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This Busty Anime Girl Mousepad Has Caused A Shortage In Silicone

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Anime and manga merchandiser Yostar has unveiled its highly-anticipated mousepad, modeled after a voluptuous character from mobile game Azur Lane.

The company recreated a life-size anime character, Kashino, from the video game and turned her into a mousepad, and needless to say, it has garnered more eyeballs than it should.

Dubbed the Handy Rest Dynamic Mousepad, the item features a three-dimensional life-size rendering of her ample breasts. The breasts are designed to provide support to the user’s wrist as well.

What makes the mousepad so special is its life-likeness, measuring 23.6 by 18.9 inches, with the character’s chests reaching a height of 3.9 inches.

Priced at ¥49,500 (US$479), the pre-order received a total of 1,893 orders when it was made available back in December. This exceeded the company’s original target of just 100 units.

Yostar’s marketing director, Dai Miwaki, announced that the company received ¥93,703,500 (US$905,350) in revenue from the mousepad.

Due to the high interest in the mousepad, the factory has announced that manufacturing has been delayed as it could not get enough material to recreate the breasts of the character.

Miwaki apologized for the delay due to the shortage of soft silicone needed to build the breasts. However, he assured fans that all the orders would be fulfilled.

Check out the Handy Rest Dynamic Mousepad below.

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[via Sora News 24, cover image via アズールレーン] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413238/This-Busty-Anime-Girl-Mousepad-Has-Caused-A-Shortage-In-Silicone/

‘World’s First’ Skin-Friendly Face Mask Defeats Dreaded Maskne And Bad Breath


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The pandemic has presented people with another brutal realization: that your skin is much more sensitive than you thought it was. In the past months, brands and designers have stepped up to develop more efficient face coverings; they made them more breathable, more protective, and less obstructive—but all this while, wearers still had to deal with a red, flaring annoyance.

People simply thought that “maskne” was an inevitable problem. However, one brand is trying to prove that this is not the case. Flora Masks, spotted by Mashable, are touted as the “world’s first skin-friendly face masks.” They were invented by dermatologists, product designers, and engineers to leave your skin unaffected by the prolonged use of face coverings while sitting comfortably on your face.

The masks are handmade from naturally hypoallergenic organic Mulberry silk, placed over a unique bio-foam structure that traces the natural contours of your skin to keep the garment away from your face’s breakout-prone areas. This elevation apparently reduces the level of skin contact to up to 50 percent in comparison with traditional masks, as well as lowers humidity and boosts ventilation.

On top of that, the protective gear is also built with an anti-microbial HeiQ Viroblock technology to “disrupt the behavior of microbes and germs on the fabric, whilst ensuring that treated products are self-hygenizing.”

The brand is also tackling the foul side effect of “mask breath” with biodegradable aromatherapy sticks that infuse scents into the inner side of your mask. There are three options available, and each promises up to 72 hours of freshness.

Since masks shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all solution, Flora Masks arrive with adjustable loops for all-day comfort and less skin friction.

The masks were recently shown off on Kickstarter and surpassed their funding goal in 48 hours.

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[via Mashable, images via Flora Masks] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413241/World-s-First-Skin-Friendly-Face-Mask-Defeats-Dreaded-Maskne-And-Bad-Breath/

UNO Looks Back At 50 Years With Nostalgic Decks Embodying Past Decades


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As part of a massive 50th-birthday celebration for UNO, Mattel has unleashed an array of arty decks commemorating each decade that the fan-favorite card game has made into family game nights. And it certainly had a field day revamping UNO’s logo and packaging to mirror the good old days.

The first of the Iconic Series is a groovy throwback to the 1970s, nodding at UNO’s presence since 1971. The deck sports a faded off-white appearance with whimsical graphical reminders of the Hippie decade.


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Then came the 80s, the dawn of video games. UNO celebrates the retro-futuristic era with gradients and computer-inspired imagery.


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The 1990s-themed deck is likely to appeal to fans of pastel colors. UNO likens it to “the decade when we all wanted to go to Beverly Hills High and live in zip code 90210, dude.”


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This is followed by the 2000s-inspired deck, an array of boldly-colored cards with pixellated typography to pay homage to the high-tech era. While it’s not mentioned in the description, the deck bears Black Mirror vibes.


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Image courtesy of Mattel

The Iconic Series ends its legacy in the 2010s with a card game that celebrates a globally-understood language: emoji.


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The limited-edition decks are now retailing at Target for US$5.99 a pack.

[via Mattel] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413240/UNO-Looks-Back-At-50-Years-With-Nostalgic-Decks-Embodying-Past-Decades/

Microsoft Debuts Free Website Builder To Help Businesses On Shoestring Budgets


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Given its position in productivity programs, Microsoft’s latest undertaking has been a long time coming. The tech giant has launched a new website builder that businesses without experience in coding can use for free and without too much effort.

