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Sand, sheep and survival: in the desert with the Bedouin people – in pictures | Art and design

Sand, sheep and survival: in the desert with the Bedouin people – in pictures | Art and design

Jabal Al-Baba, Poultry farming, 2022 Farming, especially turkeys, is widespread on Mount Jabal due to the favourable conditions for life. The entire mountain is covered with pine trees, which is not so common in desert areas. In the distance, you can see East Jerusalem and the main road that surrounds the community of Jabal Al-Baba Source link

Mercedes improves new EQS with more range, better grille design

Mercedes improves new EQS with more range, better grille design

Mercedes is going back to its roots with the upgraded EQS. The new Mercedes EQS luxury sedan will feature an improved battery for more range and the option for a more classic grille design. After backtracking on its goal of going all-electric by the end of the decade, “where market conditions allow,” Mercedes plans to build gas-powered cars “well into the 2030s.” Part of this plan to revamp the brand includes offering a classic Mercedes grille design on the new EQS model. The upgraded EQS will be offered with the option of either Mercedes’ new three-point star embedded into the futuristic-looking grille or a design closer to the classic emblem mounted on the hood. CEO Ola Kallenius said on the company’s earnings call, “Some will want to keep a more sporty look and have the star integrated in the panel.” Meanwhile, others, “we believe will want to have the more traditional look,” according to Kallenius. Mercedes’ leader added the upgraded model will include an improved battery for more range. Mercedes EQS sedan’s current grille design …

A Discarded Plan to Build Underwater Cities Will Give Coral Reefs New Life

A Discarded Plan to Build Underwater Cities Will Give Coral Reefs New Life

A combination of AI, a wild 1970s plan to build underwater cities, and a designer creating furniture on the seabed around the Bahamas might be the solution to the widespread destruction of coral reefs. It could even save the world from coastal erosion. Industrial designer Tom Dixon and technologist Suhair Khan, founder of AI incubator Open-Ended Design, are collaborating on regenerating the ocean floor. “Coral reefs are endangered by climate change, shipping, development, and construction—but they’re vital,” Khan explains. “They cover 1 percent of the ocean floor, but they’re home to more than 25 percent of marine life.” Currently, Dixon says, coastal erosion is prevented by dropping concrete structures to strengthen the coastline. These damage marine life and ecosystems—but coral could be a “regenerative replacement.” Dixon thought of the idea having come across architect Wolf Hilbertz’s plan to build a city underwater, then float it to the surface. In 1976, Hilbertz invented Mineral Accretion Technology: a charged metal framework that accumulates calcium carbonate in seawater like a kettle accumulates limescale in hard-water areas. The result …

Pro wrestling in a Liverpool micro-brewery – in pictures | Art and design

Pro wrestling in a Liverpool micro-brewery – in pictures | Art and design

Liverpudlian wrestler Lizzy Evo greets fans as she makes her way to the ring past a welcoming crowd. Atomic Pro Wrestling was started in 2023 by wrestling enthusiasts and former training mates Matt Davies, Declan McCarthy (stage name Declan Sands) and Chris Welsh as a way to showcase emerging male and female wrestling talent from England’s north and north-west Source link

iOS 18 Rumored to Have Design Changes, macOS Revamp Coming Later

iOS 18 Rumored to Have Design Changes, macOS Revamp Coming Later

iOS 18 will likely include some design changes, but a macOS revamp might be a year or two away, according to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. In his Power On newsletter today, Gurman said Apple is working to update the design of iOS as “early as this year.” A sketchy rumor claimed that iOS 18 would feature some visionOS-inspired design elements, and while Gurman agreed that iOS could take some design cues from visionOS, he does not expect a “total overhaul that mirrors visionOS.” While he hedged with “as early as this year” wording today in regards to iOS design changes, Gurman was more firm about iOS 18 being redesigned in a November edition of his newsletter, when he said Apple’s senior management had described iOS 18 as “ambitious and compelling,” with “major new features and designs.” As for macOS, Gurman said Apple has started early work on design changes for that operating system that could debut in 2025 or 2026. The platform last received a major redesign with macOS Big Sur in 2020. Apple is expected …

