Notes is also being updated to include #Tags and @Mentions.
Translate can now also live translate and text in photos.
Notes is also being updated to include #Tags and @Mentions.
Translate can now also live translate and text in photos.
I had the wonderful pleasure of visiting the V&A (Victoria and Albert) museum for re-opening day on the 19th of May 2021 following the UK lockdowns and restrictions. It was such a wonderful experience returning to some normality, and visiting galleries again after a year or so of restrictions to public spaces in London & the UK.
From manuscript to a global phenomenon the exhibition explores over 157 years of original work, drawings, artwork, costumes, a VR experience and the modern Disney films. I completely recommend it even if you have younger children.
Config 2021 was inspiring & a treat this year – particularly facing the challenges we all have working remotely due to the global pandemic. If you are new or already using Figma and collaborating remotely, the conference was for you – covering 2 days of inspiring talks by teams pushing the limits of Figma for use in Design Systems, collaboration within teams and more.
There were so many things I learnt this year, including loads of time-saving practical shortcuts and tricks I now apply every day. The conference was broken into 3 themes:
If you missed it, all the recorded videos of Keynotes & talks are now live on Youtube.
Check them out.
Mondays are hard.
Take a break and watch Config recordings, which are now all live, from both days.
— Figma (@figmadesign) May 24, 2021
These were my highlights:
Thanks #Config2021 🙏🙌 for such insightful 2 days. Such inspiring talks (incl. the improv Figcast from Stage4 😉). By far my favs -> @coelholucas, @davidhoang, Even by design, @francois_bach and @dantley.⁰Amazing. Stay Safe All 💙😊https://t.co/ulvxpCoAtD
— Fredy D. Oré (@Freqnc) April 22, 2021
Over the last few months during lockdown, I’ve slowly been reaching out to a handful of books I’ve ignored for way too long in my reading list. One I have found extremely valuable has been the brilliant book by James Clear, Atomic Habits.
Well worth a read.
James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. And has spoken at a few events. Below is a nice clip where he discusses the 4 stages of habit formation – 1.Noticing, 2.Wanting, 3.Doing, 4.Linking
Yuri Vishnevsky has published a series of posts in Observable as a Notebook on Density Plots.
Density Plots are standard charts similar to scatterplots and line charts that are used as an alternative to visualise information when working with large volumes of data.
Density plots work by overlaying a grid onto the canvas and visualizing the number of data points that fall into each bin. This notebook introduces a small library to compute density histograms and render them visually.
Standard charts such as line charts have difficulties scaling as data increases due to issues with performance and overplotting. Density plots are an alternative that handles larger volumes of data.
Here is a daily treat during the UK lockdown – a generative art & data visualisation community effort titled #GENUARY2021
10 INPUT PROMPT
20 WRITE CODE
40 POST #GENUARY #GENUARY2021
50 GOTO 10
Throughout January 2021, and each day, there is a prompt theme for coders, artists, designers to inspire and create a meaninful representation of the theme. So far, it is incredible the creativity on social media.
The instructions are simple, use any language, framework or medium.
Samples via #Genuary2021
Slate has published an interview with former Chess Champion Gary Kasparov on his contribution to the authenticity in the Netflix drama, The Queens Gambit.
Nitish Pahwa: Related to the technology aspect: The Queen’s Gambit is obviously a period piece, set during the Cold War and the 1960s. Do you think a similarly compelling story of chess play could be set in the modern era?
Garry Kasparov: No, no. Chess has changed. This is the beauty of the story, that it belongs to America of the ’60s. It’s like the James Bond movies
Garry Kasparov: You can move James Bond, but you see the latest films, they have very little resemblance with the original ones.
Garry Kasparov: The whole story of Elizabeth Harmon, it’s the story of Bobby Fischer, but it’s a female version. You have drugs, substances, and alcohol, but it’s very difficult to uproot it from the ’60s and put it elsewhere. There’s a lot of people talking about the next season. I haven’t spoken to Scott about it, but it’s a big challenge because,
A) you don’t have a book, and
B) where does she go, from Moscow, from 1968?
Update: If you need to know: a queen’s gambit is the opening moves of a chess game where a player aims to swap the queen’s pawn from an opponent:
Nitish Pahwa: There are a lot of scenes where Elizabeth is envisioning games in her head up on the ceiling, playing back certain positions. Is that very common among world-class players?
Garry Kasparov: Not common, but I can name a few top players who did, I mean Top 10 players. Some players just did it all the time, especially at the climax of the game. It’s sort of rebooting your computer.
Nitish Pahwa: How did you get approached for The Queen’s Gambit, and what role did you end up playing?
Garry Kasparov: It came from two sources. One, I got a call from Bruce Pandolfini, [who was a chess consultant for the show]. I know him well. Bruce said that he would be engaged in this project and Scott Frank wanted to have a chat with me. And around the same time, I’m not sure which call came first, but I got a message from my friends, the creators of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are very good friends with Scott. And they also said, “Scott is doing something interesting in chess and he wants to talk to you.” It ended up with me and my wife entering Boulud Sud, the restaurant on the Upper West Side. Scott was there, Bruce was there, and a couple other guys that worked with Scott, and we had a nice conversation.
Sarah El-Mahmoud has written on the Visual Effects used in the Queens Gambit.
