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Experience What It’s Like Inside An Auction With This Surreal 360° Video

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Considering the number of high-banking sales that have taken place of late, it’s clear that art auctions are still very much alive during the pandemic.

Likely inspired by the era of virtual communication, auction house Christie’s has started hosting 360-degree live auctions on YouTube, allowing anyone with a computer or smartphone to experience them as if they were attending them.

You can take a look at the artwork by turning your device around or by swiping your touchpad or phone screen.

Christie’s most recent auction, the 21st Century Evening Sale in New York, saw a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting become the second-most expensive Basquiat piece to ever be auctioned off.

The view is admittedly surreal, and as one viewer succinctly puts it, “I feel like [I’m] in the center of the room, being sold.”

[via Christie’s] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414029/Experience-What-It-s-Like-Inside-An-Auction-With-This-Surreal-360-Video/

ISS Amusingly Confirms That Astronauts Have Been Pooping A Lot In Space Toilet

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The counter on one of the International Space Station’s three toilets has hit the 40,000 mark – and it took 20 years to get there.

Thomas Pesquet, a crew member currently aboard the ISS, tweeted about the milestone flush earlier this week. “40,000 times this space toilet has been used, a milestone!” he said.

Due to the lack of gravity aboard the ISS, going to the bathroom is an inherently different experience from what we experience here on Earth. And to be fair, the toilets in space are a lot smaller than what we’re used to.

According to Digital Trends, instead of the usual flush system, the ISS toilets use a suction mechanism to capture liquid waste before it can float away. Urine is later filtered and processed into drinking water for the crew, too.

In the case of solid waste, it is deposited into a plastic bag that’s sealed and placed into a container at the base of the toilet. The container is emptied after approximately 30 deposits, and will burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere when dispelled as part of the ISS’ trash.

To see exactly how astronauts go to the bathroom aboard the ISS, watch the video demonstration below.

40 000 times this space toilet has been used, a milestone! We need to maintain it as clean sanitation and sewage treatment is a human right and a @UN Sustainable Development Goal. #MissionAlpha #SDG6 pic.twitter.com/ekQYXB3CTc

— Thomas Pesquet (@Thom_astro) May 12, 2021

[via Digital Trends, cover image via NASA] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414028/ISS-Amusingly-Confirms-That-Astronauts-Have-Been-Pooping-A-Lot-In-Space-Toilet/

‘Tintin’ Heirs Lose Lawsuit Against Artist Over Mashups In ‘Erotic’ Scenarios

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The heirs of Tintin creator Hergé have lost a lawsuit against French artist Xavier Marabout.

Earlier this year, they sued Marabout for his Edward Hopper and Hergé mash-up paintings that placed the famed cartoon character in romantic situations.

According to The Guardian, Moulinsart, which oversees the Tintin business, said that Marabout was “taking advantage of the reputation of a character to immerse him in an erotic universe [that] has nothing to do with humor.” However, Marabout and his lawyer argued his electic artwork were merely parodies.

It seems the court has agreed with Marabout, seeing the artist’s representation of Tintin in Edward Hopper’s famous landscape paintings as light-hearted humor.

“The court recognized the parody exception and the humorous intention expressed by my client,” Marabout’s lawyer, Bertrand Ermeneux, said.

Apart from winning the lawsuit, the court also awarded Marabout with €10,000 (US$12,000) in damages and €20,000 (US$24,000) in legal fees.

It felt the artist had suffered losses, as Moulinsart had contacted galleries displaying the work to allege it was infringing.

The artist told The Guardian he was “satisfied” with the ruling.

“I am fully validated in my artistic approach, which is, with the intention of humor, to merge universes of my own culture,” Marabout explained. “In French law, it is fully linked to freedom of expression and the limits of copyright.”

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Belle Saint-Valentin à tous les amoureux d'Amérique et d'ailleurs

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[via The Guardian, cover image via Jose_Matheus / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414025/Tintin-Heirs-Lose-Lawsuit-Against-Artist-Over-Mashups-In-Erotic-Scenarios/

Twitter Bids Adieu To Using ‘Someone Else’s’ Fonts With Its Own ‘Chirp’ Typeface

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Twitter has publicly debuted a new, in-house typeface, aptly named ‘Chirp’.

The social media site is rolling it out to accounts, starting with those that were selected to be part of its beta testing programs. While the change is big news for the brand’s identity, it may be rather subtle to users, so keep your eyes peeled.

According to the tech firm, the new typeface is supposed to look like blocks hand-cut from wood, and is custom to Twitter, further cementing the brand’s quirky personality. Derrit DeRouen, Creative Director of Global Brand at Twitte, describes the typeface as a combination of American Gothic and European Grotesque styles.

