to iron out before the new technology can become commercially viable.

China is currently dominating the maglev technology. It has at least three maglev rail routes in the works and is planning to execute the development of the high-speed maglev train system in the country.

A prototype high-temperature superconducting #maglev train with a maximum speed of 620 km per hour has rolled off the production line in #Chengdu, China. pic.twitter.com/yzwcYBsGmi

— China SCIO (@chinascio) January 14, 2021

[via Global Times, cover image via noina / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412918/China-Previews-Levitating-Magnet-Train-With-Super-Bullet-Speed-Of-385mph/

Lenovo Hires Metal Band To Scream Out Its Product Reviews In Latest Ads

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Lenovo has found a quirky way to capture the attention of gamers.

The computer brand teamed up with Swedish agency Ehrenstråhle to form a new campaign where product reviews have been turned into heavy metal music videos.

Targeted at gamers, the two videos launched by the duo features reviews by The Verge and lifestyle website manofmany.co. Some of the remarks that have been repurposed into lyrics about Lenovo’s hardware are, “Over 4K resolution,” and “Attractive, yet plainly designed gaming laptop.”

These lines are cleverly screamed out by metal band Iron Savages. Check out the videos, which were directed and produced by Claudio Marino, below.

[via Ad Age, cover image via Ehrenstråhle] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412916/Lenovo-Hires-Metal-Band-To-Scream-Out-Its-Product-Reviews-In-Latest-Ads/

IKEA Overhauls App Into Shopping & Inspiration Platform For All Things Furniture

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IKEA US has updated its app, and it now doubles up as a shopping platform where customers can purchase and browse products for home delivery or in-store pickup.

The app showcases an inspiration feed of product recommendations, as well as engaging content and campaigns. You can now also create a profile on the app, access your digital IKEA Family card, and personalize your feed by selecting your favorite IKEA products.

The interface also boasts a new design for easier navigation. IKEA promises to keep its app continuously updated with refreshing features to ensure better customer experience.

“At IKEA, we are on a journey to transform the way we meet our customers, and the IKEA app is an important step we’ve taken to become more accessible and convenient to the many,” Umesh Sripad, chief digital officer of IKEA US, said in a press release. “One of the reasons customers enjoy visiting IKEA is to get shopping ideas and inspiration, and the shoppable app makes it possible for them to get inspired and complete their purchase from the convenience of their mobile device.”

If you are ready to shop IKEA products right from your phone, you can download the app from the App Store, for iOS devices, and the Play Store, for Android models.

The smallest IKEA store ever has arrived. Download our new app now! https://t.co/bcaSDPH6Ob pic.twitter.com/J7Tactzw0m

— IKEA USA (@IKEAUSA) January 15, 2021

[via Furniture Today, cover image via IKEA USA] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412914/IKEA-Overhauls-App-Into-Shopping-Inspiration-Platform-For-All-Things-Furniture/

Foo Fighters Debut Their Own Japanese Sake Inspired By Their Pop & Rock Sides

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The Foo Fighters are toasting to their 10th album Medicine at Midnight with an unexpected type of booze: Foo Fighters sake.

As uncovered by SoraNews24, the band has teamed up with reputable brewery Tatenokawa to craft two versions of the Japanese rice wine. The first, ‘Midnight Blue’, is inspired by the group’s “pop side,” resulting in a mellow mouthfeel and mild sweetness. ‘Midnight Silver’ symbolizes the band’s “rock side,” and has an intense flavor with a sharp aftertaste.

The blue and silver bottles deserve their own shout-out too—their labels come with the “Foo Fighters” name, stylized to resemble Kanji typography.

Apparently, the Foo Fighters are fans of sake, and selected their favorite offerings from the brewery through remote tastings. From there, Tatenokawa concocted two variations to match their preferences.

A Foo Fighters x Tatenokawa Complete Box Set, which will include both sake bottles along with a copy of the new album, will also be available in this limited-edition collection. However, fans can also pre-order the 24.3-ounce bottles for ¥3,080 (US$29.70) on the Tatenokawa online store, though this sale is currently limited to customers in Japan.

The Foo Fighters are also turning 25 this year, and have kicked off the birthday celebrations off the wall with Vans.

