Listen to Episode 58 of Clever: Ti Chang

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                                In <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">this episode of Clever</a>, Amy and Jaime talk to industrial designer Ti Chang, co-founder and creative director of Crave, a start-up dedicated to innovative and elevated sex toys. Originally from Taiwan, as a child Ti moved with her family to the U.S. and grew up feeling out of place in small-town Georgia. Loneliness had its upside though; less friends, more creative time! An independent thinker and brave warrior for female empowerment, she’s on a mission to eradicate shame and guilt, and believes all women should own their pleasure. Amen, sister!
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New Design Milk Job Board Listings from Gensler, Huntsman, fuseproject, + Ann Sacks

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                                A bunch of new job opportunities have popped up over on the <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Design Milk Job Board</a> – make sure you go check them out!
fuseproject is looking for the following positions in San Francisco:
Senior XD Visual Designer
UX & Experience Design Lead
XD Visual Design Lead
Senior UX Designer
Environmental Design Senior Lead
Environmental Design Director Art Director – Kelly Wearstler – Full Time – Los Angeles Furniture Design and Development Director – Article – Full Time – Vancouver, BC Huntsman Architectural Group is looking for:
Senior Interior Designer – New York
Senior Project Architect – Chicago
Project Architect – San Francisco
Job Captain – San Francisco
Interior Designer – San Francisco Business Development Support – stellarworks – Internship – New York Ann Sacks is seeking a Design Sales Advisor in New York and San Francisco Gensler in San Francisco is looking for a Job Captain/Project Architect – Mid-Level
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The Truck Surf Hotel Is a 2-Story Hotel on 6-Wheels

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                                The <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mercedes-Benz Actros</a> has been relied upon for years as a long distance transport truck designed efficiently to deliver goods from point A to be point B – a practical vehicle with a few luxe features designed to keep truck drivers happy. But Daniela Carneiro and Eduardo Ribeiro envisioned the potential for something remarkably different, a long hauler intended to appeal to those chasing waves. Modified with a custom hydraulic system and the additional double decker accommodations, their <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Truck Surf Hotel</a> offers one of the most unique travel experiences available today.
The Truck Surf Hotel concept combines the comforts of a hotel or Airbnb with the adventurous “go anywhere” possibilities of a recreational vehicle. Inspired by their own travels in a camper van chasing waves across Europe and Africa, surfers Carneiro and Ribeiro designed the Truck Surf Hotel as a mobile solution inviting similarly spirited surfers and adventurers to be driven to
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The Dina Is One Part Lamp, One Part Piggybank

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                                Even at quick glance, it&#8217;s obvious the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Dina</a> isn&#8217;t your everyday table lamp. Maybe it&#8217;s the lamp&#8217;s unusual bottom heavy dimensions that first draws curiosity, or perhaps the tactile temptation of its light wood pull switch jutting in contrast from its black base. Most likely, it&#8217;s the curious inclusion of a coin slot located at the top of the lamp shade that most piques interest. The sum is an interactive lamp conceived to convert coins into illumination, and also, curiosity into thoughtful consideration about the cost of convenience.

The Dina is turned off with a simple pull of its wooden sphere pull-switch, turning off the light and also dropping the coin into a savings receptacle (explaining the lamp’s unusual proportions).

The Dina lamp is the brainchild of Colombian MOAK Studio – a team whose playful outfit of household technology includes a lamp activated by breath and a radio with a
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Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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                                My mom is the type of person who gets a gift for a day like Mother’s Day and will either a) cherish the item so much to the point where she’ll only use it on “special occasions” or b) think of somebody else who deserves it more than her…on her own holiday! It&#8217;s hard shopping for someone who would rather give than receive, which is one of the reasons why my mom holds a deeply special place in my heart. Below, I put together a roundup of gifts with her in mind, as well as new moms to be or the unofficial mom in your life. I hope you’ll find it useful in gifting your special person this Mother’s Day.
Candle + Perfume + Flower Gift Set from Skylar Body and Bloom2Bloom \\ $150
A fail-proof formula for gifting any mama, this gift set includes a clean-burning candle, a hypoallergenic
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A Portable Power Pack With a Magnetic Design

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                                Despite optimistic claims most every smartphone manufacturer throws out with every iteration, even with moderate use, our phones often require a recharge at some point in the day. Statistically speaking, that means 80% of smartphone users will seek to plug in or wireless recharge. <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Bunk</a> is designed to make recharging easier without the weight and wait of existing extra power sources.
Designer Will Kail’s solution sits somewhere between a separate power module and a case with a built-in battery pack. Bunk is engineered as a “100% wireless, hot-swappable battery pack” and will snap magnetically onto the back of smartphones for quicker and supremely easier recharging.

