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National Gallery Of Art Debuts ‘Artle’, Like ‘Wordle’ But With Paintings

Claude Monet’s Woman with a Parasol (1875) from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Image via National Gallery of Art (public domain)

 

If you’re a person of culture who happened to be swept up in the Wordle storm over the recent months, there’s a new game to flex your knowledge with on social media.

 

Inspired by the wildly popular word puzzler, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, has created Artle, an art-guessing game for those who can tell their Monets and Manets apart.

Like Wordle, Artle offers up just one puzzle a day. The goal is to identify the artist of the day—with nothing more than four artworks, unveiled gradually, to guide your decision.

 


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Artist names are more prone to typos, so the way you enter an answer is by typing into a dropdown menu, which will generate the name you were thinking of.

Artle is trickier than Wordle, given that there are 155,000 artworks by 15,000 artists in the gallery’s collection. Though, it’s also more educational than the original, as the hints come with citations for users to discover more about the artist.

 

For more ways to scratch that Wordle itch, check out Posterdle, a version with movie posters; Squabble, a Battle Royale-style game; and Spellie, a kid-friendly Wordle dupe.

 

 

 

 

[via Hyperallergic and Mental Floss, images via National Gallery of Art]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418747/National-Gallery-Of-Art-Debuts-Artle-Like-Wordle-But-With-Paintings/

Apple Produced A Brilliant Yet Unsettling Ad About Your Privacy Being Sold

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As wary as people may be about the way their data is handled, they probably have not grasped the full extent to which it can be used. The good news is that tech giants are now a little more transparent about data and privacy; days after Twitter unleashed a video game that simplifies its terms and conditions, Apple has released an amusing commercial illustrating the topic.

Explaining data and privacy collection in a way art lovers can reconcile with, the clever yet dystopian spot stars a young woman named Ellie, who finds herself in an auction house à la Sotheby’s.

Only this time, instead of offering up Old Master paintings and NFTs, this venue—called ‘DUBIOUS’—is run by data brokers selling away Ellie’s information.

 


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Artifacts like her browsing history, past transactions, and contact list are snapped up in no time at all, an allusion to just how quickly and easily third parties can acquire information from unwitting users.

 

It’s all happening right under your nose.

 

Thankfully, in true Banksy fashion, Ellie manages to shred all trace of her information and stop the sales from going through. She taps “ask not to track” on her iPhone 13 and tweaks her Mail Privacy Protection settings, prompting everything in the auction house to go poof.

“iPhone has privacy features like App Tracking Transparency and Mail Privacy Protection that help you control who sees your data and who doesn’t,” Apple explains. It hopes the campaign can shed light on the lesser-known ways data can be used and the options available to consumers to protect their information. 

 

 

 

 

[via Fast Company and TechRadar, video and cover image via Apple]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418746/Apple-Produced-A-Brilliant-Yet-Unsettling-Ad-About-Your-Privacy-Being-Sold/

Bulgari Designs Vibrant Tiara In Honor Of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee

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Queen Elizabeth II is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having commemorated 70 years of service as a royal this month. As a tribute to this crowning achievement, Bulgari has crafted an intricate tiara accented with rich emeralds and diamonds.

Embodying a bouquet of flowers, the Jubilee Emerald Garden tiara is set in platinum—a nod to the Platinum Jubilee—its transparency saturated by the intense green of 63.44-carat Zambian emeralds, which call back to the Queen’s appreciation for the gem.

 


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At its heart is a stone carved in the shape of a lotus flower, signifying purity and eternity.

It took more than 1,500 hours for a master goldsmith and a five-designer team to complete the regal headpiece. Two of them were craftsmen assigned just to set the emeralds.

 

Granted, a tiara is not something even the Queen would wear every day. As such, this high-jewelry piece is designed to double as a necklace, too.

 


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[via Tatler Asia and Harper’s Bazaar UK, images via Bulgari]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418745/Bulgari-Designs-Vibrant-Tiara-In-Honor-Of-Queen-Elizabeth-s-Platinum-Jubilee/

Meet ‘Kami’, The World’s First Virtual Influencer With Down Syndrome

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Virtual influencers are a small subset of the ever-growing community of social media personalities, but they’re becoming more prevalent, nonetheless. That’s why representation is so important.

Down Syndrome International (DSi) and creative agency Forsman & Bodenfors (F&B) Singapore have thus introduced ‘Kami’, the first virtual influencer with Down syndrome. Kami is on Instagram, and you can follow her under her handle @itskamisworld

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The problem with the virtual avatar community is that characters are, more often than not, “idealized” constructs. They aren’t affected by inevitable parts of the human experience, such as body changes from not watching their diet or their skin sagging with age. These personas are curated and don’t depict the diverse human spectrum.

Kami’s ambition is to help build a digital space where people, especially individuals with Down syndrome, feel included and appreciated. Her real name, Kamilah, means perfection, challenging consumers to reconsider what the word means.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The virtual model might be a synthetic representation, but her image is a fusion of more than 100 real young women from around the world who have Down syndrome. Digital modeling agency The Diigitals generated her looks using a face-averaging app, before finalizing her design with  3D character creation software Daz3D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The volunteers also lent their voices, mannerisms, and personalities to create an authentic embodiment of the community and bring Kami to life.