The service, part of Microsoft’s Marketing Center, allows users to import content from their Facebook business pages or existing advertising campaigns to create website layouts promptly. They can also customize the look and feel of these layouts.

Microsoft explained that the website builder will hopefully “remove the barriers of cost and lack of time by providing a free and simple solution small businesses can leverage to get started with a website.” The company quoted a study by the Small Business Association that suggests 80 percent of customers look up a brand online before deciding on whether they can trust it. “Without a website, a small business is at risk of losing these potential customers,” shared Microsoft.

Users can access the website builder by registering for a Digital Marketing Center account and then selecting the option, “I don’t have a website. Help me build one for free,” when prompted to enter a URL for advertising campaign creation.

It’s not explicitly mentioned what Microsoft will gain from this free service, though TechRadar notes that since the platform falls under the Digital Marketing Center—an advertising platform—the company will stand to benefit should small businesses decide to advertise the websites.


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[via TechRadar, images via Microsoft Advertising Blog] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413239/Microsoft-Debuts-Free-Website-Builder-To-Help-Businesses-On-Shoestring-Budgets/

Burger King VS McDonald’s: Which Packaging Design Wins The Hearts Of Consumers?



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Burger King and McDonald’s have revamped their packaging his year, but which fast-food company do people think has a better visual update?

Burger King took inspiration from its archives and revived its logo from 1969 for its new look, while McDonald’s adopted a fresh and bright design.

According to a survey carried out by Ad Age-Harris, 54 percent of 1,059 adults ages 18 and older from the US preferred Burger King’s new packaging look, while 46 percent chose McDonald’s overhaul.

56 percent agreed that Burger King’s refreshed look made its food more appetizing while 44 percent who chose McDonald’s felt the same way towards the new design too.

In the end, the rebrands seem to have helped both fast-food chains, as 40 percent of the respondents said they are most likely to eat at both chains thanks to the new look.

When asked what they love about Burger King’s new visual identity, 16 consumers mentioned that the design is “nostalgic” and looks “retro.” Six people also mentioned that McDonald’s designs give off a “retro” feel, while five consumers said it gives off a “nostalgic” vibe.

Other comments that Ad Age received with regards to the new logos are that Burger King’s new symbol is “extremely appealing and perfect” while McDonald’s is “filling and refreshing.” Another respondent thought Burger King’s look is “trendy like Shake Shack” and the McDonald’s revamped look reminded her of a kid’s playbook.

“Fast food companies like McDonald’s and Burger King understand that the look and feel of a product, down to the packaging, shape how consumers think about their brand and influence what their customers choose to buy,” CEO of The Harris Poll, Will Johnson, said.

[via Ad Age, cover image via Business Wire, Pearlfisher] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413236/Burger-King-VS-McDonald-s-Which-Packaging-Design-Wins-The-Hearts-Of-Consumers/

The Golden Globes Will Air Its First Ad Of Real Lactating Breasts

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If you are a new mother and have been caught off-guard with the new experiences that come with lactation and breastfeeding, you’re far from alone.

US wellness brand Frida Mom is set to reassure you with its new advertisement, which shows clips of full breasts and real-life breastfeeding. The advertisement has gone viral for its accurate portrayal of lactation issues, breast stimulation hacks, and exhaustion of new mothers.

Titled Stream of Lactation, the video aims to normalize the breastfeeding journey of mothers and touches on a variety of challenges that mothers face—from massaging out clogged ducts using an electric toothbrush to feeling like the breast pump is talking to them. It features postpartum women doing their best to nurture their newborns through this emotional period.

The clip closes with the brand debuting its Frida Mom’s Breast Care line, which is meant to improve the postpartum breast care experience by addressing any discomforts while lactating or breastfeeding.

Reactions to the clip have been positive, with many praising the brand for showing the realities of life as a breastfeeding mother. “I just cried. This is so real. I’m watching this while feeding my baby girl. It has been such a hard but very worthwhile journey,” an Instagram user said.

While the commercial has gained a notable response only, a 30-second version is set to debut during the 78th Golden Globes Awards this weekend.

“The expectation that women prioritize milk-making above their own physical comfort is antithetical to the expectation that women continue for six months or more,” Frida CEO Chelsea Hirschhorn told Insider.

“The reality is that women are blindsided by the physicality of breastfeeding—raw nipples, uterine contractions, painful clogs—no one tells you that it can be as painful as your vagina recovery,” she continued.

[via Insider, cover image via Frida Mom] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413235/The-Golden-Globes-Will-Air-Its-First-Ad-Of-Real-Lactating-Breasts/

Biden Revokes Trump’s Wild Plan To ‘Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again’


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To have a less biting preview of the differences of opinion between the 45th and 46th US presidents, you’ll just need to see what buildings they both consider to be beautiful.

