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Edition #013

Artwork: National Geographic

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Why I don’t believe in empathic design

Don Norman | Adobe XD Blog

COVID-19 broke the economy. What if we don’t fix it?

Shayla Love | Vice

From inspiration to idea sex: how to generate ideas on demand

Anne-Laure Le Cunff | Ness Labs

Why this font is everywhere

Estelle Caswell | Vox

Is imposter syndrome blocking your creative potential?

Kristina Libby | Adobe 99U

Video games are the future of education

Nabeel Qureshi | Blog

The #1 block to teamwork is defensiveness. Here’s how to defuse it

Kara Cutruzzula | TED Ideas

GTD Gmail: Inbox zero and optimized email workflow

Daniel Silvestre | Blog

Currency in color: a visual guide to 157 banknotes around the world

Salman Haqqi | Money

Mindful productivity framework

Clo S | This Too Shall Grow


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What else going on

macOS Big Sur, unveiled at WWDC20, introduces a beautiful redesign and new features in Safari, Messages, and Maps.

  • Apple WWDC 2020 kicked off with big announcements, exciting reveals, inspiration, and new opportunities to create the most innovative apps in the world. You can watch the Special Event Keynote for in-depth look.

    • macOS Big Sur unveiled with a beautiful new design, including the biggest Safari update ever and powerful enhancements to Messages, Maps, and privacy.

    • Apple also confirmed switching from Intel chips to its own processors; ARM-powered chips. It’s a big move that means macOS will support native iOS apps and macOS apps side-by-side on these new machines in the future. First ARM-based Mac will be available later this year.

    • iOS 14 has a new home screen with widgets, a redesigned Siri and iPadOS with widgets, Photos, and Sidebar tweaks.

    • CarKey was another announced feature that lets users unlock and start a car with iPhone.

    • watchOS 7 for Apple Watch will have sleep tracking, face sharing, new workouts including dance, hand washing detection, more.

  • Payoneer prepaid cards are frozen due to Wirecard woes.

    • Wirecard AG, a German payment processor and financial services provider that is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, filed for insolvency due to an on-going scandal regarding a missing $2 Billion. The huge accounting scandal has seen its now ex CEO Markus Braun being arrested. The shockwaves from Wirecard AG’s crash has extended all over the world.

  • Patagonia joins the growing list of companies like The North Face for boycotting Facebook ads. Upwork, Verizon and Coca-Cola also on the list.

    • Calls for Facebook ad boycott grow louder. Several big advertisers are pulling their spending on Facebook — at least temporarily — amid increased dissatisfaction over how the tech giant moderates content. Patagonia has joined companies like REI and The North Face, saying it plans to pause advertising on Facebook and Instagram to show support for a movement called “#stophateforprofit”. 

    • Further reading: Civil rights leaders blast Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg.

  • Google will lose 5.3% of its net U.S. advertising revenue this year, eMarketer said yesterday. It’s not just that this is the first ever decline in ad revenue for Google—minus the 2008 financial crisis, revenue’s grown by double digits every single year. 

    • YouTube ad revenue is still expected to rise, but there aren’t enough Cuomo PowerPoint replays to make up for the 7.2% hit to Google Search revenue.

  • Microsoft is shuttering its would-be Twitch rival Mixer and will transition its partners and live-gaming streamers to Facebook's gaming platform.

  • Spotify has continued its streak of impressive podcasting deals, confirming two exclusive partnerships to distribute new podcasts from Kim Kardashian West and Warner Bros. last week.

  • Trump expanded coronavirus-related immigration restrictions, that the US will ban entry into the country for migrant workers on some temporary visas. That suspension includes the H-1B visa, which is often used for highly skilled workers.

    • H1B Visa Salary Database reveals that big tech firms are some of the most prolific users of the H-1B visa. There are 20 firms who have filed more than 5,000 H-1B visas since 2013, and 12 of those were tech companies, with the majority of the rest in other well paid fields such as accounting, consulting or finance. Interestingly, the H-1B filings data also includes salaries.

  • AWS just entered the competitive world of no-code app builders with its launch of Amazon Honeycode.


What's next: This week's schedule

So what happens now?

Artwork: Dear designers, please contribute to open source

Take a look; Open Source Design is happening, where a community of designers and developers pushing more open design processes and improving the user experience and interface design of open source software. At Mozilla Open Design Repo you can file issues with your design requests for the community design group, find collaborators, or find design tasks to tackle.

One way of contributing is to open an issue on the project repository and tell maintainers about your idea. You can also report bugs related to the project and they are counted as a contribution as well.

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