Spyros Zevelakis

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Google Earnings: Why The Ad Backlash Hasn’t Happened

Buoyed by its ad business, the search giant’s parent company delivered surprise financial results today, even as fears of regulation linger.<p>Alphabet reported a big March quarter on Monday, beating analyst earnings and revenue estimates on the strength of a strong ad business.<p>The company reported …

Markets

Breast-Feeding the Microbiome

<i>This is an edited excerpt from “</i><i>I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life</i><i>,” which will be published on August 9th by Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.</i><p>The Foods for Health Institute, at the University of California, Davis, has the appearance of a Tuscan …

Microbiology

These Are Facebook’s Top 11 Questions For Job Candidates

The social media giant uses these questions to streamline its hiring process and pick the strongest candidates for each role.<p>This year, Facebook came in at #1 on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list. And that wasn’t the first time–the social media giant has made the list handily for the past eight …

Employment

Apple and Google reputations suffer big losses in 2017, a new Harris poll shows

Sorry, Google and Apple, consumers just aren’t that into you right now. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll came out on Tuesday and, according to the survey of 25,880 people, Google and Apple don’t have the reputation they used to.<p>Apple dropped to No. 29 from its previous position at …

Polling

The Most Important Design Skill For An AI-Dominated World

John Maeda weighs in with his 2018 Design in Tech report.<p>Algorithms are getting very good at manipulating images and video — so good, it’s no wonder many creative workers are worried AI is going to take their jobs.<p>But for John Maeda, the head of computational design and inclusion at WordPress’s …

Black Panther

Fix Your Touch Bar With This App

The MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar just isn’t that useful. Sure, its functionality changes based on the app you’re in, but if you—like me—were expecting a …

This graph charts the crazy growth of the App Store and Google Play

The app economy is booming. In the first nine months of 2017, £25 billion was spent in the Apple App Store and Google Play around the world, with 95 …

Apps

Buzzfeed Is Selling Home Goods Now–At Walmart

In an exclusive partnership, Buzzfeed will sell 90 kitchen items at Walmart under the Tasty brand.<p>Stand aside Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray, there’s a new line of influencer cookware that the Instagram generation is going to *heart emoji*. But’s not a tie-in with a celebrity cook. It’s by <i>Buzzfeed</i>. …

Selling

The Design Theory Behind Amazon’s $5.6 Billion Success

Amazon’s success brings into relief a principle that is sometimes hard to swallow in the design community: Successful design is not necessarily beautiful.<p>Amazon is undoubtedly the most significant force in the digital transformation of commerce: an estimated 44% of all online sales are on Amazon, …

eCommerce

Spin releases animated poster campaign for BBC Reith typeface

London graphic design studio Spin has worked with BBC Creative to design an animated and printed poster campaign, and a website for the BBC’s …

Graphic Design

iPhone Source Code Was Leaked by Low-Level Apple Employee

Earlier this week, source code for iBoot, a core component of the iPhone's operating system, leaked on GitHub. The code was old, for a version of iOS 9, and it was quickly pulled from GitHub after Apple issued a DMCA takedown notice, but it left many wondering how such sensitive code ended up …

Cate Blanchett delivers a star turn for Massive Attack

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Maybe It’s Time To Regulate Gadgets And Apps Like Cigarettes

Silicon Valley companies need to find an alternative to “engagement time” as a key measurement of their products’ success.<p>Tech companies put a lot of work into designing their products to be “sticky.” That’s investor deck speak, but everyone knows what sticky really means: addictive.<p>While that may …

Social Media

Which Firms Pay Design Interns

If your firm is not on this list, do something about it.<p>When you’re starting off in design, you might think that interning at a prestigious firm or company is a great way to jump-start your career. But some studios only offer unpaid internships, limiting the talent pool to people who can afford to …

New York City

How To Design Non-Addictive UX (It’s Really Not Hard)

To wean users off their devices, UX designers can deploy the very tricks that made their products so addictive in the first place, writes Bruce Nussbaum.<p>The defining change in the field of design that brought design, finally, to the attention of Silicon Valley was the rise of UX. The ability to …

