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Samsung Creates Colors Tailor-Made To Complement Your TV & Wall

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Samsung has debuted its first-ever range of bespoke interior paints to complement three of its television models—The Serif, The Sero and The Frame.

The LivingColor paint range was developed with British color expert Karen Haller, and consists of restorative hues of green, soft pink, dark blue, beige and sunshine yellow.

Each hue uses color psychology to evoke an “uplifting emotional response” while providing harmonious backdrops to the television range. Each model is assigned with two shades—the first is meant to match its casing, while the second is a complementary hue to be applied to the walls surrounding the TV.

Colors created for The Frame are Frame Beige and Restful Pine, while hues made for The Serif are Serif Cotton Blue and Champagne Bliss. The Sero has been paired with Sero Navy Blue and Bright Spark.

“Color is an amazing phenomenon that can change how we feel think and behave in an instant, it’s a universal language that we all speak,” Haller explained.

“The color pairings for Samsung’s range of lifestyle TVs were selected to match the personality and style of each TV, whilst also creating an environment that would be uplifting and ultimately complement your personality and lifestyle,” she added.

To show how the TVs and colors work together, Samsung worked together with interior designer Kate Watson-Smyth, London-based artist Yinka Ilori and designer Whinnie Williams to bring them to life.

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[via Samsung, cover image via Samsung] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412070/Samsung-Creates-Colors-Tailor-Made-To-Complement-Your-TV-Wall/

Free eBook: Verdana Creator’s New Typeface Is Massive—200 Weights, 98 Languages

The Role superfamily is ultra-versatile, with 200 weights, three optical sizes, and support for a whopping 98 languages

You’ve probably seen his work every day for decades without realizing it. Matthew Carter is the design great behind big-league typefaces like Verdana, Georgia and Tahoma, earning himself the description of “the most widely-read man in the world” by the New Yorker.

His new typeface, Role, could be among his most ambitious undertakings yet. Designed alongside Japan’s premier type foundry Morisawa, Role speaks of the designer’s international reach—the Latin superfamily is ultra-versatile, with support for a whopping 98 languages and availability in 200 weights and three optical sizes.

Applying their combined experience with typography, Carter—with his 60 years of working with typographic techniques analog and digital—and the Japanese font foundry—with its near 100 years of studying the grace of Japanese design—have created a robust font superfamily covering serif, slab, sans, and soft styles for text, displays, and banners, with a script version in the works.

The relationship between Morisawa and Matthew goes way back. The designer was a judge at its typeface design competition in 1993, and in 2014, he was commissioned to design Morisawa’s first Latin typeface. This is it.

The multifaceted font family is now available to license on Fontelier.

The possibilities of this single typeface are boundless, so Morisawa teamed up with Carter’s former students, Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart from MGMT Design in Brooklyn, to create a specimen booklet showcasing Role Family’s myriad personas and applications.

You can request for the free eBook here.

Ultra-Versatile: 98 Languages, 200 Weights

Role is available in 98 languages

As its name suggests, Role is a one-type show that can take on many hats. Its compatibility with 98 languages ensures seamless adaption for brands with global and multilingual presence.

Role also offers astonishing mileage out of a single typeface. The superfamily is built with sans, serif, soft, and slab looks with 200 weights and three optical sizes, allowing you to create countless looks out of one font family. On top of that, there’s a fifth style, Role Script, on the way.

From top to bottom: Role Slab Banner, Role Sans Banner, Role Serif Banner, Role Soft Banner

Going deeper, Role defies the one-look-fits-all trope of versatile typography. Rather than simply scaling up or down, you’ll find unconventional tweaks between text, display, and banner variants. For instance, Role Serif Display and Banner take the elegance of Role Serif Text up a notch with upright italics. Role insists that consistency and sameness don’t have to go hand-in-hand.

Role Serif

Role Serif

You may already be familiar with sans, serif, slab, and script styles, but what’s less commonplace in Latin font families is the rounded sans look. Enter Role Soft, which offers a whole exciting tier of options to make your projects look warm, inviting, and informative.

Role Soft

Succeeds beauty standards across cultures

Role and its various display settings

Role is a cross-cultural, multi-year project that began in 2015. Carter started on the preliminary letterforms for Role, before three Japanese designers—Morisawa’s Sakura Taruno and Shotaro Nakano, as well as Shotype Design’s Kunihiko Okano—moved to Cambridge and spent six months on the project with him. Two additional Morisawa designers, Yuya Kobari and Ai Handa, later joined the team.

What Carter imparted in Latin typography expertise, the designers returned with the Japanese understanding of delicacy and weight in strokes.

Which is why Role, no matter which style of it you use, has a grace that’s hard to find in many “multipurpose” Latin typefaces, where certain strokes can often look too heavy. In Kanji typography, an artform Morisawa has mastered for nearly a century, spacing is not so much about kerning than it is about the placements between strokes of a character. Adapted to Role, this lends a legibility to Latin fonts like no other.

