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This New Instrument Reimagines the Infamous Talkbox

Bosko Kante is a grammy-winning artist, producer and most recently, innovator. He and his wife Maya Kante co-founded Electrospit and co-created the ESX-1, a tubeless talkbox designed to liberate an artistic expression with mobility, style, freedom and innovation. The traditional talkbox is to thank for the famous hook that rises and falls like west coast hills at the beginning of 2pac and Dre's "California Love." But talkboxes have always been clunky, intrusive DIY-instruments, extremely imp...
Tags: Design, California, Tech, Amazon Play, Bosko, Bosko Kante, Maya Kante, Electrospit, David Guetta Bruno Mars


California's "Skip the Slip" bill pushes for digital receipts

A legislator in the California Assembly has introduced a bill that, if passed, would require retailers to make digital receipts the default instead of paper. California Assemblymember Phil Ting (D – San Francisco) has introduced AB 161, nicknamed “Skip the Slip.” If it becomes law, it would be the first of its kind in the United States. According to Green America, each year up to 10 million trees in the U.S. are used to make the paper for receipts, and the process takes 21 billion gallons of wa...
Tags: Design, News, California, Environment, San Francisco, United States, Receipts, Carbon Dioxide, Assembly, BPA, Ecology Center, New York State Department of Health, Paper Recycling, Phil Ting, Beth Porter, Receipt


Foie gras ban in California stands after court battle

The foie gras ban in California continues after six years of court battles. Earlier this week the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear a challenge to the state’s 2004 ban on the production and sale of foie gras, leaving the 2017 ruling untouched. Foie gras, which means “fatty liver”, is butter-rich duck or goose liver that has been especially fattened, and is a popular delicacy in French cuisine. Traditionally, it is seared and made into pate, however, to produce the luxury food produ...
Tags: Food, Hong Kong, Design, News, Supreme Court, California, Los Angeles, Coalition, Duck, Foie Gras, US supreme court, Singapore Airlines, Wilson, Eat & Drink, U S Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit


Californias Monarch butterfly population hits 'potentially catastrophic' low in 2018

California’s Monarch butterfly population hit a record low in 2018 after dropping a whopping 86 percent from the previous year. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the total population has declined 97 percent since the 1980s, but this latest one year drop is “potentially catastrophic.” In the western part of the United States, monarchs migrate to California for the winter, traveling from Idaho and Utah. In 2017, the traditional California coastal sites like Pismo Beac...
Tags: Utah, Weather, Design, News, California, Animals, Climate, United States, Conservation, Migration, Wildfires, Idaho, Ecology, Urban Development, Vancouver, Flowers


Trump threatens to halt federal disaster relief funding for California wildfires

President Trump has threatened to withhold federal disaster aid from California after a series of deadly wildfires devastated the state. For months, the POTUS has accused California of bringing the wildfires on itself because of poor forest management. But in a recent tweet, he took things further by threatening to halt federal aid, and this drew criticism from lawmakers in his own political party. “Billions of dollars are sent to the State of California for Forest fires that, with proper Fores...
Tags: Design, News, California, Environment, Fema, Wildfire, Trump, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Reuters Image, James Gallagher, Jim Nielsen, Disaster Relief, Forest Management, California wildfires, Camp Fire zone


Californias largest utility company plans massive sale of natural gas division

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), California’s largest utility, is exploring the possibility of selling off a major part of the company, according to a new report. Thanks to the massive liability costs that they could be facing for their possible culpability in recent deadly wildfires, PG&E has a strategic plan called “Project Falcon” to cover costs and avoid bankruptcy. This plan would involve the company selling its natural gas division and then using the proceeds to pay the potential millions o...
Tags: Design, News, California, Environment, San Francisco, Bankruptcy, Fires, Npr, CAL FIRE, PG&E, California Public Utilities Commission, USAA, Dodd, Bill Dodd, Pacific Gas & Electric, California wildfires


US Supreme Court Rejects Olivia de Havilland’s Lawsuit Against Miniseries ‘Feud: Bette And Joan’

The 102-year-old actress objected to the FX series’ portrayal of her as a gossipy hypocrite who (this was very important to de Havilland) used dirty words. A California appeals court ruled against her on First Amendment grounds, and the Supreme Courts of both California and (now) the US have refused to reconsider the case. — The Hollywood Reporter
Tags: Art, California, US, People, Joan, Bette, Supreme Courts, 01.07.19, US Supreme Court Rejects Olivia de Havilland


