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Amazon plans to reach net-zero carbon use by 2030

Amazon is continuing its dedication to sustainability by aiming for net-zero carbon use by the year 2030. The e-commerce behemoth plans to accomplish this ambitious task by adding more renewable energy programs that will be incorporated in its shipping and packaging departments. Amazon already has several carbon cutting initiatives in place. This includes programs like Ship In Own Container, Frustration-Free Packaging and the Closed Loop Fund. The company has also invested in both solar and win...
Tags: Amazon, Design, News, Environment, Renewable Energy, Net Zero, Fortunately Amazon, Net Zero Carbon, Reusable Packaging, Seattle According to Amazon

The Parting of the Furniture

So it’s come to this: BILLY is joining the gig economy, and he’ll hold your books and whatever else you see fit until you upgrade to KALLAX or HEMNES, or you finally bring yourself to KonMari all your worldly possessions away.IKEA recently announced that it is looking to launch a subscription model, in which customers effectively “lease” furniture and trade it back via credit system; depending on the condition, the Swedish behemoth will either refurbish or recycle the used items. Initially limit...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Design, China, India, CSR, Bloomberg, Bbc, Netflix, Furniture, Canada, Brooklyn, New York Times, Ikea, Switzerland, Manhattan

Ideas For Amazon Product Design

There are two main ways you can boost sales of your products on Amazon: drive more traffic to your listing, or increase conversion rates, that is the percentage of visitors who actually make a purchase. When it comes to improving conversation rates, one of the essential elements to consider is great product design. Check these tips and ideas for great Amazon Product Design which will help you to improve conversions, boost sales, and grow your business. Start With More Ideas, Not Less When desig...

This Map Of The Bezos Story Looks Like It Came From An Amazon Original Police Story

Seriously, connecting the dots is a little bit intense. Bezos’ affair and associated selfies, and his post to Medium last week, “has revealed more than just a series of leaked texts and naked selfies. It has also laid bare a tangled web of overlapping relationships and interests across Hollywood, politics, national security and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” (And if you were wondering why Amazon has Jack Ryan as an original series, well, read on.) – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Hollywood, Media, Saudi Arabia, Bezos, Jack Ryan, 02.16.19, Amazon Original Police Story

Amazon Pulls Out Of Plans For Queens – When Company Culture Doesn’t Need Local Grief

Amazon had a deal and could have simply gone ahead. But the company had no allegiance to Queens and no need to be where it wasn’t wanted. “Amazon’s retreat from Queens shows us the dynamics of a new local power game — one in which giant tech companies play on the same field with governments, as equals, with equal influence over our economies and communities.” – Axios
Tags: Amazon, Art, Queens, Issues, 02.15.19, Amazon Pulls Out Of Plans For Queens

Did Dan Mallory Also Plagiarize His Best-Selling Novel? (Along With His Other Problems)

The parallels are numerous, and detailed. Both novels feature anxiety-ridden, middle-aged female narrators who are afraid to leave their homes, and they witness something suspicious while spying on neighbors. The stories have nearly identical plot twists in the final act. “It is the EXACT same plot like down to the main characters’ back story,” one person wrote in an Amazon review comparing the two books. “Sorry but there’s no way the amount of stolen material is a coincidence.” – The New York ...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Dan Mallory, 02.14.19

Propwatch: the strap-on in ‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other’

There is stuff you expect to find in a garage. A car. Metal shelving, peg board. Strip lighting that tints everything stark and queasy. A toolbox. Gaffer tape. An Amazon delivery box (there’s always a swoosh-marked Amazon box). They’re all here in Vicki Mortimer’s design. There’s also a strap-on. — David Jays
Tags: Amazon, Art, Ajblogs, Vicki Mortimer, 02.12.19

Re:ease doesn’t organize your desk. It redesigns it.

