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Sound Design Secrets From ‘Modern Family’s Peter Bawiec

Sound designer Peter Bawiec has worked on prime-time comedies like Modern Family and American Housewife, films like Midway, and the Blockbuster podcast. During a conversation with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about sound design, Bawiec revealed a few behind-the-scenes tricks used to achieve particular sounds in movies and television. 

Aaron Eckhart, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Luke Kleintank, Roland Emmerich, Luke Evans, and Nick Jonas
Aaron Eckhart, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Luke Kleintank, Roland Emmerich, Luke Evans, and Nick Jonas | MARK RALSTON/AFP

Sound designers have the power to make audiences feel things 

When Bawiec was young, he resisted the art of sound design. “I was terrified of the history and of the world [of sound],” he told us.

After he came to the United States, Bawiec had a change of heart. “I decided this is really what I wanted to do,” he said. Bawiec embraced the “misunderstood” and “subtle” art form of sound design, studying it at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

“It

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The Girl Scouts are getting ‘modern, fashionable’ upgrade with new uniforms

The Girl Scouts released new uniforms for grades 6-12 for the first time in 20 years. (Photo: Girl Scouts)
The Girl Scouts released new uniforms for grades 6-12 for the first time in 20 years. (Photo: Girl Scouts)

Girl Scouts are getting a new look for the first time in nearly 20 years after the organization teamed up with design students of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology to create some updated designs for “the next generation of leaders.”

The leadership organization announced the news on Tuesday, noting its past apparel collaborations with designers like Diane von Furstenberg. However, this latest collaboration is different because it invited young designers to reimagine the traditional uniform of Girl Scouts grades 6 to 12, which has been unchanged for some time.

“The current Cadette/Senior/Ambassador vest and sash were last updated in the 90s, and we have heard from girls that they wanted updates. We felt the need to update the uniform components in a way that allows the modern Girl Scout to

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Modern architecture designs from the A’ Design Award that’ll make your jaw drop

Goethe’s words “I call architecture frozen music” couldn’t ring more true for these 10 structural marvels. If architecture truly is frozen music, this article is a mixtape of 2019’s greatest songs.

A part of A’ Design Award and Competition‘s winner list, these buildings are awarded for the uniqueness of the project, social impacts, environment friendliness, energy utilization, and other project-specific criteria. Ranging from conceptual designs to residential units, to spas, offices, museums, and retail spaces, the A’ Design Award covers architecture in its entirety, aside from a wide roster of other categories. Not only does winning an A’ Design Award look great on an architect’s resume, it also brings a lot of repute and focus to the work, uplifting its value!

Architecture remains the most popular category at the A’ Design Awards, receiving entries by the thousands each year. Here are a few favorites that we wish we had enough

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Dreaming of modern design? Here’s where to start

A main idea in modern design is eliminating excess clutter or extra items. And with more folks spending time at home amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, you may find yourself sorting and purging some unneeded items from your space.

“One of the key beliefs behind the modern design movement is the idea that ‘form follows function,’” according to the Spruce. “In other words, the design of all furnishings and decorative objects should reflect its intended purpose, and if a furnishing, decor or decorating detail does not have a practical purpose, then it can be eliminated.”

When adding modern design touches to your space, there are some pillars of the style to consider. First and foremost, it’s all about the neutral colors and natural materials. Modern design also tends to favor open-concept floor plans, the website House Beautiful notes.

“Basically, you want as few walls as possible. Furniture, instead, should differentiate

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BMW’s classic E24 gets a modern makeover but retains the iconic sharknose design

When BMW first debuted the E24 way back in 1976, you’d best believe it instantly became an icon, serving as a departure from BMW’s previous design language, with an edgy attitude and its legendary sharknose tip – a protruding, forward-slanting front detail that gave the car its signature appeal along with a sense of speed and a leader-of-the-pack attitude. The sharknose went on to become one of BMW’s most epochal details… in fact, there’s even a dedicated community of BMW sharknose-automobile owners and aficionados (they congregate every year for an annual Sharknose Meeting).

While the sharknose detail was eventually phased out as BMW’s design language evolved and matured, it lives on in the annals of history, and Grigory Butin’s BMW 6 concept hopes to rekindle its glory. The BMW 6 concept is a confluence of the German auto manufacturer’s current design styling, but with a renewed interpretation of the sharknose.