Retooling Scott Joplin’s ‘Treemonisha’ For The 21st-Century

That’s the project of Toronto theatre company Volcano, which hopes to tour its adaptation — with “an entirely new story” — of Joplin’s 1911 opera to California, D.C., Canada, and Britain next year. Says Volcano’s artistic director, “As far as I can find, the libretto has never been touched. We’re just giving Joplin the help he was denied.” — The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Music, California, Toronto, Canada, Britain, Volcano, Joplin, SJM, Scott Joplin, 01.05.19


Sean Parker's wedding violations result in new app for California coastline

What started out as a high-profile beachside wedding turned into a useful and long-term solution to beach access issues along the California coastline. When Napster founder and original president of Facebook Sean Parker started planning his 2013 beachfront wedding to then-fiance Alexandra Lenas, he had no idea that he was breaking land usage rules. With a redwood grove in mind, he simply leased the space from the hotel that fringed the area. He then spent months having the perfect set built. It...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, California, Ccc, Sean Parker, Southern California, Parker, Sean, Napster, James Smith, LA Times Images, California Coastal Commission CCC, Alexandra Lenas


National Parks are being trashed during the government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues, many National Parks are suffering from a lack of staff as well as a complete disregard for the rules by visitors. According to multiple reports, some parks — like Yosemite National Park in California — are being overwhelmed by trash, vandalism, human waste and destructive off-roading. “It’s a free-for-all,” said Yosemite worker Dakota Snider, who added that the heartbreaking situation is the worst he has seen in his four years living there. The Los Angeles ...
Tags: Utah, New York, Design, News, Yosemite, Colorado, California, Government, US, Conservation, National Parks, Waste, Government Shutdown, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Yellowstone


Solar-Powered smart home in LA can be remotely controlled with a phone

Los Angeles-based general contractor and real estate development firm LA Build Corp has recently completed a single-family custom home that combines luxury modern design with energy-saving smart home technologies. Located in West Hollywood’s Kilkea Drive, the contemporary dwelling is equipped with a full home automation system that allows the homeowners to control multiple aspects of the house—from the sound systems to the window shades—with a touch of a button on their smartphones. Set on a...
Tags: Design, California, La, Los Angeles, Home Automation, Architecture, Gallery, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy, Solar Panels, Pool, Halifax, Carousel Showcase, Natural Light, West Hollywood, Cedar


UK bans pet stores from selling puppies, kittens

In an attempt to protect animals from exploitation, the United Kingdom has passed a new law banning third-party commercial retailers from selling puppies and kittens. The U.K. government wants to crack down on “puppy farms” and make things more difficult for dealers who seem to have no regard for animal welfare. There was overwhelming public support for the ban of third-party sales, and Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley says the new law “is part of our commitment to make sure the nation’s mu...
Tags: UK, Design, London, News, California, Animals, Animal Welfare, United Kingdom, Rspca, Trentham, Abraham, Puppy Mills, Animal Protection, Marc Abraham, Pet Stores, Ban On Puppy Mills


SFMOMA’s “The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism” Exhibit + Unbeaten Path Tours’ On-Site Exploration

Two ways to spotlight the idyllic architectural development on the Sonoma Coast Driving up California’s Highway 1 past Bodega Bay and Jenner, 100 miles north of San Francisco, the rugged coastline is at times barely visible. Along the curving road, unpainted wood homes can be spotted through the trees and meadows. This part of the Northern California coast feels both earthy and otherworldly. It is here that …
Tags: Design, Exhibits, California, San Francisco, Culture, Architecture, Exhibitions, Jenner, Walking Tours, Northern California, Bodega Bay, SFMOMA, Sonoma Coast, The Sea Ranch, Unbeaten Path Tours, Sonoma Coast Driving


10 species at risk of extinction under the Trump administration

The Endangered Species Coalition has released a report titled  , which outlines the possible impact of the current administration’s anti-wildlife policy stances. The report highlighted the 10 species that are in the most danger because of proposed new regulations as well as the specific changes that put these animals at risk. California Condor The California Condor has a 10-foot wingspan, making it one of the largest land birds in North America. These birds can reach altitudes of 15,000 fee...
Tags: Design, Obama, California, Mexico, Animals, Africa, Environment, Features, Esa, Alaska, Endangered Species, North America, North Carolina, Extinction, Endangered, Wildlife Conservation


Could California Soon Have Its Own Internet?

