A Touch of the Tactile For Faster Digital Workflow

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                                Do something often and well enough, and eventually optimization becomes a next step obsession. Nowhere is this more true than with design and photography professionals stationed in front of screens for hours daily working in applications like Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The following hardware devices are designed to expedite and fine tune accuracy for anyone working at a professional level and who appreciates a certain degree of tactile feedback while editing, processing, illustrating, and reviewing their work.
The Loupedeck+
We called the first Loupedeck a capable “ergonomic and tactile mechanism for editing with acute accuracy”, an editing console designed to turn the mundane tasks of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® Classic CC’s digital workflow into a more satisfying feedback loop of touch and sound. Thankfully not much has changed since, mostly improvements to the hardware’s build (the addition of mechanical actuation to the keys is welcome) and the layout, with updated software
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KUF Studio Puts a Twist On Window Blinds

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/kuf-studio-puts-a-twist-on-window-blinds/kuf-marble-multiplebig/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/KUF-marble-multiplebig-810x752.jpg" alt="KUF Studio Puts a Twist On Window Blinds" /></a>
                                Window shade systems all operate similarly, either requiring a manual pull mechanism or a <a href="https://design-milk.com/lutron-palladiom-shading-system/" data-wpel-link="internal">motorized system</a> to control roller shades or a slat system for purposes of controlling light and privacy. But designer and goldsmith Kia Utzon-Frank has imagined a solution offering a higher degree of control and customizability – <a href="https://www.kufstudios.com/#/kuftwistmain/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">a cordless shuttering system</a> for windows inviting users to create openings in shapes and patterns previously unrealizable.
The KUFtwist, formerly the Louver Twisting Comb, uses one or a series of “comb” modules arranged to move across a vertical plane and twist material individually into states of open or close as the mechanism is moved upwards or downwards. In multiples the combs can be moved into unique arrangements normally unattainable using traditional louver blinds or roller shades.

An early prototype of the KUFtwist. Image: Michael Bodiam

Kia Utzon-Frank has refined various iterations of her system throughout her career, beginning with
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Native Union Lightning Cables Offer a Rosy Outlook

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/native-union-lightning-cables-rose/native-union_family_mfi_rose_pink_01_ls_lowres/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Native-Union_FAMILY_MFI_Rose_Pink_01_LS_Lowres-810x592.jpg" alt="Native Union Lightning Cables Offer a Rosy Outlook" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.nativeunion.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Native Union&#8217;s</a> head of design Fabien Nauroy describes their new rose-hued collection as a &#8220;softer look&#8221;, a nod to the color trends led by the realm of fashion. The gentle hue joins the brand&#8217;s well established collection of Lightning cables designed to soften the eyesore of cables strengthened by a reinforced structure engineered to endure the constant stress of plugging and unplugging.

The Native Union Rose colorway is represented by four Lightning cable designs: NIGHT CABLE, BELT CABLE, BELT CABLE XL and KEY CABLE.

Like previous Native Union cable offerings, each of the four Lightning cables are wrapped in a combination of nylon braiding on the outside, with a TPE rubber sleeve, protective tinned copper braid, nylon fillers, and DuPont™ Kelvar® fiber strengthening the length from within. The combination is rated as six times stronger than standard charging cables (quantified by a rating of 10,000+ bends over the cable’s lifespan; one bend
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The Lofree Digit Number Pad Adds Up to a Touching Experience

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/lofree-digit-pad-colorful-design-adds-up/lofree-digit-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Lofree-digit-1-810x447.jpg" alt="The Lofree Digit Number Pad Adds Up to a Touching Experience" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.lofree.co/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Lofree</a> embraces the nostalgic with a catalog of delightfully colorful and rounded technological accessories reflective of space age era optimism. One of their upcoming designs continues this propensity for the playful – a sidekick to their popular <a href="https://design-milk.com/lofree-keyboard-touch-typing/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">clickety-clack keyboard</a>, the numerical <a href="https://digit.lofree.co/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Digit Number Pad</a> designed as both a partner and stand-alone calculation device.
Depending upon color (available in white, red-orange, and light aquamarine) the Digit Number Pad represents an aesthetic convergence of Dieter Rams’ iconic 1987-era designed Braun ET66 calculator with a Speak and Spell. The Digit Number Pad is designed to operate as a stand-alone calculator like its Braun predecessor, but unlike any 80s-era calculation device, this one also features Bluetooth connectivity allowing it to work in conjunction with any modern computer, tablet, or smartphone. The retro design isn’t just aesthetic. The Digit Number Pad is designed to deliver an auditory and tactile mechanical experience, with old school membrane switches
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The Urban Grid Inspires nortstudio’s Bench Series