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[via SoraNews24, images via Tatenokawa] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412919/Foo-Fighters-Debut-Their-Own-Japanese-Sake-Inspired-By-Their-Pop-Rock-Sides/

Nike Straightens Its Tie With Workwear-Inspired Revamp Of Classic Dunk Sneakers

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Not many people are returning to the office just yet, but if you’re one of those who prefer to dress the part in order to get in hustle mode, Nike Sportswear’s latest collaboration with Chicago-based boutique Notre might be your jam.

Their new Nike x Notre Dunk silhouette brings corporate aesthetics to the staple Dunk High sneakers with workwear-inspired materials and constructions, as well as formal color palettes.

The footwear is designed with “materials that’ll look better the harder you thrash them,” Notre describes, such as heavy canvas, suede and leather. And the brands mean business—the sneakers are strengthened with triple-stitching, along with a tongue patch that nods at the vintage workshirt.

Each pair arrives with remixed co-branding depicting Nike’s Swoosh with Notre’s handshake emblem. Due to subtle texture and color variations, no two pairs are identical.

If you dig this business-casual design, you can purchase the Nike x Notre Dunk at the Notre store on 21 January. A blue colorway will be made available on Nike’s SNKRS app on 23 January.

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[via Acquire Mag, images via Notre] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412915/Nike-Straightens-Its-Tie-With-Workwear-Inspired-Revamp-Of-Classic-Dunk-Sneakers/

WhatsApp Takes Out Full Newspaper Ads To Tackle Damaging Privacy Concerns

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Frustrated WhatsApp users around the world began moving to popular text messaging alternatives like Telegram and Signal after the platform updated its privacy policy.

WhatsApp’s revised policy, published earlier this month, details that it can share data from the app with parent company Facebook.

As damage control, the service reassured users that it “respects” their boundaries in full-page newspaper advertising spaces across India, where there are about 400 million WhatsApp users.

“WhatsApp respects and protects your privacy,” the announcements read. “Respect for your privacy is coded into our DNA,” WhatsApp added.

The advertisements were splashed across at least 10 English- and Hindi-language papers in India, B&T reported.

In a separate tweet, WhatsApp shared an infographic stressing that Facebook cannot access private messages and calls, that WhatsApp groups “remain private,” and that the messaging app “does not keep logs of who everyone is messaging or calling” and “cannot see your shared location.”

This is interesting! #WhatsApp goes for full-front page on almost all the TOP Newspapers of the country to clarify it’s controversial #PrivacyPolicy.

Indian users are already shifting to @telegram & @signalapp. As such, TOP-TOP PR games in the battleground! pic.twitter.com/TgfCanv4ZX

— aboyob bhuyan (@aboyobbhuyan) January 13, 2021

Hahaha, enough people switched to @signalapp in India for @whatsapp to start panicking with misleading front page ads in newspapers pic.twitter.com/gnPOqqMykZ

— Dev (@Dev14e) January 13, 2021

We want to address some rumors and be 100% clear we continue to protect your private messages with end-to-end encryption. pic.twitter.com/6qDnzQ98MP

— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) January 12, 2021

[via B&T, cover image via tanuha2001 / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412913/WhatsApp-Takes-Out-Full-Newspaper-Ads-To-Tackle-Damaging-Privacy-Concerns/

Nissan’s ‘Office Pod’ Concept Brings A Rejuvenating Twist To Remote-Working Life

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Waking up five minutes before a morning meeting, getting your workout in during the day, and working in a familiar home environment might be among the perks of the new corporate norm, but it’s not unusual to feel jaded from getting cooped inside all day long.

Nissan presents a refreshing option for the widespread remote-working lifestyle. Its ‘Office Pod’ concept lets you work comfortably on the go—and when it’s time for a break, you can wind down on a mobile rooftop.

The ‘Office Pod’ is one of the Japanese automaker’s proposed customizations for its NV350 caravan. It spotlights a retractable workspace, complete with a desk area, that is able to slide outdoors so you can get on with your job with some fresh air.

The pod is sheltered to shield you from the elements, and comes with edge lighting for when you require a soft glow. A see-through polycarbonate floor lets you peek at the ground beneath.

Everyone knows that the fun part of working as you travel is the ability to take a breather when you want one, and the Nissan Office Pod doesn’t disappoint in this department. The roof doubles as a luxurious balcony that you can lounge in with its patio recliner and parasol. The space is accessible through the office area, so just walk up when you need a break.

Nissan will showcase the Office Pod concept at the virtual 2021 Tokyo Auto Salon. Digital nomads can only hope the company will bring the idea to fruition in time.

