Audio Design Desk review: Make impressive video soundtracks affordably

Emilee Geist

Over decades working on low-budget movies, I’ve seen my fair share of producers who skimped on the post-production process. Novice filmmakers devote attention to what happens on set between “action” and “cut,” but race through editing and sound design, crucial steps that can make or break even the most visually spectacular production.

There are often good reasons for this, usually budgetary limitations or lack of technical know-how. Although movie fans have probably heard terms like “Foley” before, it’s surprising how few filmmakers even know what it means, let alone how to incorporate those sounds into their work.

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Only available on Mac, Audio Design Desk introduces an affordable and revolutionary way to build sound for video productions.

Audio for video

With Audio Design Desk, there are no more excuses for cash-strapped visual artists and independent filmmakers to produce mediocre sound. At first glance, Audio Design Desk looks

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Austin girl’s wish to design a dress granted by Macy’s, Make-A-Wish

Emilee Geist

Elizabeth’s exclusive dress design is available online and at 12 Macy’s stores, including Macy’s Barton Creek Square Mall.

AUSTIN, Texas — What Elizabeth wanted most of all was to design a dress. With the help of Macy’s Barton Creek Square Mall and Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas, her dream has come true.

Elizabeth, a six-year-old Austin girl who has been diagnosed with leukemia, had the opportunity to design a colorful floral maxi dress with assistance from style experts at Macy’s Fashion Office and I.N.C. International Concepts.

Macy’s Barton Creek Square and Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas then surprised Elizabeth with a billboard reveal and an in-store fashion show featuring her exclusive dress design.

But that’s not all: As of Monday, Oct. 26, Elizabeth’s design is available online at and in 12 Macy’s stores, including Macy’s Barton Creek Square Mall. And 20% of the purchase price of Elizabeth’s dress will

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Meet The Design Entrepreneur Who Uses Science And The Sense Of Color For Good

Emilee Geist

As a first generation American, designer of color and founder of LOVE GOOD COLOR, Laura Guido-Clark was taught to dream big. Having grown up just outside of Detroit, the city taught her to look beneath what’s present to find the true potential. Moving to San Francisco in 1983 was the culmination of her upbringing and Detroit roots. Coming to a city that she says supported, inspired and expected innovative ideas and entrepreneurship, Guido-Clark had no doubt that she was going to start her own company. 

Guido-Clark studied Pre-Med and Interior Design at Wayne State University in Detroit, but while she never actually practiced either discipline, they taught her how powerful observation, experimentation, and empathy can be. When she became the VP of the textile firm Deepa Textiles, Guido-Clark got the opportunity to create textiles, which spurred her passion for color, materials and finishes. With a father that

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Meet Anubha and Emi, winners of the sustainability and sports & denim categories in the first ever online global design graduate show

Emilee Geist

In 2020, sustainability and ethical, considered production within the fashion industry, has become more important than ever. With the judges having made their decisions for the winners of the fashion categories — supported by Gucci — of the i-D x ARTSTHREAD Global Design Graduate Show, both the chosen projects in the sustainability and the sports & denim categories are by designers who are working to make the industry better for the future.

Winning the sustainability award is Anubha Sood, a 28 year old MFA graduate in Textiles from Parsons, New School of Design in New York. For her project, ‘Between Salt & Water’, she collected seagrass from the Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans — foraged from Coney Island, New York; Galway in Ireland and Koh Tao in Thailand — and dyed, softened and wove them into her own fabrics.


Anubha tested various methods of textile creation with the collected seaweed.

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Accessible Custom Furniture And Decor Is The Next Big Interior Design Trend

Emilee Geist

2020 has been a year of collective realization about the importance of our living spaces and interior design. Not only are we all spending more time at home, but most of us are renovating, redesigning, and refreshing our spaces to fit the new normal. Because the pandemic has limited our choices in many ways, the appeal of custom, made-to-order furniture and decor has increased significantly. 

While major players like Pottery Barn, West Elm, and Restoration Hardware have offered made to order furniture for years, buying truly customized and bespoke pieces used to require using an interior designer or knowing the right place to have something commissioned. This also meant visiting a brick and mortar location.  

But now, smaller, direct to consumer and online-only retailers are leading the way in this category for both industry and regular consumers

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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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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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Tesla’s Network Goes Out And Shows A Design Flaw

Emilee Geist

High off the buzz (or lack of it) from yesterday’s “Battery Day” Tesla
suffered a computer network and system outage the next day which left customers unable to connect to cars, sales orders to not be placed, and perhaps most disturbing, according to one customer report, drivers unable to charge at superchargers. A driver in an online forum reported: “I got a pop up on my screen saying my supercharging accessibility has been stopped due to suddenly having no payment method. I’ve been trying to add my credit card back onto my account but it’s not working.” The driver’s account was fine and had charged earlier in the day, but he could not re-add a card and was unable to charge.

Other reports of

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Samsung Galaxy S30 complete design leaked, tipped for January 2021 launch

Emilee Geist

Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 earlier in the year, and now we already have information coming in about its successor, the Galaxy S30. After leaks emerged last week of the phone entering mass-production, a new report has emerged which claims to reveal in full the upcoming device.

The leak comes courtesy of tipster Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) who has revealed the design of the Galaxy S30 on his Voice page. Hemmerstoffer published CAD renders of the S30 with a 6.2-inch display, hole-punch selfie camera and slimmer bezels than what we had seen on the Galaxy S20.

At the back of the Galaxy S30, there appears to be a new camera module that extends from the phone’s outer frame. OnLeaks claims the phone’s dimensions are 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9m. If this is indeed true, it would mean the S30 will be slightly wider than the S20. The report also claims the

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Want a Watch That’s Just Right? Design Your Own

Emilee Geist

Although the market offers thousands of watches, if none of them look quite right, you can design your own.

There are different ways to go about it: You can design a watch based entirely on your vision and imagination, or tweak a version of an existing watch. The process can take hours or years. It can cost from the low four figures to a sum with almost too many zeros to count.

The desired design can be turned into a timepiece by an independent watchmaker, or by a watch house, or by you. Almost anything is possible.

Ahmed Rahman, a London businessman, followed one popular route, using a watch created by an independent brand as the starting point for his own ideas.

While Mr. Rahman was attending the 2018 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie fair (now called Watches and Wonders) in Geneva, “I saw De Bethune’s DB25 Moon Phase

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