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Someone Painted Channing Tatum—And His Ballsack—And You Can Own A Piece Of That



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Here’s a painting you never thought you needed, until now. It’s an oil painting of Channing Tatum, though the attention is not on People’s 2012 ‘Sexist Man Alive’ but rather his ballsack.

The painting by Los Angeles artist Chris Mann features his “nuts” peeking from between his thighs, snowballing its worth to be more than its original price of US$230. The current bid is valued at US$1,600 or more.

The portrait, realistically, depicts Tatum in grey sweater, lounging around bottomless. One hand slightly gripping at his sweater and another on his head, giving his best-known smothering look.

If this piques your interest, you can get your hands on the painting listed , images via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406364/Someone-Painted-Channing-Tatum-And-His-Ballsack-And-You-Can-Own-A-Piece-Of-That/

Bali’s Proposed Law Forbids Couples From Premarital Sex, Even Tourists

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Bali is a wildly popular location for tourists. However, a new strict law is about to be considered, and it involves the banning of premarital sex that would apply to everyone, including tourists.

Even if partners have agreed to engage in sexual interactions with each other, they could get in trouble with the law if it passes, as it applies for whomever isn’t legally married, whether the sex is consensual or not. There is even a six-month jail sentence written for “obscene acts in public,” according to the LADbible.

This could spell serious repercussions for tourists as Bali is a well-known party destination. The proposed law has been strongly reprimanded by human rights groups that have spoken up about how it contradicts international law.

For instance, Human Rights Watch researcher Andreas Harsono told the Courier Mail that the law would be a “disaster” as the two articles regarding “living together” and “extramarital sex” were advocated based on Islamic ideology that would affect both tourism and foreign investment negatively.

Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Tim Lindsey, also told the Sydney Morning Herald that the law would bring “huge problems” to foreigners as it would bring to question if they would have to carry marriage certificates on a trip.

Lindsey believed the law would be unlikely to pass, as Indonesia also had many laws that did not materialize, and that the consequences on tourism would be too heavy to bear.

[via LADbible, cover image via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406367/Bali-s-Proposed-Law-Forbids-Couples-From-Premarital-Sex-Even-Tourists/

Beijing 2022’s Adorable Mascots Will Surely Melt Your Heart

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It seems that the year 2008 was not so far away, when Beijing last hosted the Olympics. Now, the organizing committee has already come up with designs for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games mascots.

The mascots are called ‘Bing Dwen Dwen’, a panda, and ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’, a red lantern. Both characters are adorable, with short stubby legs and arms, innocent eyes and large heads. They also remind people of China with immediacy, as the panda and the color red are emblematic of the nation.

The first mascot released to the general public was the panda ‘Bing Dwen Dwen’. An accompanying video shows the animal flying into outer space. The Beijing 2022 committee also described the creature as wearing a “suit of ice” and a “heart of gold.”

Meanwhile, ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’, also known as the Chinese lantern child, is the mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games. The committee tweeted that the mascot has already “warmed our hearts,” and it is easy to agree. In an animated video, ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’ is seen skiing expertly as Beijing 2022-themed hot air balloons float all around the character.

Check out the cheeky videos below. The sweet creatures may become one of the most unforgettable Olympics mascots to date.

Bing Dwen Dwen is the official #mascot of Olympic Winter Games #Beijing2022! With a suit of ice, a heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports, this panda is ready to share the true spirit of the #Olympics with the whole world. pic.twitter.com/TSalSny3q1

— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019

Meet Shuey Rhon Rhon – this Chinese lantern child is the #mascot of #Beijing2022 Paralympic Winter Games and has already warmed our hearts! pic.twitter.com/R4OpdRZuX4

— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019

[via Creative Bloq, videos via various sources, cover image via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406355/Beijing-2022-s-Adorable-Mascots-Will-Surely-Melt-Your-Heart/

See-Through ‘Martini Bikini’ With Olive Details Will Shake Up & Stir Your Look

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Even though summer is about to be over, a rather unusual bikini might catch your eye.

The completely sheer bikini has two “olives” covering the nipple area, and a cocktail glass-shaped print on high-rise briefs. The bikini is made of polyamide and spandex, and in contrast to the see-through front, the back of the bikini comes in metallic silver.

Adriana Degreas, the high-end brand behind the bizarre bikini, describes the product as “inspired by divas” from vintage Hollywood, and labels the piece “glamorous.”

For interested buyers looking to spice up your swimwear collection, you can get the alcohol-inspired look here. However, note that it does not come cheap as the bikini costs a whopping US$590.