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Image via Nissan

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[via Motor1, video and images via Nissan] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412912/Nissan-s-Office-Pod-Concept-Brings-A-Rejuvenating-Twist-To-Remote-Working-Life/

Joe Biden’s Chic Official Inauguration Merchandise Symbolizes Vibrant Days Ahead

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Back in September, Joe Biden and his campaign team roped in 19 American fashion designers to interpret the phrase “Believe in Better” in their own creative ways. With the Biden-Harris campaign advancing into presidency soon, the Believe in Better collection has expanded to honor their inauguration.

On Thursday, the official Presidential Inaugural Committee announced six new colorful pieces to the apparel range that envision brighter days to come. This time around, five designers were tasked to create fashion-forward items to celebrate Biden’s swearing-in.

Among the new pieces are a vivid tie-dye sweatshirt, designed by Gabriela Hearst, which is adorned with patches of the number 46 and inaugural seal on the chest and sleeve. Aurora James of African design label Brother Vellies contributed ‘46’-branded socks, while Roxanne Assoulin created beaded bracelets with slogans like “come together” and “unity.”

The entire merchandise range is produced in the United States by union workers, and every piece is priced at US$150 and under.

“We are so excited to showcase these designs to commemorate this moment to heal our nation, bring our country together, and build back better,” expressed Maju Varghese, Executive Director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, in a statement obtained by Elle.

James shared in a statement published by Vogue, “There haven’t been a lot of opportunities to design from a place of pure joy in the past year—but this was really that moment for me. And even when these socks are vintage, sitting in my drawer, they will symbolize this moment of collective freedom.”

You can shop the entire official merchandise collection here.

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[via Elle and Vogue, images via Biden Inaugural Committee] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412911/Joe-Biden-s-Chic-Official-Inauguration-Merchandise-Symbolizes-Vibrant-Days-Ahead/

Warner Bros. Pictures Shows Off Simplified Logo In Opening For The First Time

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Back in November 2019, Warner Bros. presented a refreshing visual identity consisting of a polished and contemporary take on the original WB shield. During this time, audiences had only been shown one of two versions created for the overhaul. It was a flat blue and silver shield, deliberately minimal for visual unity on mobile platforms.

A little over a year later, the company has presented the other variation, built for television and film environments.

Design consultancy Pentagram was tasked to work on the ambitious facelift. Pentagram partner Emily Oberman and her team reworked the “WB” initials to give it more balance. Meanwhile, the signature shield was fitted in a golden ratio grid to be straightened out and given a sleek and lightweight feel.

As revealed in a video published by Cartoon Crave, via Screen Rant, Warner Bros. Pictures has finally peeled the sticker off the matte design to reveal a glimmering blue and silver 3D shield. The clip seems to be the new opening for WarnerMedia’s film and television offerings.

The long one-year wait was presumably caused by the COVID-19 crisis, which put a stall on countless projects in the movie industry.

Here's a better look at the new Warner Bros. Pictures logo. pic.twitter.com/oANQNvXEOQ

— Cartoon Crave (@thecartooncrave) January 14, 2021

[via Screen Rant, cover image via cherry-hai / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412910/Warner-Bros-Pictures-Shows-Off-Simplified-Logo-In-Opening-For-The-First-Time/

Scientific ‘Difficult Person Test’ Reveals If You’re Truly That Easy To Be With

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People love taking personality tests, and it’s perhaps because, deep down, they help them feel good about themselves. They serve as reminders that there are light and shadow sides of a person—so even if you aren’t feeling great that day, you can still appreciate the positive bits of yourself.

If you’re down for some hard-hitting truths, though, IDRLabs’ new assessment called the Difficult Person Test lets you know if it’s you, not them.

Dr Chelsea Sleep, PhD, and her coworkers at the University of Georgia believe they have found the seven universally consistent factors that make a person difficult: callousness (a lack of empathy or concern for others); grandiosity (a high sense of self-importance and entitlement); aggressiveness (rudeness and hostility); suspicion (having a mistrusting nature); manipulativeness (the tendency to exploit people for self-gain); dominance (the inclination to put on airs of superiority); and risk-taking (the need to behave riskily to seek sensations).

You’ll be asked to rank how much you agree or disagree with 35 statements, and from there, you’ll be shown a chart with traits you present more of, and the percentage of difficulty that others might face when hanging out with you.

