illustration by Marina Muun

Put On Your Beauty Face

Samsung‘s new phones automatically “improve” your looks by default

Cell phones from the world’s biggest manufacturer roll off factory lines preinstalled with software designed to remove all your blemishes by default each time you take a photograph. You have to opt in to appearing natural.

I was automatically pushed through the beautification machine and came out looking like a computer rendering of porcelain, several steps away from reality. There were no angles, no lines, nothing of substance.


re:form

A field guide to the designed world

    Chris Stokel-Walker

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    UK-based freelancer for The Guardian, The Economist, BuzzFeed News, the BBC and more. Tell me your story, or get me to write for you: stokel@gmail.com

    re:form

    re:form

    A field guide to the designed world