Image via Adriana Degreas

Image via Adriana Degreas

[via Metro UK, images via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406365/See-Through-Martini-Bikini-With-Olive-Details-Will-Shake-Up-Stir-Your-Look/

This Typeface Made For The Visually Impaired Will Make You Look A Little Closer



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Braille Institute has introduced a typeface specially designed for over 100 million people with serious vision impairment.

The resource is named ‘Atkinson Hyperlegible’. When you first look at it, it just seems like a pretty legible typeface, but upon closer inspection, it reveals intricacies and details optimized for people who are not able to perceive type well.

Initially, the project started off as a visual rebranding for Braille Institute by design firm Applied Design Works.

Applied Design Works’ founding creative director Craig Dobie shared that the firm was seeking the right typeface to translate its tone and manner as it was in the midst of transitioning into something more “modern.”

There are various ranges of sight, so the agency started developing an all-inclusive typeface through serif fonts such as ‘Times New Roman’, which was then altered with “hooks and curves” that were meant to increase readability.

According to Dobie, in most cases, “uniformity in standards” is likely to generate a successful typeface, but in this case, each letter had to stand out on its own to prevent confusion.

Therefore, the firm planned to create a legible typeface that best reflected Braille Institute and its’ target audience.

Iterations were presented to people who experienced different forms of vision impairment, so that they could make amendments and revisions accordingly.

In the end, they developed a hybrid typeface combining a little bit of various font types and families. For instance, the ‘I’ is a simple sans serif bar while the lowercase of ‘I’ has a cursive bottom for differentiation.

When you put the ‘E’ and ‘F’ beside each other, they vastly differ on purpose. The ‘A’ and ‘B’ have had chunks emitted so readers can distinguish them. Characters that can be easily mistaken for each other, such as ‘R’, ‘B’ or ‘9,’ ‘8’, are all appropriately distinctive. Spaces within letters like ‘C’ are wider than usual, so that they would be more prominent when blurred.

The fonts are designedwith precise kerning so that people with normal eyesight will not find them too jarring, and that people with vision impairment will be better able to see them.

Applied Design Works is still refining the typeface with Braille Institute to make it as legible as possible. Microsoft and Apple have also been contacted to consider including ‘Atkinson Hyperlegible’ in Windows and macOS.

[via Fast Company, images via Hello Applied] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406357/This-Typeface-Made-For-The-Visually-Impaired-Will-Make-You-Look-A-Little-Closer/

‘Pillow Bra’ Promising To Reduce ‘Cleavage Wrinkles’ Racks Up Confusion



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A unique nighttime bra isn’t getting the support it needs from the internet.

Social media users are raising their eyebrows at a ‘Pillow Bra’ from pillow maker Sleep&Glow, which claims to reduce cleavage wrinkles, something that most women aren’t known to fret over.

The item was spotted by The Daily Beast reporter Olivia Messer, who was in utter disbelief over the concept. “What—and I cannot stress this enough—the f**k is going on,” she tweeted.

According to Sleep&Glow, the US$69 ‘pillow bra’ is created to “fight skin creases and cleavage wrinkles when sleeping on the side.”

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How to fight neck and chest wrinkles⠀ The neckline is an essential part of the feminine figure. If you want to keep this area looking elegant and alluring, then this post is for you 😋⠀ Wrinkles on your neck and chest appear during sleep. During the day, your bra supports your chest, reducing the effect of gravity. But at night, many like to take a break from their bra. They forget that their breasts still need support, albeit from a different angle 😉⠀ ⠀ You can prevent and reduce wrinkles on your delicate decoulétage with the Sleep&Glow pillow bra🌸⠀ ⠀ Just put the pillow-bra on and go to bed. It provides breast support, preventing the formation of creases and sleep wrinkles.⠀ ⠀ When you’re young, neck wrinkles may seem unthinkable 🙄 But over time, the skin loses its elasticity (factors such as direct sunlight on the beach and tanning beds only make it worse). The wrinkles start becoming more pronounced and stop smoothing back out.⠀ ⠀ The Sleep&Glow pillow bra works for both prevention and cure. It’s made from high-quality materials and has a sophisticated design, so it’s comfortable to sleep in 😴⠀ ⠀ Some other pluses:⠀ 🔹the outside is made from 100% natural silk and french lace;⠀ 🔹the inside is lined with cotton;⠀ 🔹The filling is of tiny foam balls to ensure air circulation.⠀ 🔹machine wash delicate or hand wash no hotter than 30 °C⠀ #beauty #skincare #product #pillow

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“Wrinkles on your neck and chest appear during sleep,” the brand explains. “During the day, your bra supports your chest, reducing the effect of gravity,” so aside from their figures and faces, women seemingly have one more thing to worry about.