“I don’t really see people with Down syndrome on social media. I wish there was more like us,” describes Jaspreet Sekhon, a volunteer from Singapore whose image helped turn Kami from concept into reality.

“In a world filled with pixel-perfect virtual models, creating Kami is a way to completely reframe Down syndrome in the online space,” note Rachel Kennedy and Firrdaus Yusoff, creatives at Forsman & Bodenfors Singapore.

“We want to make it impossible to ignore Kami and everything she stands for. As we get to know her, Kami’s true potential will depend on how the world embraces her in her virtual form.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via Branding in Asia and Muse by Clio, video and images via @itskamisworld

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418744/Meet-Kami-The-World-s-First-Virtual-Influencer-With-Down-Syndrome/

Cheez-It & Pandora Team Up To Sonically Age Cheese With Hip-Hop Tracks



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When Cheez-It came across a study in Switzerland that posited aging cheese to hip-hop beats could accentuate its taste and smell, the company set out to partner with music streaming service Pandora to put the theory to the test. 

According to a statement, the brand wanted to find out if the tempo and sonic frequency of hip-hop songs could really take the classic “satisfying flavor” of the famed snack to the next level. As such, it worked with Pandora to age the cheese using the unique vibrations of hip-hop music for—wait for it—a whole six and a half months. 

The result? The world’s first-ever sonically-aged snack that merges the love for hip-hop with the flavorful taste of well-aged cheese. 

Interested fans can get their hands on the Cheez-It x Pandora Aged by Audio boxes on the official website from May 26, 2022 to see if it really does taste any better than the original. 

To commemorate its launch, SiriusXM radio host Sway Calloway has been commissioned to release an exclusive new YouTube series, Living Legendz, which will feature interviews with hip-hop greats and document how these big names in the industry have changed the music scene. 

“This collaboration is the perfect mix of my favorite things: hip-hop music, wild innovation, and Cheez-It,” said Calloway. 

“Hip-hop has influenced many lives, so I’m looking forward to seeing if fans can taste the effect of the most beloved genre of music in the world on these crackers.” 

 

 

 

[via Input and Kellogg Company / PR Newswire, cover image via Kellogg Company / PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418742/Cheez-It-Pandora-Team-Up-To-Sonically-Age-Cheese-With-Hip-Hop-Tracks/

Marvel Acquires Stan Lee’s Likeness To Revive Him In Its Universe

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It’s no Soul Stone, but Marvel Studios has moved to obtain the rights to the name and likeness of former Marvel Comics president Stan Lee, who passed away in 2018, for a wide range of applications in the next 20 years. The deal was signed with Stan Lee Universe, a joint venture between Genius Brands International and POW! Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

The two-decade license will allow Marvel to use Lee’s name, image, voice, and signature across feature films, television shows, Disney theme parks, cruise lines, and merchandise, including toys, figures, apparel, and stationery. Executives will be able to keep Lee’s memory alive by tapping into digital technology and footage.

However, the line is drawn at bringing Lee back into video games and virtual reality, the report stresses.

Lee was central to the creation of beloved comic book franchises like Spider-Man and the Avengers. Marvel Studios would frequently bring him in to cameo in blockbusters to acknowledge its creative muse.

Importantly, obtaining Lee’s likeness won’t automatically mean that Lee will return posthumously in upcoming films. Producers acknowledge that there’s a sensitivity in resuscitating deceased persons through CGI and the like, and they say that they may not necessarily go down this route.

 

Andy Heyward, chairman and CEO of Genius Brands, tells the Hollywood Reporter that, if Marvel’s attempts to preserve Lee’s legacy are executed tastefully and carefully, they should be welcomed with open arms by arms.

 

 

[via Gizmodo and The Hollywood Reporter, cover photo 79140837 © Starstock | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418743/Marvel-Acquires-Stan-Lee-s-Likeness-To-Revive-Him-In-Its-Universe/

Honda Shares Sneak Peek Of Its First Electric SUV, The ‘Prologue’



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Following the announcement that Honda and GM are teaming up to create “affordable” electric vehicles that will cost under US$30,000, the Japanese automaker has now released the first teaser of its forthcoming electric SUV, the Prologue.

While all that has been revealed is a single render of the vehicle, Honda says the 2024 SUV will mark “a new era of electrified Honda vehicles.” 

Not to mention, the Prologue is said to have versatility and a driving range that matches up to the brand’s current line of rugged SUVs, and is built to traverse both the roads of your daily commutes as well as weekend adventures on the off-beaten track. 

The car will be part of Honda’s goal of launching a 100% emission-free lineup by 2040, with Engadget noting that the brand has said it plans to unveil up to 30 new EVs by 2030. 

Head here for updates on the launch of the Prologue. 