In the past, the app had relied on minimalist typefaces such as SF Pro, Helvetica Neue or Roboto, but now with Chirp, it’s planning on coming across as more personable to users. “In the history of the company we’ve either relied on someone else’s typeface,” wrote DeRouen. He added, “So, that brings us to ‘Chirp’, our first-ever proprietary typeface.”

Earlier this year, he said the company’s key objective was “to improve how we convey emotion and imperfection.”

It seems Twitter wants to move away from a soul-less, corporate image that plagues tech firms and reinstate warmth and human-ness with Chirp.

I want to give a bit more depth to Chirp, our new typeface.

Type, in 280 character doses, is the foundation of Twitter. In the history of the company we’ve either relied on someone else’s typeface, from SF Pro and Roboto, to Helvetica Neue in our brand. pic.twitter.com/OrvlYsxF9g

— Derrit DeRouen (@DerritDeRouen) January 27, 2021

So, that brings us to “Chirp”, our first ever proprietary typeface. pic.twitter.com/cHPXtGHNCc

— Derrit DeRouen (@DerritDeRouen) January 27, 2021

[via GQ, cover image via Derrit DeRouen] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414026/Twitter-Bids-Adieu-To-Using-Someone-Else-s-Fonts-With-Its-Own-Chirp-Typeface/

Chadwick Boseman NFT Gets Wholly Redesigned Due To Backlash

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Nominees from this year’s Academy Awards were handed copies of a digital artwork featuring Chadwick Boseman’s head, in honor of the late actor. This sparked an outcry, and audiences argued that it was an attempt to “capitalize on a tragedy” amid the NFT craze. Boseman also ended up losing out to Anthony Hopkins in the Best Actor category, which made the homage even more unfavorable.

Now, Andre Oshea, the Black 3D artist behind the NFT, has given the tribute a complete makeover, as reported by HYPEBEAST. The new work, A Young Boy’s Dream, envisions the back view of a Black child exploring a dreamlike world filled with Black Panther references.

As the boy keeps walking, he passes by altars revering some of Boseman’s accomplishments, like his graduation and wedding, as well as on-screen roles.

The revamp additionally quells gripes that Oshea had used a 3D model of Boseman’s head as the centerpiece of the original NFT, even though it was a royalty-free asset and that buyers were allowed to incorporate it in their artwork.

Similar to the goal set for the previous version, 50 percent of the amount generated from this NFT will go to the Colon Cancer Foundation to advance research for colon cancer as well as finance 10,000 colorectal cancer screenings for underserved communities.

The introduction of a faceless child is a wise decision, as Oshea had realized after the backlash that putting Boseman’s face front and center could be deemed a “triggering reminder of his death rather than his life.”

This time around, he has shifted the focus to the fantasy world seen in the animation. “I wanted to create a world that is filled with wonder, legacy and soul—just like Chadwick was,” Oshea explained. “It was massively important to me that the piece empower and educate on what we can do when we believe in our creative abilities. Chadwick has set an example for Black creatives of all generations and we should carry his torch with us.”

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This piece will be auctioned from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th on @makersplaceco & proceeds will be donated in support of The Colon Cancer Foundation. Our goal is to help 10,000 people in underserved communities. pic.twitter.com/lARLIH5SRk

— ●●● (@andreoshea) May 10, 2021

[via HYPEBEAST, cover image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414027/Chadwick-Boseman-NFT-Gets-Wholly-Redesigned-Due-To-Backlash/

Ford’s New Patent For In-Car Billboards Brings Us Closer To A Dystopian World

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Car maker Ford is dancing with the idea of a new “billboard interfaces for vehicle displays” system, a trademark document in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) suggests.

According to the patent’s abstract, the new system could generate a “billboard interface” in vehicles by using a camera to capture an image of a billboard followed by a processor producing a segment of the image.

What does this all mean? To put it simply, Ford is exploring creating an in-car advertising system that scans billboards as you drive past, which will then reflect the brands, products, and latest deals onto your car’s infotainment screen. Instead of the radio channel or your favorite playlist, you could be seeing advertisements in your own car.

Apart from ruining the sanctity of the car as an escape from the hustle and bustle of life, it could potentially be a safety hazard. If you aren’t allowed to text and drive, maybe you shouldn’t have advertisements flashing at you either.

However, you should rest easy, as in-car advertisements might not arrive at least in the foreseeable future. When Motor1 reached out to Ford to enquire about the patent, the automaker responded that “patents on new inventions [are submitted] as a normal course of business, but they aren’t necessarily an indication of new business or product plans.”

Fingers crossed Ford doesn’t actually set this dystopian plan into motion.

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[via TNW, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414023/Ford-s-New-Patent-For-In-Car-Billboards-Brings-Us-Closer-To-A-Dystopian-World/

MIT Invents AI That Can Create 3D Holograms In Real-Time

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While virtual reality has been the way to realistically bring objects into the real world, prolonged use of VR headsets can result in nausea and eyestrain. The use of holograms, a concept that has been the fantasy of tech lovers for decades, would alleviate these problems, but they typically require an elaborate process and specialized equipment to generate.

