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IBM’s Quest To Design The “New Helvetica”

The company’s first typeface, called IBM Plex, is free for anyone to use.<p>IBM is no stranger to icons. Over the years, it’s created quite a few: the mainframe computer, the ThinkPad laptop, the Selectric typewriter, the Eye-Bee-M logo. The company hopes its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex, which …

Have Designers Lost Control Of Design?

Design is everywhere and more influential than ever. But that power has come at a cost, says designer and technologist Matt Webb.<p>Do designers have an ethical responsibility toward their users? It’s a question that designers struggle with, as the products and interfaces they help bring into the …

40 web design freebies to make your life easier

In many ways, working in web design in 2017 has never been more challenging. But on the positive side, there have never been so many free resources …

10 best new web design tools for April 2017

There's good news this month for Foundation users: the team has released a library of UI components you can download, edit and plug into your site to …

Whiteboard Design Challenge Framework – UX Collective

A simple framework to help designers with whiteboard challenges in an interview.<p>Why write about whiteboard design challenges?<p>Very recently, I …

UX Design

When to Use Which User-Experience Research Methods

<b>Summary:</b> Modern day UX research methods answer a wide range of questions. To know when to use which user research method, each of 20 methods is …

UX Design

The real opportunities with Facebook Messenger

In April, 2016 (a mere seven months ago) Mark Zuckerberg, David Marcus (and, in a smaller side tent, myself) went on stage to proclaim that the future of business is <i>conversation</i>.<p>Imagine the opportunity to communicate with one billion potential customers   in a personal, private space  that makes it …

In Norway, A New Model For Zero-Energy Housing

Snohetta’s carbon-neutral model home looks like it’s been tipped up for a quick vacuum underneath. Could it be replicated elsewhere?<p>The building industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters. About half of the U.K.’s carbon dioxide emissions come from the construction and operation of buildings; …

Creating Passionate Users

Don't make the Demo look Done<p>When we show a work-in-progress (like an alpha release) to the public, press, a client, or boss... we're setting their …

Updated: Twitch acquires e-sports advertising agency GoodGame

[<i>Updated with interviews: 2:27 pm</i>] Amazon’s Twitch gameplay livestreaming division has agreed to acquire GoodGame, an advertising agency dedicated to e-sports and live video game broadcasting.<p>The move is another big step to establish advertising as the foundation for e-sports and livestreaming of …

YouTube’s Apple TV Gets a New Look, More Videos … and Ads

YouTube has overhauled its app on just about every other device. Now it's Apple's turn.<p>YouTube has spent the last couple years overhauling the apps it provides for different devices, but it has steered clear of Apple TV.<p>Not anymore: The world’s biggest video service has refreshed its app for …

Five Stumbling Blocks to Mass Adoption of Internet TV

You down with OTT?<p>With all the recent hype about networks such as HBO and CBS starting to offer their shows on the Internet, the fact remains that more than 100 million U.S. households still prefer to get their TV service delivered by hard-wired cables or satellite dishes.<p>But it’s no secret that …

Streaming on Chromecast passes Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV in US

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Google<p>What happens when you offer the combination of a simple user experience, a growing choice in streaming apps and a …

Java The Hop Coffee Beer

by Chérmelle D. Edwards<p>In the Northwest, two local brewers—one of coffee and the other of beer—have joined forces for an unlikely collaboration. Portland’s Coava Coffee Roasters and Astoria’s Fort George Brewery have created a canned seasonal IPA called Java The Hop. The idea originated when Fort …

Coffee

HBO Go is now available on the Xbox One

HBO Go is now available on the Xbox One in the US, finally allowing you to easily switch from playing <i>The Master Chief Collection</i>to watching <i>Girls</i>. The app looks similar to what you'll already find on the Xbox 360, but it's been gently reworked to look a bit nicer here: the Xbox One app has bigger …

Unique Flooring Made with Vintage Leather Belts

If you're looking for something that's more original than wood or carpet flooring, well, Inghua Ting has it. Her company is called Ting, and it reuses vintage and reclaimed leather belts and turns them into a unique home decor treatment. They reside on floors, are fashioned into rugs, and are even …

Interior Design

BitPay brings one-touch payments to bitcoin with new NFC-compatible checkout app

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Duncan Rawlinson/Flickr<p>It’s not burdensome to buy an item with bitcoin. A retailer rings up an order and presents the …

Latest Android Platform Stats: KitKat Hits 30%, 2.x Falls to 10%!

As is the case at the start of every month, Google has once again updated its Android Developer Dashboard website with the latest Android Platform …

Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design

Google's new design language, material design, makes its debut this week in Lollipop, the latest version of Android. It brings a bright new look to …

Inbox, Paper, And Sway: Why Tech Giants Are Suddenly Reinventing Their Core Apps

Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all launched new takes on old apps this year, and it’s not exactly a coincidence.<p>If you look through the App Store reviews for Facebook Paper, it doesn’t take long to find the recurring theme.<p>“So much better than the main Facebook app,” one user wrote.<p>“It is …

The Effra Font Family from Dalton Maag

Effra, a sans serif font family from foundry Dalton Maag.<p>The two type designers Fabio Luiz Haag and Jonas Schudel of foundry Dalton Maag teamed up to …

Vinli Promises To Bring Autos Into The Smartphone Age

With Vinli, cars are about to get apps. And not just cars made in the future. The system works with nearly any car made after 1996 and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The company just launched on the Disrupt SF 2014 stage and announced that the Vinli device is available for …

MB Empire Font Family

The MB Empire font family, a sturdy sans-serif typeface from M-B Creative.<p>Ben Mecke-Burford of studio and foundry M-B Creative has designed the <b>MB</b> …

Typography

Firechat’s new update makes it easier for Burners to chat their friends in the WiFi-less desert

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Open Garden<p>Chat room application FireChat has a new update out just in time for Burning Man. With its latest version, …

UVN Shake Watch is a Solar Powered Smartwatch for Young Generation

<b>UVN Shake Watch</b> is a unique e-ink smartwatch with integrated fitness tracker and phone finder. It’s simple yet stylish watch for anyone, you can tell …

Industrial Design

Voltage – Retro Script Typeface by Laura Worthington

The Voltage fonts, a retro script typeface created by award-winning type designer Laura Worthington.<p>The <b>Voltage typeface</b> offers an incredibly …

You can now use your Pebble watch to tell people you're running late

The PC As Game Console -- A Closer Look At The Alienware Alpha's Custom User Interface

It’s probably time to forget about Steam Machines. When Dell and Alienware debuted their Alpha PC console at E3 earlier this year, I confidently predicted it would be the ideal gateway to teleport Xbox and PlayStation diehards into a frustration-free PC gaming experience. I recently took a deeper …

Merchant Loyalty Platform Startup Spoqa Raises $3.9M To Expand In Japan

Spoqa, the Seoul-based mobile loyalty platform that won the special prize of the jury at TechCrunch Disrupt Tokyo 2011, has raised a total of $3.9 million in funding to date led by Daesung Private Equity group and Bokwang Investments to fuel its expansion in Korea and Japan.<p>Spoqa operates Dodo …

The Moto 360 will work with this stylish wireless charger

We now know more info about the hotly anticipated Moto 360 smartwatch from Motorola, thanks to a series of photos from <i>Mister Gadget</i>, aka Luca Viscardi. The foremost detail is a wireless inductive charger that looks easy to use -- no small thing, since that fancy display will no doubt eat the …