 

 

 

[via Engadget and Honda, cover image via Honda]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418741/Honda-Shares-Sneak-Peek-Of-Its-First-Electric-SUV-The-Prologue/

Microsoft Introduces Sustainability Cloud To Help More Businesses Go Green



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Beginning next month, Microsoft will be introducing new features in its Cloud that will aid corporations in accelerating the varying stages of their sustainability journeys, by providing better intelligence and data management solutions to reach eco-friendly goals.

As the company puts it, organizations of all sectors and sizes are looking to transform their practices into more environmentally conscious ones, including downsizing their environmental footprint, championing sustainability through value chains, and making strategic investments that back the cause. 

To achieve this, it’s imperative for businesses worldwide to be equipped with centralized data intelligence to allow them to make these decisions surrounding complex issues, which is where Microsoft Cloud comes in to streamline the process. 

The Microsoft Sustainability Manager will help organizations unify their data intelligence by collecting and connecting data using sensors, enabling easier recording and reporting, and the ability for businesses to reduce their environmental impact using automated data insights. 

Additionally, corporations can use the Emissions Impact Dashboard to have a broad look at the carbon footprint of their current tools and make decisions to replace them with more sustainable, eco-friendly options. 

“Digital technologies are also helping organizations facilitate greater transparency and accountability through their value chain, from raw materials to product creation to distribution,” said Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President of Industry, Apps, and Data Marketing.

“A data-first approach can help organizations achieve data integrity and gain the visibility they need to drive efficiencies, reduce emissions, and design out waste,” she added. 

With more solutions slated to be released, managers and executives can trial Microsoft Sustainability Manager for free or purchase the program from June 1, 2022, to help build a more sustainable workplace.

 

 

 

[via TechRadar and Microsoft, cover image via Microsoft]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418739/Microsoft-Introduces-Sustainability-Cloud-To-Help-More-Businesses-Go-Green/

Mastercard Forgoes The Card With A Wave Or Smile In Biometric Payments



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Ever realized you’d forgotten your wallet at home while already in line for the checkout? Now, with Mastercard’s new Biometric Checkout Program, you’ll never have to fumble for your purse or smartphone ever again.

In fact, the new technology is so intuitive, you’ll be able to make payments just with a smile or wave. Another benefit? Much quicker checkout lines, especially when you’re in a rush. 

According to the company, the first-of-its-kind technology will establish new ways to pay at stores worldwide, from major department stores to mom-and-pop shops down the street. 

Naturally, despite 74% of consumers having a positive attitude towards biometric technology, some may still be uncomfortable with their facial data being used and stored. 

With a set of standards in place for banks, merchants, and technology providers to adhere to, Mastercard plans to roll out the new payment system in a way that ensures the security and privacy of users’ personal data.

To access the feature, customers will have to enroll in the program in-store or at home through a merchant or identity provider app. Once you’ve registered, you’ll now be able to check the receipt, smile into the camera, or wave your hand over a reader at checkout to finalize your payments.

The first pilot of the system will be rolled out in Brazil with supermarket chain St Marche, allowing five of its stores to enroll customers’ face and payment information through the Payface app. Future tests are planned for the Middle East and Asia.

“The way we pay needs to keep pace with the way we live, work, and do business, offering choice to consumers with the highest levels of security,” said Ajay Bhalla, President of Cyber & Intelligence at Mastercard.

“Our goal with this new program is to make shopping a great experience for consumers and merchants alike, providing the best of both security and convenience,” he added. 

 



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[via CNBC and Mastercard, images via Mastercard]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418738/Mastercard-Forgoes-The-Card-With-A-Wave-Or-Smile-In-Biometric-Payments/

Google Launches ‘Interview Warmup’ Bot To Practice Job Interviews With

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Having to speak in front of a stranger, knowing that one right move or misstep can affect your prospects in a career, is unnerving. What if you had a trained, non-judgmental figure to talk to ahead of a job interview?

 

Google has createdInterview Warmup’, a free tool to help you prepare for interviews so you’ll be more comfortable and confident in front of recruiters. The app uses machine learning to analyze your answers and recommend ways of improvement to sound more professional.

To start, you either speak into the microphone or type out responses. The Interview Warmup tool is designed to assess answers related to Google Career Certificates—which cover UX design, e-commerce, project management, data analytics, and IT support. However, anyone can use it since it also looks at replies to general prompts like, “Tell me a bit about yourself,” and “What are you looking for in your next job?”

 

 

 

While Google Career Certificates are paid, this month, the tech giant started making US$100,000 worth of credits available for free to all US businesses. At the end of a program, participants receive industry-recognized credentials to upgrade their careers.

 

The tool points out words that you tend to repeat, as well as suggests key terms relevant to the job you are applying for that you could swap out some words with.

 

 

Interview Warmup allows an unlimited number of practices to ensure you step into an interview feeling more assured about yourself. Answers will not be saved into Google’s database, though you can opt to download the transcripts.

For now, Interview Warmup is only available in the US. Try it out here.

