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The Agoraphobic Traveller: Seeing the World with Google Street View

The Agoraphobic Traveller: Seeing the World with Google Street View

Jacqui Kenny is not your typical everyday photographer, running under the name of The Agoraphobic Traveller, she is suffering from agoraphobia. What is it? It's a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic for example. So she decided to travel the world through Google Street View, she scattered places like Chile, Mongolia, and Senegal with accumulating over more than 27,000 photos. The Agoraphobic Traveller is Jacqui Kenny; a London-based photographer that uses Google Street View to travel the world. Check out more of her work on Instagram. Agoraphobia & anxiety limit my ability to travel, so I've found another way to see the world #GoogleStreetView More Links Learn more about Jacqui Kenny at theagoraphobictraveller.com Follow the Agoraphobic Traveller on Instagram Photo Gallery  

Mobile Photography: First unedited images taken with the Pixel 2

Mobile Photography: First unedited images taken with the Pixel 2

Over the long Weekend, Google has released a bunch of photos that were taken with their latest Pixel 2. It looks quite stunning and they are unedited! From the announcement, I was a bit disappointed that the camera didn't change since the original Pixel. But my feedback is quite redeeming itself with what they are promising and what they called: "computational photography". Equipped with a single 12MP camera with a f/1.8 aperture and 1.4μm pixels; the Pixel 2 (judging by this collection) is also moving ahead with their portrait mode feature that looks quite beautiful as well. All that jazz to be saying that I am very excited about what's to come with the Pixel 2, I can't wait to test it out in the wild. What do you think about these pictures? Taking great photos and videos is one of the things you do most with your phone, so we set out to deliver the best photography experience. You get stunningly crisp, clear, and detailed photos in any light. You can also take high-quality portrait shots with the perfect background blurs, from both the front and back camera. New motion photos capture a few seconds of video around the shot so you can relive the moment around the picture. The Pixel 2 camera is powered by our computational photography and machine learning (ML) capabilities which make all these great features easy, fun and fast for you to use. Pixel 2 More Links See the entire Pixel 2 collection here Check out the other products via Google Store Shot on Pixel 2  

Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Industrial Design: Introducing a few new things made by Google

Today Google has introduced us their second generation of hardware at their Made by Google Event. Did you watch it? What was your most exciting new hardware? 2017 lineup is packed with new stuff and we feel that they have covered all ends from the new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, new designed Pixelbook, Google Clips, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. It's a lot! And all powered with AI where Google Assistant will easily make your life easier. From squeezing your Pixel 2 to using the Pixelbook pen, Google Assistant will learn a lot from its cutting-edge AI. Where are we heading next? Made by Google Family Photo More Links Learn more about the products by Made by Google Today, we introduced our second generation family of consumer hardware products, all made by Google: new Pixel phones, Google Home Mini and Max, an all new Pixelbook, Google Clips hands-free camera, Google Pixel Buds, and an updated Daydream View headset. We see tremendous potential for devices to be helpful, make your life easier, and even get better over time when they’re created at the intersection of hardware, software and advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Mini and Max to the Google Home Google Home has been a tremendous success by bringing Google Assistant within your household. Now they are introducing a smaller version where they call it: Mini. With a sleek design, the Mini is about the size of a donut. I do love the integration of a 360-degree sound that comes into 3 different colours (chalk, charcoal and coral). Google is also introducing Max which is their first speaker with Smart Sound, a new audio experience powered by Google’s artificial intelligence, that can adjust the sound of its speaker depending your environment, your context, and your preferences.   Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL The announcement I was personally most excited about. Introducing the Pixel 2 with again the most highest-rated camera on the market right now. The Pixel 2 is also water-resistant with no headphone jack, which is kind of a standard in terms of smartphone nowadays. But the feature I was most intrigued about is "Google Lens" where it's an introduction of visual smarts where you will be able to look up landmarks, books, music albums, movies and artwork by clicking on the Lens icon in Google Photos, all around you. I was slightly disappointed that the camera is still the "same" hardware but it's all part of the software this year.   Google Pixelbook Combining the best parts of a laptop, a tablet, and a smartphone, all together into one. Pixelbook is a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen that comes with premium hardware, speed, simplicity, security of Chrome OS, smarts of the Google Assistant; and all your favorite apps on Google Play. It's very neat to see how they have integrated "Google Assistant" like from a keyboard key for example. I would be interested to test it out as being the main tool of a design project.   Pixel Buds This announcement that took me by surprise and it's the intro of the Pixel Buds. A wireless headphones that help you do more within Google Assistant and the feature where I feel is the most exciting is the built-in Google Translate capabilities. Can you believe that it works with 40 languages? It would be interesting to see it used in the wild.   Video  