The good news is that researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), along with Sony, have found a way to create 3D holograms in real-time—using a regular computer. The trick to it is to teach a neural network physics so that it can understand visual and depth information.

In a paper published in the Nature scientific journal, the team explained that the new deep-learning method, called tensor holography, is able to “run on a simple computer in the blink of an eye.” They developed an AI using trainable tensors that were taught to process visual and depth information in a similar way to humans.

As Entrepreneur reports, this sort of technology requires a large and comprehensive dataset, with every pixel’s color and depth data accounted for. This is necessary, as all points of an image vary in depth, and applying one operation across the board would not work.

The researchers found that tensor holography was able to generate 3D holograms from typical computer-generated images with depth data, calculated from a multi-camera configuration, in mere milliseconds.

This technology could be a game-changer for virtual reality, medical imaging, and even 3D printing, as printing with 3D holography would be quicker and more precise than layer-by-layer printing.

See how the AI works in the video below.

[via Big Think and Entrepreneur, cover image via Shutterstock] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414024/MIT-Invents-AI-That-Can-Create-3D-Holograms-In-Real-Time/

Prada Is Protecting Pups From When It’s Raining Cats & Dogs With A Raincoat

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Following Fendi’s foray into the luxury pet market, Prada has now come up with a raincoat for your precious pooch, too.

Inspired by the designs from the fashion house’s men’s and women’s collections, your furry friend can now match with its very own Prada raincoat.

Made from nylon and decorated with the iconic metal triangle logo, the Nylon Dog Raincoat With Hood (US$525) comes with an elasticized trim and snap closure to keep your dog snug on rainy days.

However, it only comes in two sizes, meaning dogs larger than 45cm (18 inches) across the chest won’t be able to fit into one.

The raincoat is available in black or a semi-translucent white. As per Input, only the white version of the raincoat is currently available to purchase in the US.

Other offerings from Prada’s pet section include a Re-Nylon and Saffiano Leather Pet Bag, Nylon Puffer Dog Coat With Hood, and Nylon Pet Leash. Check out the full collection, which seems to only be available on Prada’s Hong Kong site for now.

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[via Input, images via Prada] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414019/Prada-Is-Protecting-Pups-From-When-It-s-Raining-Cats-Dogs-With-A-Raincoat/

Adidas & Allbirds Team Up To Create World’s Lowest Carbon Footprint Sneakers

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Adidas has paired up with fellow footwear brand Allbirds to unveil their first product from a collaboration: FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT.

Initially launching this month with a raffle of 100 pairs for Adidas Creators Club members, both brands have come together to create the lowest carbon footprint performance sneaker yet.

The sneakers boast only 2.94kg (6.5lbs) CO2e, which is a personal best for both brands, and is on the way to their shared vision of creating a carbon-neutral shoe in the future.

“Our partnership with Allbirds is a beacon of what can happen when competing brands from the same industry see the possibilities in coming together to design,” said Brian Grevy, Executive Board Member Global Brands at Adidas.

Teams from Adidas and Allbirds collaborated on everything from development to delivery, working across multiple time zones with the teams on opposite sides of the world.

In under a year, the partnership managed to reimagine materials, manufacturing techniques, and even packaging methods to arrive at the lowest possible carbon footprint shoe.

For example, inspired by Adidas’ Lightstrike midsole’s performance, the FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT midsole was reimagined using Allbirds’ sugarcane-based SweetFoam, which offered a low-carbon natural component to the sneakers.

The shoe’s upper is also made of a new material – a combination of 70% recycled polyester and 30% natural Tencel – resulting in a lightweight upper that performs just as well, but with reduced carbon impact.

“We believe that the challenge of solving climate change is the problem of our generation and solving it will not be done alone,” said Tim Brown, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Allbirds.

An interesting tidbit, according to Forbes, is that the team worked right to end to get the carbon impact as low as possible, not knowing the final number till they actually got the shoe. That’s why the 2.94 indication on the side of the sneakers are handwritten and not printed.

After its limited initial launch, 10,000 pairs of the FUTURECRAFT.FOOTPRINT will be released in FW21, with a wider release slated for SS22.

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[via Adidas and Forbes, images via Adidas/Allbirds] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414022/Adidas-Allbirds-Team-Up-To-Create-World-s-Lowest-Carbon-Footprint-Sneakers/

Uncle Ben’s Rebranded Packaging & Name Hit Stores To Break Free From Stereotypes

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The company formerly known as Uncle Ben’s is departing from negative racial connotations, one grain at a time. After promising to rebrand Uncle Ben’s products in the wake of George Floyd’s death and calls for equality, Mars Food has officially rolled out the new packaging and name in stores nationwide as of Wednesday.