How to use Role: From websites to brand stationery & greeting cards

Role is the official typeface for Print Magazine

The Role Family on invitation cards

Role, printed on business cards and matchboxes

Role Soft

Role Serif

Role Sans

Role Slab

Of course, the capabilities of the Role superfamily stretch beyond these examples.

For more ideas, request for a free eBook provided by Morisawa. You can also find out more about Role here.

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McDonald’s Ice Cream Lovers, This App Tells You If That Machine Is Really Broken

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McDonald’s soft serves have caused quite the McFlurry everywhere for notoriously always being “broken.” However, employees have come forward to reveal that, many a time, the equipment isn’t faulty—it’s just very cumbersome to clean.

At long last, there’s a way to tell if the ice cream machine at your local McDonald’s is truly down. Rashiq Zahid has created a web app called ‘mcbroken’ that alerts you of the ones that don’t work in the country.

To confirm which appliances are “mcbroken,” Zahid said he reverse-engineered the internal application programming interface (API) used by McDonald’s in the US, which notes down every location that has a malfunctioning ice cream machine.

“I’m currently placing an order worth $18,752 every minute at every McDonald’s in the US to figure out which locations have a broken ice cream machine,” he explained in a tweet on Thursday.

Zahid also stressed that no ice cream goes wasted and no employee gets in trouble with this experiment, as his purchases are hypothetical. “I’m merely querying,” he pointed out.

The app maps out locations with faulty ice cream equipment, as well as indicates the percentage of broken soft-serve ice cream machines in various cities and nationwide. New York appears to be the city with the greatest proportion of wonky ice cream machines—at the time of publication, 32.61-percent of them are down.

Unlike what you’ve heard from myths, though, there aren’t many ice cream machines in the country that are broken. At present, only 10-percent of them aren’t working.

Now that you have proof there’s nothing wrong with your local McDonald’s ice cream machine, it’s time to treat yourself to a cone. Just don’t be a Karen about it when an employee tells you the equipment is broken. Times are hard.

to clarify how this works: mcdonald's keeps track which locations have a broken machine, I'm merely querying for those – no order gets executed, no ice cream is actually wasted 🍦

— rashiq (@rashiq) October 22, 2020

[via CNET, cover image via ibnu alias / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412063/McDonald-s-Ice-Cream-Lovers-This-App-Tells-You-If-That-Machine-Is-Really-Broken/

Greenpeace’s Viral ‘Rang-Tan’ Campaign Returns With Follow-Up Animated Advert

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One of the more unshakable campaigns in recent years is Greenpeace’s emotional 2018 Rang-tan: The Story of Dirty Palm Oil featuring a baby orang-utan who ends up in a little girl’s room because its home was demolished from deforestation.

The environmental organization is back with part two of the campaign, produced by advertising agency Mother London. This time, instead of an adorable little creature, the animation spotlights a “monster” in the form of an imposing jaguar, who leaves the young protagonist frozen in fear.

It turns out that the big cat is even more afraid of another beast: the corporate monster. It has come to warn the boy about the threat the species poses.

The spot was narrated by Narcos star and includes a cameo by Sir Paul McCartney.

Watch the gripping follow-up ad, There’s a monster in my kitchen, below.

[via B&T, video and cover image via Greenpeace] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412062/Greenpeace-s-Viral-Rang-Tan-Campaign-Returns-With-Follow-Up-Animated-Advert/

Watch: Michael Myers Is A Sad Boy As Halloween Has Been Canceled

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The coronavirus pandemic has discouraged social events to prevent the virus spread. So, this means that Halloween isn’t going to be the same this year.

YouTuber Andrew Kasch decided to make a spoof video on how Halloween’s Michael Myers would react to the new normal, and things aren’t looking so good.

The serial killer is depicted moping around town because “Halloween is canceled” in 2020.

The video begins with Michael’s head down, seemingly defeated by the shortage of teenage victims in the area on 31 October 2020. It’s comical to see how even one of the evilest murderers in film history is down and out due to the pandemic.

Horror fans might notice some tidbits Kasch sneaked into the parody, like the hedge, which the character stood behind and horrified Laurie Strode in the film.

Kasch also used Tommy Doyle’s house in the movie as a backdrop in some scenes. The video was mostly shot in South Pasadena, which is known to be director John Carpenter’s filming site for the cult classic.

There is also a hilarious bit snugged within the spoof, which sees Michael defeatedly walking past Nancy’s house from A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Watch the full parody below.

[via Nerdist, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412058/Watch-Michael-Myers-Is-A-Sad-Boy-As-Halloween-Has-Been-Canceled/

Tim Burton In Talks Of Creating Modern-Day, Live-Action ‘Addams Family’ Series

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Tim Burton is apparently looking to develop a television series for one of the most notorious yet lovable families in pop-culture history, The Addams Family, and the two together sounds like a (fever) dream come true.

