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This non-invasive armband uses machine learning to screen for Covid

US research company Tiger Tech Solutions has designed a wearable sensor that hopes to stop the spread of Covid-19 by improving the ability to identify cases in asymptomatic individuals. The Covid Plus monitor has recently been authorised for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the organisation that ensures the safety and efficacy...

Webb & Webb designs Royal Mail stamp collection celebrating British sci-fi

London-based design studio Webb & Webb has developed a set of six stamps for Royal Mail which celebrates British authors’ contribution to science-fiction. The release of the collection in 2021 marks the 75th anniversary of the death of famed sci-fi writer H.G. Wells, as well as the 70th anniversary of the publication of John Wyndham’s The Day of...

Scotch & Soda reveals Amsterdam-inspired rebrand and store redesign

Fashion brand Scotch & Soda has revealed a new visual identity alongside a retail concept, which rolls out across more than 20 retail spaces around the world. The lifestyle and fashion brand was established in Amsterdam in 1985, and now has 200 stores across Europe, North America and Asia. View this post on Instagram...

New Philip K. Dick book collection showcases author’s “paranoid but joyful” world

La Boca, an illustration-focused studio based in Amsterdam and London, has designed a new four-volume book collection that celebrates the short stories of Philip K. Dick. The collection is the result of a partnership between the late author’s estate and illustrated book publisher The Folio Society and features all 118 of his short stories. La Boca...

Designers in Residence explores mental health in black British communities

This year’s Designers in Residence programme has revealed its digital showcase, with four projects revolving around the theme of care. The responses to 2020’s theme have been cross-discipline, from care packages which make use of illustration to a series of digital walks which encourage people to interact with the natural world. Designers in Residence...

Dyson designs product to remove formaldehyde from the home

Dyson’s latest product is an air purifier that removes harmful indoor pollutants from the home. The Dyson Purifier Formaldehyde was announced by the brand today, and is the product of several years of research. Using new solid-state formaldehyde sensor tech developed by the company, the product aims to improve on other such products on the market...

DixonBaxi unifies Hulu’s identity in rebrand

DixonBaxi has rebranded streaming service Hulu, in an attempt to unify the platform’s offering and remove inconsistencies from the brand. Founded in 2007, US-based Hulu is a video on demand subscription service, akin to Netflix or Amazon Prime. Hulu has a broad offering of films and TV shows, but its brand had developed inconsistencies over time,...

Government seeks expressions of interest for design of £5m obesity app

The government has launched a £5m scheme to design and test incentivised apps with the aim of reducing obesity levels and improving the dietary habits among UK adults. Crucially incentives should include financial rewards, the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) says, as evidence suggests that impact is only seen when a reward mechanism is...

Pearlfisher gives Consider Pastures egg brand “emotive” new look

Pearlfisher has unveiled a new brand for Consider Pastures, a company that specialises in “humanely-raised, organic and free-range” eggs. Founded on the basis of sustainable farming, the company says it offers the “gold standard” in the world of eggs. Its focus on sourcing from small family-run farms and pasture-raised environments allows hens to “roam...

Product design’s gender crisis: “If businesses don’t adapt they’ll become obsolete”

“I realised at some point nothing was changing in product design,” Kinneir Dufort (KD) CEO Merle Hall recalls. “I’m still hearing the same stories and having the same conversations.” Those stories are of widespread gender imbalance and its implications for the industry. One example Hall mentions is a trigger spray designed for the Chinese market that...

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