The new Ben’s Original boxes are absent of the “Uncle” designation and face of the senior Black man who fronted them. Meanwhile, they still retain the same orange background and typeface.

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Mars Food agreed to drop the “Uncle” name as it was derogatorily used on Black men by white Southerners to avoid addressing them by honorifics. The mascot was modeled after Frank Brown, a Chicago maitre d’ and chef.

A spokesperson told USA Today that some existing Uncle Ben’s products may still remain on shelves until they are sold.

Rafael Narvaez, global CMO and R&D officer at Mars Food, addressed in a statement, “Ben’s Original is not just a name and packaging change – we believe everyone deserves to feel welcome, heard and have access to nutritious food. That’s why we’ve committed to taking actions based on insights from thousands of consumers, as well as our own Associates, that are designed to enhance inclusion and equity in service of our new brand purpose to create meals, experiences and opportunities that offer everyone a seat at the table.”

Mars Food North America regional president Denis Yarotskiy noted that more work needs to be done to “bring our new brand purpose to life to offer everyone a seat at the table.” Nevertheless, “we remain committed to delivering this ambition,” Yarotskiy assured.

The Ben’s Original overhaul follows the major branding change made by Pearl Milling Company, previously known as Aunt Jemima, which similarly vowed to pave the way for racial equity in the consumer goods market following the death of George Floyd.

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[via USA Today, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414020/Uncle-Ben-s-Rebranded-Packaging-Name-Hit-Stores-To-Break-Free-From-Stereotypes/

Bose Unveils FDA-Approved Hearing Aids That Don’t Require A Prescription

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Bose’s latest launch is a little different from its usual offerings. The audio company has now unveiled the Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids (US$849.95), which have been FDA-approved to be sold directly to consumers without a prescription.

The hearing aids are self-fitting, with options to personalize them according to individual needs using the ‘Hear’ app, specially designed by Bose to be used with the device.

‘Hear’ is the first self-tuning mobile app that’s been clinically proven to provide audiologist-quality customization for users with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Users can choose specific sounds to amplify. For example, when the ‘World Volume’ is turned up, quieter sounds will be amplified more, making for a more comfortable listen. The treble/bass settings can also be adjusted so that voices sound more natural or crisp depending on your preference.

Even the direction you hear sound coming from is customizable. Using the app’s ‘Focus’ setting, the microphones in each hearing aid will adjust to fit the direction you choose.

The ‘Front’ feature helps to focus sounds in front of the user, making it ideal for conversations. The ‘Everywhere’ feature allows for 360-directional listening, which is great for general listening when out and about.

For more information on the Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids, head over to the site here, where you can also take a free hearing screening test.

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[via SlashGear and Bose, cover image via Bose] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414016/Bose-Unveils-FDA-Approved-Hearing-Aids-That-Don-t-Require-A-Prescription/

Basquiat Painting Sells For $93.1 Million, Second-Highest Ever For The Artist

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In This Case, a painting of a skull by the late Jean-Michel Basquiat, sold for US$93.1 million at Christie’s latest auction in New York. This makes it the second-most expensive Basquiat work to ever sell at auction.

The painting, created in 1983, greatly exceeded its estimated price of US$50 million. Bidding began at US$40 million, with six people vying for the piece.

The auction ended with a winning bid of US$81 million, with the other US$12 million accounting for auction house fees. The artwork was being sold by former Valentino chairman Giancarlo Giammetti, though the new owner isn’t known.

According to Bloomberg, prices for Basquiat’s work have skyrocketed in recent years, driven by demand from a small group of billionaires. The highest-ever price paid for a Basquiat at auction was in 2017, when another painting of a skull sold to Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa for US$110.5 million.

This week, another Basquiat painting is going under the hammer, but at auction house Sotheby’s. The estimated price is also at US$50 million, so it only remains to be seen if the other painting sells for nearly double its price too.

#AuctionUpdate Following competitive bidding, Jean-Michel Basquiat's climactic portrait 'In This Case' realizes $93,105,000 at auction pic.twitter.com/wJoPu5AbST

— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) May 12, 2021

[via Bloomberg, video screenshot via Christie’s] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414018/Basquiat-Painting-Sells-For-93-1-Million-Second-Highest-Ever-For-The-Artist/

London Tube’s Official Art Project By David Hockney Incites Jokes Online

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Commissioned for a tourism campaign by the city of London, the Piccadilly Circus Tube Station’s latest art project has left the community baffled.

The artwork by famed English painter David Hockney, whose 1972 portrait stands as the most expensive work by a living artist to be auctioned off, is currently on display. It features a yellow ‘O’-shape and “Piccadilly Circus” over it on a purple banner, with the last ’s’ of “Circus” dropping to the next line.

The project was tweeted about by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, which has since drawn over 10,000 replies and 8,000 retweets from the public.