Here’s my desk scenario. I have a pencil holder from Amazon, a stapler from Maped, a hole-punch from Kangaro, and an off-brand planter with a mini succulent in it. It’s a collection of products I love individually, but combine them together and they end up making my workspace look like there’s a whole lot going on. That’s where the problem lies. Desk items aren’t always designed to be a part of a family. They’re just made to be good products that look wonderful on shelves, and perform well eno...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Design, Stationery, Popular, Product Design, Random, Organizer, Desk Organizer, Laurent Hartmann, Marc Stueber, Re:ease, Kangaro, Marc Stueber Laurent HartmannClick

Amazon, Privacy, And Kids At School

Hm. The company has announced some recent “initiatives” and training courses for kids. “These programs aren’t just charity of course: They stood to serve Amazon itself in various ways—the most obvious, perhaps, being PR.” (And data collection.) – Vice
Tags: Amazon, Art, Issues, 02.08.19, Amazon Privacy And Kids At School

Fritz Baumgarten

Fritz Baumgarten was a German children’s book illustrator active in the early to mid part of the 20th century. He illustrated numerous books, primarily in Germany, working in a nicely finessed combination of ink and watercolor. Baumgarten had a knack for blending the commonplace with the fantastic, putting his elf-like characters and anthropomorphized creatures into scenes of activities that might otherwise seem quite ordinary. Many of his portrayals of the forest floor are nicely naturalist...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, Germany, Illustration, Sc-fi And Fantasy, Baumgarten, Fritz Baumgarten

Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios For $67 Million For “Breach Of Contract”

The new complaint states: “Amazon has tried to excuse its action by referencing a 25-year old, baseless allegation against Mr. Allen, but that allegation was already well known to Amazon (and the public) before Amazon entered into four separate deals with Mr. Allen — and, in any event it does not provide a basis for Amazon to terminate the contract. There simply was no legitimate ground for Amazon to renege on its promises.” – New York Magazine
Tags: Amazon, Art, People, Allen, 02.07.19, Woody Allen Sues Amazon Studios

Will Amazon’s Northern Virginia HQ2 Help Crowd Out DC’s Always-Strapped Small Theater Companies?

Synetic Theater, for instance, has had its stage right in the Crystal City complex that Amazon is taking over. “That catapulted Synetic back to its start-up roots, scrambling for places to perform. But as the Amazon deal proved, real estate near downtown has become more desirable than ever, and prices are only going up. For small and midsize theater companies, that means affordable performance space is harder than ever to find.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Amazon, Art, Theatre, Northern Virginia, Crystal City, Synetic Theater, Synetic, Will Amazon, 02.03.19

Silicon Valley’s Terms Of Service Are Impossible To Consent To, Or Understand

But they rule our lives. Can Amazon’s ToS, which would take more than nine hours to read aloud, be changed? Can any company’s? – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Silicon Valley, Issues, 02.02.19

How Instagram Is Changing Book Covers

At a time when half of all book purchases in the U.S. are made on Amazon — and many of those on mobile — the first job of a book cover, after gesturing at the content inside, is to look great in miniature. That means that where fine details once thrived, splashyprints have taken over, grounding text that’s sturdy enough to be deciphered on screens ranging from medium to miniscule. – New York Magazine
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, 01.31.19

Design Job: Amazon is Seeking a Creative Director in Sunnyvale, CA

As a Creative Director, you will be responsible for the end to end user experience for Amazon Key. This involves the full Amazon Key App, and touchpoints in service and delivery design, landing pages, shopping View the full design job here
Tags: Amazon, Design, Jobs, Sunnyvale CA, Amazon Key App

YD Job Board’s top 5 picks with jobs at Amazon and more

As a part of our careers-related columns, these are our top five picks of the best industrial design opportunities on Yanko Design’s recruitment platform YD Job Board. With some famous names across our board, this week’s pick includes openings at Amazon, Johnson & Johnson, CONAIR and more interesting opportunities.Check out Yanko Design Job Board for more design openings.Want your requirement to be featured along with these global design-driven companies? Post a Job with us right away!Creative D...
Tags: Amazon, Design, New Hampshire, Johnson Johnson, Simplisafe, Yanko Design, Yanko, Johnson Johnson Medical Devices, Yanko Design Job Board, YD Job Board, Amazon Johnson Johnson CONAIR, Amazon Key App, Orthopedic Solutions Team With, Johnson Johnson Medical Devices JJMDC, Kwun Tong Near Ngau Tau Kok, NEMO Equipment Inc NEMO

