Software Design Is In Crisis. Here’s How To Fix It

Posted 12/01/2017 - 02:30

Design is struggling to scale with the applications it supports because design is still bespoke–full of tailor-made solutions for individual problems. InVision’s Marco Suarez’s proposes a way forward.

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The Dead-Serious Strategy Behind Google’s Silly AI Experiments

Posted 12/01/2017 - 02:00

Google’s AI Experiments are part fun, part marketing–and a reminder of how nascent AI still is.

It was a happy accident.Read Full Story

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Amazon, Popeyes, Mrs. Fields and More

Posted 11/30/2017 - 16:30

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

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The Future Of The New York Region Lies In Rethinking Government Itself

Posted 11/30/2017 - 06:50

After years of research, a new regional plan lays out a radical new proposal for shaping the region in the coming decades.

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Thursday Wake-Up Call: Facebook Halts Ads Excluding Racial Groups. Plus, New Claims Against Matt Lauer

Posted 11/30/2017 - 06:00

Another one: Folksy humorist Garrison Keillor has been fired from Minnesota Public Radio, but there are few details; his version of the story is that all he did was place his hand on a woman's bare back to console her, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes.
1-2-3 punch

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Autodesk Is Reportedly Reducing Its Workforce By Over 1,000 People

Posted 11/30/2017 - 05:10

The software company is also moving toward a subscription model for its services.

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Autodesk Is Reducing Its Workforce By Over 1,000 People

Posted 11/30/2017 - 05:10

The software company is also moving toward a subscription model for its services.

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Ditch Your Lame PowerPoint And Try These Apps Instead

Posted 11/30/2017 - 04:00

The cultishly popular app maker FiftyThree releases tools for people who use visual slide decks at work–but don’t need the bloat of PowerPoint or Keynote.

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All The Internet Rights You’re About To Lose, Explained In 3 Minutes

Posted 11/30/2017 - 03:15

Net neutrality is one of the most important fights of our time.

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What Digital Designers Could Learn From Robert Moses

Posted 11/30/2017 - 02:30

New York City’s most prominent 20th-century urban planner is an important cautionary tale for any designer who wants to build an equitable internet.
Digital design is more influential than ever, as people increasingly live their lives online. The question becomes: Are we creating the virtual world we want to live in?Read Full Story

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This Magical Software Makes Facebook Photos Come Alive

Posted 11/30/2017 - 02:00

New AI technology–built in part by Facebook Research engineers–turns regular old selfies into animated videos.

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This Magical Software Makes Facebook Profile Pictures Come Alive

Posted 11/30/2017 - 02:00

New AI technology–built in part by Facebook Research engineers–turns regular old selfies into animated videos.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Verizon, Toyota, Wells Fargo and More

Posted 11/29/2017 - 15:40

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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RSA Films Signs Tompa and Rondo, Strom Joins Cultivate.Media

Posted 11/29/2017 - 10:09

Swedish directorial duo Tomas Skoging and Filip Nilsson, known as Tompa and Rondo, have joined RSA Films for commercial representation in the U.S. Prior to teaming up to direct last year, Skoging was cofounder/director of Swedish creative collective Acne, while Nilsson spent over two decades as the creative leader of Forsman and Bodenfors, and also worked as vice president of BETC Paris.

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“Pokémon Go” Car Crashes Are Just A Small Part Of A Larger Crisis

Posted 11/29/2017 - 06:51

A study claims that Pokémon Go caused an estimated 145,000 car crashes in the U.S. But the real problem is much bigger.

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Your Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Future Royal Meghan Markle Campaigned Against a P&G Ad

Posted 11/29/2017 - 06:00

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app.
What people are talking about today

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Your Wednesday Wake-Up Call: Future Royal Meghan Markle Has a Surprising Tale About P&G

Posted 11/29/2017 - 06:00

Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital-related news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app.
What people are talking about today

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Want To Try Biodesign? This Living Display Lets Anyone Design With DNA

Posted 11/29/2017 - 05:00

It’s a prototyping tool to learn how to work with biomaterials.