Here’s what the British public had to say about the tube’s latest artwork—they certainly had a field day flexing their skills on Microsoft Paint.

Brilliant work from David Hockney in Piccadilly—the first of a series of major art projects we’ve commissioned as part of our brand new #LetsDoLondon campaign. Lots more to come very soon! #DavidHockney pic.twitter.com/djW8BGSNuu

— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) May 11, 2021


— Ross McGinnes (@rossmcginnes) May 11, 2021

You think that's good…wait till you get a load of Paddington!! pic.twitter.com/SMRp8NREiL

— Notorious N.A.T. (@Helio_Spherical) May 11, 2021

Is this a joke?

— ZUBY: (@ZubyMusic) May 11, 2021


— Richard Littler (@richard_littler) May 11, 2021

London: “David, you said you’d have something to us by today?”

*crashing noise*

London: “David? Are you there?”

*panicked scribbling sounds*

David Hockney: “Yes, yes. Just sending it…”

— Luke Benson (@Mr_LukeBenson) May 11, 2021


— Rick Burin (@rickburin) May 11, 2021

[via Mashable, cover image via Mayor Of London] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414017/London-Tube-s-Official-Art-Project-By-David-Hockney-Incites-Jokes-Online/

Keith Haring’s Fridge Door Is Up For Sale—And Its Artwork Beats Any Food It Kept

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They say never to judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to Keith Haring’s refrigerator, you’d care more about the door than its contents.

The fridge door, which will go up for auction by way of Guernsey’s on May 12, was lavishly graffitied and is believed to feature autographs by some famous names.

One of the inscriptions reads, “Madonna Loves Keith,” while the initials “JM” are signed below. The auction house’s president Arlan Ettinger told the New York Times that he believes the penmanship in the latter belonged to street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, though he could not confirm this when he got the signature verified.

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Ettinger said the door doubled up as Haring’s guest register, and that “it seemed like everybody who was anybody showed up there… [and] signed in on that refrigerator door.” It now displays some 80 inscriptions and tags.

The refrigerator resided in the late pop artist’s 325 Broome St. downtown apartment from the 1980s, and became in the possession of its current owner—a yoga instructor who wishes to maintain anonymity—when she moved in during the early 1990s. The fridge had actually been discarded during the moving process, but she quickly retrieved the object before the garbage crew could pick it up.

The fridge door is estimated to fetch a price range of US$75,000 to US$125,000. It will be auctioned off “without minimum reserve,” Ettinger told the New York Post, which means it will go to the highest bidder, no matter how much is being offered.

“It’s not beautiful, but it’s of that moment, of that time,” Ettinger reflected with the Times. “It reflects a certain spirit, a creativeness, that is alive today if you think about the people who were there — Madonna, and a long, long list of artists.”

[via The New York Times and New York Post, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414015/Keith-Haring-s-Fridge-Door-Is-Up-For-Sale-And-Its-Artwork-Beats-Any-Food-It-Kept/

TikTok Is Shaking Up The Traditional Recruitment Process With A New Jobs Portal

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TikTok is rethinking the traditional hiring process such that young candidates need no longer write CVs. Instead of pouring hours into crafting documents, a new jobs portal by the social network could have them submitting video résumés instead.

Sources told Axios that TikTok aspires to be a recruitment channel for brands and connect them with potential Gen Z employees. With this feature, users will be able to find job listings within the TikTok app, and when directed to the relevant webpage, they can attach a TikTok video résumé.

The popular video-sharing platform is currently testing the tool with a small group of companies, including “big brands” like certain sports leagues, Axios reported.

The hope is to make the job-hunting process more intuitive for Gen Z workers.

[via B&T and Axios, cover image via Jimmy Tudeschi / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414014/TikTok-Is-Shaking-Up-The-Traditional-Recruitment-Process-With-A-New-Jobs-Portal/

LEGO’s New Intricate 2,048-Piece ‘Friends’ Set Couldn’t BE Anymore Precise

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They don’t know that we know the dedication poured into this new, comprehensive LEGO F.R.I.E.N.D.S Apartments Set. LEGO’s latest build, comprising the apartments of Monica and Rachel and Chandler and Joey, as well as the connecting hallway, is made up of a whopping 2,048 pieces so you can recreate the hit sitcom’s best moments.

The six mainstays are, of course, part of the elaborate set. Besides Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe, and Joey, however, there’s also Chandler’s ex Janice, whose recurring presence would shake yet endear fans forever.

You’d have to have keen ‘unagi’ to spot all the jokes peppered around this kit. Standout pieces are the Thanksgiving turkey that Monica stuck her head into, Joey and Chandler’s canoe and the chick and duck, the Pat the Dog sculpture, and Phoebe’s dollhouse. But there are also easily-overlooked Easter eggs like the cheesecake shared between Rachel and Chandler, and Phoebe’s spooky ‘Gladys’ portrait.