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/nortstudios-urban-shapes-bench/nortstudio-bench-urban-shapes-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/nortstudio-bench-URBAN-SHAPES-3-810x810.jpg" alt="The Urban Grid Inspires nortstudio&#8217;s Bench Series" /></a>
                                Beginning in the late sixteenth century, the roots of modern urbanism began taking hold in cities across Northern Europe, with grid-like developments intended to strategically interconnect commerce, infrastructure and housing into new and rational visions of life. The urban grid plays prominent in Antwerp-based <a href="http://www.nortstudio.be/work/580/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">nortstudio&#8217;s Urban Grid Bench Series</a>, a seating system inspired by the inter-connectivity of modern urbanity.

From overhead, the grid and groove references the metal grates found across cities the world over.

Couple and nortstudio design partners Jef De Brabander and Kathleen Opdenacker reference three primary shapes inspired by the “rough forms and materials scattered around construction sites” as the base foundation of their indoor/outdoor bench system. Each piece is scored at the top with shallow grid-work, allowing each component to connect securely utilizing a fourth piece – a grid plane constructed with anodized aluminum (outdoor) or steel (indoor). The Mondrian-like extrusion of shape and colors turns the
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The SmartDesk All-In-One 72″ Touchscreen Standing Desk Workstation

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/smartdesk-ultimate-72-touchscreen-standing-desk/cemtrex-smartdesk-3/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Cemtrex-smartdesk-3-810x437.jpg" alt="The SmartDesk All-In-One 72&#8243; Touchscreen Standing Desk Workstation" /></a>
                                Traditionally all-in-one workstations integrate computer hardware into the form factor of a monitor, in turn reducing the amount of desk space required and cable/cord connections. The <a href="https://smartestdesk.com/pages/smartdesk"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Cemtrex SmartDesk</a> takes the concept several steps further, stitching three separate 24&#8243; IPS touchscreen displays into one enormous 72&#8243; expanse of screens all connected to a Windows PC (powered by a 8th Generation Intel Core i7) built into an adjustable standing desk.
The goal to eliminate the glut of connections usually associated with computer peripherals results in a singular multi-screen setup, with computer and accessories all hidden into a cohesive workstation. A 13 megapixel scanner, wireless charging system across the desk surface for mobile devices, and a built-in keyboard and trackpad are also integrated into the automatic standing desk.

A section of the Smartdesk surface is equipped for Qi wireless charging, further eliminating the need for cords and cables.

In general most users see
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The iOhouse SPACE: Off-the-Grid, Internet Connected Living

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/iohouse-space-off-the-grid-smart-home/iohouse-space-smarthome-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/iOhouse-Space-smarthome-4-810x456.jpg" alt="The iOhouse SPACE: Off-the-Grid, Internet Connected Living" /></a>
                                Living &#8220;off-the-grid&#8221; connotes a level of living rustic and rough fashion, one distant from the comforts and conveniences the typical well-heeled urbanist might expect. The <a href="https://iohouse.eu/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SPACE by Sweden-based iOhouse</a> is designed to deliver the antithesis of this notion – a luxe and tech-equipped residential concept transportable anywhere and engineered to be operate sans external sewage, electrical, or water systems with a plethora of next generation smart home options.

Specifications: 60 m2 living space within a 5m in width, 12 m in length, and 19 tons structure.

The Space is a fully self-contained housing proposal transported by truck, and delivered with all furnishings, appliances and technologies already included (brands listed include Antonio Lupi, Vola, Andrew World, Penta Juliette, and Lago). Utility systems for water, electricity, heating and even wireless internet connections are all engineered for storage, use, and monitoring without a connection to the grid:

The Architecture of Sound: Constellation Leo Audio System

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                                Imagine superimposing the contemporary architectural angularity of a <a href="https://libeskind.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Daniel Libeskind</a> structure to the form factor of an audiophile-rated speaker and what you might get is something like the <a href="https://www.constellationaudio.com/dominion/leo" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Constellation Audio Leo</a>, a high-end three-way stereo speaker system outfitted with a 6” subwoofer, 560 watts of amplification, and Chromecast, AirPlay and Bluetooth connectivity hidden within its sharply faceted topography.
The Leo is a “lifestyles” tabletop audio system engineered by a company normally focused upon catering to the stratosphere of higher end (and priced) audiophile components. Though the audiophile market has tended to lean toward discrete, multi-component systems to achieve optimal audio performance, Constellation Audio’s Leo is an attempt to engineer a high level of digital audio processing and amplification technologies within a single form factor. Noting the developing generation of music listeners increasingly prefer compact and mobile device connected systems like Sonos, the Apple HomePod, and other multi-room ready speakers, the Leo is
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Zaha Hadid Architects’ 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/zaha-hadid-architects-3d-printed-hline-hat/zaha-hadid-highline-hats-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Zaha-Hadid-Highline-hats-5-810x456.jpg" alt="Zaha Hadid Architects&#8217; 3D Printed Hat Tops the Crowd" /></a>
                                Last week&#8217;s <a href="https://www.thehighline.org/hatparty2018" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">High Line Hat Party</a> gleefully advertised itself as a &#8220;<em>clothing optional, hats required</em>&#8221; fashion-forward soiree – the sort of fashionably festive Gotham social event where participants feel compelled to put on a show. Though we didn&#8217;t attend, we&#8217;re crowning the sweeping fluidity of <a href="http://www.zaha-hadid.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>&#8216; 3D-printed H-Line Hat as &#8220;best in show&#8221;.

Mirroring the undulating interlocking chevrons of Zaha Hadid Architects’ 520 West 28th’s steel facade, the H-Line looks particularly inspired by the architecture when placed upon a surface.

The complex computer-aided weaves and waves characteristic of the late architect Zaha Hadid’s work is on full display in hat form, a fashionable reference to the sweeping steel facade of the firm’s recently completed 11-story 520 West 28th luxury condo development – the lone NYC project attributed to the late architect, Zaha Hadid. ZHA director Patrik Schumacher’s 3D-printed nylon hat takes on some of the same curvature of the inspiring
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The Logigram Turntable Combines Analog Audio With 3D Printing

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                                Music has a long history of bringing people together, and in the case of Italian architect Luca Chieregato and Chilean industrial designer Josefina Troncoso, it was their shared passion for music that inspired a collaboration under the studio moniker <a href="https://defoss.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">DEFOSS</a> (an acronym of &#8220;Design, Furniture, Objects in Space&#8221;). The Logigram Turntable is the result of their efforts – an analog record player featuring an innovative anti-vibrational CNC milled plinth and 3D-printed tonearm comprised of only three sections.
Designed and manufactured in Italy, DEFOSS efforts have resulted in three versions of the Logigram turntable, each designed to appeal to varying levels of entry-level audiophile specifications: the Logigram One Black/White, Logigram One Premium, and Logigram One Ultimate. The first two feature a slim 30mm plinth, with the all-wood Premium model standing above the more affordable wood fiber built Black/White editions. The Unsurprisingly, the Ultimate model represents their most premium efforts, with aa noticeably larger build
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BMW and MIT Envision Automotive Interiors That Can Change Shape

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                                In the near future car interiors may transcend the limitations of today&#8217;s fixed passenger layouts, capable of morphing into different configurations as desired using adaptable 3D-printed inflatable structures as developed by researchers at BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT’s Self-Assembly Laboratory.
On display at the V&A for The Future Starts Here exhibition, the collaboration between the BMW Design Department and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab explores the possibilities offered by complex printed silicone assemblages connected with precise pneumatic controls to manipulate volume and shape. The effects are not unlike watching the initial malleable bodies of arthropods as they emerge from larval state. In configurable groupings, the technology is envisioned to offer automotive interior designs the ability to design cars with cabins capable of transforming, adapting, and morphing from one state to another. At the touch of a button, seating could be moved, or even added, to different sections of
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MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mini-living-freelandbuck-urban-cabin/miniliving-cabinconcept-la-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/MiniLiving-CabinConcept-LA-9-810x540.jpg" alt="MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival" /></a>
                                At just 160 square feet, it&#8217;s a wonder the <a href="https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/living/the-global-village/introducing-the-global-village.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Los Angeles MINI LIVING Urban Cabin</a> fits a bedroom, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, and entryway atrium in service of &#8220;contemplation&#8221; all within the confines of its micro-cabin dimensions. There&#8217;s even a small rooftop garden crowning the Urban Cabin. Yet, the spatial origami realized by MINI LIVING in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FreelandBuck</a> assembled atop of the ROW DTLA for this <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">past weekend&#8217;s </span><a style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;" href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LA Design Festival</a><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;"> presents small space living not as compromise, but instead as an opportunity for ideas as expansive and transformative as the city it was designed to represent.</span>

Corinna Natter, Experience Designer and Designer of the Urban Cabins at MINI LIVING, explains the explorative urbanist concepts represented by the Los Angeles Urban Cabin project, noting its specificity and adaptability to the lifestyle and climate of Los Angeles.

