Segway’s newest flat-pack e-scooter is the answer for sustainable city-commute

When life as we used to know it resumes, the one thing I wish would not change from the pandemic time period is having lesser street traffic. If you live in a city, you can feel the difference in the air, clarity of the sky, reduced noise, and the fact that you aren’t stressed about driving on congested streets! It has shown us that reducing the number of vehicles on the street has a positive impact on our environment which is also better for our health. Realistically, we can’t keep vehicles off the roads but what we can do is adopt energy-efficient alternatives like Segway’s Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 – easier for your commute and easier on the planet!

This award-winning e-scooter was designed keeping in mind the needs of someone commuting daily in a city. Thus it was made portable, lightweight and since it literally folds in half, it is an extremely convenient option. Segway is already a global leader in electric mobility and they are not only upping their tech but also their design game with this scooter. The Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 is seamless, compact, and minimal in its form. The Air T15 team spent over SIX years (nearly 12,500 hours) perfecting its ergonomic design using the lightest yet the most durable material for a sleek and futuristic aesthetic without compromising on reliability and power.

With one click you can fold the scooter into half and the 6-axis sensor embedded in the dashboard will detect the operation mode which will help to turn the power off automatically. Once folded, you can drag it smoothly like a suitcase with wheels. The body is created using an aluminum-magnesium alloy to keep it lightweight yet strong enough to keep up with its performance needs. The material used makes the scooter splash-proof, corrosion-resistant,  and eco-friendly. One of the features that really make it stand out in terms of being energy efficient is the regenerative braking system that turns your e-scooter into a vehicle powered by electricity by using the recycled energy from riding. The wheels are able to transform the energy that is captured during braking into power and to store it in the integrated lithium battery pack.

We love the attention to detail that the design team has showcased through every element in the scooter. The retractable handlebars cooperate with the smooth, linear design, and the use of silica to make them ensure comfort. It also features a bezel-less monitoring dashboard that is intuitive to use and elevates your commute experience with its integrated design. Continuing on the road to better the UI and UX, the team placed the DIP switches on the rear fender for users to power on/off, control the light, and change the riding modes with ease. For a little fun element, the LED light bar on the front has different color settings while adding functionality to the overall design.

Choose from four riding modes based on your needs and environment – Pedestrian Mode, Energy-saving Mode, Standard Mode and Sport Mode with a preset speed limit of 3.7 mph (6 km/h), 6.2 mph (10 km/h), 9.3 mph (15 km/h), and 12.4 mph (20 km/h) respectively. Keeping with the times, Segway’s Ninebot KickScooter Air T15 comes with its own app that is available on iOS and Android with the integration of Bluetooth connectivity, customize LED ambient light colors, live riding stats dashboard, and more. With a scooter this smooth and smart, you can adapt to environmentally-friendly commuting with ease and actually make your journey to sustainable living fun!

Designer: Segway-Ninebot

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Rumors of the 2020 iPhone 12 hint at a flat-edge design inspired by the iconic iPhone 4

When I see these renders float around the twitterverse, I don’t take them as entirely sacrosanct, but I don’t completely reject them either. Apple has, over the past few years, developed a very sound strategy to selectively leak its product designs just to help keep the hype and buzz going. By the time we’re a few months away from the actual launch, the internet has already painted a reasonably accurate picture of the phone Tim Cook’s about to unveil… even down to its color options!

Created by concept-designer Aziz Ghaus, this is perhaps the best representation of the upcoming iPhone 12, which is all set to launch this year around October-November. The iPhone gets a design-refresh every 2-3 years, and given that we haven’t seen much of a design change since the iPhone X debuted in 2017, this year might be the year the iPhone gets a makeover. Its new design isn’t a radical deviation though… in all honesty, the 2020 iPhone concept borrows a lot from the design language set up by Jony Ive and Steve Jobs (before his unfortunate passing in 2011). The iPhone 12 concept performs a hat-tip to the design of the iconic iPhone 4 and 5, with a flat-edge running around the sides helping break the continuous transition from screen to back. As far as the changes go, there’s also a noticeable update to the camera bump, which now features 4 prominent camera lenses instead of 3. Some may remember this camera bump from the 2020 iPad Pro launch and all indications show that the iPad’s camera layout will make its way to the smartphone, with space for a ToF sensor that’ll help the iPhone 12 perform 3D scanning to support Apple’s ARKit and possibly AR-based games that may roll out in the future.