Phone Review: Google Pixel

Phone Review: Google Pixel

Let me start this review by saying that first of all I am a huge (hardcore) fan of Apple ever since the iPhone 4, where I still think that is the best phone they ever made. As of late, they haven’t been stepping it up their game in terms of innovation. In my opinion, they just have been strategically reinventing the wheel by recycling what’s been done and adding with some extras to get us excited for more. By the meantime, other brands have been doing other things to raise up the competition including Google where they have introduced their first phone actually named Pixel. This following review will be based from my perspective from the day-to-day especially how the phone react to different situations from photography, usability and overall experience. Let’s go! Gear Google Pixel XL Phone Review First Impressions and Design From the unboxing, the phone looks beautiful especially with that shiny glass back side that covers almost the third of its size. Maybe the glass back side can improve the signal but I must admit the design is not as sexy like the iPhone 7 Matte Black for example. The phone feels pretty great in your hand and I love the button placements on the phone including the retina scanner on the back. You can clearly see that the Pixel wasn’t meant to be pretty (boring!) but to make you super efficient and productive. This phone does exactly that! From the inside, you are running on the battery of 3450 MAH battery where it’s just incredible. One of the those days where you forgot your charger from a day to the office, I was able to last one full day with only 19% battery percentage on Battery Saver mode which is just so amazing where there was a time I used to be constantly charging my iPhone. The Pixel is running on Android 7.1 Nougat, it gives a pretty smooth experience where I was able to confuse iOS users at times, it is quite simple and supremely intuitive to navigate. How about the camera, let’s talk about that! The Pixel wasn’t meant to be pretty but to make you super efficient and productive. This phone does exactly that! Camera On the first day, my impression of the camera was that I didn’t quite liked at all. The Pixel needed a little bit more customization in the settings. You gotta play with the phone and understand its different photographic approach by making some tests. Once the setup is ready, the camera is such a beast in many situations including: low-light, daylight and even during the night. Let me elaborate on that, what’s making the Pixel camera shine from its rivals is not about the lens but about its image processing software. Like a DSLR, the camera will make you think more about your shots, I am speaking as if you were looking to improve your mobile photography. You can always leave the camera to HDR+Auto or HDR+ and be fine. I personally like to switch it up depending on any situations where it’s not just about snapping a picture but getting the best from your environment with the Pixel. It took me a little more time as an iPhone user to get uses to the Pixel camera. But with time, you’ll create a better habit for your mobile photography and it’s a great feeling! The Pixel literally made me ditch my DSLR not only for everyday photography but for situations where you’ll need a DSLR. What a time to be alive and to have tools that can actually make your life better in many levels of fun and professionalism. What a time to be alive and to have tools that can actually make your life better in many levels of fun and professionalism. Some Shots   Best Feature By switching to the dark side (I don’t know why we used this term), I must admit the Pixel made me love my phone again, not by its look but how it can actually improve my life. I didn’t mention it before but the built-in Google Assistant (Google version of Siri) is really good and helpful. When I had Siri, I had many situations where Siri would never understand what I am saying, maybe it’s because of my french accent. I didn’t had this problem with the Pixel where you feel like you’re actually having a conversation with Google Assistant instead of giving orders. But one of its best feature would be the unlimited storage. Every photo or video you take are stored in Google Photos that you can easily access and even share a link from a photo in particular. It’s a really well-thought-out feature that can influence your decision of getting a Pixel. What can be improved? It’s not the perfect phone! Some will say that the phone should be Water Resistant but I don’t agree with that. Since it even became a standard? I would say that the speakers on the Pixel might need an improvement. Overall, they are not that great. For starters, the sound is not that loud and you can easily cover your finger because of its placement. The other thing I would mention is more related to Android 7.1 Nougat where I am not a big fan of its native SMS app. Maybe it’s my UI design side but I have a hard time getting around using this app because it’s too flat and makes my SMS messages almost invisible where on the other hand with Apple, iMessages are way more attractive for daily use. More Photos   Final Words Aside from its minor problems, the Pixel is a phone coming to a high standard to the market. I completely made the switch! Sometimes I would still use my iPhone 6 and yet it will make me love my Pixel even more. Love how Google is definitely changing the game by putting the focus on efficiency instead of making things pretty and sexy. Apple, I guess it’s time to step it up! Pros Camera Unlimited Photo and Video Storage Fast Battery Life UX of Android 7.1 Nougat Cons Speakers Native SMS app

