The Week In Design

A magic, microwavable notebook, Coke rebrands (again), and all the Cindy Sherman emoticons you could ever want.

End of Watch

If you missed the huge Apple announcement earlier this week, I’d say you didn’t miss much. We all knew the Apple watch was on its way. What we did learn is how much the gadget would cost. Here’s the breakdown: The Sport watch ranges from $349-$399; the stainless steel watch goes for $549-$1,099. And, if you’re a big spender like most of us, and have a couple grand to drop just cause, then you’ll most likely want the Apple 19-karat gold edition for a measly $10,000.

Aside from that, and other info on various new apps and the new 2-pound, 12-inch MacBook (starts at $1,299) that features a single USB Type-C connector, I was mostly ecstatic that HBO will soon be available through any Apple device. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that HBO will stream on a broadband connection via Apple for roughly $15 a month. Sweet!

Giga Gone

Pioneer tech blog Gigaom disclosed that they have been “unable to pay its creditors in full at this time,” leaving them with the only option to shut down the site. Gigaom founder Om Malik launched the site in 2006 after leaving Business 2.0.


Monohm, a startup out of Berkeley, California, have produced a round smartphone called Runcible that sort of looks like a CD Walkman (remember those?) except smaller. The company, made of three people, refer to this device as the “anti-smartphone,” and is meant to be the “antidote to our feed-obsessed, notification-saturated digital existence,” Wired reports. Could a circular device really take off? Totally, and it’s a beautiful looking product.

Soda POP

You know the old saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it? If that’s the case at Coca-Cola, something is definitely broken. For the past couple of years, the mega soda company has been rebranding their classic logo (that dates back to the 1800s) in an obvious attempt to lure drinkers into chugging down the brown stuff. But why? Well, it’s that brown stuff that’s bad for us.

That isn’t stopping them from repackaging their iconic look. They’ve gone from putting actual names on the soft drink, to their new strategy: a defining look based on sugar content. So, the standard red is still for full-fledged, high-fructose sugar; the silver can is the original diet coke; the black is zero calories; and the new green one has “fewer calories.” What’s the difference between the “light” calorie-drinks and the diet drinks? Who knows! The new-styled Cokes are been distributed in Europe while some will be out in the U.S. fairly soon.

Magic Eraser


My dream of erasing the past à la Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is close to happening, and this might be the first step: Joe Lemay has created a microwavable notebook that allows its content to be completely erased once placed inside. It’s called the Rocketbook.

All you need is this Rocketbook and its mobile app. Once you’re done journaling, or note-taking, by using one of the special pens (that are available at most office supply stores), you photograph the content with the Rocketbook app (if you want it saved), then place the notebook into the microwave, hit start, and bam! All the content is gone.

That Face!

Artist Cindy Sherman, a/k/a the woman of many faces, knows exactly how you feel and wants to help you express yourself. Cindy Sherman emoji’s are now available, easily, through tumblr. All you have to do is download and presto! Question is, figuring out which Cindy Sherman best expresses ‘you mean nothing to me’. If you still don’t feel confident over any of these facial emojis, then perhaps the fine ladies of Broad City can give you a hand.

Blue Steel Is Back!

How do you break-up the monotony of Paris Fashion Week? You invite the very best male models to take on the catwalk, and leave the audience aghast. Derek Zoolander and Hansel walked at the Valentino show to promote the sequel to Zoolander (2001). Yes, that is Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson (in case you didn’t know)!!!

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

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