Amazon Rolls Out Scout, Their Autonomous Delivery Vehicle

Amazon has just announced the rollout of Scout, their autonomous, electric delivery robot thingy. Here's footage of it in "action," to give you an idea of its size and typical pace: As of yesterday, "these devices will begin delivering packages to customers in a neighborhood in Snohomish County, Washington," Amazon writes. "We're starting with six Amazon Scout devices, delivering packages Monday through Friday, during daylight hours. The devices will autonomously follow their delivery route...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Design, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Philadelphia, Seattle, Detroit, Amazon Scout, Snohomish County Washington Amazon

Moebius Draws Adventurous Ads for Maxwell House Coffee (1989)

What do you do after you’ve helped create one of the “first anti-heroes in Western comics”; pioneered the underground comics industry and heavy metal album covers; won the enduring admiration of Federico Fellini, Stan Lee, and Hayao Miyazaki; and brought your distinctive creative style to the look of sci-fi classics like Blade Runner, Alien, Tron, and The Abyss? Sit back, have a coffee, and design a series of ads for Maxwell House. Why not? You’re Moebius. You can draw whatever you want. No one...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, College, Mexico, France, Africa, Algeria, Seattle, Hayao Miyazaki, Tintin, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Dune, Facebook Twitter, Moebius, Maxwell House

Smart Products Abound at CES 2019

From mirrors to coffee machines, assistants are migrating into nearly every product At this year’s CES, countless products on display promoted their assisted capabilities. Last year’s show delivered us the first glimpses of virtual assistants embedded into everyday devices, but 2019 previewed the phenomenon’s mainstreaming—Google Assistant in a mirror, Amazon’s Alexa taking queries from inside your toilet and more. There is valid skepticism about the possibility of …
Tags: Google, Amazon, Design, Tech, Ces, Devices, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, Smart appliances, Amazon Alexa, Smart Tech, Google Assistant, CES 2019

Is Amazon Killing Incomes Of Writers? No, Protests Amazon

Amazon is frequently blamed for not just disrupting the way people buy books, but for making it difficult for writers to make a living. Now the company is fighting back, taking aim at an Author’s Guild report last week that detailed a catastrophic drop in author incomes. – The Guardian
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, Guild, 01.16.19

Top Ten Product Categories With the Most Fake Reviews on Amazon

As with Good, Cheap and Fast, a website called seeks to make online shopping easier by weeding out the fake reviews for you. They make it pretty easy: You simply paste the link of the product you're looking at into a box on their website, and it returns a letter grade rating the authenticity of the reviews. As Fakespot is in the business of dealing with fakes--at press time they've claimed to have analyzed some 2,991,177,728 reviews--they've compiled a list of the top ten product...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Nike, Adidas, Object Culture

Review—About Design: Insights and Provocations for Graphic Design Enthusiasts

I often talk about the importance of context and how it helps set the tone for everything that follows. It also helps you integrate new understanding of specific details into a greater whole. When I approach a new subject, I like to start with a general overview in order to provide context for the rest of my learning. This method of study helps me see new material through an established perspective and it helps me form a point of view about the subject. A potential downside of setting a co...
Tags: Amazon, Design, Web Design, Book Review, United States, University of the Arts, Michael Beirut, University of Cincinnati s College, Katherine McCoy, Gordon Salchow, Michael Beirut Acknowledgements Preface, Philadelphia College

This little speaker-cap hacks your smart speaker to give you back your privacy

Project Alias looks and behaves like a parasitic fungus, in the sense that it latches onto its host, feeding off it and inhibiting its functions for its own gain. It may sound a little extreme, but it does it all for the sake of privacy. Smart speakers now sit in one out of three American homes… and while they’re great in terms of convenience, they’re a privacy nightmare. Smart speakers are always listening in on everything you say or do around your home, and companies create databases and pro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Design, Audio, Speakers, Popular, Alexa, Product Design, Brad, Now, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Bjørn Karmann, Project Alias