The news comes from Deadline, who was told by its sources that Burton—famed for a string of gothic fantasy films like Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands—is in talks of executive-producing and even possibly directing every episode in this series, which has been financed by MGM TV.

The publication shared that several entities have bidded to land the project, including Netflix. It also seems that the streaming platform is MGM TV’s top choice so far.

Smallville executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar will also reportedly helm the show’s production and writing.

The synopsis isn’t a sealed deal, but sources detailed that, as of now, the story will be set in the modern-day and told through the perspective of Wednesday Addams.

While members of the Addams clan are human, their long-lived hold on the Hollywood scene—along with their eerie aesthetics—almost makes them seem immortal. Burton’s sublime touch in this brand of content will likely only extend its longevity.

[via Deadline, cover image via Tada Images / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412061/Tim-Burton-In-Talks-Of-Creating-Modern-Day-Live-Action-Addams-Family-Series/

‘Halloween’ Star Jamie Lee Curtis Cheekily Puts On A Michael Myers Face Covering

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Halloween and Scream are easily the top recognizable horror films in history that people would revisit during the spooky season. Now, the “scream queens” from the films, Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell, have revealed that horror fans can expect to see an installment of the cult movies soon.

In a video call interview with Variety, Curtis and Campbell sat down and revealed the good news to fans. Curtis also gave a cheeky reference to her role by wearing a face mask featuring Halloween’s serial killer Michael Myers.

Initially, the upcoming Halloween Kills was set to release last week but it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, Curtis announced that the film will hit theaters next Halloween in 2021.

Scream 5, on the other hand, will make its debut on 14 January 2022. Watch the snippet from the interview below.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Neve Campbell sit down to discuss their reign as scream queens. Watch the full video here: https://t.co/LFzZPiPKez pic.twitter.com/NT8B2ZIEeS

— Variety (@Variety) October 21, 2020

[via Comic Book, cover image via IMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412042/Halloween-Star-Jamie-Lee-Curtis-Cheekily-Puts-On-A-Michael-Myers-Face-Covering/

Lily Allen Shines A Light On Female Masturbation With Her Sex Toy ‘Liberty’

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Lily Allen has partnered with adult toy company Womanizer to create her own sex toy called the ‘Liberty’.

Before collaborating with the brand to come up with her own unique design, the singer described in her autobiography My Thoughts Exactly that Womanizer’s range of sex toys had “changed her life.”

She is currently leading the company’s #IMasturbate campaign to shine a light on sex positivity and female masturbation.

In a press release, the duo detailed their aim to “challenge existing assumptions and myths with the #IMasturbate and invite people to reflect on their own, often negative attitudes towards this topic.”

In the campaign video, Allen is seen rolling around on a bed in her silk pajamas, before applying lipstick. She then speaks about self-love and empowerment for women’s sexual needs, and claims that the toy “changed her orgasmic experience altogether.”

Allen explains that sex toys and female pleasure are still considered “taboo.”

“The only way to make taboo subjects no longer taboo is to speak about them openly, frequently and without shame or guilt,” she adds.

“Loving yourself should be the most normal thing in the world. We all deserve amazing orgasms, right? So let’s be open about it,” Allen says. “Free yourself, feel yourself, love yourself! I masturbate—do you?”

The Liberty sex toy is on sale and is available to purchase here.

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I'm really excited to reveal something I've been working on with one of my favourite brands @womanizerglobal… My very own sex toy! The Liberty is available everywhere now. Womanizer changed my life, and I wanted to share my experience. Women shouldn't be ashamed of their sexuality, and we all deserve to own our pleasure. Hopefully this little toy will help you do that! #IMasturbate #LilyAllenxWomanizer. Get yours now via the link in my bio

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We are excited to introduce to you @lilyallen, Womanizer's first Chief Liberation Officer! Lily launched her very own limited edition of the #WomanizerLiberty: Liberty by Lily Allen in Rebellious Pink.💖🧡 Stay tuned as we will be revealing more details on this campaign later today. . . . . #IMasturbate #LilyAllen #LilyAllenxWomanizer #ThankYouComeAgain #WomanizerLiberty #FemaleEmpowerment #Sexpositiv #Selflove #Feminism #Womanizer

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[via NME, cover image via Womanizer] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412052/Lily-Allen-Shines-A-Light-On-Female-Masturbation-With-Her-Sex-Toy-Liberty/

Kim Kardashian Slips Into Shiny Silver Two-Piece In Delicious KKW Beauty Shoot

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Kim Kardashian has launched her new makeup brand KKW Beauty, and its latest Opalescent collection has dropped in conjunction with her 40th birthday.

The reality star shared the campaign photo of the collection on Instagram, announcing that the line is based on her birthstone, the opal.

