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9 Ideas Shaping The Future Of Design, According To Ideo, Microsoft, Autodesk, MIT, And More

“Our profession is in between ‘utopia and oblivion.’ It will be oblivion if we continue focusing on minor aesthetic problems.”<p>The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial …

Download Free User Experience Templates To Use

I teach at General Assembly in Seattle as a Part Time UX Instructor. One task that pained me early on while teaching was watching students scour the …

UX Design

Typography: Noway Font + Icons Free Download

Noway font plus icons is a graphic design and typography post shared by atipo ® on their Behance profile. Noway was originally designed as a …

I'd rather tie my own shoes than pay $720 for Nike's self-lacing sneakers

Nike is releasing the consumer version of its self-lacing sneakers, the HyperAdapt 1.0, on December 1st for $720, says says Jacques Slade, a YouTube personality most known for his sneaker channel. The shoes were first introduced in March after the company created its limited edition Air Mags. Only …

The black and white future house

The house in today's spotlight may make you feel like you've just stepped onto the set of a futuristic movie, not into a suburban neighbourhood. But …

What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work

Creating a positive work environment sounds like a noble aspiration for both businesses and the people who work for them. No one ever says that they want to work in a negative environment, after all, or even in a blasé one. And yet, in late April, the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling …

Psychology

The Case for the American Mall

Malls aren’t dying. They’re changing.<p>I.<p>The customer isn't always right. For example, the management at South Coast Plaza would prefer that you, or I, or any visitor for that matter, not refer to the mammoth complex as "a mall." South Coast Plaza is a luxury shopping experience, and a global …

Samsung's latest fitness smartwatch has some incredible new features, but it's missing something important

It's the successor of the good-but-flawed Gear Fit, and it comes with a great new map feature that shows your route and helps direct you in the right direction.<p>At the same time, it's lacking an important feature that we believe would have made the Gear Fit 2 an undisputed winner as a fitness device.<p>…

Former Apple ad guru Ken Segall says company is losing touch with its heritage of simplicity

<i>Update: I referred to the rather misleading headline the Guardian had chosen, and Segall has now posted on his own site that “the Guardian chose to give it a click-bait headline that contradicted my point of view.”</i><p>Ken Segall, the former Apple ad consultant who coined the iMac name, wrote the copy …

Tim Cook

Microsoft is buying 10 million molecules of custom DNA from a San Francisco startup

It seems that Microsoft is exploring the idea of using DNA molecules as a way to store massive amounts of data. Unlike hard drives, Blu-Ray discs, or pretty much any current storage technology, DNA stays intact and readable for as long as 1,000 to 10,000 years.<p>Better yet, Microsoft Research …

Jurassic Park

The Helium iPhone case is for you, iPhone camera fans

The iPhone camera has spawned an entire generation of "iPhoneographers," but often times, those fans have to use additional accessories to capture a particular shot. And there are still limitations even with those add-ons — one phone can only handle so many accessories. A company called Helium is …

Helium

A Closer Look At Minimalism Today—No Helvetica Allowed

What’s behind our culture’s perennial obsession with minimalism? According to Stuart Tolley, it resurfaces in times of social flux.<p>“For me, it’s a cleansing of the palette,” says Stuart Tolley, who runs the Brighton, England-based design studio Transmission. “It’s a way of stripping back work to go …

Mahindra releases radical Formula E concepts made with legendary automotive design house Pininfarina

The Mahindra Formula E team has released images of three new concept cars created in concert with legendary automotive design firm Pininfarina. The radical designs are meant to show fans a "potential form of Formula E in the future."<p>“Formula E is one of the most exciting signs of the changes …

Formula E

Artist Spotlight: Erik Thor Sandberg – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Art

In the Future, We Will Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing

“Today everything exists to end in a photograph,” Susan Sontag wrote in her seminal 1977 book “On Photography.” This was something I thought about when I recently read that Google was making its one-hundred-and-forty-nine-dollar photo-editing suite, the Google Nik Collection, free. This …

