Weekly Edition #021

The drugs of the future will be computers. The computers of the future will be drugs.

The drugs of the future will be computers.
The computers of the future will be drugs.

— Terrence McKenna


ℹ️ The New York Times is still providing free access to the most important news and useful guidance on the coronavirus outbreak to help us understand the pandemic. Here are the latest updates and maps of the outbreak.


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Tools & Resources

Share your design tools experience with the world. Last year 3,149 designers shared their tools and workflows. All survey data will be made freely available. Let’s see how a global pandemic has affected the way we work! → Start the survey

🐘 Mastodon for the individual is without an incentive to sell you things, it allows you to consume content you enjoy uninterrupted. Your feed is chronological, ad-free and non-algorithmic — you decide who you want to see! All you need to do to sign-up is to choose a community. Just like when signing up for an e-mail address, one community is going to be hosting your account and be part of your online identity. Learn more.

🎉 Figma Variants are a new way to create, organize, and use components. If you’ve ever created multiple variations of a component, you’ll want to give variants a try. This playground will walk you through everything you need to know to start working with them!

👩🏻 Humane by Design is a resource that provides guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being.

🧠 Tara AI provides simple, yet powerful product development. You can run your team's weekly sprints and tasks. Deliver priorities, synced to Git, in one modern interface.

🤔 prodmgmt.world curates success tools for young product teams. Browse techniques, frameworks, and artifacts to help solve your product.

⚡️ Future Fonts is a new way to license typefaces while they are still in progress.

👁 Pafolios showcases some awesome portfolios and case studies from Product, UI/UX, Creative Designers. Learn and improve your design skills with real-world examples.

🌱 Boardle.io provides inspirations for your next virtual workshop. Get inspired by the best facilitators - Discover more than 200 virtual whiteboard templates to prepare your next workshop.

🔍 Qatalog is a directory with every person, team, and project in your organization. Search for files and messages across all your tools from one place; share updates on your team’s people, projects and goals; create, assign, and track processes and workflows.

🌎 Design Sustainably collects tips, tools, and resources for eco-conscious digital designers.

Product & Design Resources

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Reading

📖 Perspective switch, the first step towards a good UX

The idea is to go from how do we get this feature out into the world to what are users trying to accomplish and how do we change what we are doing to anticipate that behavior. — Maria Munuera


Take Control

Center for Human Technology

I’m deaf, and this is what happens when I get on a Zoom call

Quinn Keast | Fast Company

Perspective switch, the first step towards a good UX

Maria Munuera | Blogcv

The Psychology of Misinformation

Growth Design

What is a Design System?

Courtney Clark | Forum One

Time is not a measure of productivity

Anne-Laure Le Cunff | Ness Labs

Remote mentoring and team onboarding

Taskade Blog

The State of User Research Report 2020

Carrie Boyd | User Interviews

Talk of the week

Mind-blowing stage sculptures that fuse music and technology | Es Devlin

It starts with a sketch. Then it evolves into a larger-than-life visual masterpiece, a celebration of human connection. Follow along as legendary artist and designer Es Devlin takes us on a visual tour of her work -- including iconic stage sculptures she's created for Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, U2 and more -- and previews her design for the upcoming World Expo 2020 in Dubai.


Podcast of the week

Your undivided attention

When we press play on a YouTube video, we set in motion an algorithm that taps all available data to find the next video that keeps us glued to the screen. Because of its advertising-based business model, YouTube’s top priority is not to help us learn to play the accordion, tie a bow tie, heal an injury, or see a new city — it’s to keep us staring at the screen for as long as possible, regardless of the content. This episode’s guest, AI expert Guillaume Chaslot, helped write YouTube’s recommendation engine and explains how those priorities spin up outrage, conspiracy theories and extremism.


What happened

  • Ed Benguiat, the celebrated graphic designer behind more than 600 typefaces — and in the title sequence of the Netflix series “Stranger Things” — died at 92 last week.

    • → We will publish a dedicated portrait with his works in our Design Portraits series. Stay tuned.

  • The percentage of workers around the world that is permanently working from home is expected to double in 2021 as productivity has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey from U.S.-based Enterprise Technology Research (ETR).

  • Adobe expands Creative Cloud Platform capabilities and new marketplace for plugins and integrations.

    • Also useful to remind you that Adobe no longer provides installers for Creative Suite apps. To get the latest versions of your familiar apps that have been tested in current operating systems, you need to upgrade to Creative Cloud

  • YouTube Music will replace Google Play Music by end of 2020.

  • Nestlé USA just announced that it has acquired Freshly for $1.5 billion — $950 million plus potential earnouts of up to $550 million based on future growth.

    • Founded in 2015, Freshly is a New York City-based startup that offers healthy meals delivered to your home in weekly orders, which can then be prepared in a few minutes in your microwave or oven. So you get the benefit of fresh, healthy meals but — unlike signing up with a meal kit startup — you don’t have to spend a lot of time cooking them yourself.

  • Quibi, the streaming service designed for mobile users, struggled to resonate amid the pandemic and crowded marketplace, so now it is shutting down barely six months after going live.

  • Spotify is tying podcasts and music close together. The company announced today that it’s testing a new podcast format that’ll allow podcast listeners to hear entire music tracks during a show, as opposed to a brief sample.

    • Hosts will also be able to create shows in this format through Anchor, the Spotify-owned podcast creation app. The new format effectively makes Spotify the only podcast platform where hosts can include entire songs in their shows without having to worry about copyright.

  • Product Hunt introduced a brand new CEO: Josh Buckley.

  • The U.S. Justice Department filed a long-awaited antitrust lawsuit against Google, accusing the tech giant of maintaining an illegal monopoly over search. In the US Google handles ~90% of all internet search traffic.


So what happens now?

Life happens. All around you, all the time. No matter how bad it seems lately, you should enjoy it responsibly.

AND if you feel like missing nature? Check out 15 of the best photographs from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2020 awards and this guide to air mining from Tito Jankowski if you consider yourself climate curious, wonder how to remove one trillion tons of CO2 from the air, or always find yourself talking about the world-saving properties of algae.

— That’s it for this edition. See you next week.


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