Television buffs might appreciate the set lights added to the kit, giving fans a glimpse at the original filming studio.

The hallway between both apartments can be detached, just in case Monica feels the temptation to gamble her home away again.

Evidently, it took great lengths to finalize this set. LEGO set designer Anderson Ward Grubb explained that the team drew upon production photos, as well as watched a re-watched “a lot of episodes” in order to do the show justice.

“One fun challenge was figuring out how to represent some aspects that change over the course of the show that appear in some episodes and not in others,” Grubb added. “I am looking forward to seeing if the eagle-eyed fans will spot them.”

The Friends-themed set, priced at US$149.99, will first be released exclusively to LEGO VIP members on 19 May before heading to LEGO’s retail stores and website on 1 June.

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[via CNET, LEGO] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414013/LEGO-s-New-Intricate-2-048-Piece-Friends-Set-Couldn-t-BE-Anymore-Precise/

McDonald’s Redesigns Cups With Vaccine Info In Collaboration With White House

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McDonald’s coffee cups aren’t just for holding your daily dose of caffeine —they’ll also carry essential vaccination information that, when heeded, could finally contain the coronavirus.

The fast-food chain has teamed up with President Joe Biden’s administration to boost confidence in vaccines by overhauling 50 million hot McCafé cups, as well as McDelivery seal stickers, to feature the “We Can Do This” tagline introduced by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Aesthetics aside, the packaging will direct customers to check out the vaccines.gov website, where they can find safety and appointment details. The materials will go in circulation for “several weeks,” CNN Business notes. A source told the news outlet that McDonald’s is launching the campaign for free.

In addition to redesigning cups and stickers, McDonald’s will also start showcasing vaccine information on its Times Square billboard in mid-May.

“People will now be able to get trusted information about vaccines when they grab a cup of coffee or order a meal,” Health and Human Services secretary Xavier Becerra shared in a press release. He added, “This effort will help more people make informed decisions about their health and learn about steps they can take to protect themselves and their communities.”

We all want to protect ourselves and our loved ones. That’s why we’re partnering with the White House to help educate the public on the COVID-19 vaccine. pic.twitter.com/7Q64A8KhRc

— McDonald's Corporation (@McDonaldsCorp) May 11, 2021

[via CNN Business, cover image via McDonald’s] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414012/McDonald-s-Redesigns-Cups-With-Vaccine-Info-In-Collaboration-With-White-House/

Miami Beach To Open Underwater Sculpture Park That Protects Wildlife This Year

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Miami’s famous art scene is soon entering the depths of the ocean, as the very first underwater sculpture park in Miami Beach is set to open this year. The ReefLine will not only serve as an attraction that expands upon the city’s art culture, but also work as a conservation program designed to help aquatic life.

The seven-mile-long park might be an art establishment, but it also crucially involves input from marine biologists, engineers, researchers, and other experts to determine if the sculptures and materials won’t wreck their surroundings. The goal is to create an environment that mitigates rising sea levels and coral reef damage while honoring the Miami art scene, shared OMA partner Shohei Shigematsu.

A new master plan presented by architecture firm OMA, via My Modern Met, previews what visitors can expect in ReefLine Phase One, which could arrive as early as December this year. Conceptual artist Leandro Erlich, for one, will replicate his installation of sand-covered car and truck sculptures in a “traffic jam” among reef structures. This time around, the vehicles will serve as positive symbols for marine life.

When the ReefLine opens, it will also include a snorkeling path, reef sculptures, and a barricade separating visitors and boats. The architectural project was commissioned to OMA by Ximena Caminos, chair of the BlueLab Preservation Society.

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[via My Modern Met, images via The ReefLine] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414011/Miami-Beach-To-Open-Underwater-Sculpture-Park-That-Protects-Wildlife-This-Year/

Adidas’ Pride Month Collection This Year Avoids The Usual Rainbow Clichés

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Adidas’ 2021 Pride Collection is set to hit stores this week. The sportswear giant has released six different styles of footwear to celebrate Pride Month. From slides to sneakers and slip-on shoes, there’s something for every taste, all branded with the slogan ‘Love Unites’.

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This summer, slip into the Adilette 2.0 Pride Slides (US$50), which celebrate the power of love, truth, and connection. The colorful graphics and symbols add vibrancy to the iconic silhouette, with a special ‘Love Unites’ tag sewn into the sole of the slides for a unique touch.

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One of the Pride Collection’s main highlights is the Ultraboost 5.0 DNA shoes (US$180), which feature a Primeknit upper that promises utmost comfort when you’re out and about. It immediately stands out with a patchwork of colors, done far more stylishly than a cliched rainbow pattern. The sneakers also feature a woven ‘Love Unites’ tab, a premium detail that sets it apart from any regular Ultraboost.