In one photo, Kardashian is dolled up in shiny tights and a silver two-piece. In the backdrop, there is a huge three-tiered birthday cake with white and blue frosting.

The 40-year-old announced that prices of the new collection will be at 40-percent off as part of her birthday sale. Fans can get their hands on eight shades of semi-matte liquid lipsticks, a 10-pan pressed powder palette, an opalescent birthstone gloss, and two new lip liners.

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Studio Ghibli Rolls Out 300 New Free, Hi-Res Stills From Its Iconic Films

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Studio Ghibli has released 300 image stills from six of its iconic films, including Howl’s Moving Castle, Whisper of the Heart, and Princess Mononoke.

The massive release also includes artworks from side productions of the studio, like Whisper of the Heart’s spin-off film The Cat Returns, Ghiblies Episode 2, a short film based on the studio’s staffers; and a 1999 comics adaptation of My Neighbors The Yamadas.

The production company notes that these images are free to use “within the bounds of common sense.”

Previously, it also unveiled 400 sheets of animated scenes from eight of its films, including Ponyo, and Spirited Away.

View some of the images from the latest drop below, or tap here for more.

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[via Dazed, cover image via Studio Ghibli] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412057/Studio-Ghibli-Rolls-Out-300-New-Free-Hi-Res-Stills-From-Its-Iconic-Films/

NY Mag Enlists KAWS, Barbara Kruger & 40+ Artists To Design ‘I Voted’ Stickers

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For its 26 October issue, New York Magazine worked with nonpartisan group I am a voter to create four different covers featuring ‘I Voted’ stickers by 48 artists of different backgrounds and artistic influences.

Each issue comes with its own peelable stickers designed specifically for US citizens who opted to vote through mail or online instead of going to physical polling areas. The stickers will also be distributed to bookstores, museums, and polling sites all across the US.

Artists who participated in the program include Barbara Kruger, Zaria Forman, KAWS, Laurie Simmons, Marilyn Minter, Amy Sherald and David Hammons.

“Growing up in the South, I viewed the American flag as belonging to a people whose patriotism was solely reserved for whites, Sherald said about her sticker creation, which sees a Black cowboy wearing a shirt featuring an American flag design. “My American flag represents a ‘whole country’. A flag that conjures hope, empathy, resilience, unity, freedom and justice.”

Artist Christine Sun Kim designed a sticker that shows how to sign “vote” in ASL, while Hiba Schahbaz drew a portrait of Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, a Black transwoman who was murdered.

Check out some the stunning sticker designs below.

In collaboration with @iamavoter_, @nymag invited me and dozens of other artists to design I VOTED stickers! Be sure to grab a copy of the NY Mag issue on 10/26 and get out the #VOTE! Go to: https://t.co/HtduZAsz1P
-S pic.twitter.com/NanZYAREBy

— Shepard Fairey (@OBEYGIANT) October 23, 2020

[via New York Magazine, cover image via New York Magazine] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412060/NY-Mag-Enlists-KAWS-Barbara-Kruger-40-Artists-To-Design-I-Voted-Stickers/

McDonald’s Takes Your Imagination On A Winding Storybook Journey In Latest Spot

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McDonald’s has teamed up with creative agency TBWA\Paris to create a wonderful visual ad focused on Happy Meals.

The ad, called Livre—which means book in French—shows how imaginations can run wild thanks to bedtime stories. The video shows a mother and daughter going on an adventure as they travel across a river on a bed. They discover endless stories, landscapes, and incredible situations.

The adventure ends when the bed hits against a bedroom wall, where reality sets in and viewers discover it is all a bedtime story. There are no menu items seen during the spot, just a glimpse of a Happy Meal box as well as the Golden Arches logo at the end of the video.

The slogan at the end of the ad reads, “Sharing a story is sharing an adventure. Already 60 million stories shared in the Happy Meal.”

According to TBWA\Paris, the fast-food chain in France has been offering parents a choice between a book or a toy in Happy Meals since 2015.

[via B&T, cover image via TBWA\Paris] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412051/McDonald-s-Takes-Your-Imagination-On-A-Winding-Storybook-Journey-In-Latest-Spot/

Fashion Retailer Shein’s Tiny Bodysuit Mocked For Looking Like ‘Borat’s Mankini’

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Clothes retailer Shein has been ridiculed for selling a high-cut “sexy” bodysuit” that has been likened to “Borat’s mankini.”

The black long-sleeved bodysuit, priced at US$11 on Shein’s website, features a ridiculously high-cut bottom, which sits just under the model’s bust area. The design also exposes the model’s waist, hips and back.

A few of the product’s images have made their way to Facebook, leaving many social media users in stitches over the look. The risqué garment has garnered a lot of laughs and jokes, with many comparing it to Sacha Baron Cohen’s fluorescent green mankini.