 

 

 

[via Engadget and 9to5Google, video and cover image via Google]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418740/Google-Launches-Interview-Warmup-Bot-To-Practice-Job-Interviews-With/

NYC’s Busiest Station Gets New Staircase, Longest Subway Mural In $30M Overhaul

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Dubbed the “crossroads of the world,” Times Square station has a spiffy new entrance to become even more accessible. With some 640,000 people traveling through the passageway daily, Times Square station is the busiest station in the city’s entire subway system.

 

The entryway, opening right to the heart of the Times Square district, now features a 15-foot-wide staircase and an extra 450 square feet of space.

A gleaming canopy consisting of 238 triangular glass frames overlooking the staircase channels the Waterford Crystals that cover the famous New Year’s Eve Crystal Ball.

 


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The entrance is illuminated by energy-efficient LEDs, as well as introduces four new digital information displays that inform commuters of arrival times, 10 additional turnstiles, and 18 surveillance cameras, among other upgrades. Soffits on the ceiling feature the station’s original plaster molding, and a historic panel lined at the bottom of the stairs trace the station’s milestones.

Accentuating the renovations is an extensive, 4,600-square-foot mosaic created by fabric sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave that stretches from the entrance to the refurbished 42nd-Street Shuttle platform and 42 St Connector.


Image via Marc A. Hermann / MTA (CC BY 2.0)

Comprising a trio of artworks to represent the message “‘Every One, Each One, Equal All,” it is the longest mural in the subway system.


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“Times Square is one of the busiest, most diverse and fabulously kinetic places on the planet,” Cave describes. “For this project I took the above ground color, movement, and cross-pollination of humanity, [and] bundled it into a powerful and compact energy mass that is taken underground.”

 

The transformation, including that of the entranceway plus the commissioning of the mosaic, is worth $30 million. It’s part of the MTA’s $300 million 42nd Street Connector program to improve the city’s busiest subway station.

Another $10 million was forked out by Jamestown Properties, the owner of One Times Square, to build a new accessible elevator.


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The elevator, which connects to the shuttle to Grand Central Terminal, is installed with two-way communication technology to guide riders with hearing and speech impairments in the event of an emergency.


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“The new stairwell and ADA-compliant elevator will make Times Square—the crossroads of the world—more accessible and more inclusive than ever before,” notes Michael Phillips, President of Jamestown.

 

[via Gothamist and New York Post, images via Marc A. Hermann / MTA (CC BY 2.0)]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418737/NYC-s-Busiest-Station-Gets-New-Staircase-Longest-Subway-Mural-In-30M-Overhaul/

Reebok Reimagines Eames Elephant Toy As Charming Assortment Of Sneakers

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You’ve probably sat in an Eames product at least once in your life. Soon, you’ll be able to walk in one too.

 

In partnership with the office founded by mid-century design marvels Ray and Charles Eames in 1941, Reebok has playfully reinterpreted a series of iconic designs as sneakers, inviting you to celebrate their legacy down to the very sole.

The new Eames Office collection splashes Reebok’s Classic Leather shoes in elements from three Eames products: the Eames Elephant; the Eames Coloring Toy; and rosewood, a nod at the couple’s choice of furniture finishing.

The bulk of the five-sneaker selection comprises a spin on the colorful elephant-shaped children’s toy and stool that the Eameses created in the 1940s.

 

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Envisioned in plasticky colorways of Vector Red, Seaside Gray, and Cool Aloe, the laced footwear is topped with a detachable elephant face that takes the shoes from work to play. The Eames Office branding appears on the tongue and insole to commemorate the source.

 


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Reebok designer Nathan Chang tells Dezeen that the team endeavored to honor the Eames Elephant’s childlike qualities by working on a full range “down to infant sizing.” And just like their muse, the sneakers double as both a toy and sculpture.

 

A different pair pays tribute to the Eames Coloring Toy, with monochromatic illustrations decked all over a deliberately white canvas. In keeping with the theme of the coloring product, this variation is meant to be customizable by the wearer to be transformed into a unique work of art.

 

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Perhaps the most unmistakably Eames colorway, though, is the dark brown option with a woodgrain appearance, which is reminiscent of the finishes on the timeless Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman.

 


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This is the second collaboration to emerge between Reebok and the Eames Office. However, Chang notes that it contrasts with the first edition in that it pays homage to the body of work created by the design duo, whereas the original was centered on the designers.

 

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In true mid-century fashion (pun not intended), the sneakers are boxed in an ‘Eames house’ of their own.

The Eames Office x Reebok Classic Leather collection will debut on June 21 for US$120 a pair.

 

 

 

[via Dezeen and Hypebeast, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418736/Reebok-Reimagines-Eames-Elephant-Toy-As-Charming-Assortment-Of-Sneakers/

Plant-Based Whole Eggs Are Coming For Brunches In Poached, Sunny-Side-Up Styles



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Fancy having a sunny-side-up or poached egg without the need for chickens to suffer? Well, that’s what Yo! Egg is setting out to do as it breaks into the US market. 

As the company puts it, it’s offering the perfect Eggs Benedict without the cholesterol, cruelty, and climate change worries. 

 



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According to TechCrunch, the Israel-based firm was founded by CEO Eran Groner in 2019, who felt there was a gap in the market for plant-based eggs and seafood. Plus, he found it concerning how much water was needed to produce one poultry egg—53 gallons, in fact—that he set out to create a better, more sustainable alternative.

