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IKEA & Ori Team Up To Develop ROGNAN Robotic Furniture For Small Living Spaces

Cities are booming and at the same time living spaces are shrinking. That’s why IKEA is exploring flexible and innovative solutions that empower people to have big dreams for small homes – introducing ROGNAN robotic furniture developed in collaboration with Ori.

To meet this need, IKEA is collaborating with Ori, an American startup that has developed robotic furniture for modern living and has been challenging the limitations of space in living spaces – now introducing ROGNAN. With ROGNAN as a robotic furniture solution for small space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home. ROGNAN is a bed, closet, sofa, and desk all in one! 

ROGNAN is built on Ori’s robotic platform with system thinking in mind, working with the IKEA storage solution PLATSA as a standard geometry. This means that people can easily change the function and look of ROGNAN, or move PLATSA to another place if that’s needed, being more conscious and less wasteful of what you buy by prolonging the life of the product and letting the product adapt to your life changes. ROGNAN also works with TRÅDFRI cabinet and wardrobe smart lighting.

The form, function and price of ROGNAN is based on the needs of an urban, extreme small-space living consumer; determined through home visits, data and expertise in the IKEA retail markets of Hong Kong and Japan.

The first launch of ROGNAN will be in Hong Kong and Japan during 2020. 

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Hershey’s Redesigns Milk Chocolate Bar For First Time In 125 Years

The Hershey’s brand came up with a new way to satisfy America’s love for emojis. For the first time in The Hershey Company’s 125-year history, the iconic Hershey’s brand is changing the look of its original milk chocolate bar and transforming each piece to include an emoji. The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars will feature 25 of the most popular emojis across six different emoji packaging designs – all designed to collect, share and eat. The new bars are set to launch this summer, nationwide, for a limited-time only in both standard size and snack size bars.

For those wondering why certain emojis made the cut, each one was carefully selected by parents and kids to feature meanings that would help to spark a conversation. Research showed that 87 percent of kids agreed that the new Hershey’s Emoji Bar is something they would want to share with others¹. This limited time offering will arrive just in time for summer and will also be available in the run up to back-to-school, while supplies last.

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bar has an emoji for every emotion. It offers a fun way for kids to connect with others, whether on the first day of school or if they just moved to a new neighborhood, so grab them while you can. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji Bars come in standard 1.55 oz. bar (SRP: $0.99), 9.45 oz. snack size bag (SRP: $4.09).

The new Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Emoji bar will arrive in stores this summer.

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USA Today Interview: Chip Kidd, How I Became a Book Designer

With a body of work spanning from designing the iconic cover of “Jurassic Park” to writing his own novels, Chip Kidd has worked with some of the most famous names in literature and cartoons. The words and designs of the TED speaker, book cover designer, author and editor have been seen around the world, and Kidd’s advice rings true: “Do it because you love it.”

USA TODAY caught up with Kidd to talk about everything from doppio macchiatos and Carrie Fisher to developing a thick skin and what will be on the first line of his obituary.

Read the interview HERE.

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Scholastic’s New Headquarters Is Unlike Any Corporate Office You’ve Ever Seen

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Harry Potter, and Captain Underpants are staples of any kid’s bookshelf, courtesy of the New York-based book publisher Scholastic. So when the publisher redesigned its headquarters in 2018, it was only natural to decorate the walls with these famed characters.

But that posed a problem: children’s book illustrations look fantastic in context, but they can seem childish when blown up on the walls of a publishers’ office. “It looks great small, in a book, but if you blow it up on vinyl it becomes tacky looking,” says Paula Scher, the Pentagram partner who designed a series of supergraphics for Scholastic’s HQ in New York. “It feels like a promotional piece in a store–if you were at a retail [store] and they blew up a giant image from the book that’d be on some kind of cheesy stand that you threw out in five minutes.”

