The Adidas City Sock Revealed!

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The latest from Adidas Originals is an NMD tribute to minimalism that combines the best of Primeknit and Boost! Called the “NMD City Sock”, this urban style/runner hybrid footwear features a Primeknit upper sock-like strap construction that wraps the foot in adaptive support and ultralight comfort as well as a Boost sole offers ultra-responsive cushioning. In a dual tone white and grey combination, this pair is aesthetically on point for summer!

Designer: Adidas

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Make Your Kid Mini-Hendrix!

Here’s my story. I learnt to play the guitar for about 6 years. I was 10 when I got my first ever guitar, and honest to god, it was massive for me. I struggled for a year and a half just adjusting to the guitar’s size, my fingers barely making it across the weirdly long fret-board. Passion fueled me to conquer the instrument, but the wrong kind of guitar for a beginner meant I wasted a lot of time overcoming the barriers of an advanced instrument. The same logic applied when I learnt how to ride a bicycle, but it’s much easier to find a small bicycle for kids than it is to find a small guitar for young musicians-in-making.

The Loog Guitar is already a kickstarter success story, having given children the ability to learn real guitar techniques (unlike Guitar Hero that just teaches you to push buttons), albeit on a smaller scale. Sized like a ukulele but with the sound of a real guitar, the Loog Mini and the Loog Pro are brilliant instruments for not just kids, but adults too. Designed to ergonomically size down a regular guitar, these instruments come with Maple Wood fretboards, a cut-away shape making it easier to hit the higher notes, beautiful candy colors, and the electric guitar comes equipped with a single-coil pickup that gives it a great sound! There’s even a clear Lucite version of the Loog Pro Electric that looks like pure rock heaven.

The Loog guitar is designed around a 3-string layout (one less than a ukulele). The strings however come with standard guitar tuning, making it simple to learn music principles and transition to a regular guitar when the time is right. The Loog even comes with its own mini-ecosystem of flash cards to make the learning process easy, and an app that teaches you how to play the latest and most popular songs. Besides, isn’t it just lovely to see a kid pick up a musical instrument with passion, rather than have them spend hours aimlessly in front of a smartphone screen?

Designer: Joaquín Uribe

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The new Loog app for iOS and Android has video lessons, a tuner and a songbook so you can learn to play guitar by playing Beatles, Stones, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and more. Guiding you through the learning process is this friendly monster, whom you can customize to be a bit pop, rocker, mod, or whatever you like.

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The Loog app rewards you as you learn: play a couple chords, and you will unlock Let it Be, by The Beatles. Play a couple more chords, and you will unlock another song. You can even record yourself playing and post those videos online. Both the Loog Pro and the Loog Mini give you full access to these tools.

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Also new is that we now include a deck of flashcards with chord diagrams with every Loog. This is a simple but quite effective way of learning how to form chords on your Loog, or any guitar.

Make Your Kid Mini-Hendrix!

Here’s my story. I learnt to play the guitar for about 6 years. I was 10 when I got my first ever guitar, and honest to god, it was massive for me. I struggled for a year and a half just adjusting to the guitar’s size, my fingers barely making it across the weirdly long fret-board. Passion fueled me to conquer the instrument, but the wrong kind of guitar for a beginner meant I wasted a lot of time overcoming the barriers of an advanced instrument. The same logic applied when I learnt how to ride a bicycle, but it’s much easier to find a small bicycle for kids than it is to find a small guitar for young musicians-in-making.

The Loog Guitar is already a kickstarter success story, having given children the ability to learn real guitar techniques (unlike Guitar Hero that just teaches you to push buttons), albeit on a smaller scale. Sized like a ukulele but with the sound of a real guitar, the Loog Mini and the Loog Pro are brilliant instruments for not just kids, but adults too. Designed to ergonomically size down a regular guitar, these instruments come with Maple Wood fretboards, a cut-away shape making it easier to hit the higher notes, beautiful candy colors, and the electric guitar comes equipped with a single-coil pickup that gives it a great sound! There’s even a clear Lucite version of the Loog Pro Electric that looks like pure rock heaven.

The Loog guitar is designed around a 3-string layout (one less than a ukulele). The strings however come with standard guitar tuning, making it simple to learn music principles and transition to a regular guitar when the time is right. The Loog even comes with its own mini-ecosystem of flash cards to make the learning process easy, and an app that teaches you how to play the latest and most popular songs. Besides, isn’t it just lovely to see a kid pick up a musical instrument with passion, rather than have them spend hours aimlessly in front of a smartphone screen?

Designer: Joaquín Uribe

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The new Loog app for iOS and Android has video lessons, a tuner and a songbook so you can learn to play guitar by playing Beatles, Stones, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and more. Guiding you through the learning process is this friendly monster, whom you can customize to be a bit pop, rocker, mod, or whatever you like.

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The Loog app rewards you as you learn: play a couple chords, and you will unlock Let it Be, by The Beatles. Play a couple more chords, and you will unlock another song. You can even record yourself playing and post those videos online. Both the Loog Pro and the Loog Mini give you full access to these tools.

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Also new is that we now include a deck of flashcards with chord diagrams with every Loog. This is a simple but quite effective way of learning how to form chords on your Loog, or any guitar.

Design Details We Love: Innowave Headphones

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The InnoWave headphones, for me, go into the design hall of fame for their wonderfully funky aesthetic, pulled straight from music, and applied into physical and visual design. The headband, possibly the most memorable part of the headphone looks almost like the music you listen to, with its dense waveform shape. Aside from looking like sound energy itself, the headbands actually use their clever design as a shape-memory mechanism, letting the wavy shape act almost as a spring, making sure that the headphones stay secure around your skull. If that isn’t clever design, I don’t know what is!

The InnoWave headphones are a past-winner of the iF Design Award.

Designer: Inno Design

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Design Details We Love: Innowave Headphones

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The InnoWave headphones, for me, go into the design hall of fame for their wonderfully funky aesthetic, pulled straight from music, and applied into physical and visual design. The headband, possibly the most memorable part of the headphone looks almost like the music you listen to, with its dense waveform shape. Aside from looking like sound energy itself, the headbands actually use their clever design as a shape-memory mechanism, letting the wavy shape act almost as a spring, making sure that the headphones stay secure around your skull. If that isn’t clever design, I don’t know what is!

The InnoWave headphones are a past-winner of the iF Design Award.

Designer: Inno Design

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