D&T Issue 2

Remote work, Kawaii style, Soviet design and Curious case of Carousels

It’s Wednesday and I am here with the second issue of D&T (and I hope you are holding up well!). I’d love to know how you feel about the content of this weekly piece so we can tweak it further to your advantage.

Here are a few pieces I think you might like to spend some time on!

Canvs has been running fully remote Design teams for the last 4 odd years. Kyoorius decided to do a piece with us to understand what are the nuances of that. Have a look!

Just out today, Fb opened up Shops for its users. While Shopify initially seemed to be a competitor for this, turns out they are actually working with Fb on this. Shops has however been around in beta for around a year now having garnered mixed responses. Anyhow, above is Casey Newton from Verge writing about the release for you. Also, here’s Fb’s official note about it.

Have you found yourself sketching out UI ideas on paper? Drawing that excuse of a rectangle which we pass off as an android screen, scribbling our way to glory, just to relay a thought? We are all guilty, but hey, as long as you can communicate, right? Well here’s something that’s massively helpful. Lifesize screens on a grid that you can print out!

Dyson, the legendary maker of vacuum cleaners and appliances led by eponymous founder James Dyson, had big plans of launching its own Electric car but that dream wrapped up with a £500m dent to Mr Dyson’s armoury. Above is the original piece which shows the car and the coverage. By the way here is also a super related piece on Wired mag about what really went wrong.

Here’s an old but a gem of a Ted piece by communications expert, Julian Treasure on the 4 ways in which sound affects us and how brands can leverage sound design to build lasting perceptions. We have known the legendary Intel, Nokia, iPhone etc sounds (recently the GPay sound as well). Do you know a sound congruent to your brand’s visual communication can actually amplify the effect by 1100%?

You know this. You’ve seen this. Do you know we kind-of have a term for this? A huge number of new UIs built today incorporate some version or the other of cute, happy, abstract illustration styles. Is this more minimalism or is this a reflection of larger societal problems that have surfaced in recent times?

This one’s an old favourite of ours. Netflix engineers describe how subtle changes in aspect ratios, contrast, hues, text placement etc on very similar images have massive implications on clickability of show previews.

Dive into the beauty of Soviet Design and see the evolution of their products unfold on this super slick website. This is best viewed on Web! Trust me, you’ll bookmark this.

This is one of those things that feels like a personal attack on everyone. Carousels seem odd. Why should a user keep scrolling to see what you have to offer? Why assume a user’s interest? Well, the short answer is you shouldn’t.

Alright, so that’s that. We typically tend to talk a lot about topics that circle Design, Tech, Artificial Intelligence and Business in their general periphery. If you would want to add to this tell me what more you’d want to know about!

See you 7 days later.

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