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Design is a subject we discuss a lot in this newsletter and in our lives. With the rapidly changing state of affairs, it seems only fitting that the foundations for creating good designers in the workforce are adequate. Don Norman, legendary UX man has something to say about this.
We’ve got some good reads for you so let’s jump right in.
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Universal design is a broad term that considers age, gender, stature, culture, and more when designing. It is often confused with accessible design, which meets the specific needs of people with disabilities or neurodiverse people.
The Hurun report mentions the top 10 future unicorns of 2021, and they originate from a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, travel, beauty, and fintech, amongst others.
Cooking utensils “tell entire stories of material, craftsmanship, developments in the industry and also food systems”, the article looks into some interesting stories.
Alvy Ray Smith helped invent computer animation as we know it—then got royally shafted by Steve Jobs. Now he’s got a vision for where the pixel will take us next.
Altos Labs is pursuing biological reprogramming technology, a way to rejuvenate cells in the lab that some scientists think could be extended to revitalize entire animal bodies, ultimately prolonging human life.
With China increasingly using the technology to usher in a new form of authoritarianism, the world’s democracies must come together and stand up for their own values and strategic interests.