The idea has been met with confusion, not just because the garment has a thong-like appearance, but also because wrinkles are natural and part of the aging process.

“Cleavage wrinkles? As we age, our skin wrinkles. It’s life. This is silly,” one Twitter user writes.

Others, however, think it might be useful for those with ample busts—but even so, they’d be more worried about perspiration than getting wrinkles.

A spokesperson for Sleep&Glow tells HuffPost UK that the attention was unexpected, and that it never intended to make women feel even more insecure about their bodies.

“In no way we were raising such a concern among women who don’t have [cleavage wrinkle concerns],” the representative adds. “It’s a free choice of every lady to be or not to be concerned about this problem.”



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Image via Sleep&Glow



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What—and I cannot stress this enough—the fuck is going on. pic.twitter.com/dAeDe2UvHk

— Olivia Messer 💀 (@OliviaMesser) September 19, 2019

TIL someone invented the term "cleavage wrinkles."

— Build the John Schneider statue now! (@howiecohen) September 19, 2019

I'm somewhat convinced that is just a thong that some drunk lady accidentally put on that way.

— Don't Fredo me, bro (@IMatriculator) September 19, 2019

Cleavage wrinkles? As we age, our skin wrinkles. It's life.

This is silly.

— Joe Sabín (@joesabin) September 19, 2019

Cleavage wrinkles are one of the leading causes of nevermind. I can't even fake this.

— Chaucer Ellison (@Chaucerisms) September 19, 2019

“Men! Get rid of those unsightly taint wrinkles with the new Scrotal Rejuvenator Ring!”

— Elliott Christ (@elliottchrist) September 19, 2019

As a quite busty woman, I can see the desire for something that keeps boobs from touching each other when I'm sleeping on my side. I normally contort my nightshirt to fix the problem – but a specialized pillow would work. It's about sweat, though – not about wrinkles.

— AquaShna (@shna23) September 19, 2019

It’s messing with my head. It looks like boobs but also like a butt with a thong. Another note, lace crammed between your boobs would be uncomfortable.

— We The = People 🤚🏾🤚🏼🤚🏽🌈 (@frontiergirl13) September 19, 2019

[via HuffPost UK, images via Sleep&Glow] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406366/Pillow-Bra-Promising-To-Reduce-Cleavage-Wrinkles-Racks-Up-Confusion/

Selena Gomez Opens Up About Why She Had To Take A Break From Social Media

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Last year, Selena Gomez took a break from social media, before checking herself into an East Coast facility in October to get mental health treatment.

Gomez was admitted into the facility at a time when she also had physical health problems that added to her stress. She had a low white blood cell count before that, leading to a panic attack in the hospital that was “the tipping point” for her mental health.

Recently, Gomez opened up about her choice to get treatment for the first time, in a speech last week at McLean Hospital in Boston. Gomez revealed that it was “one of the scariest” times in her life when she reached the “tipping point.”

Her doctors gave her a “clear diagnosis” that helped her figure out why she had “suffered for so many years” from anxiety and depression, according to Elle.

Gomez also talked about how her mother’s teaching about facing her fears encouraged her to confront her problems, even when the diagnosis left her both “terrified and relieved.”

While she was at the facility, Gomez got to speak to many people who faced similar struggles, and also collaborated with “some of the greatest… psychiatrists” to bring herself to a better state.

The singer recently shared pictures from the McLean hospital’s annual dinner, as well as from her Boston trip. It seems that she made the right decision taking back control of her life.

Thank you @selenagomez for being so open about your #mentalhealth. Your bravery in seeking help and speaking out will inspire others to do the same. @RudermanFdn was honored to hear your story last Friday at @McLeanHospital . pic.twitter.com/tZKyWCzKaV

— Jay Ruderman (@JayRuderman) September 19, 2019

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So humbled to have been part of the incredible McLean Hospital’s Annual Dinner and was honored to be able to share a bit of my story. Thank you Dr. Rauch for inviting me and spending time speaking with me about mental health. And thank you to all the amazing staff at McLean. And a huge thank you to David O Russell for connecting me with these amazing humans. These are the moments where I am so grateful for the platform God has given me. ❤️

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My Boston photo diary 💜🌈 thank you for being so warm and welcoming to me while I was there!! I had the best time meeting so many of you

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:01am PDT

[via Elle, cover image via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406363/Selena-Gomez-Opens-Up-About-Why-She-Had-To-Take-A-Break-From-Social-Media/

Burger King Urges Customers To Melt Toys From Kids’ Meals For A Good Reason



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Burger King in the UK is having a meltdown—a literal one. The fast food chain is cutting back on plastic use by discontinuing plastic toys and asking customers to join in on its fight.

