Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include a Tik Tok dance and Wuhan’s coronavirus hospital

Emilee Geist

Among the 74 projects that have been shortlisted for this year’s Beazley Designs of the Year awards is a prefabricated hospital in Wuhan that was erected in only 10 days, Tik Tok’s viral Renegade dance and a steak that is grown from the eater’s own cells.

a cake on a plate: Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

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Beazley Designs of the Year 2020 nominees include the Ouroboros Steak

The annual awards, organised by London’s Design Museum, highlight projects from the last year that have made a real-world impact in the spheres of digital, fashion, graphic and product design as well as transport and architecture.

This year’s selected designs are on view in a dedicated exhibition from today until 28 March 2021. They are arranged in chronological order, effectively counting down to the months leading up to the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The exhibition starts in January 2019 with Australian studio Jack and Huei proposing Bleached Coral,

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With the Coronavirus Spiking in Italy, Domestic Consumption Drops

Emilee Geist

MILAN — With the coronavirus spiking again across the country, consumer consumption is falling once again following the summer holidays.

According to research conducted by Confimprese in collaboration with EY, September sales of fashion, beauty and interior design products, as well as those of restaurants, bars and cultural institutions, dropped 11.9 percent compared to August and 34.8 percent compared to September 2019.

Restaurants and fashion stores were the commercial activities most dramatically hit by the crisis with their turnovers down 37.8 and 35.3 percent compared to 2019, respectively. In September, purchases of fashion items decreased 7 percent compared to August, a month that benefited from the summer sales.

Revealing an increased interest toward household goods, sales of homeware and interior design objects registered less dramatic declines, with a 26.5 percent drop compared to 2019.

In September, while online sales were up 22.7 percent compared to last year, the business of

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Madewell’s First-Ever Athleisure Collection Is Here

Emilee Geist

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If you’ve been looking for sustainable sweatpants, turn to Madewell’s new athleisure collection. 

If you’ve been looking for sustainable sweatpants, turn to Madewell’s new athleisure collection. 

In this unprecedented era of mask-wearing, working from home and online happy hours, athleisure and activewear have become the unofficial uniform of quarantine. Jeans are out for now, while sales for sweatpants are on the rise.

Needless to say, brands have taken notice of this new trend.

Girlfriend Collective just debuted its new R&R Collection of recycled and recyclable loungewear. Everlane dropped sustainable sports bras and bike shorts around a month ago, after launching its first pair of leggings back in January. Swimwear company Summersault recently introduced workout wear as well.

The latest brand to dip its toes into athleisure is Madewell. Madewell just launched its first-ever athleisure collection called MWL, which stands for “Make Weekends Longer.”

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Meet the winners of the Product, Architecture and Interiors categories in the ARTSTHREAD global design graduate show 2020

Emilee Geist

The results for the Product, Architecture and Interiors categories are finally in, and we’re sharing the winners on i-D. Across the board, many creatives engaged with ideas of safety, whether online or IRL, diversity, and how to improve an increasingly unsure future.

See more of their work, and meet all of the winners, below.

Graphic Design


Ariadna Sala Nadal, 22, Product Design BA, Elisca

Project Name: Balisa

How did you get into your creative field – tell us about your background
My name is Ariadna Sala and I live in El Poble Sec, Barcelona. Since my childhood, expressing my feelings and emotions through photography, drawing and writing has been very important. The reason is that I believe that being able to materialise these abstract concepts allows us to communicate with our environment and especially with ourselves.

It is for this reason that I decided to dedicate my time and

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Photos: An inside look at India’s digital fashion week amid the pandemic | Fashion

Emilee Geist

Not to miss the October deadline, the Fashion Design Council of India converted parts of its office building into a studio in a bustling industrial area of New Delhi. It created a stage, screens and bespoke lighting to facilitate shooting of fashion films and videos by the designers.

It wasn’t easy to meet the strict COVID-19 restrictions. The entire building was sanitized, as were the designers’ clothes.

Models, film crews, photographers, designers and the design council staff could step in after they tested negative for the coronavirus. Face masks were mandatory, except briefly, for the models onstage.

Some designers even chose to film in private farm houses, their own or leased for the purpose.