“High cut? That cut’s so damn high it’s practically flossing her teeth,” a Facebook user commented. Others pointed out at how uncomfortable the garment would be, while some also noticed that the images look heavily photoshopped around the crotch area.

hey guys wtf is this pic.twitter.com/mitqPrHdO7

— claire 🍾 (@staysofts) October 19, 2020

Ladies make sure u have some chafing “ cream to hand if u wear this 😂

— gladiatorjac's🍷💛🌹🇬🇧 (@gladiatorjacs) October 22, 2020

Hell no! pic.twitter.com/Lz55VU1Cn1

— DiDi 🇬🇧🇱🇰🙋🏾‍♀️🧘🏾‍♀️🏄🏾‍♀️⛷️ (@dkgf01) October 22, 2020

I am reminded of a time I had to excuse myself in a restaurant to visit the ladies, whereupon I removed a thong that was literally halving my vagina in two.

— sister Flo aka Shirley 🟥 (@shirleysascot) October 22, 2020

This just looks like a front wedgie waiting to happen

— Momdesuu (@maiidesuu) October 19, 2020

[via Tyla, cover image via Shein] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412053/Fashion-Retailer-Shein-s-Tiny-Bodysuit-Mocked-For-Looking-Like-Borat-s-Mankini/

KFC Trolls Prince William After He Was Photographed Peering Into Outlet’s Window

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Prince William, also known as the Duke of Cambridge, has been dubbed as “His Royal Thighness” by KFC UK after a photo of him went viral on social media.

Prince William and Kate Middleton recently visited participants of the Duchess’ Hold Still photography project launched in May to encourage photographers to document the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the attention went to the prince, who was spotted peering into a KFC store window in a hilarious photo.

The fast-food restaurant was quick to poke fun at the moment. Sharing the photo on its Twitter account, it wrote, “Oh, I just can’t wait to be wing,” in reference to The Lion King track, I Just Can’t Wait To Be King.

The account then followed up the tweet with another comical suggestion. “I’m sad I didn’t call him His Royal Thighness in the main tweet [to be honest],” KFC UK added.

I’m sad I didn’t call him His Royal Thighness in the main tweet tbh

— KFC UK & Ireland (@KFC_UKI) October 20, 2020

[via Huffington Post, cover image via 360b / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412055/KFC-Trolls-Prince-William-After-He-Was-Photographed-Peering-Into-Outlet-s-Window/

Final Presidential Debate’s Stingy Use Of Mute Button Inspires Plethora Of Memes

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In the first 2020 presidential debate, both Donald Trump and Joe Biden kept interrupting each other during the other’s allocated sessions. It even prompted Biden to throw phrases like, “Just shush for a minute,” “Keep yapping,” and “Will you just shut up, man?” when Trump kept butting in during his speech.

So for the final debate, the Commission of Presidential Debates announced that it would be muting the microphones of each participant when the other is speaking during their initial two-minute responses. The microphones would then be left live for the rest of the time for open discussions.

During the actual event, however, it seemed like the mute button was underused as Trump had talked over Biden several times.

Internet users took this opportunity to turn the lack of use of the touted mute button into hilarious memes.

Many joked that the person controlling the mute button probably fell asleep during the debates, while others volunteered themselves to take the job.

View some of the best reactions below.

The mute button

#Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/plmiX4IkWk

— amber ruffin (@ambermruffin) October 23, 2020

So the debate commissioner folks ain’t gonna use that mute button. We all came here for the mute button. #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/wi7tNavwDF

— Annie Apple (@SurvivinAmerica) October 23, 2020

The person in charge of the mute button: pic.twitter.com/4DrWMs3lhc

— The Last 🔝 (@JuSLIKEMIKE911) October 23, 2020

The mute button person looking for the button: #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/MciSDxkVbM

— 🐝 Dan (@YankeeDandle85) October 23, 2020

Where was the mute button??? #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/NmXuWRrtuz

— JockieJones (@JockieJoJoJones) October 23, 2020

I volunteer to be the ‘mute button’ button clicker. Please call me next time. #Debates2020 #DebateTonight pic.twitter.com/wpAkKmRPXi

— Yadi (@becauseyadi) October 23, 2020

Live shot of the mute-button guy pic.twitter.com/nsHWYgypv0

— Bill Grueskin (@BGrueskin) October 23, 2020

The mute button waiting to be pushed. 💀 pic.twitter.com/Dd69EFsnkH

— KentuckyForKentucky (@KYforKY) October 23, 2020

[cover image via Alex Gakos / Shutterstock.com and StratosBril / Shutterstock.com (Edited)] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412047/Final-Presidential-Debate-s-Stingy-Use-Of-Mute-Button-Inspires-Plethora-Of-Memes/

Apple Cuts Off Snaking Lines Outside Its Stores Following iPhone 12 Launch

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Each year, the iPhone’s popularity is underscored by the long lines outside Apple Stores following the launch of the latest flagship models. This year, however, the situation outside retail stores isn’t so visually hectic. And that’s the goal.