The website details that the test is “clinically-oriented,” with its design based on “the work of PhDs,” and that it was designed by professionals who study psychology and individual differences.

While the results are probably going to sting, you can use the feedback to overcome some of your issues in social settings, such as within the workplace.

Please note, however, that free online tests like this one should be taken with a grain of salt, and shouldn’t serve as definitive assessments for your personality or mental health.

Ready for some brutal truths about yourself? Take the quiz here.

Took a difficult person test and found out some stuff pic.twitter.com/5EeB3NGfXu

— cham (@robcham) January 11, 2021

I think this is fairly self-evident, but here's a difficult person test result to prove it: I am a very easy person to get along with pic.twitter.com/kFAKiTBgDj

— Timmy (@timmybabbles) January 11, 2021

[via The Tab, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412891/Scientific-Difficult-Person-Test-Reveals-If-You-re-Truly-That-Easy-To-Be-With/

Japanese Confectioner Puts NSFW Genitalia-Themed Spins On Sweets For Newlyweds

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Japanese confectionery company Kimura Seika has created genital-themed desserts as gifts for newlyweds.

Dubbed Inyo Manju, the Japanese traditional dessert is made out of dough with a sweet red bean filling and walnuts. However, the shop has decided to make it cheeky by molding the dough into what it claims are “a matsutake mushroom” and a “fruit of the chocolate vine.” Both designs “coincidentally” appear to look like vagina and penis-shaped cakes.

The Inyo Manju is said to be inspired by the rocks that were found nearby the Inyo Shrine. The rocks were said to resemble the male and female genitalia.

Priced at ¥1,000 (US$9.59) for a box of 12, the manju is available to purchase at Kimura Seika in Ibaraki Prefecture.

茨城土産の珍菓「陰陽萬寿」を頂戴しましたの。お心遣いを有難うございます。「あわび」と「まつたけ」を模したお目出度い姿を拝みつつ、夫婦円満を祈って美味しく頂きますの(^ ^; pic.twitter.com/87n3Qoaj5n

— よしぞうmaro' (@yosizo) January 2, 2021

[via SoraNews24, cover image via Nissy-KITAQ / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412905/Japanese-Confectioner-Puts-NSFW-Genitalia-Themed-Spins-On-Sweets-For-Newlyweds/

Free ‘Climate Crisis Font’ Shrinks As The Arctic Ice Caps Melt

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Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat has teamed up with creative agency TBWA\ Helsinki to design a typeface that aims to raise awareness on climate change.

The Climate Crisis Font, which is available to download for free here, was developed in collaboration with TBWA\ Helsinki’s type designers Eino Korkala and Daniel Coull. It can be adjusted on a scale that corresponds to Arctic sea ice data from 1979 to 2019 and will continue evolving with the IPCC’s forecast until 2050.

The heaviest font weight reflects the state of the Arctic sea ice from back in 1979, and the lightest weight represents IPCC’s 2050 forecast when the sea ice is estimated to shrink to only 30 percent of the readings in 1979.

“Our mission is to make complex matters comprehensible and since seeing is believing we wanted to bolster the conversations on climate change with something concrete and instantly understandable,” Tuomas Jääskeläinen, the art director of Helsingin Sanomat, said. “These kinds of new methods of journalistic storytelling also complement our recent investments in data journalism. Yet, we don’t just want to keep it to ourselves, which is why we are giving it out for free and hope to see it in use elsewhere as well.”

“To leave no room for doubt we used data based on satellite images. This way we were able to create one of the first data-based fonts ever. The OpenType variable font mechanism allowed the design to follow the data perfectly. But we of course wanted to make the font usable for all platforms, so we also created the basic font types with a standard set of font weights,” Juhana Hokkanen, the innovation director of TBWA\Helsinki, explained.

The newspaper recently used The Climate Crisis Font in a collection of articles on climate change and intends to use it in future environmental projects.

Download the typeface here.

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[via TBWA\ Helsinki, images via Helsingin Sanomat] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412906/Free-Climate-Crisis-Font-Shrinks-As-The-Arctic-Ice-Caps-Melt/

Zimmermann Apologizes For Retailing $795 Dress With Traditional Mexican Motifs

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Australian label Zimmermann has found itself in hot water after it shared a photo of a model donning a printed tunic dress from its latest collection on Instagram.