Some things remain immutable with the iPhone’s design though. The front still looks exactly the same, with the notch design that seems almost exclusive to Apple now, especially since its competitors have moved on to hole-punch cameras. The iPhone 12, from the looks of these renders, will still have FaceID too, a feature that I wonder why Apple hasn’t moved beyond, considering how everyone wears masks nowadays. The new phone also looks like it’ll still sport the lightning port, although prominent Apple insiders and analysts claim that the new iPhone will come without a charging cable and adapter in the box (they’ll need to be bought separately)… although in terms of change, that might be pushing things a bit too far, don’t you think??

Designer: Aziz Ghaus

Picture Credits: @smazizg

Milton Glaser Explains His Final Project, “Together”

Milton Glaser—celebrated graphic designer and creator of the “I ♥ NY” logo, among many other era-defining images—passed away last Friday, on his 91st birthday. Five weeks prior, Glaser called Jeremy Elias, who had sent a question to his office a few hours before. The chat unfolded into an interview. There, Glaser explains that “Together” (one of his final projects, made in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) provides “the symbolic equivalent of that phrase,” etched so that the letters look “as though they are all different, but all related.” This design (like his post-9/11 “I ♥ NY More Than Ever”) was created to bolster New Yorkers with an artwork, an idea and a mantra that hopefully “opens the heart,” he explains. “You need people who go beyond what is objective and what is logical. I suppose you have to call them artists,” Glaser says. Read more at The New York Times.

Diagonal slits pierce white shutters wrapping Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

Reinforced white concrete panels punctured with cylindrical openings form shutters across the facade of this house in southern Brazil designed by Arquitetura Nacional.

Arquitetura Nacional custom-made cladding to shade the upper level of Casa Ventura, which is situated on a corner lot in a gated residential community in Xangri Lá.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

It comprises panels of glass-reinforced concrete (GRFC) that are punctured with slanted cut-outs to filter natural light inside. Some of the panels also form shutters that can be opened by a lever inside the residence to reveal the glazing behind them.

The white panelling wraps a boxy volume that is stacked and cantilevered on top of an L-shaped structure to form the 600-square-metre house.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

Slender wooden slits detail the underpart of the top volume, which extends over an outdoor sitting and dining area that abuts the swimming pool.

Lush plantings on the northeast corner of the house block the strong winds, common to the region, that come from that direction.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

An L-shaped pool is situated alongside a patio furnished with wood dining and lounge pieces and an outdoor kitchen and bar counter.

Large retractable glass windows encase two sides of the ground floor to open the interiors to the property’s rich vegetation and swimming pool.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

“With the total opening of the windows, the internal and external environments merge, further expanding the possibilities of using the social spaces,” the studio said.

While the ground level is predominantly glazed, there are two monolithic volumes covered with white GRFC panels to house the staircase, elevator and a bathroom.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

The sliding glass doors wrap an open-plan living room in the ground floor where wooden details also decorate the ceiling in the open-plan living room. The utility rooms and kitchen are located towards the rear of the house on this floor.

Four bedroom suites are located on the top floor, and each opens onto a small balcony that is housed behind the white-shutter panels. These also shade a terrace with a hot tub room, while other spaces on this level include a massage room and a TV room.

Among the house’s interior details are a fireplace outlined with black and white stone that is inserted into a large wood cabinet that faces the living room.

In the narrow kitchen, there is white cabinetry and countertops, and a metal storage case fronted with rigid translucent doors.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

In the media room, on the upper level, couch cushions and a television are placed inside a carpeted sunken room.

