Blanc – World’s First HEPA Filter Powered Full-Face Modular Mask

We survived 2020, everything is permissible now. You do not have to wait anymore to dress however you want, wear a futuristic mask, live the cyberpunk dream! Before you know it everyone will be rocking their own cool mask.

Blanc is a cool face mask that shatters expectations of what a mask can do. You will be breathing fresh air through a HEPA filter, protecting your identity, and most importantly, having fun doing so with custom interchangeable panels.

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This is a futuristic mask for those who set the next trend of alternative face masks, for those who are brave enough to stand out amongst the dull crowd. Blanc is not just a face mask. Its modular design allows you to customize your own Blanc to your style and break free from the mundane.

Blanc is more than just a cool face mask. Thanks to its comfortable air-tight fit, every breath you take is filtered through an SGS-tested replaceable HEPA filter. Blanc also offers exhalation filters as an optional feature to purify and clean not only your inhales, but also your exhales, keeping the environment clean for those around you.

HEPA filters, or high-efficiency particulate air filters, are a special form of mechanical air filters that force air through a multi-layered fine mesh of angled micro-fibers. This traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, tobacco smoke, pollution and dust mites.

Blanc disrupts the new normal in fashion and safety, with a mask that not only protects your health but sets you apart from the crowd.

Express your creativity whether you are taking a walk in the park, sitting in front of your computer at the office, or enjoying your evening with friends at a club. Never settle for the ordinary. With its interchangeable magnetic panels, you can easily customize your Blanc’s front panel with different materials, textures, and colors to express yourself.









SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/04/blanc-worlds-first-hepa-filter-powered-full-face-modular-mask/

Pandemics Past, Green Futures Merge in Ceramic Gas Mask Pot from Franco-Japanese Project

TENEO, a fashion brand embodying the finest elements of French and Japanese materials and production, has teamed up with master ceramicist Shibukusa Ryūzō, 7th generation of the Shibukusa Ryūzō Ceramics Factory operating since 1841 in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture, on a bold new project.

More: TENEO, Instagram, Shibukusa Ryūzō, Yusuke Hamamoto h/t: grapee

The first phase of this project, which started with the main theme of “making traditional crafts into art pieces that can be used naturally in our daily lives,” was designed to realize a new form of traditional crafts in the midst of the drastically changing times brought about by COVID-19.

The gas mask, which is often associated with negative images such as anxiety and fear, was adopted as the design base as a symbol of pandemics past. By planting and arranging plants and fresh flowers, which have positive images such as reassurance and healing, as well as symbols of the future, TENEO hopes to convey the message of looking forward without forgetting the hardships and chaos of 2020.

Mr. Shibukusa, inheriting the traditions of the crafts-rich city of Takayama, has fully applied his finely-honed modeling skills to create two kinds of Gas Mask Pot:

One is a fully handmade model, in which he finishes the entire production process by his own hands, and the other is a semi-handmade model, in which he uses multiple molds and then finishes the details by hand. Both versions are available in bonsai pot and flower pot versions.

The main visuals feature bonsai by Yusuke Hamamoto, a young bonsai artist who is attracting worldwide attention for his traditional style.

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/pandemics-past-green-futures-merge-in-ceramic-gas-mask-pot-from-franco-japanese-project/

Photographer Stijn Hoekstra Captures Empty Amsterdam During Curfew

Like many countries around the world, the Netherlands has introduced a curfew to slow down the spread of the virus and since January 23, between 9 p.m. and 4:30 a.m., Amsterdam looks like a ghost city.

When snow covered the capital in February, photographer Stijn Hoekstra went out to capture the unprecedented nocturnal atmosphere.

“The city once so vibrant felt eerie without anybody. I walked for hours during the cold night in which the city was covered with a beautiful white blanket. I knew, and hoped to never find the city like this ever again”, tells the artist.