Last year, Donald Trump’s administration left fans of Brutalist architecture on edge when it issued a document, titled Make Federal Buildings Beautiful Again, which insisted for federal architecture to maintain a classical style as “the preferred and default” look. In December, Trump signed an executive order called Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture as more contemporary structures apparently failed to portray the “stability of the American Government.”

Trump’s office shunned Brutalist architectural highlights like the Hubert H. Humphrey Department of Health and Human Services Building, the Robert C. Weaver Department of Housing and Urban Development Building, and the Frances Perkins Department of Labor Building as “undistinguished” and “uninspiring,” and described that the style was “just plain ugly.”

However, President Joe Biden repealed the order on Wednesday, among several other actions.

The White House team did not elaborate on this decision, though it has asked the director of the Office of Management and Budget, as well as relevant parties, to “promptly consider taking steps to rescind any orders, rules, regulations, guidelines, or policies, or portions” activated by Trump’s administration for these executive orders.

As suggested by NPR, this revokement will seemingly implicate the Council on Improving Federal Civic Architecture set up by Trump’s office.

Personnel were previously asked by Trump’s team to look to “Classical Greek and Roman architecture” à la the work of Michelangelo and Palladio; Enlightenment-driven architecture by Christopher Wren and Robert Adam; the buildings of 19th-century designers Charles F. McKim, Robert Mills, and Richard Morris Hunt; and 20th-century buildings of John Russell Pope and Delano and Aldrich as the basis for future federal constructions.

[via NPR, cover image via JL IMAGES / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413237/Biden-Revokes-Trump-s-Wild-Plan-To-Make-Federal-Buildings-Beautiful-Again/

MyHeritage’s Impressive AI Shows Your Dead Relatives Moving To Pose For Photos


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The moving portraits from Harry Potter now exist in the real world, thanks to artificial intelligence. Online genealogy platform MyHeritage, known for reviving stories in old family photos through color and detail refinement, is now able to animate the faces of your ancestors and relatives.

Its new AI tool, ‘Deep Nostalgia’, realistically portrays faces in still photos to appear as if they were preparing for a shot. MyHeritage uses pre-recorded driver footage and combines it with video reenactment technology, licensed from the AI experts at D-ID, to predict gestures and make faces smile, blink, or move. Drivers are selected based on the composition of the photos.

Before animating the faces, MyHeritage sharpens the images with its Photo Enhancer, as the quality of old photos aren’t usually that great. “This combination ensures optimal results and produces high-quality video animation for historical photos,” the website explains.

One limitation is that the current version of Deep Nostalgia doesn’t let you animate all faces in a photo at once, and you’ll only get to see them come alive one after the other by clicking on each face. This means that your great-grandaunt might appear to be ready for the photo while your great-granduncle might still be adjusting his smile.

Deep Nostalgia allows up to five photos to be animated for free. Beyond that, users will require a subscription. Try out the tool here.

With our new Deep Nostalgia™, you can see how a person from an old photo could have moved and looked if they were captured on video! Read more: https://t.co/ZwUwzJRQ26 #RootsTech #RootsTechConnect pic.twitter.com/LERXhrqiut

— MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) February 25, 2021

This is my great-grandmother, Kathleen. I’ve always felt so close to her even though she died when I was 2 years old. This #DeepNostalgia video brought tears to my eyes to see her move, almost like seeing her as she was posing for this photo. Remarkable! #RootsTechConnect pic.twitter.com/ZRc41JOo3e

— Mike Quackenbush (@mikequack) February 26, 2021

My great great grandmother, Louisa Roakes (1871-1942), animated using the Deep Nostalgia tool on @MyHeritage #Genealogy #MyHeritage #DeepNostalgia pic.twitter.com/mb9b9uQdwi

— Nathan Dylan Goodwin (@NathanDGoodwin) February 25, 2021

Lilly's mother, Minnie Gamache Perras, via MyHeritage photo animation. Our great-grandmother come to life. https://t.co/qjHunuvefW pic.twitter.com/XtLJmM1DkE

— Leaves of Menominee (@LeavesMenominee) February 26, 2021

[via USA Today, cover image via MyHeritage] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413233/MyHeritage-s-Impressive-AI-Shows-Your-Dead-Relatives-Moving-To-Pose-For-Photos/

Peugeot’s Lion Ferociously Takes Command In Roaring New Brand Redesign

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Having merged with Fiat Chrysler to become Stellantis so as to go head to head with electric vehicle tastemakers, Peugeot has given its branding a powerful makeover; hear it roar.

The facelift marks Peugeot’s 11th logo and the greatest branding update since 2010. Straightaway, you’ll notice that the new coat of arms only displays the lion’s head, but that doesn’t mean the branding doesn’t have legs to take it far. The majestic creature has a visible, larger-than-life mane, and it opens its mouth to unleash some formidable fangs.