A series of laws passed in California this year raise a new possibility: that individual US states will splinter off into their own versions of the internet. In July, California passed a privacy law, similar to the European Union’s policies, that will give users more control about the data companies collect about them. Governor Jerry Brown followed by signing a net neutrality law in late September meant to replace federal rules banning broadband internet providers from blocking or otherwise dis...
Tags: Art, California, US, European Union, Ideas, Jerry Brown, 12.29.18


A New Law Restricts The Use Of Nondisclosure Agreements In Sexual Harassment Cases

Harvey Weinstein’s assistant wasn’t even allowed to have a copy of the NDA she signed, or talk about it with anyone at all unless they signed NDAs as well. She broke her silence because she decided it was an immoral agreement. Now, dubbed a #MeToo law, a California bill that goes into effect Jan. 1 “would ban nondisclosure provisions in settlements involving claims of sexual assault, harassment or discrimination based on sex.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, California, Harvey Weinstein, Issues, NDA, 12.31.18


How environmental policies changed in 2018 under Trump

There is no doubt that President Trump has significantly changed environmental policy since taking office that have caused a great deal of public outcry. The current administration’s decisions have affected everything from rolling back on policies enacted by former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton to cutting funding for different environmental and scientific programs. With so much to keep up with, here is a rundown of the Trump Administration’s environmental action in 2018 and how it ha...
Tags: Japan, Design, Obama, Obama Administration, California, China, America, Barack Obama, Cms, Nasa, Ocean, Bill Clinton, Epa, New Mexico, Clinton, Trump


Our Favorite Transportation Posts from 2018

The field of transportation covers a lot of ground, and offers a lot of opportunity for designers. Technology, manufacturing, concepts, classic styling, craftsmanship and stunning visuals are just a few of the aspects up for debate and discussion. The impact of transportation on the environment adds a level of urgency as well, ensuring that the level of innovation in this industry will continue at breakneck pace through the future. Here are a few stories that caught our eye through the year, a c...
Tags: Design, California, Cars, Bikes, Volkswagen, Year In Review, Object Culture, New California, Orbis, NeoMam Studios, Camper Van, Robert Bollinger, Andrea Mocellin, Subaru Forester Aesthetics, Dodge Chevy Nissan, Orbis Electric Wheelsp Ring Drive


2018 Most Interesting Car Design Features and Add-Ons, Part 2: Corporate-Backed

Most sensible corporations understand that if designers aren't allowed to have a little fun once in a while, they'll become unhappy and unproductive. Here are the most interesting automotive innovations we saw this year from in-house design teams.GMC's design team came up with this six-function MultiPro Tailgate for pickup trucks. Toyota came up with a full-size pizza delivery pickup truck that makes the pies in transit. Volkswagen's designers got to splash out with their California Camper...
Tags: Europe, Design, California, Cars, Vw, Gm, Jaguar, Toyota, Lincoln, Volkswagen, Continental, Gmc, Camper Van, Bollinger Motors


A Pioneering Photographer, Bare in the Back Country

Walking on the wild side in California, Anne Brigman became one with nature through her body and spunk. A century later, she is being recognized.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, California, Georgia, Museums, Alfred, O'Keeffe, Stieglitz, Nevada Museum of Art, Lake Tahoe (Nev, Anne Brigman


Together California’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett


Together California and Sarah Andelman’s Sustainable, Ziggy Stardust Collaboration

Working toward a more ethical fashion industry thanks to better practices and spreading awareness It goes without saying: David Bowie meant a lot of things to countless people all over the world. For husband-and-wife design team Benedict Barrett and Lily Chehrazi of Together California, Bowie inspired an opportunity to encourage change—an opportunity to alter people’s consciousness and impact the way people approach fashion. In  collaboration with …
Tags: Fashion, Design, Style, California, Clothing, Sustainability, David Bowie, Biodegradable, Amex, Art Basel, Colette, Collaborations, Ziggy Stardust, Sarah Andelman, Together California, Benedict Barrett


Mover 18oz Bottle

Available in three sizes, dubbed Maker (10 oz), Mover (18 oz) and Founder (32 oz), the Purist bottle another well-designed water vessel. But this one features a glass interior that guarantees a clean flavor no matter what’s inside—use it as a growler one night and a water bottle the next morning, with no lingering flavor of beer or kombucha. Plus, the double-wall vacuum insulated interior …
Tags: Design, California, Bottle, Water Bottle, Purist, Growlers, Insulated Bottles


Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Dec. 14-21

    Montana Bitterroot brooch, made up of mostly pink Montana sapphires, by Paula Crevoshay, is part of the Art of the Jewel, The Crevoshay Collection exhibit through May 12 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of Crevoshay Studio)   There’s always something fascinating to do in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. Here is a sampling of entertainments this week and also save-the-date events to put on your calendar.   EVENTS   Disney on Ice – Da...
Tags: Books, Events, Local News, Music + Concerts, Theater, Things to Do, Art, Christmas, Comedy, Dance, Museum, Music, New Year's Eve, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN


December linkfest

It’s the end of the year as we know it, and I feel linky. * New York-based creative director Lukas Weber turned some familiar online abbreviations – LOL, ROFL, BTW, and more – into familiar-looking logos. (Via Brand New blog)     * “An examination of today’s American skull logos shows a variety of businesses exhibiting crude expressions of menace, juvenile assertions of badassedness, and more than a little fascist iconography.” (Emblemetric) * Separated by a Common Language, th...
Tags: UK, New York, Design, California, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Atlantic, Linguistics, Humor, Perfume, Food And Drink, Starbucks, Word Of The Year, Nancy Pelosi, Colors


Festival Mozaic – Executive Director

Reporting to the board of directors and working in partnership with the Music Director, the Executive Director (ED) supervises and directs all aspects of the Festival’s operations. OrganizationEach summer and throughout the year in the heart of California’s Central Coast, Festival Mozaic (the Festival) brings together music lovers to enjoy premier concerts and related events in a festive and stimulating atmosphere. The Festival was founded in 1971 as the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival to hon...
Tags: Art, Jobs, California, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, United States, Portland, Ed, Pbs, Pacific, American Federation Of Musicians, Mediterranean, County, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, San Luis Obispo


California approves rule to require solar panels on new houses

The California Building Standards Commission has given its final approval to a new housing rule that is the first of its kind in the United States. Starting in 2020, the commission is requiring that all new homes built in the state include solar panels. “These provisions really are historic and will be a beacon of light for the rest of the country,” said commissioner Kent Sasaki. “[It’s] the beginning of substantial improvement in how we produce energy and reduce the consumption of fossil fuels...
Tags: Design, California, United States, California Energy Commission, Building Standards Commission, Bohan, California Building Standards Commission, Kent Sasaki, Drew Bohan


Nat Geo's Incredible 2018 Photo Contest Finalists (Which Can Be Downloaded as Free Wallpapers, BTW)

National Geographic's photo contests always draw incredible submissions from around the world, and this year is no different. Perhaps the best part is that entrants willingly yield the rights to their photos, allowing NG to make each one freely downloadable as wallpapers for your desktop, tablet or phone.You can check out the 2018 Finalists here. We've just gone through the list, and here are our ten favorites. (The captions are written by the photographers themselves, with our enlightening comm...
Tags: Photography, Design, California, Athens, Volkswagen, Madagascar, Audi, Dhaka, Van Gogh, Nat Geo, U S Environmental Protection Agency, ATHENS Greece, Tornado Alley, Texas Panhandle, Ashy Larry, Mojave Desert Models


Italian Court Rules Getty Museum Must Return a Prized Bronze

Italian officials and the California museum have fought for more than a decade over this 2000-year-old statue dredged up by Italian fishermen.
Tags: Art, News, California, Museum, Italy, Getty, Getty Villa, Suits and Litigation (Civil, Arts and Antiquities Looting, J Paul


James Whitaker unveils modular prefab home system that can be 'daisy-chained together'

From crystalline-inspired homes to funky cargotecture office spaces, James Whitaker‘s unique shipping container designs have taken the world by storm. However, the prolific architect is now branching out to design modular homes that not only add more versatility to home design, but can withstand various climates. Whitaker has just unveiled the Anywhere House, a lakeside residence comprised of multiple prefabricated modular units. Slated for completion in 2019, the home will be the first propert...
Tags: Design, California, Architecture, Gallery, Green Building, Sustainable Design, Sustainable Building, Modular Architecture, Prefab Architecture, Prefab Housing, Whitaker, Alberta Canada, James Whitaker, Shipping Container Homes, Modern Home Designs, Lake Homes



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