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D&T Issue 55

Design Systems, Bringing AI to Life & Bidding Adieu to Internet Explorer

Hi there!
Hope you’re having a splendid week thus far. Life in the past year and more has been quite topsy-turvy and to make things feel even more off-kilter, WhatsApp is suing the Indian government over mandates that Whatsapp says are,“fundamentally undermining the people’s right to privacy.”

We’ve got some great reads for you so let’s jump right in.

Note: For any articles behind the paywall, open them on an incognito/private window and you should be good to go.

From our very own Canvs Editorial: Design systems are the salve to a painful itch that design teams face: not getting enough time to focus on the big picture. In the piece, we discuss these systems and how they help scale up the design process effectively.

In case you haven’t heard — on May 18th, Google has announced a completely new design language called Material You.

Get an insiders view into Spotify’s design team and their experiments with colours, namely, the colour black.

An employee of nearly a decade of what is the world’s most prolific design firms recounts both personal and their party accounts of the harrowing work culture in an organisation that prides itself on inclusivity and healthy workspaces.

Microsoft will finally put the venerated, vulnerability-ridden browser out to pasture, but it’s still got a year to cause some trouble.

With their great deterministic and scalable structure, neural network architectures can accumulate a lot of data at an exponential rate. Yet, what makes them learning so fast is probably what prevents them from a deeper understanding of their environment.

The searches took place at Twitter’s offices in Lado Sarai in Delhi and Gurugram.

Louis Rossmann didn’t want to keep paying a couple of hundred dollars an hour to a therapist who kept asking him questions about computers. So, in 2012, the repair technician started talking on YouTube instead. It was part life struggles, part repair techniques and partial glimpses of what would become Rossmann’s right to repair advocacy.

Social media makes us feel terrible about who we really are. Neuroscience explains why – and empowers us to fight back.

Hyping up your friends is actually a lot more fun than self-glorification. After a decade of Instagram, the whole “Look at this photo I took of what I’m doing” game is growing stale.

CaliberAI wants to help overstretched newsrooms with a tool that’s like spell-check for libel. But its potential uses go far beyond traditional media.

UK design studio Cellule has worked with medical researchers to produce ‘Echoes’, an app that lets users hear the sound and rhythm of their heartbeat. Echoes was produced to test the possibilities of tracking heart conditions via smartphones.

And that’s the lot! Thanks for checking out what we had to share with you this week, we shall catch up with you next Wednesday.

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