As the oldest-surviving automaker, Peugeot endeavors to reaffirm its character and heritage in the new brand identity while keeping pace with its vision to take on the electric vehicle business.

Designed by the company’s own global Peugeot Design Lab, the overhaul—in Peugeot’s words—is more “streamlined,” “qualitative,” “elegant,” and “timeless.”

The brand progression also includes the creation of a ‘Peugeot New’ typeface. At first glance, the font family seems to be made up of rounded sans-serif letters, but you’ll learn later that they’re stabilized with subtly sharp bowls and counters. Their symmetry also depicts Peugeot’s ethos for precision.

The new logo will make its first appearance on the 308 hatchback, before heading to all Peugeot dealerships by 2023.

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[via Autoblog, images via Automobiles Peugeot] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413232/Peugeot-s-Lion-Ferociously-Takes-Command-In-Roaring-New-Brand-Redesign/

Heinz Website Takes 57 Minutes To Load—But You’ll Be Rewarded For Your Patience



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Heinz, known for the slow-pouring nature of its ketchup, has a website to match, and its loading time is… 57 minutes.

Heinz knows that there’s magic in family burger night gatherings, so it is inviting consumers to visit Heinz.com for a chance to win its Burger Kit. All you need to do is stare at its all-Heinz red loading screen for 57 minutes for a chance to obtain the special Burger Kit.

“Fans who are willing to test their patience with 57 minutes of staring at an all-Heinz red loading screen will have the chance to win a Heinz Burger Kit, to help unlock the magic of family burger night,” the company said in a press release.

Heinz.com’s waiting time was set at 57 minutes after the company’s slogan, “57 varieties,” which dates back to the 1890s. H.J. Heinz arrived at the number because his lucky number was five while his wife’s was seven, per the New York Times.

“We are excited to equip families with everything they need for a magical family burger night,” Heinz’s brand manager Shelly Hayden said. “We promise the 57-minute wait is worth it!”

Each Burger Kit comes with a red spatula, custom apron, grill mitt, napkins, plates, and bottles of ketchup mustard, and relish. Visit Heinz.com from now through February 28 to find out more.

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[via Business Wire, cover image via Business Wire] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413230/Heinz-Website-Takes-57-Minutes-To-Load-But-You-ll-Be-Rewarded-For-Your-Patience/

Hasbro Rebrands Mr. Potato Head & Love Prospects To Be Gender-Neutral

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Hasbro is rebranding its line of Mr. Potato Head toys, making them a single, gender-neutral doll with swappable limbs and accessories. The company says it is making the change to give the toy a modern makeover amid a broader push towards inclusivity in the toy industry. According to a press release, the rebrand will take effect this fall for a new product line.

The toy will soon be known as Potato Head, and a new Potato Head playset will be released later this year. Hasbro calls the new line “a celebration of the many faces of families allowing kids to imagine and create their own Potato Head family with two large potato bodies, one small potato body, and 42 accessories.” Children will be able to assemble the toy as they wish, without being bound by binary gender roles.

The rebranding will also come with a whimsical color palette and an inclusive message to appeal to the modern masses.

“Culture has evolved. Kids want to be able to represent their own experiences,” Kimberly Boyd, Hasbro’s senior vice president told Fast Company. “The way the brand currently exist-with the ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’-is limiting when it comes to both gender identity and family structure.”



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[via BBC, cover image via iMDb] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413231/Hasbro-Rebrands-Mr-Potato-Head-Love-Prospects-To-Be-Gender-Neutral/

Popeyes Takes A Jab At Taco Bell With New Chicken Sandwich ‘Taco’ Hack



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Taco Bell has landed itself into the grease-fueled flames of the fried chicken wars after it unveiled its latest offering, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich Taco.

Following the announcement from Taco Bell, Popeyes decided to troll it with a menu hack created specifically for taco lovers. It shared a step-by-step “TikTurial” of the menu on TikTok, complete with the text-to-speech effect.

Using the sandwich that Popeyes has already carried in-store, it created the hack to ensure customers can enjoy fried chicken tacos similar to the one being offered by Taco Bell.

All you need to do is get the sandwich, split in half, and fold the bun around the respective halves of the chicken patty. The result? Two Popeyes Chicken Sandwiches Tacos that you can share with a friend.

Watch the trick below and try it out for yourself. Alternatively, you can just enjoy the chicken burger the wayit is, without having to play with your food.

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#LoveThoseTacosFromPopeyes #FYP #ForYou #DIYrecipes #DIYtacos #PopeyesChicken #popeyeschickensandwich

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[via Comicbook, cover image via Jonathan Weiss / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413225/Popeyes-Takes-A-Jab-At-Taco-Bell-With-New-Chicken-Sandwich-Taco-Hack/

‘Rugrats’ Is Getting A CGI Reboot With 3D Makeovers—Here’s The First Look


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The faces—and voices—of old Nickelodeon cartoons will return to television this year. Along with releasing more details about the Paramount+ streaming service, the company has unveiled a trailer for a CGI reboot of the Rugrats series 30 years after the original debuted on screens.