Hamilton in Puerto Rico: a joyful homecoming ... but it's complicated

Musical is dividing residents on island where creator Lin-Manuel Miranda spent childhood summersJavier Ortiz likes to look on the bright side in San Juan, the pretty and gritty capital of Puerto Rico. “I’m an optimist,” he says. “I’m the owner of a bookstore, so I have to be.”Ortiz has survived not only the onslaught of Amazon but also Hurricane Maria, which forced him to close for 10 days then manage the store without electricity – running a cash machine off a battery – for two months. Now, as ...
Tags: Amazon, Americas, Theatre, World news, US news, Culture, Stage, Broadway, Hamilton, Puerto Rico, San Juan, Ortiz, Lin Manuel Miranda, Hurricane Maria

These security cameras are monitored by AI as well as a human surveillance team

Do you remember that viral video of the engineer that designed this glitter bomb for parcel-thieves? It was this over-engineered box that contained a motor, a centrifugal cup with glitter, a fart-bomb, and four smartphones that recorded the incredibly cathartic experience of seeing your parcel thief open the box only to be doused in glitter and sprayed with fart-spray. Thieves would see an unsuspecting box on a porch and pick it up. Once they opened it, the motor would trigger, sending glitter...
Tags: Amazon, Home, Design, Safety, Ces, Cameras, Product Design, Mark Rober, Rober, Deep Sentinel, Robert Brunner, Ammunition Group, Ces2019, LiveSentinel Surveillance Guards

A Hot Cup of Murder

One time, the Archbishop of St. Louis tried to shut down a New Line show called Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll. I'm not kidding. He failed. Well, he successfully shut down our preview, but we were open again for opening night. You can read about that here.Our show was just a revue of theatre songs on those topics, three of the most powerful forces on humans, including songs from Rent, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q, Songs for a New World, Hair, The Rocky Horror Show, Kiss of the Spider Woman,...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Sex, Senate, Religion, Theatre, America, Preston, Broadway, Violence, Rent, Arthur Conan Doyle, Theater, Shakespeare, St Louis, Rocky Horror

Broadway Hot Damn!

I am in love with the BroadwayHD channel on Amazon Prime Video. I'm convinced that HD stands for Hot Damn!When we were working on Yeast Nation, last summer, Greg Kotis told me that he and Mark Hollmann had based their story loosely on both Macbeth and Antigone. So I watched both plays on video, and it helped me a lot with Yeast Nation.And then I wanted to see the rest of the Oedipus trilogy, which includes Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, and Antigone. One way to see them was to subscribe ...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Theatre, Bbc, Live, Broadway, Morgan Freeman, John, Theater, Shakespeare, Plays, Dorothy, Macbeth, Juliet Stevenson, Scott Miller, Gene Wilder

In Book ‘News,’ Most Writers Earn Below The Poverty Line From Their Writing

Wow, who knew? The news really is that things have gotten worse for authors, and there’s no surprise about the culprit: “The decline in earnings is also largely because of Amazon’s lion’s share of the self-publishing, e-book and resale market.” – The New York Times
Tags: Amazon, Art, Words, 01.05.19

Into the Words

When young musical theatre artists ask me how to get where they're going, I always give the same advice, to consume as much musical theatre as humanly possible, to see every musical (live and on screen) that they can, read scripts and biographies and history books and analysis books, listen to cast albums -- and not just the new ones.In other words, drink all of it in. And part of that is creating a good library for yourself.I was browsing my own considerable musical theatre script library, and...
Tags: Amazon, Musicals, Scripts, Theatre, Theater, Kate, Sondheim, Neil Simon, Scott Miller, Tommy, George C Wolfe, Original Broadway Cast, Broadway Musical, Michael John LaChiusa, Kate West, Amazon American Musicals

The Banale Backpack Gives You an Extra Pair of Hands

The prime purpose of a backpack is to carry things on your back, rather than in your hand… because there’s only so much your hands can carry. Secure these items in a package and sling it over your shoulder, and not only can you hold twice or thrice the weight of what you could hold in your hands, but you’ve now also got your hands free for other activities. That very purpose of keeping your hands free is what the Banale backpack considers its biggest objective.Some bags come with fixed storage...
Tags: Amazon, Deals, Design, Bags, Bag, Popular, Product Design, Random, Banale, Banale backpack, Diego Recchia, Diego RecchiaClick

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