More: Stijn Hoekstra, Instagram h/t: fubiz









SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/photographer-stijn-hoekstra-captures-empty-amsterdam-during-curfew/

22 Cartoons That Show How COVID-19 Affected Our Lives

According to an artist Irina Blok: “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the official start of the Covid-19 pandemic. I could never imagine our lives would change in such dramatic ways. Since the beginning of lockdown, I’ve been drawing Covid Life cartoons to blow off some stress, and thought I’d just make a few and would run out of ideas, but the new ideas kept on coming and coming.

Just because everything changed so much, everyday things became surreal. For instance, since all doctor visits became virtual, I was joking the other day that “going” to a doctor would require showing different body parts on a video call, so I turned this conversation into a drawing.

As Zoom fatigue has set in and summer plans have been canceled, it’s hard not to feel tired at the end of each day. Drawing has helped lift my mood each evening, it’s been a great way to laugh and share some joy with others.

Hope you enjoy this fresh new batch! Previous posts here, here and here.”

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/22-cartoons-that-show-how-covid-19-affected-our-lives/

I Survived The “SHIT SHOW” 2020 Commemorative Coin is Here!

From Justin Heister, a Florida-based entrepreneur and artist, creator of outstanding Zero Fucks Coins, I Survived Coronavirus 2020 Coin, and I Don’t Give A Fuck Reminder Coin & No Fucks Coins – a large 39mm/1oz. coin commemorating surviving what can only be described as an absolute SHIT SHOW!

More: Kickstarter, Zero Fucks Coin, Instagram, Facebook

If there is ONE THING every human can agree on, it’s that 2020 was an absolute shit show. While some bullshit continues to linger into 2021, we’d like to commemorate our specie’s survival the only way we know how; with a new, fun, 39mm 1oz. coin!

Each of the “SHIT SHOW” coins is 1.54″ (39mm) in diameter (approximately the same as a Silver Dollar) and .116″ thick (3mm), and weighs in at a solid 1oz. These coins are an extremely high quality mint and are akin to a traditional military challenge coin (noticeably larger and heavier than our other regular coins).

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/i-survived-the-shit-show-2020-commemorative-coin-is-here/

A 78ft ‘Coronavirus Ogre Castle’ was Burned at Shrovetide in Russia, Here Are The Incredible Photos


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On March 13, in Nikola-Lenivets Art Park in the Kaluga region, Russia, in honor of the Shrovetide celebration, an art object made of vines was burned, which was called the “Coronavirus Ogre Castle” because of the coronavirus infection Covid-19. The castle was created by Nikolay Polissky, the founder of the art park.

According to Nikolay, “as soon as we burn it [the castle] down, the disease will subside, and everyone will be healthy. Since Covid-19 is the main problem, the main trouble for the whole world all year long, we will build such a corona ogre castle and finally put an end to the virus for good. We will burn down this evil creature, its lair.”

The burning of the art object was watched by hundreds of people.

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Shrovetide, also known as the Pre-Lenten Season, is the Christian period of preparation before the beginning of the liturgical season of Lent.

During the season of Shrovetide, it is customary for Christians to ponder what Lenten sacrifices they will make for Lent. Another hallmark of Shrovetide is the opportunity for a last round of merrymaking associated with Carnival and Fastelavn before the start of the somber Lenten season; the traditions of carrying Shrovetide rods and consuming Shrovetide buns after attending church is celebrated.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/a-78ft-coronavirus-ogre-castle-was-burned-at-shrovetide-in-russia-here-are-the-incredible-photos/

Funny Air Filter Gives You a Dog Nose Filter in Real Life

Nosy, an wearable air filter you put on your nose, has been getting a lot of attention because it makes wearers look like they activated the dog nose filter in real-life.

