Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Women shaping the design world, India's wine industry, the recipe for black concrete and more

Farewell to the Plastic Bags of NYC While the single-use plastic bag ban in New York (instated 1 March) is undeniably necessary, the bags’ kitsch designs have become synonymous with the city. Graphic designer Sho Shibuya collected more than 200 different types of bags over several years and photographed some of his favorite designs, sharing them with The New York Times. “In treasuring things other …

Canoo’s Subscription-Only Electric Vehicle

The company fills the middle ground between car ownership and ride-sharing by offering a design-forward vehicle with SUV capabilities

LA-based Canoo formally announced its first-ever model today, its eponymous “urban loft on wheels.” The company aims to apply the subscription model to car ownership—freeing consumers from monthly payments, maintenance and registration. This model will also compete with lease-to-own vehicles in regards to range and charging capabilities: the canoo’s range is 250 miles and it can reach 80% charge in under 30 minutes. “Cars always …

Lynk & Co’s CEO Alain Visser on Reimagining Mobility and Ownership

We discuss the carmaker's contemporary, thoughtful approach

Alain Visser seems, at first, like more of a fashion CEO than the head of one of the newer and more interesting automobile brands. His relaxed and open-minded attitude, a sneaky grin and Cole Haans tied with brightly colored shoelaces all set him apart from the other major car brand CEOs reading from teleprompters at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. Visser has a different job …