Product Design: Google Live Cases

Product Design: Google Live Cases

Phone Cases is not a novelty concept but  Live Cases?! Well, Google just released a new series of phone cases exclusively for Nexus phone. What's innovative about is that you can customize it just like the way you want and it's not a plastic case. For starters, you'll have an animated wallpaper in companion to the case AND you can setup a "One Touch" access that can launch your favorite or a specific app in particular like a shortcut. Only at the price point of 35$ (shipping not included), I think it's worth to give it a look and try. Disclaimer: We do NOT own the images, they are the property of Google. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Video Check out the Live Cases Studio: https://store.google.com/category/nexus_live_case

Google Rebranding by Dana Kim

Google Rebranding by Dana Kim

We simply love when designers start rebranding big companies and names just for fun. We've seen some super nice examples in the past, and today is no different. Dana Kim, a designer from Los Angeles has imagined a new image for Google. It's super fresh and clever, and Dana managed to capture the essence of Google and made it the core of this rebranding project. Of course, these are only some images from her project. For the whole thing, with advertising posters and video, check out her portfolio at Behance! I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Cheers! ;) "The new Google gets more friendly and responsive with the search bar logo. The two O's are combined and extended to make the search bar. The combining of O's also symbolizes connecting the user and Google together and signifies the company's effort to engage with its users closely. I aimed to narrow its focus on the convenience of users to deliver speedy and optimal results while providing its unique visual presence. The search bar is expandable with the amount of characters you enter in the search bar."

Google Calendar by Lotta Nieminen

Google Calendar by Lotta Nieminen

Google has announced some really cool apps taking advantage of the Material Design language. The Inbox and Calendar are great examples of how the design language scales for different needs. The Calendar app also has some beautiful illustrations created by Lotta Nieminen. She shared them on her Behance profile and we had to share it here with you. Lotta Nieminen is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Helsinki, Finland. She has studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and the Rhode Island School of Design, and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2006. After working for fashion magazine Trendi, Pentagram Design and RoAndCo Studio, Lotta now runs her own New York-based studio. For more information about Lotta check out her website at http://www.lottanieminen.com/

Editorial Design Inspiration: Google Think Quartely

Editorial Design Inspiration: Google Think Quartely

This is an amazing personalized magazine for Google put together by the british design agency Human After All. The creativity goes beyond basic design and has some amazing interactions. Check it out! We conceived, created and produced a premium, personalized quarterly magazine for Google, arranging worldwide distribution to bring their throught leadership content directly onto the desks of global CEOs. Commissioning world-class illustrators and photographers, over two years we created seven bespoke issues with the highest production values, created exclusive video contentand localized content for global territories. For more from Human After All visit humanafterall.co.uk.

