design

  • 3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

    3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

    For all their being motion-enabling platforms, wheelchairs are themselves rather static. A frame of steel and aluminum supporting foam-filled leather or plastic, with a handful of settings that may or may not accommodate the user’s specific condition. A London design firm has worked for two years to create an alternative: a 3D-printed wheelchair made to fit the shape and needs of its rider. Read More

  • Adobe debuts Spark, a suite of mobile and web tools that lets anyone create visual content

    Adobe debuts Spark, a suite of mobile and web tools that lets anyone create visual content

    Adobe this morning launched a new suite of apps called Adobe Spark, which allow both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. On mobile, the Spark collection is effectively an upgrade and rebranding of a trio of apps Adobe already operated – its Adobe Post app becomes Spark Post; Adobe… Read More

  • Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s big redesign goes live with a colorful new icon, black-and-white app and more

    Instagram’s new icon is pink. Well, it’s pink and purple and yellow and orange. It’s definitely different. And that’s not all the company has changed today. Instagram this morning is rolling out a radical redesign of its mobile application, which not only includes this new, brightly colored app icon but also a revamped user interface that does away with color in favor of… Read More

  • Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify ditches the controversial ‘hamburger’ menu in iOS app redesign

    Spotify is one of the more popular music streaming apps, but it’s not necessarily the most beautifully designed (that was long-lost Rdio, unfortunately). Navigating through the various sections of its app took a lot of tapping, and often wasn’t very intuitive. Today, Spotify is attempting to improve its interface with a redesign, arriving first on iOS, that puts its key sections in… Read More

  • Jony Ive designs one-off iPad Pro and accessories for charity auction

    Jony Ive designs one-off iPad Pro and accessories for charity auction

    Want some serious bragging rights in the tech community? Why? Inquire within yourself whether this craving for attention is healthy, and if you still want those rights, consider bidding on this one-of-a-kind iPad Pro and accessories designed by Jony Ive. It’s for a good cause, or at least you can tell yourself that. Read More

  • Salesforce acquires MetaMind

    Salesforce acquires MetaMind

    MetaMind, a Palo Alto-based AI startup founded in July 2014, is being acquired by Salesforce. According to a new post published at the company’s website by CEO Richard Socher — a Stanford PhD who studied machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision — Salesforce plans to use its technology to “further automate and personalize… Read More

  • The Apple Watch hack: Bringing design expertise to reinvent the wearable Crunch Network

    The Apple Watch hack: Bringing design expertise to reinvent the wearable

    I bought an Apple Watch six months ago. This was no casual purchase. As an Apple fan, a watch collector and with more than 20 years of experience in the design innovation space, I had extremely high expectations of the purchase. While I have enjoyed the stylish Apple Watch’s features and functions, I have occasionally felt frustrated with the overall experience, for two, admittedly… Read More

  • InVision acquires Silver Flows, a tool for prototyping inside Sketch

    InVision acquires Silver Flows, a tool for prototyping inside Sketch

    Prototyping suite InVision just announced they are acquiring Silver Flows, a tool that lets developers prototype directly inside Sketch. The acquisition comes just a few months after InVision acquired the code-based design tool Macaw, and is the company’s fourth acquisition to date. Silver Flows, which is currently in private beta, removes the hassle of designing in Sketch then… Read More

  • Adobe launches Experience Design CC, a new tool for UX designers

    Adobe launches Experience Design CC, a new tool for UX designers

    Adobe today launched the first public preview of its new Experience Design CC tool, which was previously known as Project Comet. Experience Design CC is the company’s first tool that is purpose-built for user experience (UX) designers. It takes what Adobe has learned from working with UX designers who currently use its tools like Illustrator, Photoshop and others and distills it into… Read More

  • Hem.com Is On The Block, Swiss Furniture Maker Vitra Likely Buyer

    Hem.com Is On The Block, Swiss Furniture Maker Vitra Likely Buyer

    It looks like another chapter is in the works for Hem, the home design startup headed by Jason Goldberg that first emerged as a pivot from the Fab.com design marketplace in 2014. We’ve heard from multiple sources that Hem.com has been trying to sell itself and that Vitra, a high-end furniture company based in Switzerland, is currently in the frame to buy it. From what we… Read More

  • Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz Brings New Collaboration Tools To Its iOS Apps

    Houzz, the popular service for giving you house envy and connecting you with the right home professionals to cure it, is launching an interesting new feature for its iOS users today. The new Sketch feature makes it easier for homeowners to annotate photos on the service to discuss their remodeling ideas with their housemates and professionals. The company also today announced that it now… Read More

  • Inneract Project Teaches Underserved Kids Design And Technology

    Inneract Project Teaches Underserved Kids Design And Technology

    Design plays just as big of a role in technology as computer science. That’s why it’s no coincidence that boatloads of successful startups have designers on their founding teams. Since 2010, 27 designer-founded startups have been acquired by large tech companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Adobe, Dropbox and LinkedIn, according to the Design In Tech Report, produced by… Read More

  • Design Platform Canva Scores $15 Million Series A, Valued At $165 Million

    Design Platform Canva Scores $15 Million Series A, Valued At $165 Million

    The online design platform Canva, which has made creating quality professional graphics something anyone can do, has raised $15 million in Series A funding, the company announced this morning. The round, which follows the release of Canva’s new platform for businesses, “Canva for Work,” was led by Felicis Ventures and values the startup at $165 million. First launched in… Read More

  • Design In The Age Of The Consumer Crunch Network

    Design In The Age Of The Consumer

    The Apple iPhone, Spotify’s streaming service and the Tesla Roadster — all revolutionary pieces of technology that secured competitive advantages because of the quality of their design. In the past decade, the importance of design within technology companies has risen dramatically as more digitally savvy consumers demand beauty alongside flawless functionality and great user… Read More

  • Verizon Is Changing Its Logo, Too

    Verizon Is Changing Its Logo, Too

    According to AdAge, our corporate overlord Verizon will be introducing a new logo this week. Proving that we have little or nothing to do with AOL or Verizon really, this was also news to us. Read More

  • Tumblr Finally Makes “Reblogs” More Readable, Especially On Mobile Devices

    Tumblr Finally Makes “Reblogs” More Readable, Especially On Mobile Devices

    One of blogging site Tumblr’s flagship features, the reblog – meaning the reposting of another person’s content onto your own site – is getting a significant makeover starting today. The company is introducing a change as to how these reblogs appear on users’ dashboards, making them far more readable than they were previously. No longer a long list of… Read More

  • Google Gets A New Logo

    Google Gets A New Logo

    Google is giving itself a makeover. The company today announced that it’s making some changes to its iconic logo and overall branding. It’s also making changes to the design of its mobile search results pages. The company says it’s making these changes because the way people interact with its products has changed. The idea is for the new logo and identity family to… Read More

  • Now With 4 Million Users, Design Platform Canva Launches To Businesses

    Now With 4 Million Users, Design Platform Canva Launches To Businesses

    For the past couple of years, Sydney-based Canva has been working to make graphic design more accessible through its online platform offering over a million photographs, graphics and fonts that can be easily dragged-and-dropped into a variety of templates. Today, the company is taking its next big step in making its service one of the standard tools in the corporate world, too. Read More

  • Twitter’s Homepage Over The Years

    If you’re a heavy Twitter user, you probably don’t see the homepage much…no, not your timeline, the Twitter.com that shows up when you’re logged out. If other people didn’t talk about it, I probably wouldn’t notice a change. But there have been many over the years. Its current iteration, making its worldwide debut this week, reminds me of… Read More

  • SketchDeck Raises Half A Million For Its On-Demand Design Service

    SketchDeck Raises Half A Million For Its On-Demand Design Service

    A company offering a full graphic design on demand service, SketchDeck, has raised half a million in new funding after completing nearly 2,000 projects, some of which have been as simple as a PowerPoint presentation and others which have been as complex as a complete company rebranding. The funding comes from Y Combinator, Dharmesh Shah (HubSpot CTO), Michael Siebel (founder at Socialcam… Read More

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