Dieline’s Friday Wrap-Up: AI Art Fair Winners, Bioplastic Vinyl, and Doggy Parton

The Great Resignation. Quiet Quitting. The Great Reshuffle. Great Regret. Quiet Firing. Quiet Riot.

I can not sustain with all these buzzwords I’m seeing on LinkedIn and elsewhere. Every week, there’s some new fandangled catchphrase making an attempt to seize HOW WE’RE FEELING AT OUR JOBS to drum up content material wherever our eyeballs and fingertips wander. I favor the old style “burnout.” It’s a fantastic blanket assertion for the hardships many of us are nonetheless experiencing as they attempt to muddle by post-COVID; some would possibly even name it collective trauma or PTSD.

So take a deep breath, take heed to the corn song, and benefit from the waning days of summer time. Maybe begin one other farm on Stardew Valley (shout-out to my chickens Colonel Sanders and Botox) when you await Haunted Chocolatier to drop. Or take heed to the brand new Freddie Gibbs. Your mind will thanks.

Anywho, on to the hyperlinks.

It’s the End of the Vinyl As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

Chances are, we’ll by no means get to listen to a brand new R.E.M. music, however followers might breathe just a little simpler this previous week when Michael Stipe introduced he would lastly launch a bodily copy of his 2018 Brian Eno-produced tune “Future if Future.”

But what’s particularly notable about this specific tune is that it’ll get launched on a report produced from fossil fuel-free bioplastic, supposedly the primary of its type to be commercially bought. Records are made utilizing PVC, and also you don’t want me to remind you that it isn’t essentially the most eco-conscious of materials. Developed by Evolution Music, the bioplastic LP will get produced utilizing sugars and starches and may be manufactured on present gear at report crops.

The report goes on sale at this time at Bandcamp, and also you and I’ve possible already missed out as there are solely 500 copies. Oh effectively.

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Image courtesy of Maja Gawronska

Fleur Poweur

In case you missed it, we simply held our annual Student Week right here at Dieline. You’ll discover loads of items about our favourite design faculties for packaging, ideas for interns, and even a couple of portfolio pointers from a professional. 

While we noticed loads of distinctive pupil initiatives, I’ll give a shout-out to Maja Gawronska for this lovely conceptual flower-infused sparkling water. I do not know what a product of this sort tastes like, however I do know I really like the way it seems to be, and generally, that’s half the battle.

I Want To Speak To The Manager Now Department

Peep the Liquid Death Instagram account, and also you’ll discover {that a} shopper in Georgia hooked up a 2-page diatribe towards the sustainable model to a case of their water at a Kroger, writing, “We simply had a younger man die in our neighborhood of a drug overdose. One of the commercials for Liquid Death is youngsters consuming it. Children consuming from a can of LIQUID DEATH. There is one thing unsuitable with an organization who markets demise to our kids—and corporations who promote their merchandise are accountable, too. At some level EVERYONE has to take accountability for what they’re doing.” The letter additional takes purpose on the foolish copy that adorns their cans, taking specific umbrage with “murdering their thirsts” and “recycling their souls.” 

Rest assured, Jeannie talked to the Kroger manager, however I wouldn’t put it previous Liquid Death to have concocted this gentle piece of Satanic Panic, because it’s completely on model for them. Also, shout out to Liquid Death for this Jimmy Buffet-inspired “Murderitaville” t-shirt. I’m shopping for subsequent paycheck.

Eminem feat. Snoop Dogg Performs “From the D 2 the LBC” | 2022 VMAs

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I’m So Bored of Bored Apes

I haven’t watched an MTV VMAs because the late 90s, however Snoop Dogg and Eminem appeared on the YOUTH-oriented video music awards present—for a cable community that doesn’t play music movies—within the type of their Bored Ape avatars. After smoking a ginormous blunt, the duo fall right into a not-so-visually intriguing metaverse that feels principally limp and awkward, kinda just like the precise Bored Ape Music Fest final June. I might spend a couple of hundred phrases breaking down the visible slop, however what’s the purpose? I’m not the meant viewers, i.e., I’m an outdated. But when you’re going to introduce a “metaverse award” at your decreasingly related awards present, perhaps have one thing that doesn’t look so rushed and clunky? 