If you’re thinking that you’ve seen vegan eggs on the market, you’d be right. However, as compared to rivals, Yo! Egg is working on recreating the “whole egg” experience as opposed to liquid or powdered versions of the product. 

 



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As per its FAQ, the firm uses a proprietary blend of plant-based proteins, sunflower oil, water, flour, and a few “simple ingredients” to replicate the taste in its 100% vegan egg.

To put its product to the test, the brand tested it in a breakfast chain in Israel, not wanting to go the vegan route to “play it safe,” but rather testing it right up against famed egg dishes. 

The company is already working on hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, and other solutions for bakers, hoping to make a dent in the 95 billion natural eggs consumed in the US every year. 

 



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[via TechCrunch and Yo! Egg, images via Yo! Egg]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418732/Plant-Based-Whole-Eggs-Are-Coming-For-Brunches-In-Poached-Sunny-Side-Up-Styles/

Disney+ To Add Ad-Supported Tier, But With Care To Protect Family-Friendly Image



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While rumors swirl about Netflix’s possible advertisement-support tier, new information coming out of Disney+’s camp has shed some light on the advertising practices the streaming site is working on to protect its family-friendly image. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, profiles set up for preschoolers or shows primarily targeting the age group will not include any advertising, and parents will be able to finetune kids’ profiles by age. 

Additionally, it reports that regular subscribers can expect an average of four minutes of advertising per hour, which is less than regular cable television, and on par with a similar tier on rival HBO Max.

 

The company has promised not to run any advertisements related to politics, alcohol, or other controversial issues.

 

As CNET notes, Disney has yet to announce the price for the advertisement-supported tier but may hike the price of its advertisement-free option which currently costs US$8 per month. 

With so many streaming services coming out with the same cheaper, advertisement-supported subscription, who will capture most of the market? Only time will tell.

 

 

 

[via CNET and The Wall Street Journal, cover image via Monticelllo | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418734/Disney-To-Add-Ad-Supported-Tier-But-With-Care-To-Protect-Family-Friendly-Image/

Marmite Elevates The Poshness Of Its Controversial Spread In A Golden Carriage



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In celebration of the launch of what’s now known as its “posher-than-posh spread,” Marmite is pulling out all the stops—including busting out a gold horse and carriage to ride around Chelsea, London, to promote the new Marmite Truffle.

The campaign, created by advertising agency Adam&EveDDB, is a quirky take on the popular condiment, placing out-of-home advertisements in affluent locations in the city, with witty slogans in a “posh” language, such as: “One either loves it or one finds it really rather beastly.” 

As Muse by Clio notes, Marmite’s branding has long tapped on its polarizing reputation, as when it collaborated with Lynx (Axe) body spray to come up with one of the most hotly-debated scents ever.

 



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According to The Drum, in this campaign, there’s even a billboard outside Harrods that plays into the luxury stereotype with the line: “One either loves it or regurgitates in one’s designer handbag,” and another on Chelsea Embankment that reads: “One either loves it or would rather gargle Thames Water.” 

Other than the out-of-home spots, the giggle-inducing creatives will be rolled out across the brand’s social media channels and print advertisements, with Ben Tollett, Adam&EveDDB’s Group Executive Creative Director, telling the site that it’s been a struggle to “contain one’s excitement” from the first moment he saw the campaign. 

 



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[via The Drum and Muse by Clio, images via Marmite]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418733/Marmite-Elevates-The-Poshness-Of-Its-Controversial-Spread-In-A-Golden-Carriage/

‘Most Inconvenient Convenience Store’ Hangs Off A Cliff Nearly 400 Feet Up

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Corner shops are a dime a dozen, but where you won’t find them are out-of-reach zones.

It can’t get more inaccessible than in mid-air, but that’s precisely where the pitstop at Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in Hunan, China, is located. It hangs off the side of a cliff, forcing customers to earn their snacks by climbing 393 feet up. 

 

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The shop, a simple wooden box, has been dubbed by Chinese social media users as the “most inconvenient convenience store”—a moniker that has rubbed off on the park’s organizers, who have now adopted it as a hashtag on social network Weibo.

 

Staffers are trained climbers, and only one employee mans the store during a shift. Naturally, they don’t get a lot of customers, but workers have claimed that the gratitude of visitors who need a rest before making their way to the top of the cliff is worth the modest earnings.

 


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As with all convenience stores on the ground, drinks and snacks are sold here. These are stocked on a daily basis by employees before dawn.

 


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Despite the short supply of refreshments around these parts, the store retains low prices. As per Insider, a bottle of water costs only about 30 cents.

 

One occupational hazard? How far the bathroom is. To reduce the number of climbs down to the toilet, employees refrain from drinking too much water.

