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By Aurélia Durand for Apple’s project “She Creates”. From Apple.

Empowering, joyful, and vibrant, Aurélia’s work proudly portrays and celebrates diversity, drawing attention to the need for a more inclusive way of representing today’s society.


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Elegant, minimalistic, and designed for easy self-assembly; Strøm Bikes follows a business model that cuts out the middlemen between the manufacturer and the consumer.

Strøm Bikes is an innovative e-bike company based in Copenhagen, on a mission to make urban commuting more sustainable and convenient. At Strøm, they believe that e-bikes are an essential part of the transition to a green urban transportation system.

Today, traffic jams, smoke and extensive pollution are just some of the challenges the world’s largest cities are trying to solve. In many places air-pollution has reached critical stages, and in many cities cars are driven by one person commuting to/from work. Our fossil fuelled transportation system currently emits 24% of global CO2 emissions, out of which 72% comes from road vehicles. It’s also predicted that by 2050 urban populations will reach 6.5 billion. …


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Digital Supermodel Shudu. From Amazing Zone

With AI and 5G developing increasingly faster, we will soon experience reality in new ways — literally and figuratively — through technologies that will make us question what “real” is.

As new technologies advance, a plethora of products and services are being designed to respond to new needs. In the future, having digital humans as assistants, performers, clerks, coworkers — and perhaps friends too — might become the norm. In this article, we will look at how new and older technologies are being used to create holograms, digital humans, and, finally, deep fakes — reflecting on the possibilities they might bring in the future.

HOLOGRAMS

You might have watched the Black Mirror episode where (spoiler alert) pop star Ashley O — played by Miley Cirus — is “recreated” in the form of an euphoric doll-speaker and, later, when she’s kept in a coma, in the form of a hologram performing songs extracted from her brain waves. The episode makes the viewer reflect on many themes; one being that the artificial constructions of a person may not represent their real personality at all — despite them having the same looks and mannerism— and another being that such artificial constructs might be created without the real person’s consent. …


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From nupoliticalreview

Relatable, immediate, and easy to spread, memes make a phenomenal communication tool. Unlike many other tools, memes are the fruit of anonymous and unmoderated collaboration, making it one of the most fascinating creative collaborative design projects…to handle wisely!

The definition of meme

The term meme derives from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mīmēma), meaning ‘imitated thing’. The term is used in Anthropology to define an idea, behavior, or style that becomes a trend and spreads by imitation, often carrying symbolic meaning. Memes are, therefore, a means for carrying ideas or concepts, which can be transmitted through writing, speech, gestures, or other easily imitable phenomena.

So, memes have existed for a very long time. However, Internet memes — usually just called memes — are a more recent concept. A meme is a quickly consumed comedic and relatable piece of media; it can be an image, video, audio, piece of text, etc., …


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What happens when brands that are dedicated to different industries collaborate? If smartly exectuted, unexpected brand collabs can break into new markets and surprise consumers.

Co-branding is a smart and fruitful way to help both brands reach a wider audience and boost brand awareness, while creating something new, valuable, and unique. Here, we gathered a series of peculiar brand collaborations that produced beautiful and distinctive designs and prodcuts.

1. LOVERS & SVAKOM x FEEL TECHNOLOGY

In a moment in time where many are spending a lot time at home — and in some cases in isolation — two adult wellness brands have joined forces with Feel Technology to release a new collection of interactive sex toys. The sleeok and elegant design of Connexion Series is the result of the collaboration between Lovers, SVAKOM and hardware & software company Feel Technology. …


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Machines ‘experience’ reality in a completely different way than us humans. Seeing the world as they do, through Design Fiction, could lead us to unexpected and uncharted design solutions.

Simone Rebaudengo is a product and interaction designer whose work focuses on building experiential versions of the future and exploring the implications of living and interacting with networked, smart, and autonomous things. The international clients and institutions he’s worked with include BMW, Philips, Google Creative Labs and the Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

When we think about the future, we often imagine abstract scenarios with objects and technologies so advanced and sophisticated that humans almost become ‘Superhumans’ capable of doing what we can only dream of today. However, these speculations often start from the assumption that humankind is the central or most important element of existence, forgetting that it is an integral part of a much more complex system of things, with which it is intertwined. …


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From cities and transport to food and wearables, design fiction spawns projects that are not only food for our dreams but also an incentive for a better future. Here, we cherry-picked some of the most vivid and beautiful examples of speculative design.

Speculative Design is one of the most exciting ways for designers to practice problem solving by design. Using Design Thinking and other methods, we can broaden our scope and develop boundary-pushing systems and prototypes that spur discussion about alternative ways of being and encourage imagination to flow freely. Design speculations have the potential to become the catalysts for redefining our relationship to reality and cultures; the results are truly inspiring, with a seductive vividness and a promise of a far future that is not far from science fiction stories.

Take a step into the future with these amazing examples of future design. …


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We looked into Cyrillic typography and Russian & Eastern European Web Design to find some incredibly inspiring gems that no designer or typography lover should overlook.

If we think of Russian design, one of the things that immediately come to mind is Soviet Brutalist architecture. Characterised by a massive and ‘blocky’ appearance, with a rigid geometric style and an extensive use of concrete, this style emerged in the 50s and became increasingly widespread across European communist countries such as the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia in the following decade.

Despite being often criticised for looking unwelcoming, this style has continued to influence later designs and forms. Today, this style is often associated with high-tech architecture and has been given a new life through web design. Because of this, we decided to cherry-pick 13 edgy, inspiring Brutalist websites designed using the Cyrillic alphabet. …


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Supporting the tattoo industry whilst helping artists adapt to the changes in digitalization has now become more relevant than ever. Tattoodo, with more than 30M users across their network, is at the forefront of the industry.

Based in Copenhagen, Tattoodo is the world’s number one digital destination for tattoo culture and lifestyle. With more than 2 Billion content views, Tattoodo is on a mission is to collect and share appreciation for tattoo art, while continually bringing relevant, original content and new services. From curated galleries of inspiration, to educational articles on the craft, and artist recommendations — Tattoodo facilitates the first steps in a user’s tattoo journey by providing the most important information in one place.

We met with Hannah Smellie, Community Manager, and Brady Mason, Head of Product at Tattoodo to discuss how Tattoodo is staying relevant by digitizing the tattoo industry and supporting millions of artists around the globe. We looked at the ways in which Tattoodo has contributed to help tattoo artists during the pandemic, and how it is facilitating the transition from walk-in appointments to a fully digital experience. …


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World2 is a digital space ideated to create new narratives through collaborative interaction. The contributors’ interpretations can give images deeper meanings and generate unusual stories.

Thomas Hedger is an award winning artist, based in London, whose work captures majestically the energy of our frantic lives and the small, little details we are often too busy to pay attention to. His style is characterised by strong lines, geometric shapes, vector illustrations, pop landscapes, and a combination of vivacious colors and gradients. Thomas’ work is primarily printed and digital, but not only limited to that, as he also experiments with 3D installations and sculpture.

About

Giorgia Lombardo

Editor of DeMagSign, content writer at Design Matters. I can’t live without tea and dark chocolate. Interested in design, society, and culture.

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