Graphic: FreelandBuck

The collaborative nature of the Los Angeles Urban Cabin is
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The Sonos Beam is a Smaller and Smarter Soundbar

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                                It was about a year ago today San Francisco-based Sonos released the <a href="https://design-milk.com/sonos-playbase/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">PLAYBASE</a>, a uniquely shaped home entertainment speaker offering plug-and-play simplicity delivering rich, dynamic sound. The <a href="https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/beam.html" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Sonos Beam</a> retains the minimalist aesthetics of the former design, adding Alexa smart-speaker functionality, Airplay 2 support, and one remote control integration, but in a significantly reduced compact design ideal for smaller quarters.

The Beam’s compact size allows it to fit easily on a credenzas or slipped under a wall-mounted television.

Compared to the lengths of Sonos’ other existing home theater offerings – the Playbar (35.4 inches) and the Sonos Playbase (28.3 inches) – the Beam’s abbreviated dimensions of 25.625 x 3.94 x 2.70 inches offers a space saving presence that will undoubtedly deliver a performance upgrade to any built-in television speaker, though at a compromise in output and separation compared to its larger siblings. Still, Sonos engineers have
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The Bunaco by Nendo is the Speaker We Want to Unwind To

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/bunaco-nendo-bluetooth-speaker/nendo-bunaco-speaker-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/nendo-bunaco-speaker-5-810x540.jpg" alt="The Bunaco by Nendo is the Speaker We Want to Unwind To" /></a>
                                Endless iterations of the <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/speakers/" data-wpel-link="internal">audio speaker</a> fill the Design Milk archives, but arguably none so simple and subtly elegiac than the <a href="http://www.nendo.jp/en/works/bunaco-speaker/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Bunaco speaker by Nendo</a>, an omnidirectional expression of Japanese minimalism and craftsmanship.
Using beech wood from trees grown in the Japanese prefecture of Aomori, the artisan company Bunaco specializes in hand coiling 1mm thin and 1cm-wide ribbon strips of wood into subtle forms so tight the resulting forms are capable of holding water without leaking (note: the technique is old, but not ancient, originally developed in 1956). Bunaco primarily uses the technique to make bowls, lampshades, and other wood housewares. In this unique instance they’ve collaborated with Oki Sato and his Japanese studio Nendo to take advantage of the acoustic properties of beech wood to “warm” up both audio performance and the aesthetic presence of a Bluetooth equipped wireless omnidirectional speaker.

The perception whether the Bunaco speaker is unfurling or coming

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The Design Milk 2018 Father’s Day Gift Guide

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                                When it comes to Father&#8217;s Day gifts, we believe dads out there deserve a level of careful consideration not only representing an appreciation for everything they do, but also in recognition of their passions and interests, especially if they love design. Our list of gift ideas below sidesteps the tropes of Father&#8217;s Day – no socks or ties here – a continuation of <a href="https://design-milk.com/2017-fathers-day-gift-guide/" data-wpel-link="internal">last year&#8217;s recommendations</a> delivering a heartfelt acknowledgment of both dads and design.
30th Anniversary LA Forum x Modernica Collaboration Chair
A three-way collaboration between Modernica, L.A. Forum, and Claret-Cup would make for a unique Father’s Day gift for anyone with an affinity for Eames, mid-century design, and fiberglass. Bonus: each chair comes with a 1-year membership to the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design. Escentric Molecule – Molecule 01, 02 + 03
An unusual fragrance gift idea for the gent who wants to smell good
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The Herman Miller Cosm Tilts Itself Into the Best Position Possible