 

 

 

[via Boing Boing, Insider, South China Morning Post, images via Shiniuzhai National Geological Park / Weibo]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418735/Most-Inconvenient-Convenience-Store-Hangs-Off-A-Cliff-Nearly-400-Feet-Up/

Apple Is Testing A Foldable Device With Colored E-Ink Display

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Apple’s anticipated foldable iPhone could combine elements of both the Kindle and the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. As detailed by Ming-Chi Kuo, arguably the most reputed analyst when it comes to predictions for upcoming tech products, the Cupertino giant is experimenting with electronic ink for a foldable—a first for the industry.

Kuo outlines in a tweet that Apple is testing E Ink’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) as the cover screen or secondary display on a foldable device. He foresees that this could set a trend for the flexible phone market due to the power-saving capabilities of E Ink, which can preserve gadgets’ battery life for weeks on a single charge.

 

Apple is testing E Ink’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for future foldable device’s cover screen & tablet-like applications. The color EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices’ must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving.

— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) May 17, 2022

 

The E Ink outer display would also be colored, presenting as a sleek and low-energy alternative for the OLED external screens currently adopted by rivals to showcase notifications and the time on foldable smartphones.

As Macworld quotes, E Ink’s latest e-paper—the Gallery 3—features a “full-color gamut” based on a particle ink system of cyan, magenta, yellow, and white. In addition, the technology has the responsiveness to play videos and animations, so a colored electronic ink display for the iPhone is certainly attainable.

 

The E Ink Gallery 3 colored ePaper. Image via E Ink / Business Wire

 

The E Ink Gallery 3 colored ePaper. Image via E Ink / Business Wire

 

It remains to be known if the energy-conserving screen will feature on the first foldable iPhone, which is expected to make it to market in 2025, at the earliest.

 

In a similar vein, Apple recently won a patent for “virtual paper” that can project 2D and 3D visuals and can be crumpled. This project, however, appears to be envisioned for AR/VR applications.

 

 

 

[via TechCrunch and Macworld, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418731/Apple-Is-Testing-A-Foldable-Device-With-Colored-E-Ink-Display/

Louis Vuitton Teleports Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms Onto Chic, Dotted Bags

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Louis Vuitton is taking one of the world’s most iconic traveling art shows to the boutiques in its second partnership with Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama.

In the upcoming array, Louis Vuitton bags both classic and new come patterned in 2D and 3D interpretations of Kusama’s “obsessive dots,” similar to those seen in the acclaimed Infinity Mirror Rooms.

Some of the spotted designs were spotted on the runway of Louis Vuitton’s 2023 Cruise Fashion Show at the Salk Institute in San Diego on May 12, including rainbow polka-dotted clutches shaped like a book and LV Twist and bucket bags with metallic silver studs.

 


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This Yayoi Kusama chapter arrives a decade after a previous Louis Vuitton collaboration helmed by former creative director Marc Jacobs. The 2022 Yayoi Kusama edition is spearheaded by Jacobs’ successor, Nicolas Ghesquière.

 


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The dotted bags will reach stores worldwide in January 2023, and Louis Vuitton has shared a few teasers on social media

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via WWD and Highsnobiety, images via Louis Vuitton]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418730/Louis-Vuitton-Teleports-Yayoi-Kusama-s-Infinity-Rooms-Onto-Chic-Dotted-Bags/

Google Unveils Campus With ‘Dragon Scale’ Solar Skin, Its First Self-Designed HQ

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Technology giant Google has officially opened its Bay View campus, its very first self-designed headquarters, which not only features the forefront of innovative office spaces but employs sustainable architecture too.

Before starting on the project, the company surveyed employees to figure out just want they wanted from a workplace, and came up with a plan to construct “happy, positive, and creative” rooms for when they come together in teams, as well as isolated spaces “buffered from sound and movement” when deep-focus work needs to be done.

 



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Additionally, the planners paid special attention to elements that affect the senses, such as materials used, daylight, air quality, thermal comfort, and acoustics.

 

Every desk in the building will enjoy green outdoor views and natural daylight to promote wellbeing of employees, while the special ventilation system uses 100% outside air as opposed to the typical 20% to 30%. 

 

Furthermore, thousands of construction materials—ranging from carpet tiles to paints, piping, plywood, and furniture—were vetted to choose those with the lowest amount of toxins.

 



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Not to mention, in terms of sustainability, Bay View campus’ façade makes use of a first-of-its-kind ‘dragon scale’ solar skin and nearby wind installations to operate carbon-free 90% of the time.

 

It’s currently waiting to be certified by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) as the largest project under the program, and is looking to secure the Water Petal Certification, which means the site is net-positive with recycled water used for all non-potable water demands.

 



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On the building, above-ground pods will gather rainwater throughout the year, before flowing to a waste wear treatment system below that uses the water to cool towers, flush toilets, and irrigate the green landscape.

 

While within the building itself, everything has been built to be all-electric, including two kitchens that make use of electric cooking equipment instead of gas. This, along with the 17.3 acres of natural areas planted by Google, aims to conserve the environment by minimizing carbon emissions and replenish native landscapes to the area. 

Take a look at a video of the campus below.