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Razer’s Pro Type and Pro Click are a perfect match for the modern office

Combine the high-performance knowledge of Razer with the ergo chops of Humanscale, and you get this modern ‘Pro’ line of PC accessories.

“The average person spends 40% of their day working, 40 hours a week, and around 40 years of their life” is how Razer starts its PR spin on its new co-branded and developed mouse and keyboard accessories. While those numbers are sobering, they offer a stark reminder that, like owning a good bed, using ergonomic PC accessories to reduce stress and injury is worth some thought.

The Pro Click, Pro Type, and Pro Glide computer accessories, which are made in conjunction with Humanscale’s knowledge of design, offer a clean, non-gaming aesthetic that would make any Surface Studio owner proud. These wireless accessories are not low-cost, but they do provide some things I’ve been looking for, including backlit LED lights on a 2.4GHz keyboard.

I’ve spent the last few

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On an Historic Evening, Kamala Harris Chose a Modern Take on Classic Pearls

Irene Neuwirth pearl necklace that Kamala Harris wore to accept her candidacy for vice president at last night’s Democratic National Convention was a telling choice. It may seem demure but it makes a subtle statement.” data-reactid=”19″Politicians are not typically known for their style. The de facto uniform of sober, indiscriminate suits is basically a deliberate avoidance of anything that says anything. Accessories, however, allow pols to flash some personality. The Irene Neuwirth pearl necklace that Kamala Harris wore to accept her candidacy for vice president at last night’s Democratic National Convention was a telling choice. It may seem demure but it makes a subtle statement.

Kenneth Jay Lane) and can regularly be seen on congresswomen and junior aides alike. While Harris’s choice is traditional in its materials, the design is not your standard sweater-set accoutrement.” data-reactid=”20″Pearls, of course, are as common in D.C. as Corinthian columns or

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The Road to Modern Delivery: Low code development, market speed, and the Future of IT

(Editor’s Note: As disruption becomes a seemingly permanent condition of doing business, KPMG’s observation is that leading organizations counter pre-emptively, with strategy, behavior and capabilities that anticipate continuous change. Our “Future of IT” initiative distills our insight about these drivers, as we expect them to play out during the next three to five years.)    

In our conversations with IT leaders, migration to digitally integrated operating models has taken on new urgency. Rapid and widespread disruption has exposed vulnerabilities and highlighted the divide between digital have and have-nots. Now, after a necessary pause to ensure business continuity and financial stability, C-suites have resumed their digital transformation journeys, adjusted for the new reality that has emerged.  More precisely, our research shows, companies are selectively accelerating transformation investments, focusing on near term time-to-value opportunities – the “must haves” that will strengthen business resilience and protect the company’s future.[1]

The digital leaders, regardless of

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CLMBR Introduces the First Connected Vertical Climbing Machine With On-demand Instructor-led Classes and a Modern, Ergonomic Design

DENVER, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CLMBR, a leader in connected fitness technology, today unveiled two new vertical climbing machines that combine state-of-the-art design and cutting-edge technology: CLMBR Connected for the home and CLMBR Pure for commercial use. As at-home fitness continues to flourish, both CLMBR machines are the first to offer a state-of-the-art companion app to display key metrics, including vertical feet climbed and workout targets reached, to maximize the user’s experience.” data-reactid=”13″DENVER, Aug. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — CLMBR, a leader in connected fitness technology, today unveiled two new vertical climbing machines that combine state-of-the-art design and cutting-edge technology: CLMBR Connected for the home and CLMBR Pure for commercial use. As at-home fitness continues to flourish, both CLMBR machines

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This Vintage Superyacht Blends Classic 1920s Design With Modern Tech

For Jonathan Turner, owner of the authentic 1920s yacht Fair Lady, the marriage of classic design with modern technology is a match made in heaven. The 121-footer, built and launched by Camper & Nicholsons in 1928, bears all the hallmarks of the fabulous flapper era, but remains a yacht designed for adventure, owned by a man intent on finding one.

The exterior is by Charles E. Nicholson, one of the most famous names in yacht design in the early years of the last century, while the interior comes from the drawing boards of modern yacht designer John Munford. This unlikely dream-team of two designers separated by a century has resulted in a unique yacht. Fair Lady’s mahogany-paneled walls and Art Nouveau furniture ooze original character, while the contemporary adaptations provide every modern comfort on board. The 1920s ship’s wheel and brass binnacle, for example, sit alongside the very

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