Over the past few years, a group of researchers at the MIT Media Lab have designed workout clothes and running shoes made with fabric with pores that open when you sweat, using bacteria that contract in humid conditions.Read Full Story

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Can Snapchat’s Redesign Give It Facebook Appeal?

Posted 11/29/2017 - 04:00

Today, Snapchat unveiled a redesign of its app apparently aimed at attracting non-millennials. Here’s why it’s likely not enough to win over the above-34 crowd.

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This Building Is A Collaboration Between Architects And Algorithms

Posted 11/29/2017 - 03:15

“We do lots of complicated projects,” says Stephen Van Dyck, a partner at LMN Architects. “A building like [this] is among the most complicated projects architects can undertake.”

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Google’s New AI Designs AI Better Than Humans Could

Posted 11/29/2017 - 02:30

The company’s new real-time computer vision system bests anything created by humans.

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Google’s New AI Designs AI Better Than Humans

Posted 11/29/2017 - 02:30

The company’s new computer vision system bests anything created by humans.

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Learn How To Design The Ideo.org Way For $35

Posted 11/29/2017 - 02:00

The social design nonprofit is launching a set of creative exercises on Kickstarter.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Apple, H&M, Google and More

Posted 11/28/2017 - 14:30

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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11 Robots Designed To Help The Planet, Not Hurt It

Posted 11/28/2017 - 06:11

A new exhibition looks at how technology might help preserve nature, from a mechanical woodpecker to a tumbleweed robot.

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Intuit VP: How Design Is Reshaping People’s Relationship To Money

Posted 11/28/2017 - 04:45

“Money sits at the intersection of almost all human choice, and most often it’s a huge anxiety creator. Finally [financial] institutions are recognizing that they have to be customer-centered. What better than design to wield that flag?”

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Intuit VP: Design Is Reshaping People’s Relationship To Money

Posted 11/28/2017 - 04:45

“Money sits at the intersection of almost all human choice, and most often it’s a huge anxiety creator. Finally [financial] institutions are recognizing that they have to be customer-centered. What better than design to wield that flag?”

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Would You Send Your Kids To School On A Self-Driving School Bus?

Posted 11/28/2017 - 04:00

Meet Hannah, a concept for an autonomous bus that solves long-standing issues with school buses. But will parents ever trust an AV with their kids?

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This Artificial Muscle Can Turn Robots Into Superheroes—Or Supervillains

Posted 11/28/2017 - 03:15

Flexible design inspired by origami can lift 1,000 times its weight.

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20 Gift Ideas For People Who Refuse To Shop On Amazon

Posted 11/28/2017 - 02:30

Who needs Prime, anyways?

Jeff Bezos is surely basking in the afterglow of learning he’s worth $100 billion after this Black Friday’s shopping bonanza. You might be thinking, “He’s already got enough money–does he really need more of mine?”Read Full Story

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The Popular Web Design Tool That’s Actually A Privacy Nightmare

Posted 11/28/2017 - 02:00

Session replay scripts record how you browse, scroll, and do just about everything else online.

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The Popular Design Tool That’s Actually A Privacy Nightmare

Posted 11/28/2017 - 02:00

Session replay scripts record how you browse, scroll, and do just about everything else online.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From GoPro, Target, Grubhub and More

Posted 11/27/2017 - 16:30

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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These Gorgeous 19th-Century Drawings Of Microbes Are Science And Art

Posted 11/27/2017 - 05:48

A new monograph reveals Ernst Haeckel’s marvelous work in all its incredible detail.

Not all contributions to science come in the form of numbers. For instance, the German biologist Ernst Haeckel’s incredibly detailed drawings, made during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, shed light on the microscopic organisms that populate our world.Read Full Story

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How Often Do Designers Leave Design, Compared To Other Industries?