Casa Ventura by Arquitetura Nacional

Arquitetura Nacional is a Brazilian architecture firm with offices in São Paulo and Porto Alegre founded in 2010 by Eduardo Maurmann, Elen Maurmann and Paula Otto. The studio has designed an apartment in Porto Alegre with a sculptural staircase and an apartment block with a wall of sliding doors.

Other residential projects in Brazil include a house with a scooped roof by Rodrigo Simão Architecture and a house by Olson Kundig designed to “hover” over its jungle surroundings.

Photography is by Cristiano Bauce.

Project credits:

Project team: Eduardo L Maurmann, Elen B N Maurmann, Paula Otto, Yuri Kokubun, Marcus Arnhold, Marcelo Gasparotto, Arquitetura Nacional team
Structural project: Carpeggiani Projetos Estrutura
Hidrossanitary and electrical: Filippon Engenharia
Luminotechnical: Project Studio Fos
Climatization: ​TR3Z Projetos e Tecnologia
GRC facade: Deboni Engenharia
Execution: Construtora Moschetta
Woodwork: Classe A

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10 graphic design projects by award-winning Miami Ad School graduates

An Apple Watch app that helps identify and alleviate symptoms of a panic attack features alongside a music campaign that sheds light on disparities between male and female sexual pleasure in this VDF school show by Miami Ad School.

The show includes 10 projects developed by this year’s graduates of the Portfolio Programme for Graphic Design from the school’s locations in Atlanta, San Francisco and New York. Each were awarded prizes for their efforts.

Portfolio Programme for Graphic Design, Miami Ad School

University: Miami Ad School
Course: Portfolio Programme for Graphic Design

Course statement: 

“Miami Ad School presents award-winning work from 10 recent design graduates as part of their VDF school show. The projects focus on ideas that positively impact product and experiential design.

“The work showcased here was completed during the student’s last quarter at Miami Ad School, with the aim of preparing students for creative practice and leadership. Education is hands-on and interactive, in the hopes of facilitating innovative ideas and concepts. Students learn to design fresh solutions that contribute to our communities.

“With a global network of 15 schools, Miami Ad School offers design students the opportunity to learn in three intense, full-time degree programme options: portfolio, bachelors or masters. Graduates are prepared to design with the knowledge of how to think, make and do.”

One of a Kind by Anaya Reyes

“This chair is a symbol of independence. It touches on the infinite love and support I have constantly received from my mother and how she provides me with the strength I need to confirm my own independence.

“The base of the chair is made entirely of bamboo, which allows the seat to be securely held by a single foundation.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutor: Hank Richardson
Studio: Design History

Mojo Magazine by Dèja Pocahontas Mays

“Mojo Magazine is inspired by people who love Lush cosmetics. The brand unites science and magic, so the publication aims to create a sense of wonder in its readers that is backed up by science.

“The design features Lush products such as bath bombs alongside illustration and the brand’s trademark edgy, unisex appeal.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutors: Stephanie Grendzinski and Pippa Seichrist
Studio: Typography

Panic Aid by Hatem El Akad in collaboration with Abdo Soliman, Refaat Rico and Ahmed Radwan

“People who suffer from panic attacks are often too embarrassed to ask for help. They also experience the constant fear that their panic attack is actually a heart attack and they are about to die. We decided to build on the Apple Watch product to alleviate the social and personal stress experienced by panic attack sufferers.

“Panic Aid is an app that detects an irregular heartbeat and launches to help the panic attack patient to cope with the situation. It also sends a notification to other Apple Watch users with instructions on how they can help.”

School: Miami Ad School San Francisco
Manolo Garcia
Studio: Advertising and innovation

The Bridge Project by Jackson Watkins

“The Bellwood Avenue Viaduct in Atlanta, more commonly known as The Bridge to Nowhere, stretches over railroad tracks and into a parking lot. I propose to repurpose this disused space for an entrepreneurial education program called The Bridge Project for students from Atlanta’s public schools.