Hollie Bowden guide to spring 2024’s don’t-miss design shows and fairs

Hollie Bowden guide to spring 2024’s don’t-miss design shows and fairs

‘Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art’ has just opened at the Barbican Jo Underhill and Barbican Art Gallery Why do so many design lovers feel closed off from collectors’ fairs? The entry fee is rarely much more than a big-name exhibition, there’s little pressure to buy and you won’t be shuffling around with the masses at the latest sell-out show. If you want to go away this spring, I say plan your city break around one of Europe’s coolest fairs. Brussels, Amsterdam and Milan all have their flagship events in March and April, so now is the time to book if you want to see the best. Closer to home? Designer retrospectives, the latest in contemporary craft and classes aplenty. See you there. 1. Unravel: The Power and Politics of Textiles in Art, Barbican It’s not all cushion covers, you know. Textiles are a hot topic in design right now, between the tapestry renaissance and renewed interest in one-of-a-kind antique pieces. With works from names like Judy Chicago and Sheila Hicks, this …

A familiar ring: Hull’s 1960s cream telephone boxes – in pictures | Art and design

A familiar ring: Hull’s 1960s cream telephone boxes – in pictures | Art and design

Growing up in Hull, Esther Johnson loved the city’s distinctive cream telephone boxes. The artist and film-maker has now tracked down and photographed the remaining K8 kiosks, designed by architect Bruce Martin in the mid-1960s. “It’s a slick, functional design – modern and quite space-age, for the time,” she says. Nine of these kiosks, in the local Honeysuckle Cream tone, were given Grade II-listed status in February 2023. “The series isn’t just about nostalgia – it’s about noticing what’s in your environment and preserving these things for future generations,” says Johnson. “Hull sometimes gets a bad rap, but there’s a lot of charm to the city.” Source link

Top Costume Design School Programs 2024

Top Costume Design School Programs 2024

With more than 70 schools offering costume design instruction, what makes such a program stand out? Is it the proximity to film studios and theaters in the major entertainment hubs of L.A., London and New York? The variety of courses, from historical design to 3D fabric printing, or simply a well-rounded curriculum? Or is it the chance to network with award-winning alums and industry insiders, coupled with portfolio development and postgrad job placement?  Whatever the consideration, students, as soon-to-be narrative storytellers, face an ever-changing field with digital design technology at the forefront as the industry tries to figure out what to do with the practice of artificial intelligence. As Bill Brewer, UNCSA’s co-director of the Costume Design & Technology program, notes, “We believe that because we tell stories about the human condition, our industry will continue to rely on the artistry of humans.” SCAD is also addressing AI, with workshops on “Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?” and “AI 101: An introduction to Generative AI Tools.” In creating its annual list — which welcomes first-timer NIDA in …

Instant evolution: If AI can design a robot in 26 seconds, what else can it do?

Instant evolution: If AI can design a robot in 26 seconds, what else can it do?

Nortwestern University’s Prof. Sam Kriegman and his ‘insta robot’ Northwestern Univ. Sam Kriegman, a professor at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, is something of a local celebrity. He can often be found on television shows explaining the wonders of his new invention – an insta-robot. In one TV appearance, Kriegman places his insta-robot on his palm to show it off — a purple-grey, gelatinous, squishy object with a few holes that looks a little like what you imagine a rhinoceros’s ancestor to be. Also: Robots plus generative AI: Everything you need to know when they work as one He then attaches a flexible pipe to the robot and starts pumping. The jelly-robot kicks its legs out and — in perhaps the first robotic imitation of the moonwalk — begins to move backward. (You can watch the video here.) It may all appear a bit underwhelming, a DIY toy from a science fair that you brought home to your five-year-old. The truth is, however, that it may be a revolutionary moment in robot design with far-reaching implications …