The initiative was developed by independent creative agency Jones Knowles Ritchie, and will start this week by encouraging patrons to put their plastic toys from meals into BK’s “plastic toy amnesty bins” at the its restaurants.

These toys will then be melted down and recycled for a second life, such as being turned into play areas and surface tools that can be repurposed multiple times.

From next week onwards, customers in the UK can bring in their toys to be melted down. In exchange, they will receive a free ‘King Junior’ meal with purchase of any adult meal.

To gain traction, the campaign has created various plastic toy characters as mascots, such as a rabbit on a jeep named ‘Beep Beep’. A large-scale installation of the melted rabbit has sprung up on London’s South Bank to increase the project’s awareness.

According to BK’s global CMO Fernando Machado, this is the “company’s first step” in its efforts to reduce the use of plastic. He explains that the fast food chain is planning to completely stray from “non bio-degradable plastic toys by 2023.”

These toys will be reinvented by Pentatonic, which uses “trash” to create functional items. Jamie Hall, the CEO of Pentatonic, believes that BK is not just “making a vague gesture,” a move he believes is very common among enterprises.

He adds that Pentatonic will provide “design and manufacturing technologies” to materialize BK’s “bold vision” into “reality.”

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Have you claimed your free King Junior meal yet? Bring in a toy for us to recycle and it’s yours! #BKMeltdown #Meltdown T&Cs in our bio 👑

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We're melting down plastic toys… for good. Join the #BKMeltdown #Meltdown

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Beep beep! As of today we're removing plastic toys from junior meals across the UK. And if you bring in any single use plastic toy, we’ll recycle it and you’ll get a free King Junior meal! Join the #BKMeltdown #Meltdown More info and T&Cs in our bio.

A post shared by Burger King UK (@burgerkinguk) on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:42am PDT

We agree, it’s time to join the #BKMeltdown #Meltdown https://t.co/jbSYRnhqgL https://t.co/DH0ztFNszY

— Burger King (@BurgerKingUK) September 19, 2019

[via Fast Company, images via Burger King] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406362/Burger-King-Urges-Customers-To-Melt-Toys-From-Kids-Meals-For-A-Good-Reason/

Racy ‘Mr Rogers’ Halloween Costume Might Be The Thing To Ruin Your Childhood

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If you grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, you might not be prepared for this sexy Halloween costume curiously inspired by the iconic outfit worn by ‘Mr Rogers’.

Costume and lingerie store Yandy is the one behind the ‘Nicest Neighbor’ costume, featuring a cropped, low-cut red cardigan that shows off the wearer’s bust and waist. A tiny necktie and ultra-tight high-waisted grey shorts with belt loops complete the look. The sultry costume costs US$59.95.

For those who are looking for a full ‘Mr Rogers’ look, you can even choose to get two hand puppets that resemble the adorable ‘King Friday’ and the ‘Daniel Striped Tiger’ for an extra US$12.95.

This version is a world of difference to the usual attempts at recreating the “neighborly” character. Fervent fans who are keen on the cosplay can get the risqué outfit here.

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Won't you be my neighbor? ❤️ Preorder now with the link in our bio! 👙: X101569 👙: X98759 . . . . #yandyween #yandyexclusive #bemyneighbor #brandnew #halloween19 #halloweencostume #love #misterrogers #halloweentime #costumecontest #wedidthat #television #tv #character #makebelieve

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood ❤️Preorder now with the link in our bio! 👙: X101569 👙: X98759 . . . . #yandyween #yandyexclusive #bemyneighbor #brandnew #halloween19 #halloweencostume #love #misterrogers #halloweentime #costumecontest #wedidthat #television #tv #character #makebelieve

A post shared by Yandy.com (@yandy) on Sep 19, 2019 at 12:58pm PDT

[via Huffpost, cover image via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406360/Racy-Mr-Rogers-Halloween-Costume-Might-Be-The-Thing-To-Ruin-Your-Childhood/

Netflix’s ’Abstract’ Captures Design In The Eyes Of Six Creatives In Season Two

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In the second series of Netflix’s popular Abstract: The Art of Design, we will see six new creatives who will showcase the world of design and creativity through their own ingenious ways.

The wide-ranging creatives to be featured comprise artist Olafur Eliasson, bio-designer Neri Oxman, costume designer Ruth E. Carter, toy designer Cas Holman, Instagram product designer Ian Spalter and typeface designer Jonathan Hoefler.