The revival for Rugrats will see the return of the original voice actors, namely E.G. Daily (Tommy Pickles), Nancy Cartwright (Chuckie Finster), Cheryl Chase (Angelica Pickles), Cree Summer (Susie Carmichael) and Kath Soucie (Phil and Lil DeVille).

The tots are stuck in the same age, but new 3D appearances add more dimension to their looks. You’ll see more spiky strands of Chuckie’s hair, and Angelica doesn’t look as mean all the time now that animators have more freeway to move her facial expressions around.

See the first look at the revival series down below.

#ParamountPlus is bringing back your favorite babies: The Rugrats. The new series features the original voice cast with an updated animation style. pic.twitter.com/2vmzPUhmXc

— Paramount+ (@paramountplus) February 24, 2021

First Look at 'Rugrats' revival for Paramount+ pic.twitter.com/JzBFuqr7iN

— Cartoon Crave (@thecartooncrave) February 24, 2021

I saw some shots of the Rugrats reboot and wow they look weird. Especially Susie like either she's so short or her head is massive! pic.twitter.com/sXeHCUcCxY

— Jessica McCartney (@JesslmcJessica) February 25, 2021

[via Vulture, cover image via NickRewind] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413229/Rugrats-Is-Getting-A-CGI-Reboot-With-3D-Makeovers-Here-s-The-First-Look/

KFC Invites McDonald’s & Burger King Employees To Secretly Test Its New Burger

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KFC Spain has introduced a new burger, La Infame, that it claims even its competitors wouldn’t be able to resist.

The new offering is a burger that replaces bread with its popular fried chicken. KFC Spain has come up with a campaign, Blackdoors, that will give people a reason to talk about.

The fast-food chain is inviting all employees from competing restaurants—McDonald’s, Burger King, Domino’s—to visit its backdoors on 27 February to try the La Infame free of charge.

In the accompanying campaign video made together with creative agency PS21, Colonel Sanders makes an appearance and sits at a table to eat the burger. He is surrounded by employees of fast-food rivals à la The Last Supper, who confess that they cannot resist trying the latest offering.

To ensure that fast-food staffers get to enjoy the new burger without being seen, KFC is inviting them to its backdoors on the aforementioned date.

KFC has also set up a hotline where employees of its competitors can learn more about the campaign. Simply dial 900 711 117, and a simple verification test will be carried out. Once their employment status is confirmed, they will discover more details on where to enjoy the new burger by visiting kfc.es/competenciainfame. They will find 11 different locations that will deliver the burger for free in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Valencia, Seville, Malaga, and Murcia, to name a few.

“KFC always expressed that everyone should be able to try its products,” said Yerai Gomez, creative director of PS21 for KFC Spain. “So, extending an invitation to our competitor’s colleagues is a way to communicate that thought while we have a good time.”

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[via Ads of the World, cover image via PS21] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413227/KFC-Invites-McDonald-s-Burger-King-Employees-To-Secretly-Test-Its-New-Burger/

Chanel Overcomes COVID Constraints By Letting You Test Lipstick At Home



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Days of swatching a lipstick in real life are sadly gone due to the pandemic, but a new app by Chanel allows you to take a new color for a virtual spin before you decide to splurge on it.

Chanel’s new groundbreaking app allows you to scan any color to show you its nearest lipstick match.

Using AI technology, the Chanel Lipscanner allows you to find a lipstick shade from the brand’s extensive collection by simply scanning shades and photos using your phone. You can then virtually try it on to see whether it suits you before adding it to your cart.

The beauty brand created a recognition engine that lets you scan objects around you—whether a pair of shoes, nail polish, or nature—and it then suggest the closest shade of lipstick that matches it.

Once you scan in your photo, the app will match it to one of its five color families: natural, pink, orange, red, or plum. It will also advise you with a suitable finish—matte, shine, gloss, or metallic.

If you are happy with your match, you can shop the lipstick via the Chanel website.

The Chanel Lipscanner is a collaboration between CX Lab and the brand’s Make-Up Creation Studio. It is currently available to download for free on the Apple store.

Makeup artist Nina Park shared her favorite lips color using the CHANEL LIPSCANNER app#welovecoco pic.twitter.com/QUVI7Vphs3

— Lara La (@LaraLa15360635) February 24, 2021

[via Vogue, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413226/Chanel-Overcomes-COVID-Constraints-By-Letting-You-Test-Lipstick-At-Home/

Apple’s Surreal Ads Cinematically Illustrate Watch 6 As ‘The Future Of Health’

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Apple has released three new advertisements for its Apple Watch 6. With the theme of The Future of Health is on Your Wrist, the clips show how the Apple Watch 6’s features can apply for better sleep, health monitoring, and workout tracking.

