We're trying something a little different this week for the Weekend Reads column. We realized that reading all of the articles we share every week would take a lot of time. So instead we're sharing a glimpse into what stuck with us from each article - hope you enjoy!
We're also super excited about seeing Odesza tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. We've been listening to both of their albums non-stop over the last few weeks getting ready for the show. What are you up to this weekend?
What I'm Reading
"We talked to a lot of Foursquare users, and always heard that they either opened the app to search, or to check-in, and rarely both at the same time. That’s why we decided to make a bold move to improve the experience of both use cases."
—The Swarm Branding Process
"But if the designer comes up with a clever solution, do you really think that even a little part of your unconscious can resist adopting that solution?"
—Stop asking design candidates to redesign your product. It’s unfair and (even worse) it’s ineffective.
"Cars and glyphs: They’re not so far apart. In an industry like car manufacturing, where the tiniest difference can make a huge impression, it turns out that kind of foundational training is indispensable."
—The Typography of Speed
"Today, users expect online experiences that not only respond to what device they're using, but also their location, time of day, what they’ve already read, and events happening in real time."
—The Next Big Thing in Responsive Design
"These days, engineering-centric Silicon Valley sees design as something that no longer just adds value, but actually creates it. "
—A Golden Age of Design
"The award-winning ad agency behind the moving Leica ad “Soul” from last year have created another masterpiece. It’s called “Leica 100,” and it celebrates 100 years of Leica photography by paying tribute to 35 of the most iconic photographs of all time in an incredibly creative way."
—Leica Recreates 35 of the Most Iconic Photos Through History in Brilliant 100th Anniversary Ad
What I'm Listening to
What I'm Looking at
IGN Turns 18 Microsite—A cool little microsite that IGN made to celebrate their 18th birthday. I can't believe it's 18 already!
MailChimp's Email Design Guide—Nice resource on how to focus your message in emails.
Google's Material Design language for Bootstrap—Even if you don't code, it's a nice reference to how the interactions work with Google's new design language.
Dollar a Day—A new startup by one of the Kickstarter founders. It allows you to automatically donate $1 a day to a featured charity.
Apple Watch GUI PSD—One of the first Watch PSDs that I've come across. Looks like a great template to start thinking about Apple Watch designs.