The next season will surround environmental and eco design. For artist Olafur Eliasson, his practice revolves around bringing awareness to environmental issues and how each of us can play a part in the preservation of Earth. His insights are visualized in larger-than-life installations including the current Tate Modern work, In Real Life.

The man who weds science and design, designer Neri Oxman, will highlight computational design, materials science and synthetic biology. His work history saw him building a pavilion through 6,500 roaming silkworms on a mechanically-built silk structure.

We will also see toy designer Cas Holman create toys that aim to help children learn in more open and creative ways. His latest creation is the ‘Rigmajig’, a huge building kit with tools that can be utilized in different mechanisms.

The show will additionally look into how design and entertainment intertwine, which is where costume designer Ruth E. Carter comes in. Carter, who has over 30 years of experience in the film industry, was the first African-American woman to win an Oscar for Best Costume Design with her work in Black Panther.

Instagram product designer Ian Spalter, who worked on Instagram’s logo and app redesign, will show his craft in product designs, while Jonathan Hoefler, founder of Hoefler & Co who created custom typefaces for the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar, will give type enthusiasts a glimpse of his design process. He was also the man behind the Gotham typeface in Barack Obama’s ‘Change’ campaign.

The new series will launch on Netflix on 25 September 2019. Check out the trailer below.

[via http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406356/Netflix-s-Abstract-Captures-Design-In-The-Eyes-Of-Six-Creatives-In-Season-Two/

UK’s Passport Photo System Mistakenly Rejects Black Man’s Picture Over His Looks



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28-year-old Joshua Bada attempted to renew his passport through a facial detection system set up by the UK government, but his photograph ended up getting rejected all because of his lips.

The system requires users to give a blank expression with their mouths closed, which was exactly what Bada did, but his lips were misidentified as an open mouth.

Bada stated that he was a little exasperated but it didn’t come off as a “surprise” to him as he encountered the same problem on Snapchat, which couldn’t directly recognize his mouth as well.

Bada had to explain in the comment box on the gov.uk website that he would like to go ahead and submit the photograph. He wrote, “My mouth is closed, I just have big lips.”

When he shared the incident online, his friends reached out to him saying that it was “funny” but it “shouldn’t be happening.”

According to the Race Equality Foundation, the system was not tested accurately to detect faces of people from different races. It declared that this was a “technological or digital racism.”

Samir Jeraj, the policy and practice officer of the nonprofit, expressed that this kind of technology was disadvantageous to “black and minority ethnic people.”

This reflects the way artificial intelligence might be trained and how biased algorithms can affect different groups of people.

A couple of days ago, Twitter users experimented with an “AI selfie tool” created to expose these biases. Selfies of many African Americans were tagged with words like “black,” “negroid,” or “black person,” while Caucasian users often received names like “stunner,” “pilot,” and “scientist.”

A BRIT who tried to renew his passport online was stunning when the automated system mistook his lips for an open mouth.

Joshua Bada used a high quality photo booth image to apply for his passport, with a digital code that he had to note down and enter … https://t.co/EIdIZFEr6x pic.twitter.com/HSkW6cGmC1

— Newsypeople (@newsypeople) September 19, 2019

[via The Telegraph, images via Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406358/UK-s-Passport-Photo-System-Mistakenly-Rejects-Black-Man-s-Picture-Over-His-Looks/

Spotify’s Genius 80s & 90s VS 2019 Adverts Are Wowing Creatives On Social Media



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Were you a fan of vinyl records then but have moved on to using AirPods now? There’s no shame in that. Spotify UK’s witty new ads remind that times have changed, but you can always retreat to a simpler era by hitting play.

Spotify UK’s most ambitious ad campaign yet, produced by creative agency Who Wot Why, breaks down key differences between 2019 and the 80s and 90s using punchy word play.

“35- to 45- year olds don’t listen like they used to,” the agency describes. “They’re more likely to be smashing avocados than listening to Smashing Pumpkins.” However, Spotify believes the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

The new ‘Listen Like You Used To’ campaign pokes fun at the changing British music landscape, and references icons like UB40 and the Spice Girls. In 1983, for instance, young music lovers would have been tuning in to UB40’s Red Red Wine. In 2019, they’d be 40 and drinking “red red wine.”

While the ads will go live in digital form this week, they have already popped up on billboards and London’s buses. They’ve found fans in the creative community, who have circulated photos of the adverts on social media.

Enjoy the humorous copy in the images below.