The dress is part of its latest swimwear collection, and it features a cross-stitched peacock design along with panels and floral motifs. Priced at US$795, the dress has been accused of cultural appropriation as customers have claimed it draws similarities with a traditional garment of the Mazatec people from the Oaxaca state in Mexico.

Many also pointed out that the bird motif, the floral embroidery and the blue-and-pink ribbons were inspired by the textiles used by the indigenous Mexican community.

Some individuals in the Mazatec community felt that the design used on a casual beachwear garment was “disrespectful,” per the newspaper El Universal. A spokesperson from the community has reached out to its state government, condemning the dress through the Oaxacan Institute Handicrafts (IOA).

Zimmermann also faced backlash on Instagram as well, with many accusing it of “plagiarism” and “cultural appropriation.”

The company immediately issued an apology on Instagram, “acknowledging that the panelled tunic dress from our current Swim collection was inspired by what we now understand to be a traditional garment from the Oaxaca region in Mexico.”

“We apologize for the usage without appropriate credit to the cultural owners of this form of dress and for the offense this has caused. Although the error was unintentional, when it was brought to our attention today the item was immediately withdrawn from all Zimmermann stores and our website. We have taken steps to ensure this does not happen again in future,” the statement continued.

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This is plagiarism and cultural appropriation. Not here for it

— cata (@hotcathot) January 12, 2021

this is cultural appropriation. take it down.

— Rat boy (meaner then Jen) (@imDrinking_Pee) January 12, 2021

White folks at it again, with their Cultural appropriation.
The design and style of the dress below comes from Huautla de Jimenez, Oaxaca. The design belongs to the very indigenous community. Shame on you @ZIMMERMANN_ https://t.co/mwEC9UBGZv

— Rabi Barrera (@BarreraRabi) January 13, 2021

This is cultural appropriation and plagiarism. Stop stealing the designs of Mexican artisans.

— Andrea Biestro (@AndreaBiestro) January 12, 2021

En este huipil se ve más claro el plagio de esta marca de "moda" pic.twitter.com/kemwAdfpOl

— LIBRE PENSADOR (@ANARTAME5344335) January 12, 2021

[via News.com.au, cover image via Zimmermann] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412903/Zimmermann-Apologizes-For-Retailing-795-Dress-With-Traditional-Mexican-Motifs/

Smart Face Mask Tracks Your Breathing And Can Be Worn While Exercising

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A company called AirPop has designed a smart mask that can study breathing habits and filter quality.

The AirPop Active+ Smart Mask has a sensor, which is called the Halo, which measures your rate of breathing while monitoring the filter installed in the mask.

The filter is designed to block dust, allergens and particles, though it has a a limited lifespan. However, you’ll know when it’s time to replace it as the sensor will send an alert to the accompanying app.

The Halo sensor is located in the little knob on the front of the mask. It is powered by a cell battery that can last up to six months before it will call for a replacement. The Halo is connected to Android or iOS devices via Bluetooth.

It is capable of tracking fitness metrics such as breaths per minute, the volume of air passing through it, the pollutants that the mask has blocked and how long you’ve been donning the mask each day.

The mask also provides advice on air quality of that area and accompanying data for when the mask is worn during exercising. The health data it collects can be shared via Apple HealthKit.

AirPop also claims that its washable mask has four-layer filters that remove bacteria and particles.

The AirPop Active+ Smart Mask will set you back US$150 and you can purchase it on AirPop’s own website.

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[via Mashable, cover image via AirPop] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412900/Smart-Face-Mask-Tracks-Your-Breathing-And-Can-Be-Worn-While-Exercising/

Disney Showcases Rare Tour Of Cinderella Castle’s Magical Hidden Suite

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The Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World might arguably be the most stunning theme park landmark in the world, but one would be surprised to know that it doesn’t just stand there to look pretty. The icon, modeled after 17th-century French chateaus, hides an equally beautiful secret that only a few have come to learn about.

That may have changed with a new TikTok video posted by Disney Parks. The account has offered an unusual tour of the Cinderella Castle’s hidden interiors, inviting social media users to virtually step foot into a fairytale-like luxury suite only a small party of guests have used.

Among the room’s intricate features are a hand-arranged 30,000-tile mosaic of Cinderella’s coach on the floor, makeshift “fireworks” on the ceiling’s embers, and a mirror that transforms into a television. Guests will also be able to take home Cinderella’s glass slipper.