UX Design

2017’s Best and Worst Brand Names—And 3 Naming Trends For 2018

Naming a brand is one of the most important things a company does, yet many people just go with what “feels good.” Here’s who got it right in 2017, and who got it very, very wrong (looking at you, Amazon).<p>When naming is done well—be it for a business, a band, a product, or anything—it paves the way …

Framing

How to Figure Out What Your Side Hustle Should Be

A staggering 55 million people — more than 35% of the U.S. workforce — are now freelancers or contractors, and that number is projected to rise to 43% by 2020. About 44 million people report having some kind of side hustle, and of those who do, 36% say they earn more than $500 a month from it. …

Entrepreneurship

WeTransfer’s Plan To Disrupt The Creative Process

“File-sharing” company no more–WeTransfer is aiming to become the pillar of creative communities.<p>Enter your email address. Read the fine print. Sign up. Login. Exit out of the pop-up. Most digital services force you to take several steps before you can actually do what you came to the site to do. …

Creativity

The 14 Most Important Interfaces Of 2017

Detect algorithmic racism. Redesign your commute. Hide that photo of your beer bong from a future employer. It’s all in a day’s work for the UI of 2017.<p>We went on and on about new smartphones and stunning new buildings this year, but many of the best designs of 2017 were actually hidden in the …

Social Media

Kids Can Build Their Own Furniture With This Adorable Erector Set

For decades, erector sets like Meccano, Tinkertoys, and K’Nex have helped kids engage in creative play, allowing them to flex their imaginations while acquiring design skills. Sunghyeop Seo and Sujeong Han of the South Korean design firm G280 riff on these toys in a kit of parts called Toniture–a …

Furniture

The UK's 50 best Sunday lunches

From pubs in the Highlands to London’s Highbury, a zero-waste eatery in Brighton and an art haunt in Somerset, here are our 50 picks for a sumptuous Sunday ...<p>Whether yours is a roast dinner, sharing plates laden with seasonal salads, or a mound of just-caught seafood, Sunday lunch is the meal that …

England

2017: The Year UX Found Its Conscience

The last year has demonstrated a sea change in design, as designers have created products that serve our deepest needs, rather than exploit them.<p>It’s been a bleak year. Chatbots went racist. News turned fake. And we’re beginning to reckon with the fact that all our addictive apps may be coming at a …

Fake News

Gett and Citymapper are launching a new London bus

Citymapper and black cab booking app Gett want to revolutionise the London commute. How? By inventing the bus. Sort of.<p>By using the data collected …

Transportation

Bureau Cool on its unpredictable and playful approach to web design

Designer and developer Ben Wegscheider founded Bureau Cool, a design studio focussed on animation and interaction in 2016, and in a short space of …

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy — yet popular — parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength.<p>Of course, helping kids build mental muscle isn’t easy — it requires parents to be mentally strong as …

Self-help

What Comes After User-Friendly Design?

The design industry needs a new way to talk to users–one that isn’t just friendly, but respectful.<p>“User-friendly” was coined in the late 1970s, when software developers were first designing interfaces that amateurs could use. In those early days, a friendly machine might mean one you could use …

UX Design

Beck’s Lyrics Videos Are On Another Level

Beck has a new music video. It’s not a music video, it’s a lyric video, the cheap version of a music video that artists increasingly upload to their YouTubes when releasing a new song, often in the form of an elaborate PowerPoint presentation set to better music. When spreading a new single online, …

Music Videos

One Designer’s Urgent Mission: Preserve Classic City Signage Before It Disappears

Her latest book documents the signs and storefronts in Barcelona.<p>The legendary graphic designer Louise Fili had always admired street signs and frequently photographed the unusual and remarkable typography she encountered during her travels. But she began to notice some of her favorite signs were …

Typography

TellSpec identifies food ingredients and calories using science, magic

Some of us can't eat gluten, while others need to stay away from certain fats. Mealtime can be incredibly stressful for people with dietary restrictions -- especially when dining out -- since manufacturers aren't always required to report all ingredients, specifically when dealing with trace …

Casper Hopes To Make Waves With Its New Mattress

Today, Casper Labs launches the Wave, a mattress that accommodates your shoulders and hips for more optimal spinal alignment. And it’s comfortable as heck.<p>In 2014, Casper made a splash in the $14 billion mattress industry with its mail-order mattresses. From the beginning, the startup took a …

Cotton Candy