The Workout app advertisement follows a swimmer through an epic regime that shows her doing laps in the pool to swimming among fishes and ships in open water.

In the Sleep commercial, Apple explains how the watch can help the user to establish a bedtime routine by muting notifications and automatically play soothing music on the iPhone. The Apple Watch monitors heart rate and checks blood oxygen levels to track sleep quality.

In the third video, a gentleman demonstrates how he is able to take his ECG anywhere, from the movie theater to playing chess, thanks to the watch.

Apple’s advertisements, directed by Ian Pons Jewell of Reset Content, are a perfect combination of vivid imaginations and practical examples of how the device can be beneficial for the user’s health.

[via Fast Company, cover image via Apple] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413224/Apple-s-Surreal-Ads-Cinematically-Illustrate-Watch-6-As-The-Future-Of-Health/

Tommee Tippee Celebrates Boobs & Breastfeeding In All Forms With Delightful Ad

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Women are often being shamed for simply wanting to feed their babies, despite breastfeeding being a natural process. A fun initiative by baby product maker Tommee Tippee hopes to open up conversations about breastfeeding by audaciously portraying it without censorship.

The campaign, titled Boob Life, celebrates the intimate sides of early motherhood with footage of breastfeeding women pumping and leaking. It also offers a glimpse at the challenges mothers sometimes face with feeding their babies; one woman, for instance, is shown bottle-feeding.

Alongside real imagery, the spot is filled with visual metaphors for breasts, like a pair of basketballs and oranges with milk bottle teats.

The video was created by content marketing agency Manifest and directed by Fiona Jane Burgess of UK production firm The Gate, and will be displayed in the UK, US and Australia.

It coincides with the launch of two new Tommee Tippee products; breast pads of various shapes and sizes, as well as a Double Electric Breast Pump.

“There is a lot of expectation and pressure put upon new mothers who often feel they have to feed in a certain way, and too often this is compromising their own mental and physical health,” explained Chomoi Picho-Owiny, creative director at Manifest, in a statement via Ad Age. “Many women we spoke with had wished people had been more real and honest with them, and it’s from this insight that The Boob Life was born.”

[via Ad Age, video and cover image via Tommee Tippee] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413228/Tommee-Tippee-Celebrates-Boobs-Breastfeeding-In-All-Forms-With-Delightful-Ad/

Google’s Engrossing New Art Project Lets You Hear What Colors Sound Like


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Most people just see color. Others can hear, smell, or even taste it. Abstract act legend Wassily Kandinsky fell into the second group; he had a neurological condition called synesthesia that allowed him to perceive colors with sounds.

His painting, Yellow-Red-Blue (1925), was a phenomenon in the abstract art world. In it, he mixed primary colors with an assortment of shapes, inviting the viewer to associate yellows, reds, and blues with emotion and thought.

Art lovers can now have a taste, or sound bite, of Kandinsky’s world with Play a Kandinsky, an interactive machine learning experiment created by Google Arts & Culture and Centre Pompidou.

Visitors are guided to click on different colors in an animated canvas. There, they’ll learn what each hue represented to the artist—yellow sounded like trumpets to him, red was the color of violins playing, and looking at blue would elicit a melody of organs in his head.

Kandinsky also paired colors with feelings. Yellow evoked cheekiness, red conveyed restlessness, and blue was the color of the heavens. You might be familiar with these concepts, but that’s because Kandinsky helped pioneer color psychology. He believed colors and shapes, and the ways they work together, can trigger an emotional response.

At the latter part of the AI project, visitors can play Yellow-Red-Blue the way Kandinsky heard it, and even orchestrate their own melodic masterpiece.

It is worth noting that the custom sounds in this experiment might not be how Kandinsky would have heard them. They were created by sound artists Antoine Bertin and NSDOS, who relied upon Kandinsky’s extensive writing and machine learning to replicate those sounds.

To explore the experiment, head here.

[via World Economic Forum, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413222/Google-s-Engrossing-New-Art-Project-Lets-You-Hear-What-Colors-Sound-Like/

The Eiffel Tower Will Be Covered In Gold Thanks To A Luxurious €50M Makeover



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If you are dreaming about your first post-pandemic destination, you might be in for a treat when you finally make it to Paris’ most iconic structure.

The Eiffel Tower is getting a golden makeover ahead of the 2024 Summer Olympics, which is slated to take place in Paris, France.

According to the Lonely Planet, the brown paint on the iron lattice tower will be replaced with a stunning shade of yellow-brown to serve as a bright stunning backdrop to the Olympic games.