Google Design Minutes

Google Design Minutes

Google has started a new series of videos titled Google Design Minutes. In this videos the lead designers of Google products talk about the challenges behind their projects. Jon Wiley talks about Search, Sian Townsend and Jonah Jones talk about Google Maps and Isabelle Olson share a little bit the ideas behind Google Glass. The videos are very insightful and useful to any designer or enthusiast, check them out. When Google launched, it was a crisp white page with a simple search box. You might not have thought there was much in the way of design, but its appearance underscored two of our most important principles: simplicity and usefulness. Those principles haven't changed much in fifteen years, but our understanding of what makes great design has—throughout the industry. Today, there’s design in everything we touch. And as a developer, even if you don't happen to be a formal designer, you've undoubtedly faced design challenges as you've built your own products. Design has always been a rich conversation, and it's one that we’d like to have with you as you work on your projects and as we work on ours. - Nadya Direkova, Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Jon Wiley discusses the importance of bringing out the beauty in things as simple as speed. #GoogleDesignMinutes Google Design Minutes — Maps: Putting the user front and center Sian Townsend looks at the importance of understanding how a user approaches your product, while Jonah Jones talks about adapting the approach to make the map the user interface. Google Design Minutes — Search: The beauty of speed Isabelle Olson talks about the focus her team put into making Glass simple, and how simplicity guided all the decisions they made. #GoogleDesignMinutes Via Google Developers Blog

Awesome Illustrations by Alex Griendling

Awesome Illustrations by Alex Griendling

Alex Griendling is a designer and illustrator working for Google in California. He is heavily involved in a redesign effort that is impacting Google's largest and smallest products. Hist team, the Google Art Department, is focused on improving Google’s visual standards and the cohesiveness of its brand. Outside of Google, he likes to develop new personal projects, update his blog, read comics, obsessively watch Back to the Future, and meet new people. We selected a few images from Alex's portfolio to share with you. For more information about Alex and to check out his full portfolio visit: http://alexlikesdesign.com/ Virtua Fighter T-Shirt Long Live the King Mine My First Time Travel Kit Raygun52 A collaborative project in which 52 designers and illustrators each create a unique raygun. The project began in mid 2011 when I received a strange transmission from the year 2258. Google Journey Illustration Dick Tracy Poster

Google Maps Project by Alejo Malia

Have you ever wondered what the world would look like if we lived out our lives in a Google Maps world--with icons and everything? Here's a sweet series of drawings by Spanish illustrator Alejo Malia titled "Google's World." Alejo takes signature marks of Google maps and explores one in each illustration in a really creative way. Be sure to head on over to Alejo's blog to check out more of his work, and let me know what you think via twitter!

The Awesomeness of the Best Google Custom Logos

It's always a good surprise when you go at google.com search for something and you get to see another great Google custom logo. This past year was a true treasure chest, full of great designs, and I bet this year will also be a great year for these custom logos. The guys behind these are making their best to keep thinking outside the box... ... Very different from the first 5 or 6 years of Google. Back them, it was mostly some little changes and additions. But now we get to see full customized logos for holidays all over the globe, what is fantastic. Anyways, this is my selection... I think these are the best Google custom logos to this date. You may go to their Logo gallery and check them out, all of them. You might find some others you like. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;) Jan 14, 2010 - Festival of Kites - (India) Dec 17, 2009 - Discovery of the Aztec Sun Stone - (Mexico) Dec 08, 2009 - E.C. Segar's Birthday - Popeye - (Global) Nov 13, 2009 - NASA finds water on the moon - (Global) Nov 04, 2009 - 20th Anniversary of the Wallace and Gromit Characters - (Selected Global) Nov 02, 2009 - Loy Krathong - (Thailand) Sep 21, 2009 - H.G. Wells' Birthday - (Selected Countries) Aug 29, 2009 - Michael Jackson's Birthday - (Selected Countries) Jul 23, 2009 - Comic-Con 2009 - Design and pencil Jim Lee, ink by Scott Williams, and color by Alex Sinclair Jul 20, 2009 - 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - (Selected Countries) Jul 07, 2009 - Anniversary of the publication of Pinocchio - (Italy) Jun 06, 2009 - 25th Anniversary of Tetris - (Selected Countries) Apr 27, 2009 - Samuel Morse's Birthday - (Global) Apr 22, 2009 - Earth Day - (Global) Mar 02, 2009 - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Jan 16, 2009 - Doodle 4 Google China: Doodle by ?? - (China) Oct 31, 2008 - Happy Halloween! Doodle designed by Wes Craven - (US) Sep 14, 2008 - Mid-Autumn Festival - (Vietnam) Apr 22, 2008 - Earth Day - (Global) Jan 28, 2008 - 50th Anniversary of the LEGO Brick - (Global) Apr 22, 2007 - Earth Day - (Global) Dec 12, 2006 - Edvard Munch's Birthday - (Global) Apr 15, 2005 - Leonardo Da Vinci's Birthday - (Global) Mar 30, 2005 - Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday - (Global)