Designed to protect against airborne particles, Nosy is a slick and compact air filter and purifier that fits on your nose. Its patent-pending dual filtration system (Activated Carbon and HEPA filters) allegedly break down toxic gases from fossil fuel emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), while at the same time from particles down to 0.03 microns in size, like pollen, dust, mold spores, smoke, and more. But all anyone seems to be talking about these days is how funny people look wearing it.

More: Nosy, Instagram h/t: odditycentral

Nosy was unveiled in March of last year, when it managed to surpass its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter. It was supposed to be delivered to backers by December of last year, but according to the latest official update, the Covid-19 pandemic has seriously impacted production. Nosy founder Carina Cunha wrote that she expects deliveries to be delayed until April 2021.

So you’ll have to wait to actually see people walking down the streets with Nosy filters on their noses, but you can have some fun with promotional pictures until that happens. Twitter has certainly been having a field day with them lately, because of how funny Nosy wearers look.

But to the team behind the project, Nosy is no joke. They set out to create a product that not only protects the wearer against the harmful effects of pollution, but is also a more efficient and comfortable alternative to face masks of all kinds.

“Our belief is that wearing a Nosy should be as comfortable as possible so we created a solution that provides you with the most effective filtration and the best user experience,” the official Nosy presentation reads. “Our malleable clip allows a custom fit for each nose! The clip attaches to the outer shell using a magnetic attachment system, ensuring that Nosy will stay in place even when you are doing vigorous activity!”

Nosy filters last up to 100 hours, but for hygienic reasons the company recommends that you change them at least once a week.








SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/03/funny-air-filter-gives-you-a-dog-nose-filter-in-real-life/

“Calm Before the Storm”: Photographer Captured Nightlife in Wuhan Market Before Pandemic

Back in 2016, in a time when, if we had been told what would happen in 2020, we probably wouldn’t have believed it. The Milanese photographer and art director Alessandro Zanoni lived in Wuhan, a Chinese city that absolutely everyone knows since a few months. From his apartment, the artist observed each evening the market which formed the pattern of the city’s nightlife, its stalls full of goods and its sellers, sometimes alone on their stand, late in the night.

More: Alessandro Zanoni, Instagram h/t: fubiz

“Here I am collecting a series of ‘stolen shots’ that I used to take in a bazaar that was assembled and disassembled every night in the area around my apartment, in Wuhan. Narrow spaces, four slats, as many plastic sheets and flights, the shop was ready to receive customers until late at night,” he wrote.




























SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/02/calm-before-the-storm-photographer-captured-nightlife-in-wuhan-market-before-pandemic/

Flaming Lips Hold ‘space Bubble’ Gigs to Get Covid Creative


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The Flaming Lips are known for frontman Wayne Coyne zorbing in a large transparent ball over the crowd at their gigs. So with COVID-19 restrictions putting a halt to most live music since March 2020, the US rock band came up with an inspired way to pull off some unique socially distanced shows.

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The band performed two shows in their home state of Oklahoma, with the crowd listening and dancing in “space bubbles”. Coyne shared a video on Instagram of his baby son, Bloom, watching from the balcony as fans enjoyed the music in their capsules.

The band were pictured holding “F*** you COVID-19” balloons on stage during the gig.


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Before the first gig, camera operator Nathan Poppe shared a thread on Twitter explaining the logistics, saying the venue was filled with 100 bubbles containing up to three people each.

“There’s a fancy high frequency supplemental speaker inside each bubble as well as a water bottle, a fan, a towel and a ‘I gotta go pee/hot in here’ sign,” he wrote.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/flaming-lips-hold-space-bubble-gigs-to-get-covid-creative/

Nubian Ibex Make the Most of Lockdown in Israel


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Nubian ibex roam the streets during a national lockdown in Mitzpe Ramon, southern Israel. Although Israel is one of the first countries to have received vaccines and has so far vaccinated more then two million of its around nine million citizens, the rate of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, that causes the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is rising drastically as Israel entered a full closure of two weeks.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2021/01/nubian-ibex-make-the-most-of-lockdown-in-israel/