The makeover will reportedly cost about €50 million (US$60 million) to complete, as the tower’s previous layers of paint will need to be stripped off first. Prior paint jobs also included lead-based paints, which are toxic to humans and will therefore require special protocols to ensure safety before covering the building with a shiny gleaming shade of gold.

“It’s going to give the Eiffel Tower a bit more of a gold hue than the color that we’re used to seeing, in time for the Olympic Games,” said a spokesperson for the firm that operates the tower.

Work for the transformation is already underway, and it is scheduled to complete in 2022.The new look will be accompanied with an extensive renovation of Paris’ Champs Elysees. Unfortunately, the new “extraordinary garden” will only be ready by 2030.

Stay tuned to see when exactly the golden paint will be visible on the monument. In the meantime, check out a video posted to the Eiffel Tower’s official Twitter account, where workers can be seen using a blowtorch to remove the ice because “ice-control salt is too corrosive for the metal.”

🇬🇧 When negative temperatures return, my floors got partially covered with ice! 🥶 To get rid of it, we need to use a blowtorch because ice-control salt is too corrosive for the metal.#EiffelTower pic.twitter.com/nkdgLVaUHf

— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) February 9, 2021

[via Time Out, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413220/The-Eiffel-Tower-Will-Be-Covered-In-Gold-Thanks-To-A-Luxurious-50M-Makeover/

This Brand Is Selling Microchips You Can ‘Install’ Into Your Body At Home

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You might be taking your vitamins and supplements now, but in time, those may not be enough to power you. To boost your efficiency levels, you may have to be microchipped. One company is already selling chips that you can implant on your own through injections or surgical means. Welcome to the future.

Seattle-based Dangerous Things, which claims to have had over 14 years of expertise in chip implants, sells RFID, NFC, and NTAG chips you can “install” by entering a syringe or 5mm-diameter needle into your body.

When inserted, the implants can be used as electronic keys to open doors, for quick verifications so you never have to remember a password again, or to share information like your payment details.

As spotted by Core77, there’s a larger NTAG chip called the ‘flexMN Magic’ that can only be inserted into your body by slicing your hand so it can be fitted under your skin. The chip comes with two LED modules—or “blinkies”—to have you flickering like a human cyborg.

Dangerous Things suggests implanting this version through “professional installation,” but those who prefer DIY can also purchase an anesthetic numbing gel or a Pain Management Kit from the website. However, it’s important to note that the flexMN transponder “has not been tested or certified by any regulatory agency for implantation or use inside the human body,” and the company urges to “install” it “strictly at your own risk.”

The company has shared some photos that demonstrate how to implant the chips yourself, but be warned as they can be quite gruesome. You can find out more here.

As for us, we’re far too content fuelling our lifestyle with a diet of fruits and vegetables.

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[via Core77, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413223/This-Brand-Is-Selling-Microchips-You-Can-Install-Into-Your-Body-At-Home/

Kobe Bryant As The New NBA Logo? Kyrie Irving Wants To Make That Happen



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The silhouette of Jerry West has been the NBA’s recognizable logo, and the league has not changed it ever since.

However, Kyrie Irving would prefer to update it. The Brooklyn Nets point guard took to Instagram to argue that the Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, should replace West as the figure in the league’s logo.

Irving then continued to say that the league is made up of predominantly Black players, hence it is only wise to put a Black athlete on its symbol.

“Gotta happen, [I don’t care] what anyone says,” Irving wrote on Instagram. “Black kings built the league.” The post features a mockup of the late Bryant donning his Lakers jersey in place of West, with the league’s recognizable colors in the background.

The mockup was created by designer Tyson Beck after Bryant passed a year ago.

After Bryant died in 2020, a petition was started on change.org to incorporate his presence into the logo, and it amassed over 3.2 million signatures. However, the league hasn’t announced any plans to consider a redesign of the symbol.

The current NBA logo was designed by Alan Siegel back in 1969, based on a photograph of West.

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[via Complex, cover image via DFree / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413221/Kobe-Bryant-As-The-New-NBA-Logo-Kyrie-Irving-Wants-To-Make-That-Happen/

Google’s Engrossing New Art Project Lets You Hear Colors


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Most people just see color. Others can hear, smell, or even taste it. Abstract act legend Wassily Kandinsky fell into the second group; he had a neurological condition called synesthesia that allowed him to perceive colors with sounds.

His painting, Yellow-Red-Blue (1925), was a phenomenon in the abstract art world. In it, he mixed primary colors with an assortment of shapes, inviting the viewer to associate yellows, reds, and blues with emotion and thought.

Art lovers can now have a taste, or sound bite, of Kandinsky’s world with Play a Kandinsky, an interactive machine learning experiment created by Google Arts & Culture and Centre Pompidou.

Visitors are guided to click on different colors in an animated canvas. There, they’ll learn what each hue represented to the artist—yellow sounded like trumpets to him, red was the color of violins playing, and looking at blue would elicit a melody of organs in his head.