Google EMEA Engineering Hub, in Zürich

Have you heard about the Zooglers? Hm? These are actually the lucky pepople that work at Google EMEA Engineering Hub, in Zürich. An inspiring and contemporary space, where a team of Zooglers were part of the design process and created a special identity for each room inside the building. The Camenzind Evolution were the architects behind the main ideias and concept. They made a survey with all people, and they decided to reduce their own workspaces in order to gain a funny and relax enviroment focused on the common and meeting areas. A team of local Zooglers were teamed up as a comitee to represent the entire office and present the ideias to the architects. The diversity of all the spaces provides a great range of emotional and visual experiences. A lot of colors, textures, materials, activities, quick connections between floors, and other crazy sttuffs create a unique and at the same time very different place. You can check out more about that on the pictures bellow and realize why Google is a place where everyone would like to work at! Photographs: Camenzind Evolution "The resulting design is a distinctive, diverse, light and flexible workspace, wich has been specifically developed to stimulate and support the Googlers in their challenging and innovative work" - Camenzind Evolution "This building is a 'city' and like in every city there are areas where people live and communal areas where people can meet with a network of roads and connections between them." - Camenzind Evolution

T-Mobile debuts the G1. Competition for the iPhone? Not really....

The T-Mobile G1 debuted today and the blogosphere is buzzing with reviews. The biggest reason is that it's the first phone to use the Google Android software. Could this phone really be competition for the iPhone? From what I've read so far, I don't think so. I myself don't have an iPhone (yet), I do however use T-Mobile and I'd rather get a hacked iPhone before getting the G1. But that's just me. UPDATE 9/24/08: I wanted to add a video I just saw from Google's official YouTube channel. Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the video. And I wanted to give you a link to the official Adroid site. Check out the official G1 site for an overview and details on the features. Here are some reviews: Gizmodo review 1 Gizmodo review 2 (the chart below is from this link) Engadget review Dvice review (I really liked this review) This is a nice chart from Gizmodo comparing some of the more important features: And here are some videos of the G1: from Coolhunting from Engadget From Google:

Google/MSN/Yahoo battle rap freestyle

I really like german and american hip hop (but the real one, the roots, tupac, wutang and stuff) and Im always interested in freestyle rap. This is not a real design inspiration but sometimes you have to take a brake from working. GOOGLE VS. YAHOO MSN VS. GOOGLE MSN VS. YAHOO