To elevate the classic imagery, Scher decided to approach the space as if it were a contemporary art gallery and then display each illustration in the style of a modern art piece. A Harry Potter illustration, which decorates the ceiling above the receptionist desk, looks almost like stained glass–a stylistic nod to U.K. artists Gilbert and George. An illustration of the crime-fighting characters Dog Man and Cat Kid looks like a giant comic book, inspired by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Others are just downright playful. The Magic School Bus comes to life in the form of a giant yellow pegboard with 15,000 dowels. Clifford the Big Red Dog’s portraits are actually shaggy with red fur. A large sculpture of Captain Underpants explodes through one of the walls. In fact, that wasn’t Scher’s original vision. “I wish I could have had Captain Underpants completely as Jeff Koons,” she says, though ultimately she decided that the reference wouldn’t come across to her audience.

Beyond the graphics, Scher’s crowning glory in the space is the reception desk, which is encased in what looks like a floating bookshelf. The 800 books are all replicas of titles from the Scholastic library, with Pentagram-designed fonts along their multi-colored spines.

To achieve the illusion that they’re floating, the Pentagram team pinned all of the books to the desk itself, making the appearance as magical as the contents. “Those are their heroes on the shelves,” Scher says.

    

Fast Company Story Link HERE.

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Gillette Razor Maker 

Developed in collaboration with Formlabs, the Gillette Razor Maker is a new service that lets you put your own touch on your razor’s handle. 

Dozens of designs are available, each in a handful of different colors or finishes. Once you’ve settled on a design and head 5 and 3 blade options are offered. Your razor will be created using stereolithography printing technology at their Boston headquarters and shipped right to your door in a few weeks.

Order HERE from Gillette for $19+.

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Mickey: The True Original Exhibition Celebrates 90 Years of Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse has been shaping our lives and winning our hearts for 90 years, and we think an icon like him deserves to celebrate his anniversary longer than just one day. And we’re not the only ones who think that—just announced today, Disney is opening an interactive art exhibit in New York in honor of the 90th anniversary of Mickey Mouse. Titled Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, the exhibit is an immersive, pop-up art exhibition inspired by Mickey’s status as a “true original” and his global impact on popular culture and art.

Running from November 8, 2018 – February 10, 2019, Mickey: The True Original Exhibition will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 60 10th Avenue, New York. Tickets are available for $38 per person at disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal.

With 16,000 square-foot of interactive experiences, you can experience the magic of Mickey through original work from renowned and emerging contemporary artists. Curated by designer Darren Romanelli, the exhibit will feature exclusive original artwork from contemporary artists including Kenny Scharf, Amanda Ross-Ho and Shinique Smith, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. The experience will captivate the senses to surprise and delight guests, evoking the inspiration, creativity, and true original spirit of Mickey Mouse. The exhibit will span from Mickey’s beginning in black and white in Steamboat Willie to the technicolor world of more than 100 cartoon shorts. Get ready to step into an unforgettable journey unlike which you have ever experienced—all to celebrate Mickey!

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DesignerCon 2018 Moves To The Anaheim Convention Center

13 years ago, DesignerCon (aka DCON, presented by 3DRetro) debuted at the Pasadena Convention Center and quickly became the West Coast’s premier convention for fans, collectors and creators of cutting-edge collectible art and vinyl toys. Now, after over a decade of growth, DCON is moving to the Anaheim Convention Center, tripling in size to 350,000 square feet of vendor exhibition and programming space.

Last year, over 37,000 people attended DCON to buy art and related merchandise from renowned artists and brands such as Paul Frank, KidRobot,Mighty Jaxx, Pop Life and more. This year they’re returning along with over 800 other artists and vendors, and attendance is expected to exceed 50,000. Chevy Metal, the alter-ego of the Foo Fighters, is confirmed as the headlining band of the Saturday night after party. Secret Walls will be returning with their world-class art battle. Universal Studios will be hosting a special Jurassic Park themed art show in honor of the franchise’s 25th anniversary, and the Keith Haring Estate will be celebrating what would have been the late artist’s 60th birthday with a special exhibition of The Pop Shop. For the first time ever, Japanese artist Lauren Tsai, most famous for “Terrace House,” will be exhibiting in the US at the convention. Famed Japanese toy company, MEDICOM TOY, will also be exhibiting at this year’s DCON. This will be the first time in MEDICOM TOY’s history, that they will participate as an exhibitor at a show in the USA on a full scale. More artists, vendors and special programming will be announced as they’re confirmed. 