Kandinsky also paired colors with feelings. Yellow evoked cheekiness, red conveyed restlessness, and blue was the color of the heavens. You might be familiar with these concepts, but that’s because Kandinsky helped pioneer color psychology. He believed colors and shapes, and the ways they work together, can trigger an emotional response.

At the latter part of the AI project, visitors can play Yellow-Red-Blue the way Kandinsky heard it, and even orchestrate their own melodic masterpiece.

It is worth noting that the custom sounds in this experiment might not be how Kandinsky would have heard them. They were created by sound artists Antoine Bertin and NSDOS, who relied upon Kandinsky’s extensive writing and machine learning to replicate those sounds.

To explore the experiment, head here.

[via World Economic Forum, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413222/Google-s-Engrossing-New-Art-Project-Lets-You-Hear-Colors/

Mango Debuts Natural, Sustainable Store Design Echoing Mediterranean Landscape



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Fashion retailer Mango has revamped its store concept. Taking cues from Mediterranean styles as well as changing consumer patterns, the retail locations will now be equipped with sustainable and energy efficiency at the forefront.

Outlets will be fixed with energy-saving lights and temperature control options, in addition to having neutral paint hues and artisanal raw materials. The natural tones are meant to represent nature and the Mediterranean landscape, giving the stores a warm, cozy look.

Raw materials to be featured in the locations include ceramic, cement, marble, wood, leather, and esparto grass.

Other changes to the brand’s environmentally-minded physical locations include an expanded click-and-collect area, larger fitting rooms, a concierge station, and cash desks on all the floors.

Stores will also be equipped with in-store analytic technology, which will show real-time data about clothing availability. There will also be an area of the store dedicated to showcasing exclusive online collections that customers can try on in the store.

“Through this new store concept, we aim to reflect the essence of the brand. Mediterranean culture forms part of all we do as a brand and those of us who are behind the brand, so we want to approach our customers with this philosophy,” said Mango’s creative image director Jan Rivera.

The first sustainably-designed Mango store is set to open in Düsseldorf, Germany come March in a “green building” with vegetation lavishly covering its façade.

Mango has also announced that its store will continue the company’s recycling efforts through its partnership with Moda re-, which collects used clothing and shoes that would otherwise be thrown away.

View images of the new brick-and-mortar store here.

[via Fashion United, cover image via Sorbis / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413217/Mango-Debuts-Natural-Sustainable-Store-Design-Echoing-Mediterranean-Landscape/

Jacquemus Celebrates Diverse Love & Sexuality In Steamy Fashion Campaign



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Jacquemus has invited young couples to pose nude for its Spring/Summer 2021 campaign.

Photographed by Tom Kneller and styled by Zoey Radford Scott, the visuals feature diverse couple kissing passionately while donning pieces from the L’AMOUR collection. They are seen kissing, gazing into each others’ eyes, and getting cozy while wearing Jacquemus’ oversized blazers, cropped bralettes, cotton undies, or slouchy tailored pants.

The refreshing campaign celebrates happiness and sexuality, and serves as a reminder of how beautiful the power of love and the human touch can be, especially during the pandemic, when physical interactions are kept to a minimum.

Check out the campaign in the gallery below.

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[via Russh, cover image via Jacquemus] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413213/Jacquemus-Celebrates-Diverse-Love-Sexuality-In-Steamy-Fashion-Campaign/

Dove Introduces Refillable Deodorant With A Lifetime Guarantee For The Packaging



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Dove is making strides in the sustainability department with its first-ever Refillable Deodorant.

The company partnered with A Plastic Planet and Dutch design consultancy VanBerlo to create a white, palm-sized, refillable steel case that is environmentally-friendly. It comes in a white outer packaging made of 100-percent Forest Stewardship Council-grade paper.

The stainless steel case carries the gentle deodorant and is designed to be kept for life. Although there is still plastic incorporated in the packaging, the steel case is made with 54-percent less plastic than its predecessors and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The small amount of plastic used is also 98-percent recycled.

As for the actual deodorant in the case, the solid stick is made of an aluminum-free formula that will fit seamlessly into your beauty routine. It promises to shield from underarm odors for up to 48 hours without damaging the environment.

Dove’s latest packaging innovation is important as it shows how the beauty industry can take steps to minimize plastic waste.

Meet @Dove’s first refillable deodorant.

Buy once. Refill for life.

Join #TheBeautyRefillution https://t.co/bT0jRDWxgb #DoveRefillableDeodorant #CareThatGoesFurther pic.twitter.com/vU3JgmSWeY

— Unilever #StaySafe (@Unilever) January 25, 2021



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[via Shemazing, cover image via Dove] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413216/Dove-Introduces-Refillable-Deodorant-With-A-Lifetime-Guarantee-For-The-Packaging/