“The building’s position over the railroad is a reminder of Atlanta’s origins, while the openness of the structure acts as a reminder of the city. Looking out of the back windows reveals old factory buildings while modern Atlanta is visible in the front.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutors: Brooke Southerland and Hank Richardson
Studio: Design Thinking

Courrier International by Margaux Salzman

“This project consists of the branding and brand identity for Courrier International, a weekly French newspaper that translates and publishes excerpts of articles from more than 900 international newspapers.

“In homage to the typographic work of Paul Rand, the logo uses simple geometric shapes to represent an open mind that is curious about the world. Together, the two shapes draw the newspaper’s initials CI. The sans serif typeface, Century Gothic, adds to the modernity and simplicity of the logo.”

School: Miami Ad School San Francisco
Carmen Ferreira
Studio: Typography

Bauhaus Toys logo by Millie Nicholson

“This logo was designed to embody the essence of both the Bauhaus and the idea of play. Its geometric design creates a bird’s face, with a yellow triangle for the beak and a red triangle for the head while B is rendered in the negative space between them to create eyes with blue pupils.

“Bauhaus Toys embodies the shapes and colours of the Bauhaus and the playful spirit of a toy bird. The mark is paired with Futura Bold because of Futura’s sturdy, geometric quality.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutors: Mike Kelly and Hank Richardson
Studio: Logos

Vestige by Romina Salini

“This project is based on a brief calling for the design of a bottle using Victorian hand lettering and is based on a story from the time. The label design is based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Black Cat, with the sharp lines and edges of the typeface representing the cat’s claws and the visceral murder committed by the narrator.

“The vanishing depth of the letters reflect the disintegration of his morals throughout his abusive relationship with alcohol.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Brennan Holloway
Studio: Typography

In-Sink Dishwasher by Ronak Patel

“Based on a brief calling for the redesign of everyday products, I created a more ergonomic version of a classic dishwasher. Assumptions about the aspirations and responsibilities of people are reflected and reinforced by the ways that home appliances have been designed, marketed, used and imagined.

“My goal was to eliminate these faux assumptions and bring the dishwasher into the context of today’s social fabric and ergonomic identity. Issues with current dishwasher models that were noted and considered in the design
include the long cycle time, large capacity, location, loading mechanism and size. My solution is the In-Sink Dishwasher.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutor: Hank Richardson
Studio: Product Innovation

Running Of The Bulls by Stella Ruthe

“Running Of The Bulls is an event, based in Pamplona, Spain, where bulls are lead to the bull ring by runners through the streets of the town’s old quarter.

“In this logo for the event, straight lines show the strength of the bull – a powerful animal following its aim. The circular frame holds the logo together while giving the eye something to focus on.”

School: Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center, Atlanta
Tutor: Hank Richardson
Studio: Logos

Unfinished by Vanessa Bittante in collaboration with Vanessa Bittante and Maidenly Pham

“While the pleasure gap disproportionately affects women, Unfinished uses a medium that is universally understood by all: music. By using music to challenge ideas surrounding female pleasure, the project raises awareness around the topic and sparks conversation.

“Unfinished normalizes the journey of exploring and nurturing one’s sexuality, ultimately encouraging users to take charge of their sexual health. By empowering women to take complete control over their bodies and wellness, this empowers them in all aspects of life.”

School: Miami Ad School New York
Tutor: Austin DeJonge
Studio: Portfolio development

Virtual Design Festival’s student and schools initiative offers a simple and affordable platform for student and graduate groups to present their work during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more details.

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Commenters dispute Airbnb founder's claim coronavirus will change tourism forever

Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky

Commenters disagreed with optimistic comments from Brian Chesky one of Airbnb’s co-founders this week, and shared their views on The Crystal skybridge in China, a Wyoming house and an apartment renovation.

In an interview with American news channel CNBC, Chesky shared his thoughts on how the coronavirus pandemic is likely to change travel and its impact on Airbnb, leading with the broad statement “travel as we knew it is over”.

“I do think that instead of the world population travelling to only a few cities and staying in big tourist districts, I think you’re going to see a redistribution of where people travel,” he explained.