Depending on where you live, your local Apple Store will have implemented its own methods of crowd control as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, now that the iPhone 12 lineup is available internationally.

According to a report by Reuters, certain locations have installed plexiglass shields to create bank teller-like Express sections for pickups and assistance.

Another strategy sees a new reservation system for when queues get too long. Apple shared with Business Insider that if this happens, and it certainly will, customers waiting in line will be assigned reservation slots and asked to come back at a specified time.

MacRumors reports that some outlets—including the Union Square location in San Francisco, California—have completely disallowed walk-in purchases. Those who wish to make a purchase will have to make a reservation ahead of their visit.

However, some customers are still seeing lines outside Apple Stores. This was the case during the iPhone 12 opening in Sydney, Australia, though it is also worth noting that Sydney is one of the cities least affected by the virus outbreak.

In a press release, Apple also encourages customers to shop from apple.com/shop, where they’ll be able to request for quick and contactless delivery, or opt to collect their items at retail locations or curbside pickups. There’s also an option to speak with an Apple Specialist online or through a one-on-one session at an Apple Store.

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Coronavirus not stopping queue at Sydney Apple Store for iPhone 12. First guy in line has been here since 1130 last night pic.twitter.com/pIZGvdwPVp

— Daniel Van Boom (@dvanboom) October 22, 2020

they opened an overflow Apple store 👀 pic.twitter.com/DAGwjKNdUw

— Joe Hudson-Small (@joehudsonsmall) October 18, 2020

Apple is launching 20 new ‘express’ stores in the U.S. and Europe, aiming to keep customers and staff safe during the pandemic. The iPhone 12 series is due to hit store shelves tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/3jUAN52vGf

— Apple Scoop (@AppleScoop) October 22, 2020

[via MacRumors, cover image via Tada Images / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412059/Apple-Cuts-Off-Snaking-Lines-Outside-Its-Stores-Following-iPhone-12-Launch/

Blake Lively Gets Spotted Editing Fake Shoes Into Her Photo With Ryan Reynolds

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds shared similar photos of themselves before voting for the US elections this year. However, Lively’s seemed to differ from the one by Deadpool star.

In the Gossip Girl’s post, followers noticed that Lively seemed to have drawn herself a pair of brown sandals.

This was confirmed in Reynold’s version, which shows her with bare feet. He later posted another edited photo on his Instagram story depicting Lively in a pair of clearly drawn-on boots.

After being exposed by her husband, Lively admitted that she had added the illustration to her picture. She even tagged fashion label Christian Louboutin in her post and wrote the hilarious caption: “Barefoot iPhone doodler with vast experience avail.”

She also posted the altered photos on her Instagram Story, and added: “Impressive résumé upon request.”

…….did Blake Lively photoshop shoes onto herself pic.twitter.com/GVuGMd2qmC

— boo-ley herdé 👻 (@been_herde) October 22, 2020

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It was Ryan’s first time. He was understandably scared. It all happened so fast. Like, REALLY fast. He wept. I pretended to weep. Then he called all his friend. #voteearly

A post shared by Blake Lively (@blakelively) on Oct 22, 2020 at 12:28pm PDT

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This is my first time voting in America. I’d like to thank my wife Blake for making my first time so gentle and loving. It was super scary at first, then exciting and now I’m a little tired. But proud. #VoteEarly

A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Oct 22, 2020 at 12:28pm PDT

not ryan reynolds drawing her LOUBOUTIN BOOTIES pic.twitter.com/I7Lc69G0rk

— irene anna kim (@enerianna) October 22, 2020

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Annie Leibovitz Is Inspired With Other Photography Ideas Due To The Lockdown

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Despite the mundanity that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, the lockdown might have been a blessing in disguise for the psyches of creatives.

For Annie Leibovitz, no longer being able to hold as many shoots outside and around other people has forced her to rethink her shooting techniques and style.

The photography icon shared this at this year’s Adobe MAX, revealing that she is not only spearheading remote shoots, but is also dabbling in landscape photography.

“I am still taking photographs,” Leibovitz shared in her interview. “Having been upstate with my family watching light and weather sort of go through, I’ve found myself very interested in landscape and work on the land that I have up there with my family.”

She also showed off some of her recent landscape work, which you can view via this report by Digital Camera World.

Seeing that it has been “a very distracting time for all of us,” Leibovitz suggested starting a visual diary to document “what you see through what you’re feeling.”

Leibovitz also described that the process for taking portraits virtually isn’t as simple as she had imagined it’d be. “As a photographer, we’re so used to—when you walk into a room you don’t just see straight ahead—you’re seeing peripherally or you see the sides,” she explained.