That will sound like a shot on the animators and designers that labored on the challenge. It’s not. But it looks like there have been lots of late nights and never lots of time to make this a actuality.

Also, as Kotaku’s Ari Notis pointed out, it’s not fully clear that is for the youngsters. Aside from Silicon Valley techbois, the celebrity NFT establishment is effectively previous its cultural prime, and whereas I really like Snoop Dogg as a modern-day brand svengali and spokesperson, I’m unsure why I’ve wealthy people cramming their apes into my eyeballs with the promise of this being some cultural milestone that is not about promoting t-shirts or burgers.

For what it’s value, I’m not anti-NFT, But I’ve a tough time comprehending that that is one thing individuals (the pyramid scheme have’s and the Ethereum-less haven’t’s) are genuinely keen about, and I nonetheless can’t fathom how the metaverse will appear to be when it’s actually prepared as a result of it undoubtedly isn’t. At all.

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Image courtesy of Doggy Parton.

Doggy Parton

Enduring nationwide treasure Dolly Parton has teamed up with bonafide really-real enterprise SportPet designs to launch a line of attire and equipment on your pooch aptly referred to as Doggy Parton. So when you ever wished to know what your canine regarded like in a Dolly wig, now’s your probability.

Portions of gross sales from Doggy Parton will go to Willa B. Farms, a charity that seeks to rehouse displaced animals.

I Award You No Points, and May God Have Mercy On Your Soul

If you’d prefer to enter a number of prompts into an AI artwork generator, you’ve gotten a fairly respectable probability of profitable a Colorado state artwork honest. According to Vice, Jason Allen, the proprietor of a tabletop gaming firm who goes by the deal with Sincarnate, took first place within the digital artwork class along with his piece “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial,” which can also be a flowery approach of claiming “Space Opera Theater.”

Using a program referred to as Midjourney to create the art work, Allen took to Discord to have fun his victory, noting that he “got down to make an announcement.” This enraged different artists, they usually took to Twitter to precise their dismay, as one does, as they’re understandably apprehensive about how AI could potentially take away creative jobs sooner or later.

To be honest, the AI-generated work suits properly with another sci-fi-leaning illustration you’d anticipate finding on an Asimov cowl by an precise IRL artist. However, if I’m a state artwork honest in Colorado, I’m including a inventive writing class.

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Image courtesy of Unilever.

“Kinder to the Planet,” aka, “Only 50% Virgin Plastic”

Unilever laundry model Persil has made quite a lot of noise about how their merchandise are “kinder to the planet.” However, the detergent professionals discovered themselves hung out to dry with accusations of greenwashing courtesy of the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), as they pulled a business touting that their packaging was extra environmentally-friendly as a result of it was produced from recycled plastic. Persil obtained criticism from viewers saying that they had been uncertain how the brand new bottle was any extra sustainable than the earlier iteration. Unilever countered the declare noting it was produced from 50% recycled plastic, however people additionally took concern with the advert’s purported unfavourable messaging round how planting timber and selling hashtags aren’t sufficient and that people have to “roll up [their] sleeves and get soiled,” round one of many model’s newest campaigns.

Still, it was the entire “kinder to our planet” chestnut that caught within the ASA’s craw as a result of, understandably, 50% post-recycled content material doesn’t lower it on the subject of tooting your inexperienced horn.

“Although we acknowledged Persil had been endeavor actions to scale back the environmental affect of their merchandise, we had not seen proof or evaluation to show the general environmental affect of the featured liquid detergents over their full-life cycles, in contrast with Persil’s personal earlier merchandise or different merchandise, in help of the declare ‘kinder to our planet,’” wrote the ASA.

Better luck subsequent time, Unilever.

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Image courtesy of Samsung.

Watch the Throne

As a part of the Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, they encourage designers to create modern applied sciences to handle human waste and eradicate related illnesses in poorer international locations.

This previous week, it seems to be like they landed on a winner. According to their Samsung accomplice, the bathroom primarily units your poop on fireplace, totally dehydrating it and combusting it into ashes. As on your pee, it will get recycled through a organic purification course of. I do not know the way this works, however I’m positive Jackass producers are working on something as we communicate.



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