This 24-karat gold NES is the luxury video game system of your dreams

Game hardware maker Analogue has made a name for itself selling the Nt, an exorbitantly expensive and beautiful version of a classic NES system. And yet somehow, the company found a way to outdo itself. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> franchise, Analogue is selling ten …

Tesla is about to face the biggest challenge in its history

Last week in Los Angeles, CEO Elon Musk presided over the unveiling of the electric-car maker's wildly anticipated mass-market car, the Model 3.<p>I was there, and the Model 3 looks sharp, although I'm less enthused about its design than I was when it was first rolled out and I was given a short test …

What's Instagram Doing to Us?

Big pictures are hard to find on the Internet. There are a lot of little pictures—happy-hour selfies, GIFs from last night’s political debate, …

Archives

A UX Designer Explains Which Presidential Candidate Has The Best (And Worst) Website

Spoiler: Donald Trump’s is the worst.<p>We can argue until we’re blue in the face over which presidential candidates have the best plans for health care, the economy, foreign policy, and more. One thing that is not up for debate: the quality of the candidates’ websites. Here, I’ll compare the designs …

Read Tim Cook's email to Apple employees about its fight against the FBI

"A dangerous precedent that threatens everyone’s civil liberties."<p>Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out a memo to Apple employees this morning, thanking them for their support in the company's ongoing standoff with the FBI and reiterating its stance against granting backdoor access to an iPhone used by one …

Justice Department says Apple’s defense of encryption is just a marketing stunt

In a new motion filed today, the Justice Department is seeking to force Apple to comply with the order asking it assist the FBI in breaking into the iPhone 5C of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. "Rather than assist the effort to fully investigate a deadly terrorist attack by obeying this court's …

Privacy

Inside the FBI's encryption battle with Apple

Two weeks ago, the FBI called Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, with a jarring message:the agency wanted Apple to help them hack an iPhone. Apple refused.<p>The request stepped up a level on 16 February when a federal magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock a single iPhone – the …

Privacy

Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter

When my digital media students are sitting, waiting for class to start, and staring at their phones, they are not checking Facebook. They’re not checking Instagram or Pinterest or Twitter. No, they’re catching up on the news of the day by checking out their friends’ Stories on Snapchat, chatting in …

Social Media

NASA just released a jaw-dropping 360 degree photo that makes you feel like you're on Mars

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to be inside of a giant crater on Mars, then check out this incredible footage NASA released this week from its Curiosity Mars rover.<p>The video below is interactive, making the experience more realistic than simply looking at a picture. Just click on the …

Facebook and the New Colonialism

Today’s empires are born on the web, and exert tremendous power in the material world.<p>Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t had the best week.<p>First, Facebook’s Free Basics platform was effectively banned in India. Then, a high-profile member of Facebook’s board of directors, the venture capitalist Marc …

Ubuntu's first tablet doubles as a desktop, goes on sale in Q2

Remember that time Spanish device maker BQ started promoting a new, Ubuntu-powered tablet before Canonical was ready to start talking about it? Well, the Ubuntu developer finally decided to get chatty. As expected, the device is a Ubuntu-fied version of BQ's existing Aquaris M10 tablet, with just …

Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone 7

Yesterday numerous reports picked up on leaks regarding radical new iPhone 7 camera technology. As interesting as that news was, however, the coverage skated over what for me was by far the greatest consequence of the story: Apple expanding the iPhone 7 range with a third model…<p>All we know at this …

Mobile Technology

Black and white posters

Posters are always a great outlet for designers giving us a canvas with fixed dimensions to explore different ideas, styles and forms. The purpose, …

Graphic Design

Adobe finally tells developers to stop using Flash

Once the primary means of making animation, browser games and interactive visualisations for the web, Adobe Flash has been ailing for a long time. …