So you want to be a designer? Here’s how one of the greats will make it happen

The Alessi Design Awards are here — and things just got even more exciting.

A fledgling designer can look to many places for inspiration. From a book or the pages of a magazine such as Vogue Living, learning the tips and tricks of the trade are all part of the journey into becoming an established, career designer. But, like in every industry, there’s nothing better than learning on the job — or from the people who know best.

Alessi’s annual Design Awards, which have seen the iconic Italian brand partner with Vogue Living yet again for the ultimate up-and-coming Australian design award, could see that dream become a reality. With two categories, Emerging Designer and Established Designer, the award fosters talent from all corners of the Australian design industry, with the two finalists of the Emerging Designer award winning the opportunity to travel to Milan to present their big idea to the in-house team.

Now, excitingly, a living legend and design icon has joined the judging panel. French designer Philippe Starck has been announced as one of the judges for the Alessi Design Award, and will be personally involved in selecting the final winner. A known figurehead in the industry, Starck’s prowess as an architect and industrial, furniture and lighting designer has seen him work with a slew of much-lauded brands, including Alessi, throughout his impressive career.

Known within the Alessi family for his unique take on the classic citrus squeezer, Starck designed the ‘Juicy Salif’ in the 1990s as part of the Project Solferino, a working group between Alessi and Francois Burkhardt from the Centre de Creation Industrielle at the Beabourg in Paris. The design was functional and controversial all at the same time, transforming the humble juicer into a staple design object — and becoming one of Alessi’s best-selling products of the era. “He is a living example of my dream: design, real design, is always highly charged with innovation towards the word of manufacturing trade, bringing results that need no longer be justified solely on a technological or balance sheet level,” said Alberto Alessi himself said of Starck’s genius.

Starck is among an impressive list of designers who have collaborated with Alessi over the years, including Patricia Urquiola, Adam Goodrum and Marc Newson.

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Outdoor Shoes: High-Tech and Fashion Products in One

Outdoor-Schuhe von Adidas Terrex und Keen vor der Baustellendekoration

At OutDoor by ISPO, shoe specialists such as On (running shoes) or Lowa (trekking and mountain sports) will be presenting with new models, as will representatives of the classic shoe trade such as Ecco or Gabor.

The exhibitors also include major brands such as Adidas, Aku, Kamik, Keen, Meindl, Merrell, Tecnica and the insole specialist Sidas as well as the sole expert Vibram.

The latest trends and models from the world of shoes, socks and accessories can be found in a special show in Hall A5 in the Shoe & Trailrunning Village. Visitors can test shoes on a 50 metre long test track, no matter if they prefer stylish sneakers or specialized high tour boots.

The area will also host the Run & Trail Summit on Tuesday, July 2nd. The agenda includes an elevator pitch for the most innovative trail running products at the fair.

Outstanding and innovative shoes were also awarded at Outstanding Outdoor.

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Testing Apple iPhone XS Max accessories: Element Case Vapor-S and ZAAP Quick Touch One Pro

Apple iPhone XS Max sports a very high price tag, and that’s also why you should invest in a good case to keep this safe. Here we tested two iPhone XS Max accessories.

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Testing out some accessories for the Apple iPhone XS Max: Element Case Vapor-S offers some sturdy protection for your expensive iPhone.

The Apple iPhone XS Max is a unique phone in the iOS universe. It might be the first of many in this size, but for now it is unique. But it also posses unique challenges. Despite having the best glass Apple has ever put on a phone, the fact is that this phone has glass on two sides, which has its threshold.

Given the price tag of the phone you have to invest in something that protects it all day long. And since you have paid a grand packet on the iPhone XS Max, it might not make much sense to mummify your phone, hiding its features and style.

This is where the Element Case Vapor-S comes in. The Vapor-S is a metal bumper case for the iPhone XS Max with rear glass protection. That is putting it mildly. This is infact a military grade metal frame for the iPhone, that keeps it away from the surface in case of a fall.

And I was not joking when I said military grade. The case needs to be riveted in with a unique wrench, which you also need in order to take the case off. This means the bumper is tightly in place at all times.

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