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Who wrote these? More please #copywritersunite
(Second image via @haydngrey – thanks Katherine!) pic.twitter.com/B8wXRHrkpZ

— Vikki Ross (@VikkiRossWrites) September 16, 2019

Those @SpotifyUK ads are by this dynamic duo: @pandamilk and @MrAliDickinson pic.twitter.com/4Zl48wQovu

— Vikki Ross (@VikkiRossWrites) September 16, 2019

Without exaggeration, best ads I've seen in awhile, especially for so few words.

— Bobble Bardsley (@bobblebardsley) September 16, 2019

My favourite is this one…
Then: “24 hour party people”
Now: “2-4 hour party people”.
So. Upsettingly. True!!@WhoWotWhy_

— Fiona Hughes (@SohoPRGirl) September 16, 2019

[via The Drum, images via Who Wot Why] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406361/Spotify-s-Genius-80s-90s-VS-2019-Adverts-Are-Wowing-Creatives-On-Social-Media/

Trader Joe’s Drops Elephants From Packaging After Animal Cruelty Complaints



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On the heels of Nabisco’s redesigned box for ‘Barnum’s Animals’ cracker, Trader Joe’s has announced its decision to set free the circus elephants that front some of its packaging following lobbies from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

PETA censured that Trader Joe’s imagery conveyed cruel perceptions on circus shows that are now outdated.

The gentle giants are currently featured on Trader Joe’s wrappers for super soft bath tissues, peanut snacks and organic peanut butter.

The grocery chain eventually yielded to PETA’s plea, as Trader Joe’s CEO Dane Bane confirmed to the organization that future packaging of the products will no longer display the elephants.

However, existing products will not be pulled from shelves. Trader Joe’s will only release the new designs after the stock runs out.

Pleased with the decision, a PETA spokesperson expresses hopes that “other compassionate companies” would follow in the footsteps of Trader Joe’s.



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Image via Trader Joe’s / Amazon

[via Washington Examiner, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406359/Trader-Joe-s-Drops-Elephants-From-Packaging-After-Animal-Cruelty-Complaints/

Beijing 2020’s Adorable Mascots Will Surely Melt Your Heart

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It seems that the year 2008 was not so far away, when Beijing last hosted the Olympics. Now, the organizing committee has already come up with designs for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games mascots.

The mascots are called ‘Bing Dwen Dwen’, a panda, and ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’, a red lantern. Both characters are adorable, with short stubby legs and arms, innocent eyes and large heads. They also remind people of China with immediacy, as the panda and the color red are emblematic of the nation.

The first mascot released to the general public was the panda ‘Bing Dwen Dwen’. An accompanying video shows the animal flying into outer space. The Beijing 2022 committee also described the creature as wearing a “suit of ice” and a “heart of gold.”

Meanwhile, ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’, also known as the Chinese lantern child, is the mascot for the Paralympic Winter Games. The committee tweeted that the mascot has already “warmed our hearts,” and it is easy to agree. In an animated video, ‘Shuey Rhon Rhon’ is seen skiing expertly as Beijing 2022-themed hot air balloons float all around the character.

Check out the cheeky videos below. The sweet creatures may become one of the most unforgettable Olympics mascots to date.

Bing Dwen Dwen is the official #mascot of Olympic Winter Games #Beijing2022! With a suit of ice, a heart of gold and a love of all things winter sports, this panda is ready to share the true spirit of the #Olympics with the whole world. pic.twitter.com/TSalSny3q1

— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019

Meet Shuey Rhon Rhon – this Chinese lantern child is the #mascot of #Beijing2022 Paralympic Winter Games and has already warmed our hearts! pic.twitter.com/R4OpdRZuX4

— Beijing 2022 (@Beijing2022) September 17, 2019

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AI Churns Out 100,000 Realistic Portraits You Can Use For Free Without Copyright

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Back in the day, if you needed a specific picture for your project, you would probably grab a suitable stock image or snap your own photos.

Times have changed. AI can now give you a quality photo of a model who doesn’t even exist—and at no fee. The technology comes from Konstantin Zhabinskiy and team, who have produced an AI-generated collection of photos called ‘Generated Photos’.

The project comprises 100,000 faces produced from scratch using AI to hopefully feed the need for on-demand media and “infinite diversity.”

The creators assure that the AI wasn’t trained using photos grabbed from the internet or from stock libraries. Rather, they took the time—“thousands of hours,” to be exact—and shot their database in-house with releases fully signed by models.

This means you’ll be able to use the end results for your personal or commercial projects without worry of copyright hiccups.

While the machine has churned out thousands of photo-realistic images, the team disclaims that the AI hasn’t been perfected. “When you see a face that is a bit ‘off,’ just give it some slack,” reminds Zhabinskiy.