 

 

 

 

[via Engadget and Google, images via Google]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418729/Google-Unveils-Campus-With-Dragon-Scale-Solar-Skin-Its-First-Self-Designed-HQ/

Picasso Painting Depicting Lover As A Tentacled Sea Creature Sells For $67.5M

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A cartoon-like portrayal of Pablo Picasso’s lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, imagining her naked form as a sea creature, went off the market for US$67.5 million on Tuesday. This was the first time the painting had been offered for auction, according to Sotheby’s in New York.

Femme nue couchée (1932), meaning naked woman reclining, presents the young lover with flexible limbs,—her exposed body leaning back and alluding to fertility, sexuality, and grace, says the auctioneer. 

The painting acknowledges Walter’s passion for swimming and her elegance in the water, which contrast with Picasso’s aversion as he himself could not swim.

Walter was only 17 when she was sighted by the married 45-year-old artist in Paris. In their secret romance, she served as the muse for several of his paintings and sculptures. They had a daughter together, named Maya Widmaier-Picasso. Later, as his affections shifted toward photographer Dora Maar, she would share the spotlight with the new lover.

The piece remained in Picasso’s estate until 2008, when the artist’s descendants handed the work down to the anonymous seller. Femme nue couchée sold for above its estimated price of US$60 million.

 

Reuters names the buyer to be Amy Cappellazzo, the former head of global fine art at Sotheby’s, who left her post at the auction house last year.

 

 

[via CNN and Reuters, cover image via Sotheby’s]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418728/Picasso-Painting-Depicting-Lover-As-A-Tentacled-Sea-Creature-Sells-For-67-5M/

Adidas x Gucci Umbrella Priced At $1.3K Can’t Withstand Rain

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Two unexpected fashion powerhouses have taken to the playing field for a showy, co-branded collection that verges on sardonic. The Adidas x Gucci tie-up has been keeping fashionistas on the edges of their seats, but now that the range is out, it seems fans aren’t a sport for some of the items.

The Adidas x Gucci umbrella (US$1,290) may be pleasing on the eyes—with its interlocking ‘GG’ monogram and trefoil art, green and red triple stripes, and birchwood handle carved into a letter G—but it does little to protect its owner from the rain.

 

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Image via Gucci

 

Please don’t hold it under the rain because, as Gucci reveals in its description, the accessory “is not waterproof and is meant for sun protection or decorative use.”

 

Image via Gucci

 

Jing Daily reports that internet users in China have been throwing, erm, shade at this design shortcoming, with the hashtag for “not waterproof collab umbrella sold at 11000 yuan” amassing hundreds of millions of views on social network Weibo.

In response, Gucci renamed the product by removing a character in the Chinese word for umbrella to mean parasol.

In other parts of the world, the product is titled as a “sun umbrella.” With that being said, this is no substitute for SPF sunscreen so you’ll still need to have sunscreen on while carrying  your US$1,290 sun umbrella. 

 

If you’re into things that are more practical, you might be relieved to know that there’s another umbrella in the collection that’s a tad more useful. Yet, this one also doesn’t serve as a traditional umbrella, either—it’s an ‘umbrella seat’ with a handle that doubles as a resting spot for your tushy.

 


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And not to rain on your parade again, but this version’s a touch pricier at US$1,650.

 

 

 

[via Jing Daily and Mothership.SG, images via Gucci]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418726/Adidas-x-Gucci-Umbrella-Priced-At-1-3K-Can-t-Withstand-Rain/

LEGO Brings Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ To 3D With Mesmerizing, 2,316-Piece Set

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Vincent van Gogh never knew the true value of his work. Now, on days when you doubt your abilities, you too can create a masterpiece—then take it apart and try again.

LEGO is now presenting new perspectives on the famous Starry Night painting in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, where the van Gogh art has lived since 1935. An immersive 2,316-piece set “paints” the Post-Impressionist work’s depth and swirling brush strokes using stackable bricks.

 


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The set was designed by Hong Kong-based LEGO enthusiast Truman Cheng, whose proposed design left fans in awe and ultimately prompted the toymaker to make the arty build a reality.

 


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The multi-dimensional plastic masterpiece places a cypress tree and houses in the foreground, while stars, clouds, and the moon stud the background. You can stand it on your desk or hang it on the wall.

 


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For a more meta spin, you could superimpose the painting with the accompanying van Gogh Minifig, easel, palette, paintbrush, and even his own mini painting.

 


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Image courtesy of LEGO

 

“It was a good brain tease to come up with tricks and techniques to capture the look of the original painting,” shares Cheng in a press release. “The brushwork goes into many directions in the moon and the swirling cloud, so there was some creative use of bracket and clip elements involved.”

The designer, a 25-year-old PhD student, described last year that his proudest effort in the project was the multi-layered stack of plates on the top-right mirroring van Gogh’s “angled brushstrokes within the moon-lit cloud.” At the time, the set was envisioned with just 1,552 pieces, so he might have a new favorite section now.

In keeping with the artistic theme, LEGO is running a contest encouraging builders in the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Poland, and Spain to interpret the night sky in LEGO pieces. Selected works will be displayed in MoMA’s lobby this summer.

