design

  • Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Canva brings professional design to anyone with its new iPhone app

    Online design platform Canva, which makes it easy for anyone to create professional graphics quickly – even if they don’t have a design background – is expanding its reach today with the launch of its first-ever iPhone application. Up until now, the company had offered a web application for around three years, and had been available on iPad for a year. With its iPhone… Read More

  • Is business school the new design school? Crunch Network

    Is business school the new design school?

    People are often surprised when they hear that I earned my master of business administration degree, or MBA, as a side-hobby while I was a tenured professor at MIT. Even MIT’s human resources department was perplexed that I’d want to apply for the employee benefit to partially support my tuition costs. My motivation to do so was simple: I’d spent most of my life in the… Read More

  • InVision raises $55M in Series D funding to make product design collaborative

    InVision raises $55M in Series D funding to make product design collaborative

    Collaborative prototyping and design tool InVision has raised a $55M Series D round led by Iconiq Capital, the venture firm known for investing funds for Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, among others. Existing investors Accel Partners and FirstMark Capital also participated in the round. The cash infusion comes a little less than a year after a $45M Series C. While the startup… Read More

  • Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams Crunch Network

    Taking the “dysfunction” out of cross-functional teams

    As part of our Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) engineering meet-up series, I had the opportunity to host a panel of leaders of various functions at Twitter, Oculus and Facebook to discuss best practices in cross-group teamwork and collaboration — this is what they said. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Sprightly app lets you create professional designs from your smartphone

    Microsoft’s Sprightly app lets you create professional designs from your smartphone

    Microsoft is taking on Adobe Spark Post and startups like Canva with its new app Sprightly, available today on iOS. Similar to its competitors, the app promises an easy way for smaller businesses to quickly create and design content like fliers, coupons, catalogs, price lists, e-cards and more, as well as quickly share them across social media. Sprightly is a product emerging from… Read More

  • 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

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