Thus far, the tool has been able to generate faces that capture consistent lighting and sizing, as well as a comprehensive variety of ethnicities, ages, face shapes, angles and facial expressions. Pretty impressive.

Zhabinskiy says you can utilize ‘Generated Photos’ however you wish, be it for “your next mockup, presentation or website,” though he asks that you attribute ‘https://generated.photos’ so more people can access the collection.



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[via Product Hunt, video and images via Generated Photos] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406354/AI-Churns-Out-100-000-Realistic-Portraits-You-Can-Use-For-Free-Without-Copyright/

Apple’s Scenic Mac Wallpapers Get Recreated By Photographers To Stunning Effect

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Apple’s macOS wallpapers of Californian landscapes look so surreal, fans probably haven’t put much thought into how they were created.

Closing that gap between person and screen, photographer and YouTuber Andrew Levitt roped in friends Jacob Phillips, a videographer, and Taylor Gray, a landscape photographer, to attempt to recreate all of Apple’s Mac wallpapers depicting Californian scenery.

The trio challenged themselves to replicate all the photographs within just a week. In that short period of time, they visited Yosemite National Park to recreate the ‘El Capitan’ and ‘Yosemite’ wallpapers, Alabama Hills for the ‘Sierra’ background, North Lake for the ‘High Sierra’ image, and Death Valley for the ‘Mojave’ wallpaper. However, they had to give the ‘Mavericks’ background a miss as it was not the right season.

Due to seasonal differences, not all the pictures could be mirrored to a T, but the team absolutely nailed the shots matching the wallpapers of ‘Yosemite’ and ‘High Sierra’. The other images are still beautiful, no matter if they were captured during the right season or not.

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Does this view look familiar? Last July, @andrew_levitt @jacobfillups and I went on a road trip through California to visit and capture photos of every Apple wallpaper in just seven days. Pictured here is MacOS Yosemite. Andrew (@andrew_levitt) just posted an awesome video about the trip, so check out the link in my bio to see how we managed to recreate the rest of the iconic wallpapers.

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After this trip I found out we were in the hottest place on earth (122 degrees!!). @andrew_levitt @taylorgrayphoto and I were on a mission to recreate all the Apple Wallpapers. First stop was OS X Mojave (second photo) Sooo much planning. Probably a mild heat stroke and a really exciting video that’s coming out tomorrow on @andrew_levitt’s Youtube channel

A post shared by Jacob Phillips (@jacobfillups) on Sep 8, 2019 at 9:17pm PDT

[via PetaPixel, video via Andrew Levitt, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406353/Apple-s-Scenic-Mac-Wallpapers-Get-Recreated-By-Photographers-To-Stunning-Effect/

Google Satisfyingly Pays Homage To ‘Friends’ Characters With Hidden Easter Eggs

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Google is celebrating the 25th anniversary of wildly successful television series Friends by including character Easter eggs into its search tool.

Since this Thursday, a special feature has been rolled out, where searches of Friends characters would be matched with nostalgic icons.

For instance, searching ‘Ross Geller’ would bring up a couch icon, and clicking on it would produce a soundbite of ‘Geller’ shouting, “Pivot!” Further clicks would trigger the couch icon to split into two and produce the famous line from ‘Gellar’ saying it could no longer “pivot.”

Meanwhile, looking up ‘Phoebe Buffay’ would bring up a guitar icon, and clicking on it would lead to a black cat appearing on the screen. ‘Buffay’s famous song Smelly Cat would then be played.

For ‘Rachel Green’, Google chose her haircut as her icon, which would direct visitors to a Google Images search results page for her legendary hairdo.

Fans of Friends should try out all the Easter eggs while they last, as they are only here for a good time, not a long time.

Very excited we at Google did a special Easter Egg for Bing.

Chandler Bing.

And all the #Friends characters. Click on the special icon next to their names. pic.twitter.com/IMjPsp5U51

— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) September 20, 2019

Fun little @Google Easter Egg here for the #Friends fans, tap the couch after googling ‘Friends Ross’ #FRIENDS25 #Pivot @googledownunder pic.twitter.com/uGc6iKwpam

— Lawrence Champness (@champy) September 19, 2019

Google celebra el 25º aniversario de #Friends con un easter egg: en Google Search tienes que hacer una búsqueda de cualquiera de los personajes de la serie y hacer clic o tocar el icono sorpresa que aparecerá en el panel de información (te recomendamos activar el sonido). pic.twitter.com/OOls9aoMxf

— Café con Podcast (@Cafeconpodcast) September 19, 2019

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‘Chinese Loch Ness’ Causes Online Wave, Turns Out To Be Less Intimidating

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A long, dark “creature” was captured “swimming” through China’s famous Yangtze river in a clip that gained considerable traction on Chinese social media and numerous media outlets. Viewers were intrigued on the creature’s actual identity.