Chrome Round-Up

Everyone knows that Google has released his Web Browser called Chrome. Almost all blogs around the globe at least has mentioned this big news. That's why we would like to share with you some of these good sites, that we visit every single day, and let you know what they think about the google browser, and of course the great illustrations around the buzz. Take a look and let us know about other sites writing about Chrome. Also if you have already played with Chrome, we would love to know your opinion./> Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project by blogoscoped.com Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome... /> Meet Chrome, Google’s Windows Killer by techcrunch.com Make no mistake. The cute comic book and the touchy-feely talk about user experience is little more than a coat of paint on top of a monumental hatred of Microsoft. ... /> First Images of Google Chrome by techcrunch.com Google appears to have soft-launched this site for Google Chrome, its open source browser, which is slated for release on Windows tomorrow... /> Google to Launch Webkit Based Web Browser Called 'Chrome' [Available] by macrumors.com Google announced today that they would be releasing a new open source web browser called Google Chrome. The new browser will be available for download as a beta starting tomorrow.... /> Google Chrome by uxmag.com Google Chrome is finally here. This kinda reminds me the old days where you’d have to pick who’s side you were on – Netscape or Explorer… At least now the rendering issues are obsolete, and the browsers are competing for functionality and ease of use, both of which are celebrated in this new browser... /> Google to Offer its Own Browser: Chrome by readwriteweb.com Google watchdog Phillipp Lessen has scanned and posted a printed comic he says he received in the mail from Google today describing the company's forthcoming open source browser Chrome. The link to Chrome is currently a 404. Lessen's slide show is loading very, very slow. We've got another copy of it that loads much faster here. Long rumored to be in the works, this appears to be the first formal acknowledgment that Google really is working on its own browser - and it looks very cool... /> Chrome: Test it With Us Live by readwriteweb.com Update: we'll be posting a recording of our live unboxing of Google Chrome as soon as it's ready, hopefully in minutes. Google is releasing Chrome, its new open source app browser today, with "Another One Bites the Dust" playing while we waited on the press call. Can Chrome kill IE? Will it kill Firefox? Or will it go the way of Google Base, Google Sites and other Google Flops? The browser will be available for Windows users in 100 countries and 43 languages today... /> Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project by rdmxzone.com An open source browser called Google Chrome will be making an appearance soon. Google Chrome is said to be an open source browser project. As rumored before under the name of “Google Browser”, this will be based on the existing rendering engine Webkit. Furthermore, it will include Google’s Gears project.... /> Google Chrome by pixelgraphix.de Das jüngste Google-Baby ist ein Open-Source-Browser namens Google Chrome. Vorgestellt wird es aktuell von Google unter Zuhilfenahme eines Comic-Strips, was ungewöhnlich und gefällig zugleich ist... /> Google Chrome - The Comic by computerarts.co.uk It's unlikely you're going to get to the end of the day without hearing about Chrome, Google's straight-out-of-nowhere web browser that looks to me like it's made of awesome. What you're less likely to hear about is the 38-page comic they've produced with Scott McCloud, which explains the thinking behind Chrome and the work that's gone into it. It's deeply geeky in a lot of places, but altogether a lovely piece of work that's got me a lot more excited about a new browser than I'd probably otherwise be... /> Thoughts on Chrome by usabilitypost.com You've probably heard the buzz - Google is releasing it's own web browser. It's called Chrome, and if you haven't seen it already, you can read their introduction comic here. It's definitely worth a read as it illustrates beautifully the different problems Google identified in today's web browsers, and what their proposed solutions are... /> Your new favorite browser by iso50.com My friend turned me on to Google’s entry into the browser market today and I have to say I am pretty impressed. Chrome is a lightweight, search-centric take on the web browser which aims to speed up the browsing experience. So far it’s lived up to that lofty goal for me, all while taking up only 34MB in memory (less than half that of FireFox)... /> Google Chrome by hicksdesign.co.uk First of all, the good news is they’re using Webkit. I remember John Allsopp joking about how great it would be if there was just one rendering engine, that was downloaded just like the Flash plugin. It’ll never happen, but the rapid adoption of Webkit outside Safari is getting to be the closest we’ll have to that. I had expected them to go with XUL and Gecko, in order to support other platforms with ease, so a voice at the back of head says this will be Windows only... /> Initial thoughts on Google Chrome by hicksdesign.co.uk When I wrote the last post, Google Chrome seemed like vaporware, but just as I hit publish, a release time was announced for later that day. Now that I’ve had a chance to have a play with the beta, here’s a brain dump of initial reactions:... /> Google apresenta Chrome, browser de código-aberto baseado no WebKit by macmagazine.com.br Um dia antes do lançamento público da 1ª versão beta do Google Chrome para Windows em mais de 100 países, a gigante de buscas liberou informações preliminares sobre o seu primeiro navegador oficial para a web. A forma escolhida? Um livro de histórias em quadrinhos de 38 páginas, desenhado pelo famoso Scott McCloud... />