Designers participating in the fashion show include Varun Bahl, Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Shivan and Narresh, Shantanu and Nikhil, Rohit Gandhi, Rahul Khanna, Rina Dhaka, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Payal Jain, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Namrata Joshipura, Geisha

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After protests, NJ Transit makes major change to plan for controversial power plant

Emilee Geist

After more than a year of protests on land and even in the water, environmentalists got their wish. An NJ Transit project to build a back-up power system to keep trains running will be fueled by solar and battery storage instead of natural gas.

“We are reimagining the project to make it more environmentally friendly,” said Kevin Corbett, NJ Transit CEO, at Friday’s Alliance for Action transportation conference. “The goal is to get to 100% renewable energy. We want to make it as green as possible.”

The project, known as Transitgrid, has been opposed by environmentalists and 13 Hudson and Bergen county towns and cities that passed resolutions opposing the project because it would worsen pollution in North Jersey.

The 140 megawatt generator is part of the larger NJ Transitgrid Power System, a $546 million project that would provide electricity to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, parts of NJ Transit’s Morris and

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Cooler Screens Shows Tech Can Make Money And Protect Privacy With ‘Identity-Blind’ Digital Advertising

Emilee Geist

Despite growing concerns about data privacy, most brands still rely on consumer information to make sure their ads get in front of the right people at the right moment in time. But change is coming. Consumers have taken note of the brands that are evolving their business practices and those that are not. The next generation of digital advertising will follow a new business model that delivers streamlined digital experiences without compromising customers’ personal information. This new world of advertising will come in the form of “identity-blind” ads that no longer need individualized, personal information to generate the same, or better, results. 

The New, Identity-Blind Advertising Model

Chicago-based Cooler Screens aims to prove this new model by bringing everything customers love about online shopping (and none of the tracking) to frozen and refrigerated food aisles across the nation. What exactly is Cooler Screens doing? The company is replacing old glass

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The Designers Group CEO on how COVID-19 has changed interior design

Emilee Geist

Blima Ehrentreu is the founder and CEO of The Designers Group, an interior design firm with offices in Toronto, New York, and Miami. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.

Doreen Lorenzo: Have you always been interested in design? What led you down this path?

Blima Ehrentreu: I always had a passion to create, improve, and perfect. As a kid, I wanted to be involved in anything visual. After graduating with a master’s degree in interior architecture and design, I started working at an architectural firm. That’s where I learned how to work with drawings and plans, and the technical side of design. In 2009, I founded The Designers Group with another designer—and what started as a two-woman firm in Toronto has since blossomed into an international firm with locations in Toronto, New York, and Miami. At TDG,

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DOJ, 11 States Slap Google With Antitrust Lawsuit

Emilee Geist

The U.S. Department of Justice and multiple states have filed suit against Google parent company Alphabet over antitrust allegations, in what could lead to a moment of reckoning for the tech industry.

The federal court docket, which surfaced Tuesday, didn’t itemize details of the case, but according to earlier media reports that day, Google is accused of engaging in anticompetitive tactics to preserve its search and advertising businesses and block competition.

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Public comments from DOJ officials center on Google’s large investments to maintain its position as the default search engine on Android devices. Google, which makes the Android platform, has paid billions to smartphone makers, carriers and browser developers, the officials reportedly said, functionally cementing distribution by preinstalling the search engine on handsets and prohibiting its removal.

Responding to a WWD request for comment, Google offered the following statement: “Today’s lawsuit by the Department of Justice is

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Three Simple Solutions To Take Your Company Communications To The Next Level

Emilee Geist

Founder + Creative Director at Gallery Design Studio NYC, award-winning B2B communication design agency.

Take a moment to look at the website you’re reading this article on: Is it easy and simple to navigate and understand? Of course it is. But did you know copywriters, designers and developers spent countless hours making it that way? 

When things run smoothly, we don’t question the clarity of the design or the information provided. It’s when things don’t work as expected or a critical piece of information is not clear that you realize the value of clear and simple messaging and information placement.

That’s why when building a website, it’s so important to invest time and resources to create clear and simple communications for users, employees and prospects. When you don’t, you run the risk of your users not understanding what you are trying to convey, thus setting yourself up for

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