June 15, 2019

News ⚡ — Friday, June 14

MAEKAN’s Christopher Lim presents photos from Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Protests. The legal implications of Caroline Herrera’s appropriative fashion design on Mexican culture. Self-driving cars are still a few years away from being common.

1. 📷 Photos of the Hong Kong protests from MAEKAN’s Christopher Lim
Christopher Lim presents a series of photos taken from Hong Kong’s anti-extradition protests. Witnessed.

2. 👨‍⚖️ The legal implications of “cultural appropriation” claims aimed at Carolina Herrera.
The Mexican government has a lodged a complaint against the brand for its use of indigenous patterns and textiles in its Resort 2000 collection. Complex.

3. 🤖 The ideal self-driving car is shaped like a cone
Chris Urmson, who helped pioneer the technology at Google before founding Aurora, says it could be 50 years before we see them everywhere. Patience.

4. 🚫 Hong Kong photojournalists protest excessive force during press conference
Photographers and other journalists say police used excessive force against the press while using tear gas and rubber bullets in clashes between police and protesters on June 12th. Actions.

5. 👟 Nike Sportswear N. 354, THE10TH and DIMSIX Footwear
The three new footwear lines celebrate Nike Sportswear’s legacy in experimentation, utilitarian problem-solving, and vanguard style, respectively. Whoa.

6. 😷 Indigenous people in Indonesia say that processed “city” foods leave them hungry, skinny, dry, and gray.
Their traditional staples have since been replaced by processed food such as instant noodles and biscuits. Nourishment.

7. 💨 People often get sleepy (and dumber) in lecture halls and conference rooms because of CO2 levels
An astronomer took a carbon dioxide monitor to an academic conference where 100 people were crammed into a stuffy lecture hall and results tell a tale of declining air quality. 1,000ppm.

8. 📆 Calendar influencers? Event social network IRL raises $8M
The app helps to make and discuss plans with friends or discover nearby happenings to fill out your schedule and lets people follow your events. Raincheck.

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June 13, 2019

News ⚡ — Thursday, June 13

Native Shoes makes plant-based sneakers from pineapple and eucalyptus. Virgil Abloh envisions the home of the future. By 2040, 60% of all meat consumed will be lab-grown or plant-derived.

1. 👟 Native Shoes makes plant-based sneakers from pineapple and eucalyptus
The Canadian brand released a unisex sneaker made of plant-derived components that are fully biodegradable, compostable and free from animal products. Innovative.

2. 🏡 Virgil Abloh hacks the Vitra archive to create vision of a home in 2035
Abloh adapted the designs of Jean Prouvé and the Eames’ to create his vision of the home of the future, currently installed at the Zaha Hadid-designed fire station at the Vitra Campus. Orange.

3. 🥩 By 2040, approximately 60% of all meat consumed won’t be from dead animals.
Consultants say it will be grown in vats or derived from plant-based products that taste like meat. Yum.

4. 📺 An official release date and images for Nike Stranger Things Collection
With the popular Netflix series set in the 1980s, the collection highlights classic silhouettes from the time: the Cortez, Blazer, and Tailwind. Retro.

5. 🌵 How to make biodegradable ‘plastic’ from cactus juice
A Mexican researcher has discovered a way to turn cactus leaves into a material with similar properties to plastic. Whoa.

6. 🏆 A-Cold-Wall wins 2019 BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund
Founder Samuel Ross will receive £150,000 and 12 months of mentoring to develop his emerging business, which achieved a turnover of €8.4 million in 2018. Applause.

7. 🏃‍♀️ Over 400 people finished last year’s New York City marathon by running virtually. This year, thousands may join
The plan coincides with the event’s host company, New York Road Runners, expanding into virtual products, which have included a training program, and a virtual racing series launched last year that has so far seen over 57,000 finishers. MaraTRON.