Nevertheless, she pointed out that, in spite of the newly-enforced constraints, photographers “don’t stop seeing” pictures within their own environments.

Though, she acknowledged, “I’m sure most other photographers are waiting for this time to be over to hopefully… photograph the way we did before.”

Por cierto, tenéis a @annieleibovitz en #AdobeMAX
Que podéis ver desde la App de @creativecloud pic.twitter.com/gwJaUHlIQX

— Oliver Vegas (@ovunno) October 21, 2020

[via Digital Camera World, cover image via Kjell Leknes / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412056/Annie-Leibovitz-Is-Inspired-With-Other-Photography-Ideas-Due-To-The-Lockdown/

ASOS Is Considering Offering A Parcel Option To Disguise Your Shopping Obsession

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Shopaholics are encouraging ASOS to consider the addition of an “alibi” option at the point of checkout to disguise their spending sprees.

The clothing retailer took to Facebook to ask customers if the website should provide an option to allow purchases to be labeled as “prizes.” On top of that, ASOS suggested including a message of “congratulations on winning this item” being printed on the clothing packages to enable customers to sneak their parcels past disapproving family members.

The idea came up when a customer shared a screenshot of another retailer offering a similar option. Posting on Twitter, @bidders99 wrote, “Please tell me you are considering this.” The screenshot showed a cart with US$53.94 worth of goods in it and a checkbox that read, “Do you need an alibi in your package, in the form of ‘Congratulations on winning this item?’”

ASOS then shared the photo on its Facebook page, asking followers, “Do we need this?” The post drew hundreds of comments from its loyal customers, urging the website to add the option on its site. “I’ve never seen a shopping tick box more dedicated to me!” a shopper commented.

However, some users pointed out that it would be suspicious to be “winning” prizes from the site all the time.

“I would only raise suspicion when I win something 72 times a week,” a user wrote. Another joked, “I would go from never winning anything in my life to prizes at least five days a week.”

@ASOS Please tell me you are considering this 🤞 pic.twitter.com/AkR6nBR3eg

— Bidders (@bidders88) June 20, 2019

Do we NEED this?

Posted by ASOS on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

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‘Work From Home’ Menswear Collection Is All Business… From The Waist Up

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The coronavirus pandemic has popularized working from home, and more people have been communicating with each other through video calls. With a limited scope from the webcam’s lens, many might opt to look presentable only from the waist up. You are at home, after all.

With this idea in mind, Canadian clothing brand Henri Vézina has launched an ad campaign for its ‘Work From Home’ collection in partnership with creative agency Dentsu.

The models in the ads are seen suited up and dressed formally on the upper half of their bodies, while the rest of their bodies are left for anything comfortable like undergarments, socks, and slippers.

The black-and-white posters reveal the contrasting outfits many might be used to wearing while working from home. View the adverts below.

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Image via Henri Vézina

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Joe Biden Is Accused Of Having ‘Dimensia’ In Amusing Election Billboard

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A billboard ad in Pennsylvania accuses Joe Biden of having “dimensia,” ironically spelling dementia wrongly.

“Biden’s dimensia [sic] is worsening. He is not fit,” reads the message for the visual sporting Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden alongside his running mate Kamala Harris, adding an extra “i” and “s” to the name of the cognitive disorder.

It also describes Harris as “Phony Kamala” and Biden as “Sleepy Joe.”

The political attack billboard owned by Penneco Outdoor Advertising has left passersby in stitches, as many have pointed out whoever funded the ad isn’t too sharp either.

“The irony is just hilarious,” Evan Ludy told Newsweek. Ludy shared the image of the billboard on Twitter, captioning it, “[They] absolutely obliterated the word ‘dementia.’”

Fayette County Billboards… absolutely obliterated the word “dementia” pic.twitter.com/THgo9NGo42

— LilLudyVert (@evan_ludy) October 15, 2020

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KFC Unveils Potential Slogans After Plucking ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ Due To COVID

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KFC recently announced that it is dropping its iconic tagline, “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good,” due to hygiene concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The fast-food company released an advert stating that the famous catchphrase should be ignored to practice safe measures during the virus crisis.

Since the company currently has an empty slot for its slogan, KFC in the UK has enlisted fans to come up with an iconic line to replace it.

The best entries were showcased on KFC’s Instagram stories, prompting the public to vote for their favorite picks.

The top suggestions so far are:

“It’s Forking Good” by @stevothemadman1

“It’s Better than your Grandma’s Good” by @lou_boo.nl

“It’s Really Frickin’ Good” by @bamalam

“It’s Crackin,’ even in the Wrappin’ Good” by @professorgreen

“It’s Lip Smackin’ Good” by @chrishughesofficial

The company is yet to select the final tagline, but the submissions are all tasteful in their own right.