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You can now wear your support for Pride Month even out on the track. The Adizero Pro Shoes (US$180) were apparently created in collaboration with the fastest athletes on the planet to ensure you can run your fastest races. The light, breathable mesh is covered in a 90’s patchwork print, reminiscent of old television screens. It also boasts a Boost midsole to add more stability to your runs.

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For a more casual look, there are the Nizza Slip-On Pride Shoes (US$70). Available in vibrant hues such as semi solar red, yellow, and hazy orange, this is undoubtedly a standout look for the summer. As Adidas puts it, “Pride isn’t about compromising who we are, it’s about celebrating it.” This pair of slip-ons don the special ‘Love Unites’ logo, with adorable graphics on the sockliner and heel of the shoes, too. It’s a lovely reminder you can take anywhere.

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If you’re a fan of embroidery, the Nizza Pride Shoes (US$70) might be just up your alley. It’s just as colorful as the Nizza Slip-On, but comes with a laces for those who prefer an old-school sneaker look. The words ‘LOVE’ and ‘UNITES’ are embroidered in white on both sides of the shoes, with the logo printed on a woven tag and also featured on the sneakers’ heels.

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Shoppers who are looking for something a little more subtle in terms of color, but still want to support Pride, the Forum Low Pride Shoes (US$100) fit right into that niche. The off-white sneaker features multi-colored embroidery all over the shoe, adding an adorable touch. It also comes with replaceable criss-cross ankle straps for additional support for your feet, with the slogan ‘Love Wins’.

Adidas’ Pride Collection launches on Saturday, May 12 in stores and online here.

[via Adidas] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414007/Adidas-Pride-Month-Collection-This-Year-Avoids-The-Usual-Rainbow-Clich-s/

KFC Brings Back ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ After COVID Made It Distasteful For Use

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KFC was left in a bit of an identity crisis when the pandemic struck and rendered its “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good” slogan—which had stuck for over 60 years—inappropriate. The fast-food chain was thus forced to put the tagline on hiatus and look elsewhere for ideas.

After much experimentation, it seems that nothing works better than “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good,” so the restaurant has reinstated the tagline to align with the reopening of food establishments in England.

Its new Your Chicken Could Never campaign, created by advertising agency Mother, celebrates the headline-making events customers went crazy for KFC, such as the time when it ran out of chicken. The clip concludes with the nostalgic slogan, “It’s Finger Lickin’ Good.”

KFC UK and Ireland’s marketing director Jack Hinchliffe shared that the advertisement is meant to be an ode to fans. “They have been unwavering and constantly show us their dedication in wonderful ways,” he explained.

[via MarketingWeek, cover image via Pavlovska Yevheniia / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414010/KFC-Brings-Back-Finger-Lickin-Good-After-COVID-Made-It-Distasteful-For-Use/

Instagram Rolls Out Way To Publicly Display Your Pronouns On Your Profile

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Instagram has just made it a whole lot easier to be inclusive and display your pronouns on your profile.

As per POPSUGAR Tech, this feature is now available in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, with plans to expand it to other countries.

To display your pronouns, head over to your profile, and select “edit profile.” You’ll then find a selection of pronouns to choose from; users can add up to four on their public page.

Some of the options include: he/him/his, she/her/hers, they/them/theirs, ze/zir/zir, zie/hir/hir, per/per/pers, and fae/faer/faer.

Your selected pronouns will then pop up next to your profile name, in a light gray font. This will help users identify others with the right pronouns, especially when commenting on posts or sending messages via Instagram DMs.

Add pronouns to your profile ✨

The new field is available in a few countries, with plans for more. pic.twitter.com/02HNSqc04R

— Instagram (@instagram) May 11, 2021

[via POPSUGAR, cover image via Adidas] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414009/Instagram-Rolls-Out-Way-To-Publicly-Display-Your-Pronouns-On-Your-Profile/

Veet Breaks Taboo By Displaying Body Hair In Empowering Ad

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Although it may seem rather ironic, hair removal companies usually don’t feature body hair in their advertisements.

Veet is breaking this taboo in an empowering campaign by advertising agency BETC. It is now celebrating the power of choice: to embrace body hair, a little, or keep it all off. Its brand new slogan says it all: “Your body hair. Your Choice.”

The 45-second film positions Veet as part of the Positive Body Hair Management movement, reminding women that their relationship to their body hair is a personal one, and that they’re free to care about it as they wish.

It showcases the different ways in which women deal with their body hair, featuring Veet’s range of products from creams to wax strips. The campaign will run in 15 countries worldwide, including France, UK, and Germany.

Take a look at the body-positive advertisement below.

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[via BETC] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414008/Veet-Breaks-Taboo-By-Displaying-Body-Hair-In-Empowering-Ad/

Porsche’s Electric Version Of The Macan Is Finally Out On The Road

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After initial rounds of testing at the grounds of the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, Germany, the all-electric Macan is now ready to hit the roads.