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June 12, 2019

News ⚡ — Wednesday, June 12

Cryptocurrency powered social media platform New Life.AI is a hit with creatives worldwide. Airbnb Design invites us to confront our biases. Mary Meeker releases her much-anticipated 2019 Internet Trends report.

1. 📱 The AI-driven social media network hailed as the next Tumblr.
New Life.AI is the cryptocurrency powered platform with a stamp of approval from creatives worldwide. Intriguing.

2. 💡 Another Lens — An art installation by News Deeply and Airbnb.Design
To help examine how bias influences worldviews, Airbnb Design partnered with News Deeply, a journalism startup dedicated to providing in-depth coverage of the world’s most critical challenges. The end result was the Shadow to Light installation that encouraged viewers to recognize their own biases and limitations. Necessary.

3. 📜 Here’s Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends report
Meeker first crafted a report of this kind, which underlines the most important statistics and technology trends on the internet, in 1995. Insightful.

4. 💨 We have the tech to suck CO2 from the air–but can it suck enough to make a difference?
Carbon capture technology–which helps fight climate change by removing emissions that are already in the air–could be a key part of the climate solution, if it grows fast enough and doesn’t just become an excuse to emit more. Responsibility.

5. ⚖ Jack Ma and Melinda Gates push ‘digital cooperation’ to offset potential damage from technology.
The two spearheaded a UN panel and the release of a report into ‘digital cooperation’ that aims to make sure the benefits of digital development reaches all. Promising.

6. 🍫 Highly processed foods look more and more unhealthy. The reason why may be hiding in our guts.
They’ve been linked to disease and overeating. Could the microbiome inside our intestines explain why? Flora.

7. 🍎 Misfits Market wants to cut down on $1 trillion in food waste through ugly produce
Since its founding in September 2018, Misfits Market has rescued more than 2.5 million pounds of certified organic, non-GMO, handpicked produce that would have otherwise gone to waste. Sustainable.

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June 11, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, June 11

Over 1 million turn out to protest controversial extradition bill in Hong Kong. Fashion’s obsession with outdoor gear. Canon’s missed opportunities in joining the mirrorless revolution.

1. ✊ Photos: Massive Protests in Hong Kong
An estimated over 1 million turned out to protest a controversial proposed extradition bill that is feared to allow extradition requests from China, which the city has no formal agreement with. Protest.

2. 🎒 Behind fashion’s obsession with outdoor gear
On the heels of double-digit sales growth at Moncler and Canada Goose, more luxury brands are cashing in on the multi-billion-dollar outdoor apparel opportunity. Functional.

3. 📸 Canon was blinded by Sony and the ‘mirrorless revolution’
By chasing its rival, Canon may have missed opportunities when it transitioned away from DSLRs to produce a new mirrorless system and mount. Snap.

4. 🚀 NASA declares International Space Station ‘open for business,’ including private astronaut visits
Part of the plan includes allowing private astronauts to visit and stay on the ISS, traveling on U.S. vehicles. It also includes allowing private business activities to take place on the ISS, including “in-space manufacturing,” marketing activities, healthcare research “and more,” NASA says. Frontier.

5. 🥫 Razer just launched an energy drink for gamers
What began as a 2010 April Fool’s Day prank as “Project Venom” has become Respawn, a powdered mix with caffeine, green tea extract and B vitamins. Energize.

6. 💚 Canada plans to ban single-use plastics by 2021
According to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the government is still determining which items will be included in the E.U.-inspired ban. Reduce.

7. 📱 Instagram’s chief says breaking it off from Facebook would make Instagram a less safe space
The argument is Facebook’s workforce on integrity issues exceeds the total number employed at  Instagram. But breaking up the two, you lose expertise and those rule enforcers. Circular.

8. 🎨 The story of Keith Haring, as told through his iconic art work
As his retrospective opens at Tate Liverpool, curator Tamar Hemmes traces his incredible legacy. Messages.

