YASS! Queer Eye Season Two Debuts June 15 & the cast is coming to AUS to celebrate

Queer Eye is back and ready to transform the stylistically challenged into hip and happening savants at the hands of the new Fab Five. These fearless ambassadors of taste are about to embark on Queer Eye’s boldest crusade ever, bringing a message of encouragement and uplift to eight new heroes in season two.

It’s been fifteen years since the Emmy Award-winning series Queer Eye for the Straight Guy revolutionized reality television. The series returned to Netflix in 2018 going global and introducing audiences around the world to a modern aesthetic, diverse perspectives and a brand new Fab Five: Antoni Porowski (Food & Wine),Bobby Berk (Interior Design), Karamo Brown (Culture), Jonathan Van Ness (Grooming) and Tan France (Fashion).

This season, the Queer Eye Fab Five return to the Georgia heartland, forging connections with communities from a wide array of backgrounds and beliefs often contrary to their own, touching on everything from self-love and faith, to immigration and how to make the perfect homemade poke bowls and more!

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy creator David Collins (Scout Productions) serves as executive producer for Queer Eye, along with producing partners Michael Williams and Rob Eric. David Eilenberg, Adam Sher, Jennifer Lane and Jordana Hochman also serve as executive producers in association with ITV Entertainment.

Queer Eye Season Two launches globally on Netflix June 15, 2018.

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Vivid Sydney - Barangaroo And Darling Harbour

Water, fire and land are the themes for Vivid Sydney at Barangaroo and Darling Harbour this year. For 23 days this popular entertainment precinct will be transformed into a zone of delight, wonder and theatre. Apart from being able to enjoy world-class cuisine along the waterfront, visitors will be treated to some of the most elaborate outdoor performances ever witnessed in this part of Sydney.

Awake The Ancient Spirits

As people sip their cocktails, ferries clunk against the wharf and the darkness descends, Barangaroo begins a fantastic journey into the time of myth and legend. The boardwalk is bathed in light and resonates with ethereal sounds. If you listen closely, you can hear the call of birds and the sea. The Liminal Hour transforms Barangaroo’s Wulugul Walk into a magical bushland setting.

Venture along and you’ll see possibly the most astounding thing ever: a six-metre tall puppet called Marri Dyin who will be performing on the esplanade each evening. The gargantuan but kindly figure is one of the biggest puppets ever constructed in Australia and pays tribute to the Aboriginal women who once lived around the Harbour – Marri Dyin means “Great Woman” in the Eora language.

A Feast For All The Senses

With around 30 bars and restaurants to choose from, Barangaroo is the ideal place to refuel during your evening at Vivid Sydney. Bag an outdoor table just metres from the installations and enjoy the show. Owners and staff are equally excited about welcoming the festival back this year.

Explore The Underwater Universe

The entertainment continues further along the waterfront in Darling Harbour where Fantastic Oceans brings the story of the oceans alive in fluorescent splendour. The installation, which seems to float across the Harbour, features giant jellyfish and a series of spouting fountains. Lasers ripple like ocean waves or etch silhouettes of deep sea creatures while moving-head lighting technologies emit glistening shards that pierce the surface of the this brilliant underwater world.

Look up and you’ll see a special 12-minute video presentation of Blue Planet II projected on the iconic roof of the Australian National Maritime Museum. These astonishing underwater images come from the award-winning documentary by BBC Earth and Sir Richard Attenborough.

Make sure you visit the Australian National Maritime Museum for James Cameron – Challenging the Deep, a major new immersive exhibition that traces Cameron’s deep sea exploration.

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Mara&Mine Launch "Zodiac" at Cocktail Celebration hosted by Catherine Mcneil

Cult shoewear brand and tastemaker favourite Mara & Mine collaborate with their longtime brand inspiration Catherine McNeil for a celebratory launch in May 2018

Photographer: India Hartford Davis

For the launch of their Zodiac collection, Mara & Mine held an intimate cocktails and canapés celebration in Sydney at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week on May 15th. Building their brand to emulate ‘off-duty’ style, the event was an ode to the phenomenal women who inspire them – namely the stellar inspiration that is Catherine McNeil.