Posted 11/27/2017 - 04:51

Nathan Yau’s new data viz tracks job trajectories across professions.

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This Chocolate Record Lets You Hear What You Taste

Posted 11/27/2017 - 04:00

Chocolate record, anyone?

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New AI Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Doctors

Posted 11/27/2017 - 03:15

The software can greatly help in avoiding the misdiagnosis of pneumonia.
Scientists at Stanford University have developed a new artificial intelligence-powered imaging software designed to help doctors diagnose pneumonia with greater accuracy than ever before. It’s a great example of how AI is helping humans do their jobs better and faster.Read Full Story

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U.K.'s Blockbuster Holiday Ads Spawn Revenue Stream for Retailers

Posted 11/27/2017 - 03:00

In U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer's holiday ad, Paddington Bear saves Christmas when he inadvertently mistakes a burglar for Santa and makes him return all the gifts he has stolen.

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The Architecture Of 21st-Century Intelligence

Posted 11/27/2017 - 02:30

The modern intelligence agency hides in plain sight.

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Designers, It’s Time To Move Slowly And Fix Things

Posted 11/27/2017 - 02:00

Basecamp designer Jonas Downey ruminates on the heavy weight of software design in the 21st century.
This story was adapted from the original on Signal v. Noise.Read Full Story

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Watch Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman Do Friendsgiving with Google Home

Posted 11/22/2017 - 13:15

"All of them are kind of on the same theme, which is basically sitting down with your family and friends, and multiple generations all sitting in the same room watching the parade -- and the Google Home is playing a part in their day, answering questions for them as well as settling disputes," says Mark Marshall, executive VP of entertainment advertising sales at NBCUniversal.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Pillsbury, State Farm, Smirnoff and More

Posted 11/22/2017 - 13:00

Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than seven million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time over the weekend.

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'He's Probably Fishing Now': Friends Remember Creative Director Bill Hamilton

Posted 11/22/2017 - 10:42

Celebrated creative director Bill Hamilton passed away this month at the age of 74. Rick Boyko and other friends remember him as a talented rebel.

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Amazing Photos Reveal The Invisible Microbial Universe All Around Us

Posted 11/22/2017 - 06:55

A new book offers a visual celebration microbes, which have shaped life on Earth for eons–and make our own lives possible.

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This Google Data Viz Is So Meta, You Can’t Look Away

Posted 11/22/2017 - 05:30

A data viz about data viz–based on Google search data. Meta, much?

What does an information designer with access to Google Trend data do?Read Full Story

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Your Wednesday Wake-Up Call: A Shadowy New Ad Fraud Scam. Plus, Another Facebook Fail

Posted 11/22/2017 - 05:30

Just briefly:

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Anonymous Signs Pantera, Blink Adds Schouw

Posted 11/22/2017 - 04:43

Anonymous Content is signing directing collective Pantera for commercial and music video representation in the U.S. and the U.K. Comprising filmmaking trio Pato Martinez, Brian Kazez and Francisco Canton, Pantera has directed short films, music videos and commercials for brands including Nike, Mercedes-Benz, Adidas, MTV, Rolling Stone and Converse.

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How Ferrari Built A Cult Following Through Design

Posted 11/22/2017 - 03:15

Ferrari’s cars are iconic, but the reasons why are more mysterious.

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This Artist’s Portfolio Lets You Call Him To Explain His Work

Posted 11/22/2017 - 02:30

It’s part audio tour, part podcast, and part portfolio–a truly new way to look at art online.

How do you make your online portfolio stand out from the crowd? The New York-based design studio HAWRAF has an answer: Pick up the phone.Read Full Story

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6 Ideas To Transform The Bay Area And Stall The Climate Apocalypse

Posted 11/22/2017 - 02:00

From floating villages to recontouring the waterfront, these ideas could help the region safeguard itself from natural disasters and climate change.

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