The suite was designed to be used by Walt Disney’s family. Unfortunately, the Mickey Mouse originator died before its completion, reports Apartment Therapy.

This magical experience isn’t for all prince and princess hopefuls of the land. The suite had remained mostly unused until 2006, when Disney World hosted a ‘Year of a Million Dreams’ sweepstakes and gave out a one-night stay as a prize. It is also reported that only a few celebrities have stayed in the room, including Tom and Suri Cruise.

While there aren’t fairy godmothers to grant wishes in real life, Disney fans can at least have some of their hopes obliged with this intimate glimpse of the stunning quarters.


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[via Apartment Therapy, cover image via Craig Adderley / Pexels] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412904/Disney-Showcases-Rare-Tour-Of-Cinderella-Castle-s-Magical-Hidden-Suite/

Netflix Previews 2021’s Movie Lineup, New Blockbusters Coming Every Week

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Netflix is giving its subscribers 71 new reasons to stay at home in 2021. The streaming service has scheduled to release a brand new movie every single week this year, taking the cinematic experience to your humble abode.

The platform has recently posted a teaser for what viewers can expect for the rest of the year. The video features an all-star cast—including Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa McCarthy, and Amy Adams—remotely amping audiences up for upcoming blockbusters spanning musicals, action features, rom-coms, and more.

Among the 71 Netflix movies to expect are the film directorial debuts of Halle Berry and Lin-Manuel Miranda in their respective movies, Bruised and Tick, Tick … Boom!.

While the film-making and distribution industry has been grappling with the untoward effects of COVID-19, Netflix’s strategies seem to impressively go against the grain. In 2021, you might be watching even more flicks than when theaters were still open.

[via Mumbrella and Variety, video and cover image via Netflix Film Club] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412902/Netflix-Previews-2021-s-Movie-Lineup-New-Blockbusters-Coming-Every-Week/

Cosmopolitan UK’s Body Positive Magazine Covers Amass Mixed Responses Online

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Cosmopolitan UK magazine has raised questions about possibly “glamorizing” obesity after featuring plus-size models on its February cover.

The issue is dedicated to body positivity and stars plus-size women with the tagline, “This is healthy.” The personalities include track-and-field athlete Morgan Lake, fitness influencer Sophie Butler, and plus-size blogger Callie Thorpe.

The magazine also unveiled nine other covers for the issue, and other models include yoga teacher Jessamyn Stanley and Paralympic swimmer Ellie Simmonds. “These 11 incredible women with very different bodies are proving wellness isn’t one-size-fits all,” Cosmopolitan UK wrote.

However, the covers have received mixed responses from readers, with some praising the magazine for its portrayal of health while others claimed it sent out a dangerous message to the public.

“Weird time for @Cosmopolitan to do this cover given the relationship between obesity and death/serious illness from COVID,” a Twitter user voiced out. Good Morning Britain’s host Piers Morgan also slammed the cover, stating, “No, it’s not. And given that obesity is a major factor in why many get severe covid illness, this @CosmopolitanUK cover is shamefully irresponsible.”

Others defended the cover, with one saying, “We need more visibility of people of all sizes, so people feel less shame and stigma.”

“I think it’s great that a magazine like this is trying to change the stereotype of what women see as healthy. I spent all of my childhood feeling ashamed that I was bigger than everyone else, and there was no one my size on TV, and yet everytime I went to the GP I was healthy,” another user explained.

Despite the criticism, Cosmopoiltan UK said the response to the body-positive covers has been “overwhelmingly positive.”

“Cosmopolitan UK is all about uplifting our audience and promoting diversity, belonging and positivity,” it said. “Our aim is to make sure that no one feels excluded from the wellness space and we hope this issue will help inspire our readers, whatever stage of their fitness journey, feel empowered to make their mental and physical health a priority during this time.”

Health isn’t one-dimensional, and demonstrating this through a high-profile platform could empower readers to take control of their wellbeing no matter their appearance or lifestyle.

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No, it’s not. And given that obesity is a major factor in why many get severe covid illness, this @CosmopolitanUK cover is shamefully irresponsible. pic.twitter.com/MHcJ237WEZ

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 6, 2021

Weird time for @Cosmopolitan to do this cover given the relationship between obesity and death/serious illness from Covid. pic.twitter.com/7HYAktuVeh

— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) January 4, 2021

Omg LOOOOL at you trying to use your “overweight” friend as fodder in your argument and then they tell you not to. Please don’t speak for other people and their bodies.