The vibrant terrazzo finish offers a colorful punch to the power source.

Eliminating the need to connect a cable to charge or adding the extra bulk of a integrated battery pack solution required of some cases, the Bunk brings a lightweight mobile element to the
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The Work From Hawaii Live/Work Residency Program

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                                Our love for the Hawaiian islands as a <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">travel destination</a> is already well established. If we&#8217;re not there, we&#8217;re often thinking about a return visit, with each of the islands offering distinct experiences. Which makes the <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Work From Hawaii</a> (WFH) – the island state&#8217;s newly announced sponsored work/study program aimed at mainlanders operating within the creative fields – a most enticing proposition. Because who wouldn&#8217;t want to work remotely from one of six unique workspaces tailored specifically to benefit their work in the design, art, music, science, and writing fields?
Created by the Hawaii Tourism United States (HTUSA) as a response to the explosion of “workcations” and the ubiquity of digital tools permitting creatives to work anywhere, at any time, the Work From Hawaii (WFH) residency is comprised of six unique programs scheduled for a week’s stay from one of the six islands:

The Location Scout (Kaua‘i)

A residency designed
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Interconnected Furniture That Acts Like Mini Power Stations in Your Home

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                                François Chambard, the creative mind behind <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UM Project</a>, has us all intrigued once again after last year&#8217;s <a href=""  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">conductive wallpaper</a> and now his innovative line of interconnected furniture called <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Patch</a>. Each piece of furniture visually draws the eye closer but what you don&#8217;t see at first glance is that each piece is outfitted with small batteries turning it into its own mini power station. With all the pieces connected, including a battery packed solar panel case/bench, it turns into a microgrid that can distribute enough solar energy to power a micro apartment. These connected pieces are able to produce motion, light, and sound one can interact with.
While most electrical networks are out of sight, Patch changes that by letting the connections and circuitry live on display. By doing so, Patch has the ability to function as an alternative to how traditional smart homes look. Patch charges in just eight
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Gather Is a Designer’s Dream Decluttering Solution

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                                Designer Jeff Sheldon ran into the same dilemma designers, artists, musicians, and anyone else with a perpetually busy work surface encounters. &#8220;Since I spend a lot of time working in my home office, I put a lot of thought into designing my ideal desk setup where I can be productive and stay inspired as I handle the many different parts of running my business. One of the things I always wanted was a central place to hold the small things that constantly cluttered up my desk.&#8221; Sheldon&#8217;s search didn&#8217;t conclude with a purchase, but with the launch of his own design: <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Gather</a>.

“Over the course of 3 years, I worked through dozens of prototypes and sketches to dial in every detail. I went from chopping up rough foam models with a pocket knife all the way to working with industrial design engineers to produce 3D-models and technical drawings that

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Friday Five with Nicholas Jitkoff

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                                <em>While it may have only been 10 years, it feels like <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dropbox</a> has been around forever, doesn&#8217;t it? Maybe it&#8217;s because the cloud sharing and storage provider has become such a part of many people&#8217;s work repertoires that you just kind of know it&#8217;s always there for you to count on without it staring you in the face. One of the people working behind the scenes to make Dropbox happen for all of us is <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Nicholas Jitkoff</a>, the company&#8217;s VP of Design. Prior to joining Dropbox, Jitkoff worked at Google for 10 years, leading the Material Design team that created a cohesive design across all of Google&#8217;s array of products. Before he landed at Google, he designed and developed the Mac app <a href=""  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Quicksilver</a>, the utility app that lets the user open apps and folders quickly for increased productivity, all while being an active Dropbox user. There&#8217;s no doubt <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="size-large wp-image-340870" src="" alt="" width="810" height="313" srcset=" 810w, 800w, 768w, 500w, 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 810px) 100vw, 810px" /></div>
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ROAM Introduces First Online Customizable Luggage

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                                Founded by two former Tumi executives, <a href="" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">ROAM</a> launches as the first luggage brand introducing a level of made-to-order, online personalization previously unseen, allowing travelers to customize their luggage so they never get lost amongst the procession of me-too designs popping out onto the airport carousel.
Customers are invited to make their ROAM polycarbonate shell (our personal preferred style of luggage to travel with noting polycarbonate’s ability to protect valuables within) case luggage their very own by choosing from a selection of options including outer shell colors, wheel caps, stitching, zipper and zipper pulls, binding, carry-handle, monogram patch and telescoping handle rods. Each piece is assembled in California before shipping in just three business days. “Mass-produced products have lost their appeal to modern consumers who increasingly look for opportunities for self-expression in everything they do. The desire to express their individuality includes their choice in luggage,” says Co-Founder and CEO Larry Lein.
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