Photographer: India Hartford Davis

Embracing the effortless chic that comes with style as an expression of personality and spirit, their cult Scorpion slide was inspired by Catherine’s back tattoo, and ignited a true inspiration for the collection.

Photographer: Lucas Dawson

Recognised for leading the way in luxury street chic, the event was held in the Track 8 Foyer space in Carriageworks , where guests were treated to a graffiti-esque live art moment celebrating the influence of the zodiac and bespoke Arktika cocktails.

Photographer: Lucas Dawson

Luxe yet minimal, the event was an extension of the brands effortless style – pairing comfort with a lust-worthy edge. VIP’s included Yan Yan Chan, Amanda Shadforth, Nadia Fairfax, Kate Waterhouse, Sylvia Jeffreys & Tahnee Atkinson.

Photographer: Lucas Dawson

Artisans have been inspired by beautiful and creative souls since the dawn of time, and Jasmine and Tamara are thrilled to be working with the girl who has been so inspirational to Mara & Mine.

After all, when creative hearts come together, true magic happens.

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Meditation, Music And Movies: Qantas Introduces More Inflight Entertainment

Qantas has introduced inflight meditation and expanded its entertainment offering to give customers more ways to relax inflight.

The airline’s first meditation video series has been specially designed to bring a sense of calm and help customers unwind in the air. The 10-minute guided meditation is set to aerial footage of some of the most beautiful landscapes around Australia. Customers can choose from five different scenes including Australian deserts, bushlands, coasts, forests and locations at twilight as they listen to the meditation.

Qantas has also signed up with Apple Music and Audible, and extended its existing partner content with Stan to give customers free access to more TV programs, movies, songs and digital audiobooks both inflight and on the ground.

Qantas Chief Customer Officer Vanessa Hudson said the expanded inflight entertainment offering opened up more opportunities for customers to enjoy some “me time” during their flight.

“Customers tell us they value being able to take time for themselves inflight and watch a movie or read a book, and now we can help them find a little extra relaxation with guided meditation,” said Ms Hudson.

“Between the special offers from our content providers, programs on seatback screens and Wi-Fi rolling out on domestic aircraft, there will be no shortage of entertainment on board.

“Our customers watched 22 million hours of inflight entertainment last year, so we know a lot of people enjoy being able to catch up on their favourite TV shows when they fly or watch movies they didn’t get to see at the cinema.”

While Apple Music, Audible and Stan are all paid subscription services, they will offer free access to Qantas customers on and off the aircraft.

Customers travelling across the entire Qantas network can download content before their flight via the Qantas App or stream it inflight on selected domestic Wi-Fi aircraft. The offers include:

  • Up to four months free subscription to Apple Music giving Qantas customers access to 45 million songs and Apple Music’s exclusive Beats 1 radio station, featuring shows by music artists including Elton John and Pharrell Williams.
  • One free audiobook per month for the first three months from the full Audible.com.au library of downloadable audiobooks for new Audible customers, featuring new content including The Barefoot Investor written and narrated by Scott Pape and Kick Ass with Mel Robbins written and narrated by motivational speaker, Mel Robbins.
  • Stan, which is currently available on Qantas Wi-Fi enabled aircraft, will now offer three months of unlimited access to TV shows and movies to new Stan customers on all Qantas flights.

Qantas offers around 2,000 hours of inflight entertainment content each month including premiere movies, TV box sets, comedy shows, documentaries, music, games, and kids TV channels. In addition to the 25,000 seat-back in-flight entertainment screens in our fleet, more than 6,000 passengers daily stream shows on the Qantas Entertainment app on their own mobile devices.

Qantas is rolling out Wi-Fi across its domestic fleet of A330s and B737s. Under a partnership with global broadband services provider ViaSat that taps into the nbn™ network, the service features speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional on-board Wi-Fi, giving customers the ability to stream movies, TV shows, the latest news bulletins and sport on domestic flights via the internet.

The meditation video series is available now to view on YouTube and an immersive virtual reality (VR) version can be downloaded before travelling via the Qantas VR App. The video series will be available from June on Qantas inflight entertainment.

The new entertainment partner offers will be available progressively from June 2018.