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So… we probably had the most Covid-inappropriate slogan 😬 Ergo for now, we're telling you to ignore it. Over the last 48 hours we recruited some of our biggest superfans to help us choose a new temporary slogan. We've whittled down their suggestions and now it's your chance to pick which we go with. Pop over to our Stories to vote for your favourites…

A post shared by KFC UK & Ireland (@kfc_uki) on Sep 4, 2020 at 10:05am PDT

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Guinness Launches Stout That’s Completely Free Of Alcohol Called ‘Guinness 0.0’

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Guinness has unveiled the non-alcoholic version of its famed stout.

Named Guinness 0.0, the drink is a response to a growing number of consumers who prefer zero-alcohol and lower-calorie drinks. The new product was developed by its team in St James’s Gate Dublin, and it took four years for them to replicate the same taste.

The brewing process of Guinness 0.0 is the same as that of the standard Guinness, and involves the same ingredients of water, barley, hops and yeast. The difference is the addition of a cold filtration stage to remove the alcohol from the brew.

The team had to find a way to extract the alcohol without using heat in order to maintain the “Guinness taste and character.”

According to Evening Standard, the new beer looks just like its alcoholic counterpart, down to the dark ruby color and cream head.

Speaking about the new drink, innovation brewer Aisling Ryan said, “We have created a taste experience that we believe is truly unrivaled in the world of non-alcoholic beer and we can’t wait for people to finally be able to try it!”

The new beer will be housed in cans and available to purchase in UK supermarkets from 26 October. It will be priced between £3.50 (US$4.57) and £4.50 (US$5.88) for a pack of four.

There is zero alcohol inside this truck. #Guinness00 pic.twitter.com/COH8viJ2sM

— Guinness GB (@GuinnessGB) October 22, 2020

Guinness is releasing an alcohol-free version of its Irish stout with all the same ingredients, minus the booze. Guinness Draught 0.0 has half the calories of the original and will be available in stores in the UK and Ireland next week, then across world markets in 2021 pic.twitter.com/DSCg07REdK

— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 22, 2020

Introducing Guinness 0.0, the Guinness with everything except alcohol. Read more here: https://t.co/7SON4tb3UE #Guinness00 pic.twitter.com/XfwCu5SuLr

— Diageo News (@Diageo_News) October 22, 2020

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Burger King Designs Reusable Whopper & Drink Packaging For Restaurants Worldwide

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Burger King is in the midst of a pilot test on reusable packaging for Whoppers and beverages to reduce waste in its stores.

The program was developed in collaboration with TerraCycle, known for its circular packaging service Loop.

Customers of selected stores around the world will be invited to opt for the reusable packaging, where they will have to pay a deposit to get their meals and drinks served in the greener boxes and cups.

The deposits will be refunded to patrons after they have returned the sustainable wrappers to the outlets. The containers will then be thoroughly cleaned to be used by the next customer.

The fast-food chain hopes to launch the pilot in several outlets around the world, including New York City, Portland, and Tokyo, in 2021.

Take a look at the reusable packaging design below.

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Big news! Starting in 2021, Burger King will partner with Loop to pilot reusable containers for your to-go staples. New York City, Portland, and Tokyo will be the first to have access with more cities planned to follow. From reusable sandwich containers for the Whopper ® to beverage cups for soft drinks and coffee – this is the brand's first step in going #zerowaste. We look forward to helping @BurgerKing move towards their goals of 100% renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025. Be your way. Be #wastefree. Learn more about Burger King's sustainability commitments at bk.com/sustainability #LoopPartner #CircularEconomy #BurgerKing #RBI #Loop

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[via Forbes, cover image via Burger King] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/412043/Burger-King-Designs-Reusable-Whopper-Drink-Packaging-For-Restaurants-Worldwide/

40 Men Wore ‘Maskinis’ To Bondi Beach As Part Of ‘Borat 2’ Stunt

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Everyone has heard of Sacha Baron Cohen’s antics when it comes to his film promotions. This time, he enlisted 40 men to don “maskinis” and crash Bondi Beach in Australia for a steamy yoga session ahead of his Borat 2 release.

As if the men wearing masks to hide their private areas didn’t get much attention, a helicopter later came by and placed a huge Borat statue at Mackenzies Point.

A video of Cohen then appeared “from Kazakhstan” to explain the commotion at the beach. “It gives me great pleasure to present you with this giant Borat erection at Bondi Beach,” the star said in the clip.

He also assured the visitors at the beach that the “giant Borat erection” was free of COVID-19, as it was placed under quarantine in a hotel in Melbourne for two weeks.

“I love Kazakhstan. I love America. But both these countries have very bad virus at this moment, so instead we come to Australia, where people have not heard of this COVID the 19th,” he said at the end.

Watch the Borat mayhem below.

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What a day! A Borat sculpture air lifted into Bondi Beach, a LIVE talk with Borat himself and a beach filled with hot Borat yoga. Swipe through to see the fun! #BoratOnPrime

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