The impact of this, according to Chesky, will be felt most at major tourist destinations with travellers instead choosing less well-known or local destinations.

This statement was strongly contended by the article’s commenters.

“I am not sure if I agree with the claim that people will avoid popular destinations,” challenged Zea Newland. “It takes a few influencers taking some photos of their butt in a beautiful place and a new hype is created.”

Joshua agreed. “Somewhat optimistic article. The airheads that flock to tourist hotspots (like those who crowd round the Mona Lisa having skipped everything else in the Louvre) will go wherever it’s fashionable to go according to Instagram.”

Others argued against the belief that change will be permanent, with dl77sea asking: “why do we keep assuming the pandemic will last ‘forever’?”

“Brian has maybe not lived yet enough to witness how forgetful people are,” pointed out IAH GVA. “We get the same type of pandemic every 20+ years and nothing has changed. 1969 pandemic, SARS, MERS and now Covid19… give people a few months/years and let’s look back how things will have ‘changed’.”

HOSTA felt similarly, stating simply: “Nah, the second flights get clearance people will be back at it.”

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The Crystal at Raffles City Chongqing by Safdie Architects
Stretching 300 metres between four towers, The Crystal is described by Safdie Architects as a “horizontal skyscraper”

The Crystal skybridge is nothing new according to commenters

A skybridge has connected two skyscrapers in China, but divided readers. The Crystal is the first part of Safdie Architects’ Raffles City Chongqing complex which is due to complete this year, and features a cantilevered observation platform.

“Breathtaking and monumental,” described Chris. While JZ’s commentary was less complimentary: “The facade lighting is quite successful. Otherwise, like a giant steel culvert laid atop some nondescript 1980s developer towers.”

“I wonder if this design would pass under the new government restrictions imposed to limit extravagant and bizarre buildings,” pondered Jack Woodburn, referring to the China’s policy to limit the construction of supertall skyscrapers.

Others felt the design looked familiar. “The Minecraft version of the Marina Bay Sands,” said james.

“The Singapore effect,” Puzzello agreed. “I wonder how many times this idea can be recycled?”

Are readers being unfair harsh? Join the discussion ›

Teton House by Olson Kundig
A combination of rift-cut oak, fir and walnut woods cover the ceilings, walls and floors in this Wyoming home

Olson Kundig’s Wyoming house “could use a little less wood on the interior” say commenters

US architecture firm Olson Kundig has made a feature of large wooden window shutters in its design for a house in the mountains of Wyoming. While most readers are impressed, some feel the firm has over-used one material.

“Another nice house from Olson Kundig,” praised apsco radiales. “But again far too much wood in the interior. I don’t want to see floorboards on walls and ceilings – they are meant for the floor!”

HOSTA also described the home as a “pretty damn nice chalet”, but went on to say: “I have to agree with some of the other comments, it could use a little less wood on the interior”.

But the wood is not without fans. “The woodwork outside and in appears flawless,” noted Geofbob.

“Beautiful materials with many great design features,” said Ivana Curcic. “Personally, the scale is too big, except for the study nook that’s narrow but tall, but such scale is generally aspired to in most of the US.”

What do you think of the residence? Join the discussion ›

308 S Apartment by BLOCO Arquitetos
Bloco Arquitetos reconfigured the layout to open the main living areas to the building’s gridded facade that controls airflow

Commenters applaud Bloco Arquitetos’ “tasteful renovation” of a 1960s apartment

The renovation of an apartment in Brasília has won the praise of Dezeen commenters for its minimalism and authenticity with the original interiors.

Brazilian studio Bloco Arquitetos added translucent glass walls to reveal the existing concrete block facade of the 1960s apartment.

“The combination of being authentic to the building’s heritage and doing something authentically inventive is well done,” commented JZ, adding: “not an easy balance to achieve”.

“Very tasteful renovation which highlights the qualities of the original architecture,” said Leo.

“It’s very minimalistic but it’s growing on me as I scroll through the images a second or third time,” said Zea Newland, allowing themselves to be won over. “It seems like a nice place for contemplation without looking cold or uninviting.”