The Starry Night set will first launch on May 25 exclusively for LEGO VIP and MoMA members, before rolling out globally from June 1. The kit will retail for US$169.99 in LEGO locations, as well as MoMA’s Design Store in New York City and online store.

 


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Image courtesy of LEGO

 


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Image courtesy of LEGO

 

 

 

[via LEGO]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418727/LEGO-Brings-Van-Gogh-s-Starry-Night-To-3D-With-Mesmerizing-2-316-Piece-Set/

Scientists Have Brought Dead Human Eyes ‘Back To Life’ In Breakthrough Move

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It was an eye-opener, to say the least. A team of researchers at the John A. Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah and other international colleagues successfully restarted the eyes of people who had passed recently, pointing at possibilities in brain-death reversals.

 

The eyes, which came from organ donors, responded to bright light, colored lights, and even dim flickers up to five hours after death. This indicated activity in the neuron cells—which was startling, since death comes with the loss of neuron activity.

The scientists also showed that the eyes could interact with one another after death, transmitting signals similar to those of living eyes.

In particular, the team managed to revive dead b-waves for the first time, BGR reports. These are rhythmic oscillations that exist in living brains—although, most recently, they were observed in the last moments of a person’s brain, too.

With this revelation, scientists are hoping to accelerate breakthroughs in eye treatments and eye-related neurodegenerative diseases.

 

 

 

[via BGR and Indy100, cover photo 55008501 © Nandha Kumar | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418725/Scientists-Have-Brought-Dead-Human-Eyes-Back-To-Life-In-Breakthrough-Move/

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max Replica Brings First Hands-On Look At The High-End Model

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Are you saving up to get this year’s flagship iPhone? Feast your eyes on what looks to be the first high-quality glimpse at the iPhone 14 Pro Max is here, complete with the iconic Apple logo at the back.

YouTuber Unbox Therapy has obtained a supposed one-to-one dummy of this year’s largest iPhone from Japan. This replica is based on computer-aided design (CAD) models for accessory makers, which allow them to manufacture phone cases in time for product launches.

As demonstrated in a new video, the iPhone 14 Pro Max—or the mockup, at least—is slightly thicker and heavier than the iPhone 13 Pro Max, although the bezels have been downsized by a touch. It’s believed that the premium handset will feature slightly larger power and volume buttons, too.

These suggest that differences in appearance between the iPhone 14 Pro Max and its predecessor will be marginal, at best. That doesn’t mean users should forgo the 2022 lineup—the iPhone 14 Pro Max will potentially stand out with its lack of the notch. Unbox Therapy’s video corroborates reports about the dreaded notch being replaced with a ‘pill and hole punch’ design, and that appears to be happening with the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

 

But if you’re hoping to switch to the universal USB-C for good, this might not be the year to upgrade your iPhone. It’s said that the Lightning port will only disappear when the iPhone 15 lineup comes around, and the new video backs this up.

 

 

 

 

[via 9to5Mac, KnowTechie, Unbox Therapy, cover photo 189530079 © Delstudio | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418724/Apple-iPhone-14-Pro-Max-Replica-Brings-First-Hands-On-Look-At-The-High-End-Model/

Marvel Introduces Trans Superhero Mutants Into Its Comic Universe

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Considering how deep Marvel’s lore goes, it’d be naive to assume every character is straight or cis-gendered. The most prominent queer character happens to be Loki, who is bisexual and gender-shifting, just as Norse mythology would have it.

 

Now, more characters are coming out. Marvel’s Voices: Pride (2022) #1, scheduled for release on June 22 amid Pride Month, will introduce Shela Sexton, or Escapade, a transgender mutant with the ability to switch locations with another person or “any specific physical or abstract attributes such as possessions, organizational status, skills, superhuman powers, and even situations!” describes Marvel.

 

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Shela is joined by her turtle sidekick and Morgan Red, a fellow trans mutant—and together, they steal from wealthy crooks just like in Robin Hood.

Interestingly, Shela has a “chosen family,” reflective of the close-knit circles that some LGBTQ+ individuals keep.

“I wish I could hang out with Shela in real life,” shares co-creator Charlie Jane Anders. “She is a total goofball, a cool weirdo who has a super-strong sense of justice and a profound loyalty to her friends. Until recently, she believed that everything would always be okay as long as she and Morgan were there for each other, but lately, she’s been realizing life is more complicated than that.”

 

Anders stresses that it was crucial that Shela and Morgan being mutants “is not a metaphor for being trans, and vice versa.” As such, the comic will center around “a whole community of trans mutants,” rather than making Shela stand out.

“I think that Shela has experienced some rejection because of her trans-ness, but she’s also found an amazing community that supports her and lifts her up, and this has changed how she thinks about being a hero for sure,” Anders elaborates. “She wants to be there for everybody who’s been left behind, and she wants to help people feel like they can belong and be seen and loved. That was something I really hope everyone reading this comic, especially young trans people, take away from it.”

 


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[via Paper Magazine and Comic Years, images via Marvel]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/418723/Marvel-Introduces-Trans-Superhero-Mutants-Into-Its-Comic-Universe/