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/herman-miller-cosm-tilts-automatically/herman_miller-cosm-taskchair-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Herman_Miller-Cosm-taskchair-0-810x648.jpg" alt="The Herman Miller Cosm Tilts Itself Into the Best Position Possible" /></a>
                                Herman Miller tapped Berlin-based designers Carola Zwick, Roland Zwick, and Burkhard Schmitz at <a href="http://www.seven5.com/pages/en.php?lang=EN"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Studio 7.5</a> to deliver something often advertised, but rarely delivered: a task chair engineered to offer self-adjusting comfort bespoke to the user&#8217;s height, weight, and position. After 8 years of research and development, the studio developed the Auto-Harmonic Tilt system as the foundation of the new <a href="https://www.hermanmiller.com/products/seating/office-chairs/cosm-chairs/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Herman Miller Cosm chair</a>, a self-adapting work seat that takes the guesswork out of finding the most comfortable – and healthy – position to work from.
The 113 year old company unveiled the Cosm at this year’s Salone del Mobile 2018 as an example of next generation seating designed to automatically adjust to not only the endless varieties of seating positions people work from, but also in acknowledgment that many work environments now use chairs communally. When your chair may become another’s seating the next hour, and vice versa,
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One of a Kind Ferrari SP38 Unveiled at 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ferrari-sp38-concorso-deleganza-villa-deste/ferrari-sp38-5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Ferrari-SP38-5-810x540.jpg" alt="One of a Kind Ferrari SP38 Unveiled at 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este" /></a>
                                What you&#8217;re looking at here is what happens when one of Ferrari&#8217;s “most dedicated customers” has earned enough good will with the Italian automaker to request the Ferrari Design Centre Special Projects dream up something unique for their collection &#8211; a truly special automotive design revealed this past weekend in Italy at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
If the Ferrari SP38’s wing spoiler and scaled engine cover awakens inklings of recognition, it might be because the strong angular wedge design is openly in reference of the iconic detailing of the 1980s Ferrari F40 supercar. The one-of-kind car was built upon the modern day chassis and running-gear of the Ferrari 488 GTB as a nod to the last car commissioned by Enzo Ferrari himself, but the result is a muscular modern design that stands on its own as neither a F40 nor a 488 GTB. Sadly, the single planned public
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The Tone Lab Synth Stacks Songs Like Sandwiches

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/tone-lab-synthesizer-instrument/tonelab-01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/ToneLab-01-810x544.jpg" alt="The Tone Lab Synth Stacks Songs Like Sandwiches" /></a>
                                Industrial designer <a href="http://www.colinhearon.com/tone-lab/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Colin Hearon&#8217;s Tone Lab</a> digital instrument design was awarded first place “Best in Show” at <a href="http://www.ohiostatedesignexhibits.com/colin-tyler-hearon/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Ohio State University’s 2018 Design Exhibition</a> for simplifying the complexity inherent in learning how to compose music by turning the process into an intuitive physical act: stacking musical modules into songs, the musical equivalent of paint by numbers.
The Tone Lab is the outcome of research conducted by Hearon who found a sequential and linear approach to “building” music proved to be the fastest and easiest method for beginners to most easily become acquainted with layering effects required to compose a track. The experimental approach resulted in the incorporation of stackable tile blocks programmed with specific sounds and instructions. In action it’s imaginable to see using the Tone Lab as the construction of a sandwich of sound. Obviously the limitations of building tracks using this method relegates the Tone Lab as a beginner’s instrument.
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The Blloc Smartphone Turns Off Color to Tune In Focus

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/blloc-minimalist-smartphone-designed-focus/blloc-monochromatic-phone-7/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/Blloc-monochromatic-phone-7-810x570.jpg" alt="The Blloc Smartphone Turns Off Color to Tune In Focus" /></a>
                                Minimalist doctrine dictates we liberate ourselves from things, all in the hopes of preventing these things from perpetually owning our attention. It&#8217;s a thoughtful ideal many of us aspire to. But in reality it isn&#8217;t a multitude of &#8220;things&#8221; consuming our attention, but one specific thing: our phones. The <a href="https://www.blloc.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Blloc</a> smartphone proposes we give up something seemingly essential – color – offering a monochromatic experience to deliver a more focused relationship between user and device.
The Blloc isn’t the first attempt to address device-induced attention deficit disorder. The Light Phone 2 and the Nokia 8110 banana phone both subtract features from the smartphone template down to the bare minimum. But like a Pandora’s Box, once one has become accustomed to the multitude of features of modern smartphones, it’s difficult to return to using a device only capable of calls and short messages. We may aspire toward simplicity, but not simple.
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Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D

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                                Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That&#8217;s the formula <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas</a> is using to manufacture their latest generation of footwear, the <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us/alphaedge-4d-shoes/AC8485.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ALPHAEDGE 4D</a>. Digital Light Synthesis was developed with <a href="https://www.carbon3d.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carbon</a> to allow the footwear makers to tailor midsole structure for cushioning, stability, and comfort specific to the weight and activity of its wearer. Now Amsterdam’s <a href="http://www.studiohagel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Hagel</a> is using the 3D-printed midsoles and compositing a hybrid shoe as componetry to reconstruct their own unique hi-top reinterpretation.
From Andy Barr, Adidas’s global category director for running:
With AlphaEdge 4D our goal is to enhance the athlete’s preparation for their sport. Running is the foundation of every athlete’s training and at adidas we understand that each athlete exhibits different movement patterns based on their sport, stature and gender.
The original goals of the ALPHAEDGE 4D as stated above – available domestically in the US since February – may have been motivated in
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