For apsco radiales, the bathroom was what really stood out: “Love the size of the shower – you can play football in it, nearly. No banging your elbows on the walls there!”

Are you a fan of the minimalist interiors of the apartment? Join the discussion ›

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The world’s first magnetically modular multitool lets you pick and choose your attachments!

For the first time, here’s a piece of EDC that really makes a lot of sense. The Windeler makes the case that you could have a 32-in-1 multitool, but do you really need to carry all 32 tools with you everywhere you go? No, right? The Windeler multitool brings an almost bento-box approach to EDC, allowing you to create modular setups based on the tools you need whenever you need them. On some days all you need is a good multi-purpose knife, on other days you may need a complete screwdriver set, and when it’s exceptionally sunny out, you might want to carry your bottle-opener with you. The Windeler multitool, designed by Douglas Windeler, gives you that freedom to pick and choose (and carry) the tools you need. The multitool features a unique neodymium-based interlocking system that lets you snap tools together to create EDC that’s customized to your needs. With as many as 15 different units to choose from (featuring over 20 tools), the Windeler can be infinitely customized based on your need, and even be rearranged based on what tools you’re more likely to use.

The Windeler’s most defining detail is its neodymium magnetic attachment system that lets you snap together tools to make the multitool you need. The tools snap satisfyingly together to form a single easy-to-carry bunch, and can either swivel out when you need them, or be snapped off and used individually for more complex tasks. This uniquely user-friendly design detail allows you to arrange and rearrange your multitool set to suit your exact needs. Spanning a variety of categories, you can actually build your own tool-stacks based on specific activities like bicycling, surfing, or outdoor camping, with tools that are tailor-made for each activity. With everything from hex-bits to screwdrivers, and from bottle openers and prybars to a drop-point outdoor pocket-knife, the broad catalog of Windeler’s individual tools allows it to cover a wide range of use-cases… and that innovative magnetic modular system lets you decide exactly what tools you want to carry with you, and in what order. What we have here is a basic launch range, which will be followed up with plenty of other tools and knives in the near future. This will give you an opportunity (in the future), to get each tool individually or customize your set.

The hallmark of a great toolset is its ability to withstand rough use. Constructed out of Grade 5 Titanium, the Windeler is built to take on remarkable degrees of stress. With a tough Plasma nitride coating, the tools are practically scratch-proof, corrosion-resistant, and guaranteed to last decades even with regular, everyday use. Besides, the fact that they can easily be snapped together or pulled apart makes them ridiculously easy to clean if they ever get muddy or greasy. The titanium construction not only makes the Windeler tools ridiculously tough, it also ensures your EDC is lightweight… so whether you’re carrying just 2 tools with you, or 10 units snapped together, the only thing that ever matters to you is convenience. After all, isn’t that what EDC tools are all about?

Designer: Douglas Windeler

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Windeler – A Completely New Class of Multitool

The Windeler is a magnetic, modular Titanium multitool system that lets you select the tools you want and leave behind the rest.

Windeler brings you hand tools that connect together using neodymium magnets. This allows you to assemble them in any combination to create your Stack. You can add and remove tools in one easy movement.

The Tools

Windeler tools are individual modules designed to be used on their own. Each tool can be paired with any other in the range.

Windeler tools snap together using a magnetic connection. The tools comprise of a body made of high quality material and a magnetic connector.

The Materials

The majority of the tools are grade 5 Titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V). This material is lightweight, tough and non-corrosive.

The tools are Plasma nitride hardened to give them a super hard molecular shell.

Windeler uses the highest strength neodymium magnets encased in a protective stainless shell. The magnet assembly is then pressed into the tool body.

N52 Neodymium Magnets encased in Stainless steel armor and pressed into tool body.

Windeler tools connect with any others in their range but are designed to function on their own. Exactly as a hand tool should. The size of each tool has been carefully considered to maximize function for individual use. This gets around the awkwardness of standard multitools.

