A year into a global pandemic where we were all forced into a remote working environment that has blurred lines between office and home we’ve learned to rely even more on digital tools to let us connect with co-workers, family and friends. Tool names have become verbs due to the frequency of use. I talk to my mom in Brazil several times a week, I have meetings at work every day and even chat with other friends via video more than just audio.
Adobe today announced that Creative Cloud Libraries now integrate with Google Docs and Slides, allowing teams to directly access and use elements like brand colors, character styles and graphics inside the documents and presentations they use every day.
It's cool to see products sharing enhancements through user experience and technical implementations that actually improve usage on the daily basis. It might pretty much product talk right now but this is why I always admire what the fine folks from Unsplash are building. Today we are taking a look at 'Visual Search' which is a new way on Unsplash to find more images. In a few words, you start by either drag & drop or paste the image URL in order to find images easier either for topics, find the original image on Unsplash, or to find a similar image.
Is there a place for another tool? What if I say there is a combination of Figma and Google Slides? Curious now right? We would like to share a warm welcome to Projector. What is Projector? It's a web browser-based tool that helps individuals and teams turn ideas into beautiful visuals across any format. Inspired by modern media, you will get quickly familiar with its ways of helping you build and shape your ideas. I would like to personally thank the team at Projector for granted me early access and seeing what they are building.
Our good pals from ProtoPie have just released their 5.0 which is packed with new features and one that has been in demand for quite awhile. Being an avid user of ProtoPie myself. I totally understand this will be on-demand and it makes to introduce 'Interaction Recipes'. It's basically a way to share your designs in its entity.
Excited to share some news from my hometown Montreal, Quebec alonside featuring the creative duo valleduhamel for their collaboration work for Katy Perry's Daisies. valleeduhamel consist of two supercharging creatives named Julien Vallée and Ève Duhamel (Salut la gang!) and their imaginative, innovative spirits has served them to work with some the biggest brands out there including Apple, Google, Korean Air, Hermès just to name a few.
The fine folks from Hasselblad have shared with us their latest endeavor and they selected Björn Ceder to document Tennis Against Corona, an aid initiative to support those heavily affected by the pandemic organized by Stockholm Open, the world’s oldest Association of Tennis Professional’s indoor tournament. Björn is a Swedish photographer and a creative director 25 years of experience in the industry.
Benedikt Lehnert who work as 'Director of Product Design for Fluent, Mobile and Office Experiences' at Microsoft shared about their freshest update on Fluent UI. What's Fluent UI? It's a collection of UX frameworks that will be used and shared across platforms to help them produce the next generation of Microsoft 365 experiences.
The rad folks from Unreal Engine just gave a sneak peek of their latest novelty with the fifth installment of their suite of tools of real-time 3D tools made by developers. On top of that, we got to have a glimpse of how these next-gen graphics will look on the next Playstation console. Scoops, it's looking quite incredible and it's quite an exciting moment of all the gamers out there. We took the liberty to link the 'reveal video' below, please have a look.
Unsplash have shared and released their collaboration with United Nations to help spread the Covid-19 response through the platform. First of all, I think we are all currently living through a historical moment with what is happening with our lives. And many factors have made us more aware of the digital world from its ups and downs. I think collaborating with Unsplash brings a tremendous power knowing that they are the disruptors of the 'open world' and especially when you need a fast response.
Back on April 24, 2015 the world was introduced to the original Apple Watch that literally changed the 'watch industry' forever. Happy 5th Birthday Apple Watch! For the occasion, one of the designers that worked on the first Apple Watch team shared a few fun facts that we took the liberty to embed it below. I am really thankful for Imran Chaudhri for sharing such an insightful series of facts that went into the development.
Figma should be part of your set of tools as designers and even as non-designers. They really changed the game in terms of how we work and how they have built (still going strong) a community surrounding the design tool and how you can contribute as well. They have introduced today two small features but quite impactful to your workflow. Say hello to 'Links and Search'. I think we all have been in this kind of situation where you have feedback and it is heard and now implemented within the tool.
It's always honorable seeing brands like Hasselblad create initiatives to celebrate women at making their mark into the photography industry and that is pretty male-dominated. They are back with Hasselblad Heroines that will be kicking off the second-year installment on 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day. For 2020, they will be featuring seven (7) photographers and we have taken the liberty to feature them here.
Our friends over Figma have recently wrapped their first conference titled: 'Config' that happened in San Francisco, California. With more than 1000 attendees, they announced several key products shall we say enhancements to help us designers work faster, enable product teams to collaborate as one team, and give the entire design community more ways to share. We took the liberty to share some of these new features, some are actually very coo. Shall we?
As the CES 2020 is wrapping up, what was your favorite announcement of the entire week? Unfortunately, we were not planning to go to Vegas this year, but I was able to watch and read a couple of announcements on social media to see how it went. Let's just say that the unveiling of Mercedes-Benz the VISION AVTR definitely caught our attention. I mean just take a look at the concept car.
We are sharing some news that is quite pleasing and proud at the same time. For two reasons, first is seeing a Canadian brand EQ3 who is a furniture company that freshly expanding to the US and recently establishing a new flagship located in NYC. Built from scratch, and giving an affordable retail price for Canadian design for our everyday home life.
I am a little bit lost of words as I am writing this article. As you have probably have seen in the news or on social media. The beloved country of Australia has been experiencing its worst #bushfires since the end of summer. We are not going to share what the images of what country is facing at the moment, you can probably see them everywhere. What we want us to do and together.
Holiday's over (for some of us 👋) and time to get back to the grind. Now the feeling that you had a couple of restful days, you got to hang came back home for the family, hang out with friends or/and even had a chance to travel for the occurrence. Now it's time to kick off the new year and restart all over. So what you have been missing from the social feeds aside from all the selfies, group selfies, kids photos and etc. What you have been missing, what's the latest on the 'latest'? Well, we have put together a round-up for yourself, mostly to inspire you.
Well it is November 2019 and carmakers from Tesla didn't hold back and introduced the Cybertruck. What was your first impressions? At first, I didn't like the design (still don't) but it definitely looks straight out of the 1982's Blade Runner which is pretty dope if you ask me.
The kind folks from Procreate have announced their 2019 art winners where they challenge artists to explore the concept of ‘Contrast’ in all its complex shades, and light, of meaning. With ground-breaking canvas the resolution, 136 incredible brushes, and more. Procreate is a solid application that allows artists and digital creatives to do enhance their day-to-day workflow. You should definitely check out this year's lineup of winners and take part in the community if you wanna share your work and learn from others.