We Can Only Be the Future

202 Added | 1 Magazine | 13 Likes | 4 Following | 1 Follower | @bthfutr | We Can Only Be the Future is a blog about tomorrow featuring 1st reads and our curated feed of news on emergent themes technology, design and culture. bthfutr is published in Seattle, Washington by UX Designer Lance Oditt.

Letter of Recommendation: U.S.G.S. Topographical Maps

At the close of the Second World War, the United States government embarked on an enormous artistic enterprise. It is estimated to have cost nearly $3 billion and, at its height, employed more than 2,000 people. I am talking about the topographic mapping program of the United States Geological …

Maps

Conversational interaction design: constructing context

Recently I wrote about interface visibility — the presence and degree of friction in interface design and human computer interaction — and the idea …

Design Facts

Design Facts is a platform for sharing the inspiring, shocking, passionate, brilliant, revolutionary, carefully crafted and relatively young history …

Design

Google is making Android far more accommodating for people with disabilities

With an app for controlling Android with your voice<p>Google is currently testing an Android app that will let you control some primary functions with only your voice, the company announced today. The accessibility software is called Voice Access, and it's designed to let people with disabilities take …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

DNA

Apple gets short-term win, but new mysterious FBI unlocking method looms | Ars Technica

Law professor: "The issue probably has been deferred, not resolved."<p>RIVERSIDE, Calif.—Less than 24 hours before a highly anticipated Tuesday court …

Subgraph will be Snowden's OS of choice - but it's not quite ready for humans yet

Subgraph OS launched in public alpha at the weekend’s tech and democracy-focused Logan CIJ Symposium and got an endorsement from Ed Snowden – stamping it with some promise that it could be our future answer to an insecure online world.<p>“The internet is more hostile than its ever been,” the company’s …

Linux

Ai Weiwei Wraps the Columns of Berlin’s Konzerthaus with 14,000 Salvaged Refugee Life Vests | Colossal

<p>Ai Weiwei has produced a five-column installation on the facade of Berlin’s Konzerthaus, a collection of 14,000 life vests from refugees who landed …

Collect UI

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Design systems in difficult places

This is Manchester. I grew up on the outskirts of Manchester. I have memories like this picture. Black and white. Snowing. Wildlings. It’s grim north …

UX Design

Designers shouldn’t code. They should study business.

Increasingly, more and more companies are looking for great design leadership these days. They are being told that their company needs a bigger focus …

Snowball Machine Gun- How to make

YouTube

Beautiful Reasons

<b>Engaging Aesthetics for Data Narratives</b><p>Can the <b>aesthetic elements of a data-visualization</b> be considered as important as the data itself in getting …

Syrian Refugee Wearable Shelter

Help fund our REFUGEE WEARABLE DWELLING<p>ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART Interior Design & Textiles students have developed an innovative and multifunctional …

The Fidelity Curve: How to weigh the costs and benefits of creating UI mockups

Here at Basecamp we do a lot of paper sketching. Usually we jump straight to code after making a rough sketch. But it’s not a black and…Continue …

Mockups

Expansive New Geometric Drawings Trampled in Snow and Sand by Simon Beck | Colossal

<p>Driven by super-human forces and undaunted by the powers of nature, artist Simon Beck (previously) trudges across sand or through knee-high snow to …

Software makes 3D maps of buildings in real time - Futurity

New software running on Google's "Project Tango" tablet makes it easy to create 3D maps of entire buildings in real time.

NASA wants your help designing an arm for its flying space station robot

In yet another crowdsourcing effort, NASA is asking members of the public to help with the design of the Astrobee — a free-flying robot the space agency is making to live aboard the International Space Station. Specifically, NASA wants help creating a robotic arm for the Astrobee, which the robot …

The mobile web sucks

It's going to get worse before it gets better<p>I hate browsing the web on my phone.<p>I do it all the time, of course — we all do. Just looking at the stats for <i>The Verge</i>, our mobile traffic is up 70 percent from last year, while desktop traffic is up only 11 percent. That trend isn't going back; phones …

ARC, therapeutic vibrating pen for people with parkinson's

sou fujimoto to build learning center at ecole polytechnique

<b>sou fujimoto to build new learning center at paris’ ecole polytechnique</b><br>renderings by RSI-studio<br>image © sou fujimoto + nicolas laisné associés + OXO …

Architecture

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How to Create Easter Eggs Covered in Galaxies | Colossal

<p>Over at Dream a Little Bigger, Allison Murray created a fun tutorial that teaches you how to make easter eggs covered in tiny galaxies and other …

More from Gov.uk on the role of ethnography and prototyping in policymaking

Two inspiring posts by <b>Dr. Lucy Kimbell</b>, a visiting Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow at the UK-based Policy Lab, an experimental …

Public Administration

Blues Build the Temple

From the print series Blues Build the Temple by Trevor Naud<br>"Twenty-One Prints on 285-Gram Watercolor Paper / Foil-Stamped, Letterpressed …

Asia Travel

THE REINVENTION OF NORMAL

The UX Professionals’ Guide to Working with Agile Scrum Teams

The adoption of Agile software development approaches are on the rise across our industry, which means UX professionals are more likely than ever to …

Project Management

satellite landscapes

photo: Scott Chernis<p><b>Satellite Landscapes (Transportation Landscape, Waste Landscape, Manufacturing Landscape, and Power Landscape)</b> <i><br>2013-2014</i> <i><br>[see the</i> …