“In some ways it’s bittersweet for us to leave behind Pasadena where the convention has grown for over a decade,” says producer Ben Goretsky. “But as a lifelong collector, I’m incredibly excited that there is enough interest in the toy world to inspire this move to such a large space. The show has already confirmed many new artists and vendors from around the world that will be joining the convention for the first time ever. This is a whole new chapter for DesignerCon.” 

DesignerCon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center on November 16 – 18, 2018. The convention center is located at 800 W. Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802.

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Logo-A-Gogo: Branding Pop Culture By Rian Hughes

For more than 20 years, Rian Hughes has been a versatile designer, illustrator and lettering artist working for international clients in the fields of publishing, music, sports, telecommunications, fashion and more. He has specialized in creating logo designs for the comic industry, notably for DC and Marvel products, including Batman and Robin, Batgirl, the X-Men, Captain America, Wolverine, The Spirit, The Invisibles, Shade the Changing Man, and The Atom. He has also designed logos for posters, CDs, and clothing, and produced branding for clients such as Hasbro, the Cartoon Network, Virgin Airways, Eurostar, and the BBC. 

This compendium is packed full of the best of his logo designs and offers an insight into the creative process behind his work. Preliminary sketches are shown alongside the final design, and accompanied by author commentary. An essential reference for designers to draw on in branding and other graphic design projects, the book will also fascinate anyone interested in contemporary culture. This is as good as it gets for those looking for a source of cool and inspirational logo design.

Logo-A-Gogo: Branding Pop Culture will be released on July 1, 2018.

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Coca-Cola Unveils Four New Flavors of Diet Coke

With an updated look, sleek new packaging, and the debut of four bold, new flavors, The Coca-Cola Company is re-energizing and modernizing Diet Coke for a new generation of drinkers – and offering its millions of current fans a new look and more flavors.

The company spoke to more than 10,000 people from across the country to get their ideas and inputs on potential flavor extensions, packaging updates and more. From these insights, Coca-Cola’s R&D team developed and tested more than 30 Diet Coke flavor combinations, featuring tropical, citrus and even botanical notes. Ultimately, Diet Coke landed on four flavors that received the most positive consumer responses.

Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango bring more variety to the trademark by complementing the unique, crisp taste of Diet Coke with unexpected-yet-delicious tastes.

Diet Coke and the new flavors will be packaged in sleek 12-oz. cans and sold as on-the-go singles and in eight-packs. Diet Coke also will continue to be offered in all existing package sizes, such as standard 12-oz. cans, mini cans, glass bottles and more. All new packaging and flavors hit store shelves on January 22, 2018.

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Mondo & Cyclops Print Works Partner To Release Jungle Book Print By Daniel Danger

Mondo has now partnered with Cyclops Print Works and their first collaboration will be released tomorrow.

In honor of The Jungle Book‘s Blu-Ray release on August 30th, 2016, Cyclops and Mondo will offer this timed edition print by Daniel Danger.

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The Jungle Book by Daniel Danger
Size: 24”x36”
Technique: Serigraph | 9 Colors
Edition Size: TBD by the timed-sale period.
Features: Hand-Numbered
Paper: French Pop-Tone Limeade
Printed by: D&L Screenprinting
Officially Licensed by Disney.
$60

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The Jungle Book by Daniel Danger
Size: 24”x36”
Technique: Serigraph | 9 Colors
Edition Size: TBD by the timed-sale period.
Features: Hand-Numbered
Paper: French Pop-Tone Limeade
Printed by: D&L Screenprinting
Officially Licensed by Disney.
$60

Timed-edition available from August 30th from 9 AM CST – September 2nd 12 PM CST at www.mondotees.com

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