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February 19 2020

Olay Will Stop Retouching Advertisements by the End of 2020

Olay, the skincare brand owned by Procter & Gamble, will no longer retouch photos in its advertisements, it announced today at an event in New York City. The plan is to end all retouching in Olay's advertising imagery--in print, digital, TV and out-of-home--by the end of 2020. Coinciding with the announcement is a release of...

The daily lemming

The good: Tom Ford Oud Wood in 30 ml! The bad: it's still $148. A suggestion: maybe go to 15 ml? At Neiman Marcus.

The New York Times Expands Its London Team

In a move to further expand its international presence, The New York Times is growing its breaking news team in London. The announcement comes on the heels of an excellent quarter for the Times, which broke records last year in terms of digital subscribers when it reached a total of 5.3 million print and digital...
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A DIY Construction Kit Lets Users Create an Intricate Obstacle Course on Any Magnetic Surface

A new kit asks users to test their design abilities by constructing complex obstacle courses with a goal of having a marble fall seamlessly into its final destination. Created by MakeWay, the buildable set features eight different tracks, twelve tricks (which include a canon, universal joint, and spinner), a lift, and connectors to attach each component to a magnetic surface. The adjustable designs are supposed to be used vertically, causing the marble to be launched, spun, and catapulted down the tracks. Each kit is available in either gold or silver.

MakeWay is headed by Reuven Shahar and Elyasaf Shweka, two industrial designers with backgrounds in engineering and woodworking, respectively. Conceived of in 2016, the project opened on Kickstarter earlier this month and has been wildly popular, meeting its $10,000 goal within the first day and surpassing it tenfold since with more than 50 days to go. Head to MakeWay’s page to back the modular kit.


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Authentic Brands CEO Jamie Salter on His Company’s Global Ambitions as It Buys Forever 21

Authentic Brands Group's acquisition of Forever 21 is the latest in a series of deals that have transformed Authentic Brands into the second largest brand management company in the world, behind only Walt Disney. The $81 million transaction, in which Authentic Brands (ABG) partnered with mall operators Simon Property Group and Brookfield Property Partners, increases...
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The Circle’s Joey Sasso Preaches the Gospel of Being Real Online

The Circle is as endearing a story of social media that exists. It's one where authenticity online triumphs over fraudulence, where catfishes have good reasons to fool you and first impressions give way to deeper connections. It's a popularity contest, but one where the most real, genuine and generous participants are voted to the top....

Netflix and Amazon Will Make First-Ever Cannes Lions Presentations in June

Netflix and Amazon will each make their first-ever official appearances as presenters during the 2020 Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity this summer, festival schedulers said today. Jean Tanis, global creative marketing lead for Netflix, will discuss how the streaming service builds excitement for its upcoming programming at a session during the festival, which will be...

So You Think You Can Dance With Mucinex’s Mr. Mucus on TikTok?

Over-the-counter cough medicine Mucinex is backing its newest product, Mucinex Nightshift, with a competition on video creation application TikTok. Mucinex The #beatthezombiefunk dance-off challenge boasts some star power in the form of So You Think You Can Dance's Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Allison Hoker, who are husband and wife. Boss is also the DJ on...

Ralph Lauren Polo Deep Blue ~ new fragrance

Ralph Lauren has launched Polo Deep Blue, a new fresh aquatic fragrance for men. Polo Deep Blue is a flanker to 2002’s Polo Blue…

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Mercedes-Benz Canada Used 88,000 Pounds of Ice to Create Ongoing Brand Love

Mercedes-Benz Canada has engaged consumers IRL with winter off-roading excursions and a small-scale concert series before, but the automaker recently combined both programs to launch a new, explicitly Canadian experience designed to boost brand awareness. The brand in January held its first #MBOwnsTheIce event, which invited Canadian journalists and influencers to participate in winter-themed activities...

Yelp: Here’s How to Stop Businesses From Sending You Direct Messages

Did you know that Yelp allows you to manage whether or not business owners can send you direct messages in response to your reviews? Our guide will show you how this is done. Note: These screenshots were captured in the Yelp application on iOS. Step 1: Tap "More" in the bottom-right corner of the screen....

What DTC Challengers Can Learn From Brandless’ Demise

Is the collapse of Brandless a sign that the DTC model is potentially another dot-com bubble ready to burst? This is, firstly, a pertinent question we must ask. Secondly, we need to be hyper mindful of the first major collapse of a billion-dollar DTC brand. The DTC model is a thing of genius. Over the...

Human Hair, An Insect Trap, and Dozens of Fish Constitute Mail Art by Ritta Ikonen

Sent from Exmouth Beach. All images © Ritta Ikonen, shared with permission

Finnish artist Ritta Ikonen has a rare relationship with postal services around the globe because of her ongoing Mail Art series. The documentary project started in 2003 when Ikonen was a student at the University of Brighton. She began crafting and sending A6-sized packages relaying her travel experiences to her illustration instructor, Margaret Huber. Since then, Ikonen has sent hundreds of parcels constructed with human hair, fish, and broken bits of a record, among countless other objects. “All the cards are snapshots from the everyday: materials that float my direction from the sea/ streets/ subway, finds from mushroom forays or other people’s parties,” the artist tells Colossal. “Sometimes the postcard is a test on a new adhesive or a snapshot of a larger project that I cannot store in its entirety.”

Despite her unusual packaging, the artist says only a few pieces haven’t reach their destination, although works arrive in various conditions often accompanied by an apology from the mail carrier for the “damage” done.

I have discovered that my crocheting skills aren’t yet at the point where I can produce a legible address and fluff from the dryer breaks down too easily in international mail. Most everything that I have considered risqué (white powder packet during anthrax scare, shrimp, small fish, film camera (filled with selfies by the postal workers on its arrival), acupuncture needles, etc.) have all been dutifully delivered to Margaret Huber’s mailbox.

In 2018, Ikonen began sending the mail pieces weekly, although before they head through the postal service, they’re put on view at a PO Box in Rockaway Beach, New York. The artist also is part of a group exhibition at Gallery 8 in New York that’s open through March 8. If you can’t see Ikonen’s unconventional work in person, though, some of her documentary projects are featured in a book devoted to postcards.

Sent from Exmouth in England


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