Building a Stack

Adaptable & Modular – You might climb, surf and cycle all on the same day or week. Their tools can assemble in any combination. You can carry one or take as many as you need for your activity. It’s a toolset that adapts to your lifestyle.

Use in One Easy Move – Each of their tools break out of the Stack for ease of use. Select the tool you need, pull it out in one easy move and off you go. When done, snap it back into the Stack.

The Stack Options

The Wild Knife – the hero of the launch range. It’s designed to be a versatile everyday carry item. A great all-rounder and very utilitarian. It’s super thin at 4mm and very light at only 35g.

– Blade: Drop point design. Hardened AUS10 stainless steel
– Handle: Lightweight design with easy central release button and ball detent. Large carabiner hole accessible when open and closed – Ti6Al4V.

The Everyday Stack – your go-to everyday carry stack. Lightweight, tough and utilitarian.

– Wild Knife: Drop point blade in AUS10 Stainless steel. Lightweight handle in Ti6Al4V
– Bottle Opener: Lightweight and slim – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Pry Bar: Tough and light. Pry bar and and large flat head – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V

The Hex Stack – a set of high quality, Titanium alloy Hex drivers. Lightweight and utilitarian. Designed to pull out and use individually. Carry them on their own or pair them with our other tools to create your ideal setup.

– Hex Drivers: 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Hex – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V

The Cycle Stack (short) – a lightweight and utilitarian cycle stack. Made from hardened Titanium alloy. Designed to pull out and use individually. Carry them on their own or pair them with our other tools to create your ideal setup. Weight – 50g

– Hex Drivers: 3mm Hex – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Chain Splitter: 3mm Hex key required – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Spoke and valve core tool: Tapered key slot designed to fit any spoke. Schrader and Presta valve tool. Valve extender tool – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V

The Cycle Stack (tall) – contains all the essentials for either a short blast or full on expedition. Sling it in your pack, pannier or saddle bag. You won’t even know it’s there until you need it. Weighs 100g. Made from aerospace grade, hardened Titanium alloy

– Hex Drivers: 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm Hex – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Chain Splitter: Goes with 3mm Hex key – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Spoke and valve core tool: Tapered key slot designed to fit any spoke. Schrader and Presta valve tool. Valve extender feature – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V

The Surf Stack – designed to be with you from dawn patrol to evening glass off. Prep your board, paddle out and enjoy your session. Then relax with a beer on the beach when the sun goes down. Sling these tools in your dry bag, backpack, jacket pocket or keep it in the glove compartment of your surf wagon.

– Wax Comb & Stripper: Fits perfectly in hand – Glass filled nylon.
– Hex Fin Key: Designed to be used with 3/32″ Hex screws – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Flat Head Fin Key: Designed for a single fin setup – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V
– Bottle Opener: Lightweight and slim – Plasma hardened Ti6Al4V

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Specialist foundry UAP aims to "make art happen"

VDF studio profile: UAP is an international metal workshop that produces everything from large-scale public art or architecture commissions to the iconic Oscars trophies for the Academy Awards.

The foundry has a history of collaborating with well-known figures in the art world. It was responsible for creating Idris Khan‘s Wahat Al Karama monument in Abu Dhabi, as well as the first public sculpture of American artist Kehinde Wiley, who painted Barack Obama‘s presidential portrait.

UAP was founded in Brisbane, Australia, 27 years ago by brothers Daniel and Matthew Tobin, and has since expanded to include a team of 200 people across the company’s Shanghai and New York workshops as well as its operations in the Middle East.

Its technicians and craftspeople are capable of casting larger-than-life installations in three dimensions using materials including bronze, stainless steel, ductile iron, aluminium and copper as well as precious metals such as silver and gold.

Kehinde Wiley’s Rumors of War was temporarily set up in Times Square

“UAP has developed its expertise gradually and our ability to deliver high-quality outcomes emerges from the entire team’s ability to develop strong working relationships with the artists and clients,” said Matthew Tobin.

“At the heart of this global operation is the drive to make art happen and every team member’s dedication to find common ground and facilitate the journey of the artist.”