We need more visibility of people of all sizes, so people feel less shame & stigma (which IS VERY bad for you)

— Anti Diet Riot Club (@antidietriot) January 12, 2021

I think it’s great that a magazine like this is trying to change the stereotype of what women see as healthy. I spent all of my childhood feeling ashamed that I was bigger than everyone else, and there was no one my size on tv, and yet every time I went to the GP I was healthy.

— Kirsten (@KirstenM01) January 12, 2021

[via Independent, cover image via Cosmopolitan UK] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412898/Cosmopolitan-UK-s-Body-Positive-Magazine-Covers-Amass-Mixed-Responses-Online/

Oakley Reveals Sleek & Durable Face Mask That Won’t Fog Up Glasses

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Oakley has previewed a high-tech mask perfect for those who wear glasses.

The reusable MSK3 face mask features a sleek blacked-out covering and an eyewear channel to prevent fogging. It also has a durable silicone perimeter gasket and adjustable straps to ensure the garment sits snugly on your face.

The gear also protects the wearer against “higher exposure situations,” thanks to its disposable filter that has more than 95-percent filtration efficiency.

It can be fitted with an additional reusable filter that shields the wearer from “air pollutants and dust particles.” However, the mask is not a medical-grade covering and is not designed to filter out coronavirus particles.

If you are interested to get your hands on the Oakley MSK3 face mask, please head to the brand’s website for more details.

The good folks over at @Oakley are back and adapting to the new normal. Known for crafting functional eyewear for anything imaginable, the label returns with something brand new. Check out Oakley’s MSK3 Face Mask. https://t.co/GqPQvW1rwL #FaceMask #Oakley #TheCultureCurators pic.twitter.com/kLfZ7uS4rh

— @CLTRCurators (@cltrcurators) January 13, 2021

[via Maxim, cover image via Oakley] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412897/Oakley-Reveals-Sleek-Durable-Face-Mask-That-Won-t-Fog-Up-Glasses/

IKEA Donates Unsold Christmas Trees To Zoo, To Delight Of Reindeer

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IKEA prides itself on improving everyday living, and this mission seems to extend to animals too.

With the holiday season over, IKEA Edmonton gave away its unused Christmas trees to its local zoo. It might seem like a small gesture, but the zoo’s animals responded in big, heartwarming ways.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo reported that its residents enjoyed interacting with the “surprising” new additions to their environment. The trees not only served as munchies for some of them, but also provided stimulation for their senses and minds.

“The trees have provided snacks for some of our herbivores, a place to climb and perch for some of our primates and birds, a new and interesting scent for the carnivores and so much more!” the zoo shared on Facebook.

The gifts were most especially appreciated by the reindeer, who loved rubbing their antlers on the branches.

Both IKEA Canada and the Edmonton Valley Zoo shared footage of the residents’ new reindeer games. Their adorable reactions are such a mood-lifter; take a look.

This is guaranteed to make you smile: IKEA Edmonton donated remaining Christmas Trees to the animals at @BuildingOurZoo. The animals used the trees to explore, smell, eat and play! #IKEACanada #IKEAEdmonton #YEG pic.twitter.com/whSWu0awXb

— IKEA Canada (@IKEACanada) January 13, 2021

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[via Narcity, cover image via IKEA Canada] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412901/IKEA-Donates-Unsold-Christmas-Trees-To-Zoo-To-Delight-Of-Reindeer/

LinkedIn Uncovers The 15 Up-And-Rising Job Types In 2021

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It’s staggering to have seen one virus overturn industries around the world and crush seemingly concrete strategies in one fell swoop. No one could have predicted this sudden push for remote-working and cancelation of in-person gatherings.

Future-proofed jobs and talents are, therefore, looking a lot different today. “Fields like aviation and hospitality were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic,” noted Andrew Seaman, senior editor for Job Search and Careers at LinkedIn. “While areas like health care, education, and finance had to ramp up hiring to meet increased demand.”

If, like many, you’re looking to upskill or change course, the professional network has rounded up 15 job categories it has witnessed to be on the rise. The data encompasses an analysis of millions of job postings between April and October 2020, revealing the most high-demand fields based on year-over-year expansion.