The hashtag ‘#ThreeGorgesMonsterPhotos’ was trending, and while social media users believed it was a huge animal like a water snake, experts were more convinced it was made of “floating objects,” according to The Paper.

The viral clip and its accompanying discussion thread was viewed on Chinese social network Weibo for more than 32 million times between 13 and 19 September, according to The Guardian. Similarities between the unknown being and Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster were also drawn by internet users.

Unfortunately for those who have been following the saga closely, the real identity of the being was eventually found to be none other than some rubber tubing.

It was discovered to be a 20-meter-long (66-foot-long) industrial airbag, and was found by workers at a nearby ferry pier.

The tubing was believed to be dumped from a shipyard, and pictures of the debris surfaced on various Chinese media sites. Curious viewers can find the images here.

Water #MONSTERS in the Three Gorges? Netizens speculated that the giant mysterious creature might be a fish or a big snake. Experts believe it is unlike living animals, more like floating objects. https://t.co/CGGrfWzckI pic.twitter.com/RCdbaDAvv9

— The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn) September 14, 2019

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President Trump Autographs Border Wall With Marker Pen & Praises Its Design

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US president Donald Trump was so impressed by restorations made to the US-Mexico border fence that he signed it.

On Wednesday, Trump stepped aside from his fundraising trip to California to pay a visit to the border in Otay Mesa, where he was able to observe the US$147 million replacement project of the 14-mile long steel wall.

While there has been no construction of a new wall under his administration so far, the project, which was completed last month, involved the repair of a decaying area spanning 60 miles. The Otay Mesa section is made with steel, concrete and rebar, and stands between 18- and 30- feet high.

“You can fry an egg on that wall,” the president told reporters and those present at his visit, referring to the fence’s ability to trap heat. He also autographed one of its bollards with a marker pen.

Trump further commended the wall’s durability against heat, lauding that it could not be “cut… with a blowtorch… that doesn’t work because you hit concrete.”

He recounted a trial by “20 mountain climbers,” who were asked to climb over the fence, and the current design proved to be the most challenging.

“It’s pretty amazing,” he described.

Trump aspires to build about 500 miles of wall in 2020.

President Trump signs the wall. pic.twitter.com/QlfQYcx0M8

— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) September 18, 2019

#BREAKING: The President's signature on the wall. @CBS8 pic.twitter.com/CnPDlWbzmj

— Barbara Richards (@sdbrichards) September 18, 2019

[via Business Insider, cover image via stock_photo_world / Shutterstock.comm] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406351/President-Trump-Autographs-Border-Wall-With-Marker-Pen-Praises-Its-Design/

‘Friends’ Had A Whole Plan To Relocate The Gang To Minnesota In Season 5



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Friends is so iconically set in NYC, that it’s hard to believe the gang would have moved anywhere else, even if there was saltwater taffy, great sandwiches or cheesecake worth stealing. As it turns out, the sitcom’s creators had other plans about where the show was headed—geographically.

According to an account obtained by BuzzFeed from pop culture historian Saul Austerlitz’s new book Generation Friends, the show’s writers wanted the six to move to Minnesota in the later part of season five.

This would have been the next big twist after the finale of season four, when ‘Monica’ and ‘Chandler’ got together. The screenwriters intended to pivot the storyline of their relationship to have ‘Chandler’ moving to Minnesota “unexpectedly” for work.

Weirdly enough, the rest supposedly didn’t think they needed to remain in NYC, so they “ultimately chose to join” him on his relocation.

In Minnesota, they would have “[discovered] a magical Midwestern respite from New York, with cheap apartments, friendly neighbors, and subzero temperatures.”

A Minnesota-based opening sequence was also in the pipelines, replacing that famous fountain scene with a frozen version in the background.

But what about ‘Central Perk’, the coffeehouse that made the clique seem surprisingly free of adulting responsibilities? What about poor ‘Gunther’ who would be left behind?

As it seems, there was going to be an episode when the characters would hunt for a new coffee hangout to replace ‘Central Perk’.

However, writers went back and forth on the storyline’s feasibility and thought having the gang remain in NYC would be best for the fans.

This was just one of several ideas that were scrapped by the show’s producers. According to the same book, Friends also nearly had an older seventh member. Who would have thought?

[via BuzzFeed, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/406349/Friends-Had-A-Whole-Plan-To-Relocate-The-Gang-To-Minnesota-In-Season-5/