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Looking ahead to 2018, there's plenty to be excited about when it comes to design. From technology companies who are finally starting to own their responsibility, to the rest of us saying goodbye to boring hardware - here are five design trends we'd like to see more of this year.

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If you use Google's products, there's a good chance the company already has a copy your credit card details stored somewhere - in your Chrome browser's autofill settings, gathering dust in a Google Wallet, or inside Android Pay. But soon, "over the coming weeks", Google says it will merge the various ways it gobbles up this information under a new umbrella called Google Pay.

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When your life revolves around living in the middle of a large city, it can be hard to find time or space to pretend you're somewhere that isn't surrounded by concrete and pigeons. I'm not sure how effective Alice Bleton's "Monade capsule" -- a hanging, fibreglass refuge for the apartment-bound -- is at helping one escape, but it's got to be better than, uh, sitting at a desk all day.

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Designer Robert W. Blakeley isn't a household name, but every American has seen his work. No, he wasn't employed by Coca-Cola or Ford or Disney, but instead worked for the US government. Blakeley's most famous design? He came up with the yellow and black fallout shelter sign. Sadly, he died last week at the age of 95.

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You may not know the name Gin D. Wong, but you definitely know his work. He's responsible for some of the most iconic buildings in Los Angeles, including the Theme Building at the Los Angeles Airport (pictured above), and he even inspired the designers of the legendary 1962 animated TV show The Jetsons. Wong died on September 1 at the age of 94.

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Of all the Nissan Z cars, arguably two endure the most today: the original 240Z, and the sleek and twin-turbocharged Z32 300ZX of the 1990s. And the designer of that car, Toshio Yamashita, wasn't just content to design rad cars back in the day. He's been helping teach the art of car design to the next generation, so he shared the fascinating process he uses to think about car design and brainstorm new cars.

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As they say: Life comes at you fast. Yesterday, you were looking at a YouTube logo with the red thing on the right side, highlighting the word "Tube". Today, it's on the left side, sporting a play icon. It's a small update to the design of a popular website, you might say. But will any of us ever be the same?

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Ryanair is having a tough time. As Brexit threatens to turn its entire business upside down, passengers can't stop getting drunk on its flights, doing something stupid on camera, and causing all kinds of chaos when the video hits the internet. Now, Ryanair is trying to restrict how much people drink at the airport.

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Do you ever sit down at your desk and wonder why the elevated surface doesn't have more sensors to record and analyse data about your movements and habits? Well, wonder no more, my ergonomically-minded friend. Herman Miller, the manufacturer behind the Aeron chair, has invented a solution to the problem you never knew existed.