Find out the 15 up-and-coming job categories and skills, according to LinkedIn’s data scientists, below. You can read the full report here.

1. E-commerce frontliners

Job titles: Driver, Supply Chain Associate, Package Handler, Personal Shopper

Top locations hiring: Chicago, New York City, Washington, DC

Skills in demand: Time Management, Customer Service, Leadership

Salary range: US$42,000 to US$56,000

2. Loan and mortgage professionals

Job titles: Underwriter, Mortgage Loan Officer, Escrow Officer, Loan Closer

Top locations hiring: New York City, Dallas, Chicago

Skills in demand: Risk Management, Customer Service, Credit Analysis

Salary range: US$43,700 to US$60,000

3. Healthcare support

Job titles: Health Care Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Home Health Aide

Top locations hiring: New York City, Boston, Chicago

Skills in demand: Patient Education, Data Entry, Physician Relations

Salary range: US$65,300 to US$106,000

4. Business development and sales experts

Job titles: Sales Consultant, Sales Operations Assistant, Inbound Sales Specialist, Strategic Advisor

Top locations hiring: New York City, Denver, Atlanta

Skills in demand: Customer Retention, Sales Process, Team Building

Salary range: US$43,300 to US$105,000

5. Workplace diversity experts

Job titles: Diversity Manager, Diversity Officer, Head of Diversity, Diversity Coordinator

Top locations hiring: New York City, San Francisco, Chicago

Skills in demand: Community Outreach, Teaching, Organizational Development

Salary range: US$72,900 to US$97,000

6. Digital marketing professionals

Job titles: Digital Marketing Specialist, Social Media Manager, Marketing Representative, Search Engine Optimization Specialist

Top locations hiring: New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles

Skills in demand: Product Marketing, Digital Strategy, Brand Management

Salary range: US$48,000 to US$96,000

7. Nurses

Job titles: Registered Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Intensive Care Nurse

Top locations hiring: New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia

Skills in demand: Patient Advocacy, Clinical Research, Time Management

Salary range: US$73,000 to US$111,000

8. Education experts

Job titles: Registered Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Intensive Care Nurse

Top locations hiring: New York City, Chicago, Washington, DC

Skills in demand: Teaching Assistant, Elementary School Teacher, Mathematics Tutor, Curriculum Developer

Salary range: US$46,500 to US$63,200

9. Digital content creators

Job titles: Content Coordinator, Writing Consultant, Podcaster, Blogger

Top locations hiring: New York City, Chicago, Atlanta

Skills in demand: Video Editing, Creative Writing, Public Speaking

Salary range: US$46,000 to US$62,400

10. Professional and personal coaches

Job titles: Career Coordinator, Life Coach, Fitness Coach, Business Coach

Top locations hiring: New York City, Houston, Boston

Skills in demand: Mentoring, Social Media, Entrepreneurship

Salary range: US$44,300 to US$50,000

11. Specialized developers and engineers

Job titles: Web Developer, Full Stack Engineer, Frontend Developer, Game Developer

Top locations hiring: San Francisco, New York City, Washington, DC

Skills in demand: Program Management, Web Development, Distributed Systems

Salary range: US$77,500 to US$104,000

12. Mental health specialists

Job titles: Behavior Therapist, Mental Health Specialist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Technician

Top locations hiring: Boston, San Francisco, New York City

Skills in demand: Play Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Salary range: US$41,600 to US$65,000

13. User experience professionals

Job titles: User Experience Designer, Product Design Consultant, User Interface Designer, User Experience Researcher

Top locations hiring: San Francisco, New York City, Seattle

Skills in demand: Web Design, Design Thinking, User Experience Testing

Salary range: US$80,000 to US$103,000

14. Data science experts

Job titles: Data Scientist, Data Science Specialist, Data Management Analyst

Top locations hiring: Washington, DC, San Francisco, New York City

Skills in demand: TensorFlow, Statistical Modeling, Data Visualization

Salary range: US$100,000 to US$130,000

15. Artificial intelligence specialists

Job titles: Machine Learning Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Specialist, Machine Learning Researcher

Top locations hiring: San Francisco, New York City, Seattle

Skills in demand: C++, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python (Programming Language)

Salary range: US$124,000 to US$150,000

[via Tech Republic, cover image via Marc Mueller / Pexels] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412899/LinkedIn-Uncovers-The-15-Up-And-Rising-Job-Types-In-2021/