According to Inverse, the Macan is Porsche’s best-selling model in the US, with its electric version slated to hit the markets by 2023. It’s touted to be the direct rival to Tesla’s Model Y, which will also reach consumers at a similar time.

By the time the all-electric Macan is available to consumers, Porsche says it’ll have covered approximately three million test kilometers (nearly two million miles) worldwide, in varying conditions.

“Testing in a real-life environment is now getting underway – one of the most important milestones in the development process,” said Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.

Porsche first developed the car using digital prototypes, which involved computational models of the vehicle replicating its properties, systems, and power units to a high degree of accuracy. This allowed the automaker to save resources that would typically go into building a physical prototype.

The virtual prototypes were combined with real-world scenarios from an early stage to anticipate situations its drivers might find themselves in. This allowed Porsche to study the interactions between driver and vehicle down to the most minute detail, enabling it to optimize specs for when the physical cockpit is built.

“Simulation allows us to assess displays, operating procedures, and the changing influences during a journey from the driver’s point of view,”explained Fabian Klausmann, from Porsche’s Driver Experience Development department.

Apart from digital testing, Porsche will also be putting the all-electric Macan to test in real-life conditions. It will undergo a test program under the extremes of climatic and topographical conditions, including experiments related to the charging and conditioning of the vehicle’s battery.

Undoubtedly, the automaker is aiming to be among the best in the electric vehicle field. It promises long-distance range, fast charging, and best-in-class specs.

“The all-electric Macan will be the sportiest model in its segment,” said Steiner.

One thing to note, however, is that Porsche is only sharing pictures of the camouflaged car, meaning its final look is still a secret.

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[via Inverse, images via Porsche] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414006/Porsche-s-Electric-Version-Of-The-Macan-Is-Finally-Out-On-The-Road/

NYC’s All-Glass Elevator Lets You Enjoy Clear Views Of Manhattan 1,210 Feet Up

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Not for the faint of heart, a new skyscraper gracing New York City’s skylines will be offering two exhilarating experiences this fall.

The SUMMIT One Vanderbilt will open to the public on October 21, and will allow visitors to experience ‘Ascent’, an all-glass elevator ride up the facade to 1,210 feet.

There’ll also be a ‘Levitation’ area where you can peer out at Madison Avenue from transparent glass boxes hanging at 1,063 feet high.

According to Time Out, along with the incredible views of the city, there’ll also be an immersive art installation by Kenzo Digital, which specializes in mind-bending, emotionally powerful art stories using physical space as a canvas.

After you’ve got your fair share of thrilling sights from above, head down to wine and dine at Après, a dining square by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events, that will offer global flavors with an NYC twist.

There’s also an open-air terrace for you to catch your breath, overlooking Manhattan at nearly 1,100 feet. Or take a stroll through an elevated alpine meadow, where you can relax and take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life.

Register on the site here to be among the first to experience the Summit One Vanderbilt this October.

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[via Time Out, images via SUMMIT One Vanderbilt] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414005/NYC-s-All-Glass-Elevator-Lets-You-Enjoy-Clear-Views-Of-Manhattan-1-210-Feet-Up/

Jeff Bezos Is Building A 416-Foot-Long Super Yacht Worth $500 Million

Right: Oceano’s Black Pearl, believed to be the inspiration for Bezos’ super yacht. Images via lev radin / Shutterstock.com and Oceano

Jeff Bezos has been secretly building one of the finest yachts in history, and it could cost up to US$500 million. The billionaire has commissioned Netherlands-based yacht manufacturer Oceano for the rumored 127-meter-long (416-foot-long) luxury ship.

According to Luxurylaunches, its design is said to be inspired by Oceano’s previous work, the Black Pearl, which is currently the largest yacht in the world at 107 meters (350 feet).

The Black Pearl is also one of the most high-tech ships, with features such as the DynaRig system, single-level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation and regeneration mode under sail.

It’s likely Bezos’ yacht will be decked out with even more of the latest technology; he is the founder of Amazon, after all.

The yacht is also reported to feature three huge masts, with several decks spanning across the ship. The project is so grand it’ll come with a support boat with its own helipad, too.

No pictures of Bezos’ yacht have been released, but the images of the Oceano’s Black Pearl, which the cruiser is said to be inspired by, might illustrate what it will look like.

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Oceano’s Black Pearl, believed to be the inspiration for Bezos’ super yacht. Image via Oceano

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Oceano’s Black Pearl, believed to be the inspiration for Bezos’ super yacht. Image via Oceano

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Oceano’s Black Pearl, believed to be the inspiration for Bezos’ super yacht. Image via Oceano

[via Luxurylaunches, images via various sources] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/414003/Jeff-Bezos-Is-Building-A-416-Foot-Long-Super-Yacht-Worth-500-Million/