9. 🎞 Fujifilm plans to start manufacturing black and white film this year.
The company will also be bringing back a new version of its former NEOPAN 100 Acros black and white film, making it the sharpest stock of that type on the market. Upgraded.

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June 10, 2019

News ⚡ — Monday, June 10

Chinese-made streetwear brands are capitalizing on the growth in China’s domestic market. How Black Mirror has used pop music as a key tool in its storytelling. Selling and re-selling app Depop grows to 13M users, gets $62 million in investment. Wu-Tang set to play at “The Mother Church of Country Music.”

1. 👕 Why Chinese brands are winning the streetwear game.
Domestic streetwear plays to an emerging generation prideful of China. Wookong.

2. 🤔 How Black Mirror uses pop music as an emotional manipulator.
The songs are so intrinsically linked to their respective episodes that tracklistings can often double as a plot summary. Miley.

3. 📱 Depop, a social app targeting millennial and Gen Z shoppers, bags $62M, passes 13M users.
That funding will be used to build out the London startup’s tech and to expand in the U.S., soon to be its biggest market. Expansion.

4. 🎤 Wu-Tang Clan makes history at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
The Wu-Tang Clan will play a sold-out show as the first hip-hop act to ever headline there on June 9. Seats.

5. 🔏 Why Is America so far behind Europe on digital privacy?
“Congress’s earliest attempts to regulate computing in the 1980s and 1990s were embarrassing.” Lag.

6. 💸 They see it. They like it. They want it. They rent it.
Owning nothing is now a luxury, thanks to a number of subscription start-ups. Subscribe.

7. 🌲 How a $41 million luxury hotel is sustaining an ambitious art and ecology initiative on a remote Canadian island
The project’s founders hope to wed a capitalist drive with a socially conscious sensibility. Wild.

8. 👼 Nike’s plan to expand childcare by outsourcing to Endeavor Schools massively backfires
Employees are concerned about whether the for-profit Nike partner will provide the same level of care as the over 100 teachers running the current on-site program who will be fired as a result. Corporate.

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June 7, 2019

News ⚡ — Friday, June 7

Michelin’s designing tires that can never go flat. FIT museum’s new exhibit explores minimalism versus maximalism. Shawn Stüssy shares his original seller’s permit from 1980 and his thoughts on the term “streetwear.”

1. 🚙 Michelin is designing tires that can’t go flat
They’re completely airless. And they should be on the market by 2024. Finally.

2. 🖼 FIT museum’s new exhibit explores the back-and-forth between minimalism and maximalism
The trajectory between these two aesthetics shows just how much — and how often — the trend pendulum can swing in fashion. Spectrum.

3. 📱 Shawn Stüssy shares his government-issued seller’s permit from 1980
“march 1980 i opened the door to my own surfboard company… shit just kinda rolled from there, a kid trying to do the right thing, a dose of street hustle, a bit of graphic rebelliousness, serious survival skills, a major “will not fail” point of view, and the willingness to work my butt off… ” In a reply to a comment he further goes in on the “classification of streetwear.” Artifact.

4. 🏀 NBA bans Warriors minority owner after incident with Raptors player
After he pushed Kyle Lowry during Game 3 of the finals, the NBA announced Mark Stevens will be banned for 1 year and forced to pay a $500,000 fine. The latest news is that Stevens may need to sell his minority share. Foulplay.

5. ⚽ These girls’ football players joined boys’ leagues, and dominated.
Spanish clubs like Barcelona, Atlético Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are increasingly testing their girls’ teams in leagues filled with boys’ teams. Co-Ed.

6. 👕 OKOKOK Summer 2019 Collection
The collection drops with a video satirizing news media, misinformation, and fear mongering. Collaboration pieces also include with Tokyovitamin, Perth’s Streetx and Thailand’s Blue Boys Club. OKOKOK.

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June 6, 2019

News ⚡ — Thursday, June 6

NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers launches a VC fund focused on securing a piece of pie from brands repped by influencers. How Chinese tariffs could affect consumers. Moleskine unveils a new art project at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. A new v-shaped plane could change how we fly.