Among the company’s most well-known projects is Wiley’s Rumors of War, which reimagines the historical monument of a US Confederate general on horseback with a young African-American man in the saddle.

Standing at just over eight metres tall and five metres wide, the installation was initially set up in Times Square before being moved to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The Selfie Panda sculpture by Florentijn Hofman was installed in the city of Dujiangyan in China

According to Matthew Tobin, the Shanghai studio is responsible for some of the company’s “most adventurous commissions”, including a gigantic metal rendering of a panda taking a selfie, envisioned by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman as an evolution of his enormous Rubber Duck installation from 2013.

The studio also manufactured British artist Khan’s Wahat Al Karama or Oasis of Dignity monument, which was longlisted for a Dezeen Award in 2018 as well as winning an Iconic Award for Architecture from the German Design Council.

At 90 metres long, the installation consists of a series of towering slabs that are lined up like dominoes and made from aluminium that was extracted and recycled from decommissioned armoured vehicles.

Ngarunga Nangama, also known as Calm Water Dream, is a sandstone mural created for the lobby of an office building that stands atop the former Tank Stream

Back in Australia, the company also collaborated with Aboriginal artist Judy Watson to create Ngarunga Nangama – a 300-square-metre sandstone mural that visualises the course of Sydney’s historic Tank Stream, which today lies buried underneath its central business district.

On a smaller scale, UAP produces not just the Oscar statuettes but also carefully replicated, editioned artworks of different scales for artists including Lindy Lee, Reko Renie and Emily Floyd, whose hand-carved sculptural parrot was 3D-scanned and turned into a series of five oversized aluminium statues.

UAP is also responsible for manufacturing the 5.6-metre-tall Boy Walking sculpture by New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout

“I am always in awe as I walk through one of our workshops,” said Daniel Tobin.

“There is a constant movement of people, the hum of machinery, and the excitement of making. The furnace is lit, bronze is on the boil and the noise is deafening. When new projects are underway, there is no better place to be.”

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Pokémon Go Creator Niantic Labs Partners with Sleep No More’s Punchdrunk Theatre Company

The groundbreaking immersive theatrical experience Sleep No More first welcomed guests to experience its uniquely interactive, multi-narrative and non-linear mash-up of Macbeth and a haunted hotel in 2011, across several floors of a building in NYC. Five years later, the augmented reality game Pokémon Go swept the world, inviting users to experience AR in an exciting, engaging new way. Now, UK-based Punchdrunk Theatre Company (the imagination and execution behind the former) and SF-based Niantic Labs (the developers of the latter), will partner on “multiple projects that will reinvent storytelling for a 21st century audience and further expand the horizon of interactive entertainment.” From the rule-bending explorations of the former and the reality-altering technological prowess of the latter, it’s a partnership worth paying close attention to. Read more at The Verge.

More Realistic 3D-Printed Plant-Based Steaks are Coming, Courtesy of Redefine Meat

Meat is delicious, but it’s bad for the planet (not to mention the animals that get eaten). Luckily we’re now entering an era when plant-based meats taste just about as good as the real thing. And now Israeli start-up Redefine Meat means to boost the uptake of plant-based steaks, using 3D printing.

Why digital fabrication? You’ve probably noticed that two of the bigger names in plant-based meat, Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, are best known for their burgers. Both companies can come close to nailing the flavor of a beef burger, and the texture of ground beef is not difficult to reproduce. Steaks, however, are a different matter. “You need a 3D printer to mimic the structure of the muscle of the animal,” CEO Eshchar Ben-Shitrit told Reuters.

In other words, Redefine Meat will be able to 3D print the materials representing lines of marbled fat and the “grain” of a steak, replicating precise cuts of meat. And according to Reuters, “The market is definitely waiting for a breakthrough in terms of improving the texture,” said Stacy Pyett, who manages the Proteins for Life program at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.

Redefine Meat reckons that the speed they can achieve with 3D printing–up to hundreds of kilograms of not-meat per hour–will eventually lower the cost below the price of real meat.