New research published by John Hopkins University shows that we actually start developing our human biases from much younger than was previously known, and that the choices we make (even as infants) start becoming part of our human preferences, that is the likes and dislikes we depend on as we grow older. This is fascinating.
Over the last few years there has been a growing interest in human bias, particularly pertaining to how we design, build and influence human use in products, machine learning algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. The act of making choices changes how we feel about our options and this is a human quality that starts much earlier than what was previously thought such as from primary school learning, our teenage years & early adulthood.
The mapping of cognitive bias over the years continues to provide a unique perspective to understanding human behaviour, including to the use, design and development of human experiences through technology.
Though researchers have long known that adults build unconscious biases over a lifetime of making choices between similar things, the new Johns Hopkins University research demonstrates that this way of justifying choice is intuitive and somehow fundamental to the human experience.
I want to re-read The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz again.
Alex M. Silver, Aimee E. Stahl, Rita Loiotile, Alexis S. Smith-Flores, Lisa Feigenson. When Not Choosing Leads to Not Liking: Choice-Induced Preference in Infancy. Psychological Science, 2020; 095679762095449 DOI: 10.1177/0956797620954491
When Not Choosing Leads to Not Liking: Choice-Induced Preference in Infancy
Babies’ random choices become their preferences
Date: October 2, 2020
Source: Johns Hopkins University
Summary: Though researchers have long known that adults build unconscious biases over a lifetime of making choices between things that are essentially the same, a new study finding that even babies engage in this phenomenon demonstrates that this way of justifying choice is intuitive and somehow fundamental to the human experience.
Related to bias and human choices:
Seth Godin (enterpreneur, author, speaker) is special guest for the 5th season opener of the Design Better Podcast with Aarron Walter and Eli Woolery from Invision.
Leadership does not come from people of authority, but from people who care.Seth Godin
I have been reading Seth’s blog and books sporadically for a while now. His influence on product and marketing are widely known and his blog seems forever eternal, updated almost every day for 15+ years. Incredible. He is a design & business leader who everyone should read & follow.
At an important time for people everywhere impacted by huge changes to pretty much everything caused by a global pandemic, Seth discusses what is important during times of crisis, such as leadership, creativity, business, design processes, engineering and the importance of constantly writing – preferable in a blog.
This podcast is really inspiring. Go check it out.
Below is a snippet from Seth on the required skills we need today during a time of crisis.
Q: What are the hard skills we need today at a time where automation, machine learning and artifical intelligence are becoming so powerful?
There is a difference between soft skills, hard skills and real skills. If it’s easy to measure, we tend to measure it – call that a hard skill. Hard skills that are easy to measure are becoming less and less useful. Because we can outsource them and we can get a computer to do them.Seth Godin
“I don’t call them soft skills, I call them real skills. Real skills, are hard to measure and they range from truly human behaviour, like empathy, the will to show up on time, making promises and keeping them, or becoming an empathic voice around a table. [It includes] what I learnt in engineering school, such as understanding sub-costs, figuring out the interesting choices and making assertions.”
“This is the work of science that can be measured. I think everyone should read these classics, everyone should have an understanding of the literature.”
If you want to go to college – you should study engineering.
“And do the other stuff by filling in the blanks. Because, figuring out how to solve a problem with a solution, everyone should already know how to do that. That’s hard to do on your own.”
“But, if you can be in a product design, mechanical engineering, even chemical engineering setting – that is the right answer. [These settings] give you way more foundation, such as being able to make creative assertions about what should come next. Simply saying “…I will put on a show for you” is important, but it’s innefficient. It is really also important to say my code compiles.”
This weekend we’re watching the filmed version of Hamilton – the original Broadway Musical on Disney+
The Grammy award-winning artist collaborated with JPL and AI artists OSK which combined publicly available NASA mission images, visualizations, animations and data using Artificial Intelligence (AI) computer vision, machine learning and Generative Adversarial neural Networks (GAN).
There is an ever growing list of Artists whom now use Artificial Intelligence as generative tools for Art, Design and Music.
Last year (2019) a blog post by Raya Bidshahri titled The Rise of AI Art—and What It Means for Human Creativity covered the broad impact AI is having in Creativity, and how IA generating stunning visuals, profound poetry, transcendent music, and realistic movie scripts is ever so indistinguishable, introducing useful conversations about the nature of art and the role of human creativity in society.
I revisit a Designed by Apple inc. video today, for a little inspiration. It’s sometimes good slightly looking back, before starting to look forward.
Copyright Apple Inc.
Below is an excerpt from the video.
“If everyone is busy making everything, How can anyone perfect anything?
We start to confuse convenience with joy, ubundance with choice.
Designing something requires focus.
The first thing we ask is? What do we want people to feel?
Delight, Surprise, Love, Connection
Then we begin to craft around our intention.
It takes time.
There are thousand no’s – for every yes.
We simplify, We perfect. We start over.
until everything we touch, enhances each life it touches.
Only then do we sign our work.”
– Designed by Apple in California.
Google has started a guidebook called People + AI Research (PAIR) to help build human-centered Artifical Intelligence products.
Written for user experience (UX) professionals and product managers, it aims to help create a human-centered approach to AI within product teams.
The guide is organised by 6 chapters, each with exercises, worksheets and resources:
Based on data and insights from Google product teams and academic research, the guide will evolve, grow or change over time.