1. 🏈 Aaron Rodgers raises $50M for Rx3 Ventures, a consumer fund backed by influencers
The football star, Super Bowl champion and long-time quarterback for the Green Bay Packers has teamed up with ROTH Capital Partners’ Nate Raabe and Byron Roth. The focus will be on helping influencers secure a piece of the pie for brands they rep. Ventureback.

2. 💸 How China tariffs could make your sweaters and pants cost more
Many American retailers rely on China for some portion of their manufacturing, and the new tariffs — as much as 25 percent on the roughly $300 billion worth of goods — could impact prices in the following ways. Margins.

3. 📓 The Moleskine Project VIII
Rodrigo Luff co-curated the show, which takes place at San Francisco’s Hashimoto Contemporary and features over 50 artists pushing the limits of what is possible within the small bound format. Inspiring.

4. ✈ Air France-KLM’s radical new plane design could change the way the world flies
The airline hopes the concept design could cut its fuel costs by 20%. Flying-V.

5. 🌞 Olafur Eliasson and Ikea reveal the Little Sun project with a new range of sustainable solar products
The rationale behind the series is simple: all of us share the same sun, and thus all of us should be able to harness its power. Spherical.

6. 🍄 Oakland becomes second U.S. city to decriminalize magic mushrooms
Proponents argue that magic mushrooms, which contain the psychedelic psilocybin, can be used to treat depression, and that it can help end-of-life cancer patients deal with anxiety. Shrooms.

7. 🤬 After criticism, Facebook agrees to meet with artists and curators to discuss the censorship of art on its site
The development follows a nude performance art demonstration held outside the company’s New York offices earlier this week. Nipple-Free?.

8. 🌐 The world’s biggest companies could lose over $1 trillion to climate change
And that’s only considering a fraction of big companies, including Apple and Microsoft, that reported risks–the real costs they face will probably be much higher. Crisis.

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June 5, 2019

News ⚡ — Wednesday, June 5

Kawhi Leonard suing Nike for his “Klaw” logo. The winners of the CFDA 2019 awards. Ikea and Unyq design custom furniture for gamers.

1. 👩🏼‍⚖️ Kawhi Leonard Is suing Nike for his “Klaw” logo
Leonard claims the brand trademarked the logo without his knowledge in early 2017. Ownership.

2. 🎽 All the winners from the 2019 CFDA awards
Those who took home the silverware that evening included Rick Owens, Carine Roitfeld, Barbie, and Emily Adams Bode. Ensemble.

3. 🕹 Ikea and Unyq collaborate on customized gear for gamers
News broke last year that Ikea was getting into gaming. Here are the company’s first products. Bungee.

4. 😤 Instagram will now let advertisers put more ‘influencer’ ads in your feed
This will widen the reach of those “branded” posts beyond just an influencer’s own following. And for consumers, that means you’ll likely soon be seeing sponsored posts for influencers you don’t follow. Unwanted.

5. 💁🏾‍♂️ Tim Ferriss’ experiment and the rise of direct monetization in podcasting
Ferriss cites two reasons for his six-month trial of funding his show by donation only: that sponsorship is time consuming and fans are looking for ways to support the show. Patronage.

6. 🚴🏾 Rapha Foundation funding next generation of riders
The brand has committed to providing direct funding to grassroots and not for profit organisations that introduce underserved audiences to cycling all over the world. Ride.

7. 😔 Fancy gyms make you feel worse after working out
A study put two groups of older participants in a bare, simple room in the basement of an old building and the other in a modern room with state-of-the-art equipment. Astonishing.

8. 🎈 Fredrik Tjærandsen: The Central Saint Martins student behind that viral balloon collection
The Norwegian-born designer’s BA graduate collection blew up the moment it hit the runway last week. Buoyant.