Source: Qantas


Announcing The Winners Of The 60th Good Design Awards

The winners of Australia’s peak design industry awards – the highest honour for design innovation – will be announced at Sydney Opera House on 17 May at the 60th annual Good Design Awards Ceremony.

The Good Design Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious international Awards for design and innovation with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design, engineering design and fashion design as well as rewarding emerging areas of design including business model innovation and social impact.

Good Design of the year Award Winner – FACETT – THE WORLD’S FIRST MODULAR HEARING AID

The 60th Good Design Awards attracted record entries of 536 innovative designs with 269 projects selected to receive a coveted Good Design Award®. Of these, there are 30 Best in Class Award Winners from which the Good Design Award® of the Year is chosen.

Winners were presented with their Good Design Award® trophies, with special guest Jan Utzon (son of Jørn, who designed the Sydney Opera House) presenting the 2018 Good Design Award® of the Year. This year, the coveted top award is tied between two outstanding finalists and jointly awarded to Melbourne-based Blamey Saunders for their Facett modular hearing aid and Sydney-based Meld Studios for their project: Growing Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government.

Good Design of the year Award Winner – FACETT – THE WORLD’S FIRST MODULAR HEARING AID

Blamey Saunders’ Facett is the world’s first modular hearing aid, co-designed with hearing aid users, that provides unparalleled ease of use, upgradability options and aesthetic appeal. The innovative hearing aid features magnetic modules that click easily into place, simplifying daily maintenance tasks and empowering people who have dexterity issues and visual impairments with independence.

As well as being awarded the Good Design Award® of the Year, Facett is honoured with the prestigious CSIRO Design Innovation Award. The judges concurred that “This product has incredible potential to make a very positive impact on people’s lives who suffer from hearing loss. The use of rechargeable batteries and magnetic coupling is highly innovative.

Good Design of the year Award Winner – Growing Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government

Every little detail of this product has been meticulously designed with the end use in mind, right down to the magnetic charging case, colour coded units for each ear and carefully considered design aesthetic. This is a world-class product that is extremely well resolved from every perspective.

The stunning jewel-like design does well to remove the stigma of hearing aids by drawing parallels to jewellery and wearable art. Exquisite detailing, high-end technology and excellence in design make this a stand-out product that should be recognised and celebrated at the highest levels. A brilliant showcase for Australian design and innovation.”

Where Facett is a brilliant example of the elegance of design in a manufactured product and reflects the strong history of the Awards in product design, the Growing Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government project represents the exciting future of systems and service design that will have a profound positive impact on our lives.

Designed by Meld Studios and commissioned by Queensland One Stop Shop Strategy and Implementation Office, the project aims to embed human-centred design across Queensland Government manifesting in the outcomes of policy and government procedure. Queensland Government is on a journey to embed design practices at scale. Applying a human-centred design approach to developing a framework for building design capability resulted in a solution appropriate for and specific to the context of government, accommodating the diversity of roles, existing processes, culture and constraints.

Honouring this project with the joint Good Design Award® of the Year shows how far design thinking has evolved and the ways it can positively influence the workplace and all those connected with it. For the judges, this is a “Total standout project, absolutely inspirational in scope, scale, process, and outcome. A gold standard for the Good Design Awards and shining example of impeccable human-centred service design. A comprehensive capability toolkit that is well-designed for the problems it needs to address and well-suited to the audiences and end-users who have to use it (Queensland Government employees at various levels of ability), as well as an exemplary description of the process the design team went through. The Jury applauds this project at every level.”

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said “These two projects are a perfect representation of the breadth and diversity of entries in the Good Design Awards and reflect the endless potential of good design to impact everything from something as small as a hearing aid to the complexity of systems and processes within government. To have these two very different projects receive Australia’s highest design honour on our 60th Anniversary is an ideal outcome. One tells a story of where the Awards originated with its rich history in product design and the other paints an exciting picture of where design is going and the incredible potential it has to actually help design a better world”.

Other notable accolades include the Next Gen Award won by Ikki the Companion Therapy Robot for Sick Children; the MAAS Design Award won by Fashion Revolution Australia; the 202020 Green Design Award won by the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project; the Good Design Award® for Sustainability won by TESLA Powerpack – Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm; and the Patron’s Australian Design Award won by NurseWatch.

