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The Audi e-tron GT Concept was the best sort of bait-and-switch

The Audi e-tron GT Concept was the best sort of bait-and-switch

Audi may not have shown off the production e-tron GT yet, but having flipped the design process it turns out we've already seen what the automaker has been up to with its electric Gran Turismo flagship. Back in 2018, Audi turned heads when it showed off the e-tron GT Concept, a deeply covetable four-door coupe that promised luxury and zero emissions. Little did we know, however, just exactly what we were seeing at the time.

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OPPO shows off slick folding phone and other designs

OPPO shows off slick folding phone and other designs

OPPO currently builds and sells several smart devices, and the Chinese company has showcased some new conceptual designs. The designs were shown off at the fourth annual China International Industrial Design Expo and were created by a Japanese design studio called nendo. The designs revealed hint at possibilities for future products.

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Pantone Color of the Year is Illuminating Yellow, definitely not for Cyberpunk 2077

Pantone Color of the Year is Illuminating Yellow, definitely not for Cyberpunk 2077

When I saw the two colors Pantone chose for their annual "Pantone Color of the Year", I was shocked. One is "Ultimate Gray," an eponymous representation of the color half way between white and black. The other is a very, very bright yellow - Illuminating! We suspected this yellow was chosen due to the launch of the most hyped-up video game launch of the year, Cyberpunk 2077. But it wasn't. This yellow is ever-so-slightly different from the one used by the future product powerhouse.

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3Doodler Pro+ Review – An upgrade, not for all

3Doodler Pro+ Review – An upgrade, not for all

The 3Doodler Pro+ is a 3D printing pen. It's very similar to the first several 3Doodler devices, all of which are still very capable tools. The 3Doodler Pro+ tweaks the abilities of the otherwise most advanced 3Doodler 3D printing pen, refining the experience with new materials, new pen tips, and a more sleek industrial design.

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Whitest white paint revealed: Time to meet blackest black?

Whitest white paint revealed: Time to meet blackest black?

Scientists revealed a new white paint that reflects 95.5% of sunlight that reaches its surface. This white paint is otherwise known as CaCO3-acrylic paint, or "Cooling Paint.: The creation of this white is in stark contrast with the material that's been called the "blackest black," AKA Vantablack, the most notorious and "darkest material" on Earth. Vantablack, developed by Surrey NanoSystems in the UK, absorbs up to 99.965% of light*, while CaCO3-acrylic paint reflects nearly that same percentage of (sun)light - imagine a checkerboard painted with the two!

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This hidden Xbox Series X feature is user-friendly genius

This hidden Xbox Series X feature is user-friendly genius

Another secret weapon of sorts appeared for the Xbox Series X this week. The device and its closest relative, Xbox Series S, both work with an IR receiver hidden in the industrial design of the front of the case. Because this receiver is included, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S console units both have the ability to work with Xbox One Media Remotes.

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I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

I try not to fawn over tech, but the new iPhone 12 Pro sure feels good

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have landed on my desk, and oh boy, do they feel good. Now, "hand feel" is one of those rightly-maligned things in tech review circles these days, a shorthand not only for lazy design description but a more general fetishization of tech that feels a little weird at this point. So please, allow me enough rope to hang myself as I talk about just that.

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Rolls-Royce declares UK winner of 2020 Young Designer Competition

Rolls-Royce declares UK winner of 2020 Young Designer Competition

Last April, British carmaker Rolls-Royce launched the Young Designer Competition for kids and teenagers 16 and below. This friendly contest is an extension of the Rolls-Royce Family Day Celebration held annually at the company HQ in Goodwood. Most recently, the carmaker has declared the UK winner for its 2020 Young Designer Competition along with the global winners across four different categories.

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Adobe Illustrator “Recolor Artwork” works like magic for iterative design

Adobe Illustrator “Recolor Artwork” works like magic for iterative design

Today Adobe delivered a sneak preview for the near-future feature called Recolor Artwork. It works like magic, intelligently seeking out the color pallet with which you've designed a piece of work, allowing you to change said pallet on the fly. Better yet, it allows you to intelligently select a whole new color pallet from an existing picture, lift it, and use it as your own.

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Gmail logo change drops the envelope

Gmail logo change drops the envelope

There's a new Google logo in the works right now, looking a lot like it's about to drop a key element. We're on the edge of the world now, looking over into the future. This is a future where Google's finally prepared to forget the past in which email is just an electronic version of paper mail. Now, as the envelope is removed entirely, just the M remains.

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Lucid Motors’ design chief explains the electric Air’s toughest challenge

Lucid Motors’ design chief explains the electric Air’s toughest challenge

Designing concept cars is easy. Designing a car that can actually make it into mass production, at a competitive price, and take on both auto industry heavyweights and high-profile disruptors, well, that's a whole other story. With the 2021 Lucid Air finally revealed in road-going form, I caught up with Derek Jenkins, VP of Design at Lucid Motors, to find out why a sedan, why all-electric, and what sets this particular EV apart.

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Xbox Store design store gets fluent with Project Mercury

Xbox Store design store gets fluent with Project Mercury

Long gone are the days when Microsoft's design language was considered clinical and flat, although there a time it was literally the latter. The company has finally become more conscious of beautiful design in the past years and its recent Fluent design has been the culmination of that evolution. More than just for Windows and Office, however, Microsoft is pushing that design language to almost all of its products, including the Xbox Store app coming to consoles this year.

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