9. 🙅 Why Washington seems ready to regulate Amazon, Google, and other Big Tech companies
Washington’s surge in scrutiny toward Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple in the past week is a natural culmination of a relationship between tech and a society that’s soured over the past two years. Politicking.

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June 4, 2019

News ⚡ — Tuesday, June 4

Apple set to become a privacy-as-a-service company with new security features. How JAY Z hit the $1 billion mark. Why XOXO Festival’s is reassessing the size of mega festivals and what it means for human connection.

1. 🕵🏼 Apple is now the privacy-as-a-service company
This comes as the company announced a new single sign-on unified ID platform as well as a new feature that will allow it to work with its HomeKit security cameras. These are among some of the new features that will make it into its upcoming iOS 13. Service.

2. 🚀 Artist, icon, billionaire: How JAY Z created his $1 billion fortune
In nine years, he has become one of only a handful of entertainers to reach that milestone after crucially realizing the importance of building his own brands rather than promote those of others. Trailblazer.

3. 🔻 Why the XOXO Festival is downsizing amid a big conference boom
Despite taking a 50% reduction in venues, the founders feel the festival will work better at a leaner size. Concentrate.

4. 🧣 Willo Perron wants to break the fashion show
The creative director who made Drake’s Ferrari fly is rejuvenating fashion week, starting with Alexander Wang’s Rockefeller Center show. Innovate.

5. 🌲 Atlanta built a 7-acre edible forest
The food will be free for local residents who help tend the forest. Sustenance.

6. 📱 Transsion’s Tecno, Infinix camera phones made for dark skin tones
Transsion’s “micro innovations” also target its African customers through multiple SIM slots, long battery life, as well as user-friendly designs that support local languages like Swahili or Ethiopia’s Amharic. It’s grabbing market share in India too where it introduced an oil-resistant fingerprint sensor where lifestyles favor eating with hands. Micro-innovation.

7. 🐚 Adobe, Pantone and The Ocean Agency launch ‘Glowing, Glowing, Gone’
The campaign aims to combat climate change by calling on brands and the creative community to use these newly developed coral-inspired colors in their work. Activate.

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June 3, 2019

News ⚡ — Monday, June 3

Kanye West launches an incubator for young designers. Virgil Abloh’s new experiential Nike store centered around sustainability. New Balance using Zepeto-like avatars to court Gen Z. Esports athletes diagnosed increasingly for overuse injuries, “gamer’s thumb” especially.

1. 🐣 Kanye West is launching a creative incubator for young designers
The first recipient of the program’s grant is Maisie Schloss, a Parsons graduate and former member of the Yeezy womenswear design team. Future.

2. 🛍 Virgil Abloh’s new Nike store is the future of retail
The prolific provocateur has opened a Nike store that is part experiential playground and part ode to sustainability. Lab.

3. 🤡 New Balance is using digital avatars to court Gen Z
To do this, New Balance will partner with Genies, which specializes in creating highly customizable 3D animated avatars. These can then be dressed in the latest New Balance footwear and apparel and sent to friends via popular messaging apps. Digital.

4. 👎 As more esports players go pro, doctors are reporting more cases of “gamer’s thumb”
This joins the list of overuse injuries that include shoulder, neck and back pain, eye strain and tendonitis. Opposable.

5. 💽 Metadata is the biggest little problem plaguing the music industry
It’s a crisis that has left, by some estimations, billions on the table unpaid to musicians especially as label revenue is actually projected to explode. Losses.

6. 🔦 VSCO and AKQA profile Gen Z artists in documentary-like campaign
The videos spotlight up-and-coming young creators from around the world and share them with VSCO’s now 2 million subscribers. Nice.

7. 🔥 Ikea Annanstans collection is about fashion and social jobs
The collection is a collaboration between Swedish fashion designer Martin Bergström, Ikea, and artisans from four socially conscious manufacturing companies in India, Romania, and Thailand. Applause.

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