Of this year’s 269 Good Design Awards, 169 are designed in Australia with 46 from Victoria, 80 from NSW, 24 from Queensland, 13 from South Australia, four from Western Australia, one from the Australian Capital Territory and 100 from overseas. Good Design Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brandon Gien applauded the incredibly high standard of submissions this year, noting that the Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of Australia and the world, including New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Indonesia. The full list of ‘Best in Class’ winners appears below along with additional accolades.

“The Australian Good Design Awards has one of the most diverse design categories in the world and the winners this year are an amazing representation of the value of professional design and the potential it has to make a positive impact on our quality of life,” said Dr. Gien.

Winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards and a retrospective selection of winning projects from the last 60 years will be on view to the public at the Good Design Showcase from 25-27 May 2018 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, proudly presented as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Source: Good Design Australia

Good Design of the year Award Winner – Growing Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government

Where Facett is a brilliant example of the elegance of design in a manufactured product and reflects the strong history of the Awards in product design, the Growing Human-Centred Design Across Queensland Government project represents the exciting future of systems and service design that will have a profound positive impact on our lives.

Designed by Meld Studios and commissioned by Queensland One Stop Shop Strategy and Implementation Office, the project aims to embed human-centred design across Queensland Government manifesting in the outcomes of policy and government procedure. Queensland Government is on a journey to embed design practices at scale.

Next Gen Award won by Ikki the Companion Therapy Robot for Sick Children

Applying a human-centred design approach to developing a framework for building design capability resulted in a solution appropriate for and specific to the context of government, accommodating the diversity of roles, existing processes, culture and constraints.

Honouring this project with the joint Good Design Award® of the Year shows how far design thinking has evolved and the ways it can positively influence the workplace and all those connected with it. For the judges, this is a “Total standout project, absolutely inspirational in scope, scale, process, and outcome. A gold standard for the Good Design Awards and shining example of impeccable human-centred service design.

MAAS Design Award won by Fashion Revolution Australia

A comprehensive capability toolkit that is well-designed for the problems it needs to address and well-suited to the audiences and end-users who have to use it (Queensland Government employees at various levels of ability), as well as an exemplary description of the process the design team went through. The Jury applauds this project at every level.”

Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia said “These two projects are a perfect representation of the breadth and diversity of entries in the Good Design Awards and reflect the endless potential of good design to impact everything from something as small as a hearing aid to the complexity of systems and processes within government.

2020 Green Design Award won by the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project

To have these two very different projects receive Australia’s highest design honour on our 60th Anniversary is an ideal outcome. One tells a story of where the Awards originated with its rich history in product design and the other paints an exciting picture of where design is going and the incredible potential it has to actually help design a better world”.

Other notable accolades include the Next Gen Award won by Ikki the Companion Therapy Robot for Sick Children; the MAAS Design Award won by Fashion Revolution Australia; the 202020 Green Design Award won by the Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project; the Good Design Award® for Sustainability won by TESLA Powerpack – Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm; and the Patron’s Australian Design Award won by NurseWatch.

Good Design Award for Sustainability won by TESLA Powerpack – Neoen Hornsdale Wind Farm

Of this year’s 269 Good Design Awards, 169 are designed in Australia with 46 from Victoria, 80 from NSW, 24 from Queensland, 13 from South Australia, four from Western Australia, one from the Australian Capital Territory and 100 from overseas.

Good Design Australia Chief Executive, Dr Brandon Gien applauded the incredibly high standard of submissions this year, noting that the Awards attracted innovative entries from all corners of Australia and the world, including New Zealand, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, India and Indonesia.

Patron’s Australian Design Award won by NurseWatch

“The Australian Good Design Awards has one of the most diverse design categories in the world and the winners this year are an amazing representation of the value of professional design and the potential it has to make a positive impact on our quality of life,” said Dr. Gien.

Winners of the 2018 Good Design Awards and a retrospective selection of winning projects from the last 60 years will be on view to the public at the Good Design Showcase from 25-27 May 2018 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, proudly presented as part of Vivid Sydney, the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas.

Source: Good Design Australia