UXD Inspired Reads 2017.10.27

InVision Studio
InVision Studio

Hello All

It was a busy week out there for many of us. Autumn here in the Northeast is in full bloom, and there is no better time than the present to head out and enjoy the colors. The InVision team has been busy, for many good reasons, as they announced their new design tool, Studio. Principle is another great app that helps designers animate ideas and sketches into solid interactions and animations.

Next we take a look to applying best practices to Sketch, though many of these recommendations can be applied to developers workflows as well. I am a huge fan of Sketch + InVision, but slotting Studio and Principle will prove to be interesting. Have you incorporated any new tools into your workflow? Next we take a a good look at the usefulness of Agile Milestones. Many different teams in all sorts of companies run Agile, but are there ways in which we can improve the pathway?

I remember being spellbound by Minority Report in the theaters, not by the script, but by the technology. Considering that Minority Report was released in 2002, consider just all what has changed over the last fifteen years… Crazy, right? This next piece examines how the team behind Minority Report worked to imagine and predict the future of technology. Continuing the AI theme, the next article discusses the explosion of AI assistants out in the marketplace. One team has even gone far enough to build a humanoid robot, who was incidentally granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. While this is clearly a stunt, the growth of the FAANMG companies: Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft, and Google over the last several years of this bull market in the U.S. has been unprecedented. One has to wonder if the growth of these companies will slow down or give way to a market correction.

The last piece examines the role of sugar and the link to the growth of Cancer. It is highly unlikely that you do not know someone who have been affected by the beast known as Cancer. This last piece does a good job of reminding us that we are what we eat. Moderation is always a good thing. Speaking of, have you watched Stranger Things 2 yet?

Happy Halloween!

Mohit

1. InVision Studio
“The world’s most powerful screen design tool.”
https://www.invisionapp.com/studio

2. Introducing InVision Studio
“I think that in order for the industry to make a seismic shift to other tools, like the great migration from Photoshop to Sketch, we need a design tool that fundamentally rethinks how we design, and until that happens, everything will be an also ran of Sketch.”
https://www.designernews.co/stories/88473-introducing-invision-studio

3. Animate Your Ideas, Design Better Apps
Principle makes it easy to design animated and interactive user interfaces. Whether you’re designing the flow of a multi-screen app, or new interactions and animations, Principle lets you create designs that look and feel amazing.
http://principleformac.com/

4. 10 Tips & Best Practices for SketchApp
“If you’re a UI designer or product designer and you haven’t heard of Sketch yet, then you must not be on Twitter, or reading industry blogs much. In all seriousness, Sketch is fast becoming the go-to app for user interface design on Mac.”
https://www.uxpin.com/studio/blog/10-best-practices-sketch/

5. Usefulness Of “Milestones” In Agile Development
“A lot of issue trackers support something called “milestones”. I’ve never found a use for them. It seems that milestones are only useful when you do big, scheduled pushes, but not if you roll out new features and bug fixes as they’re completed. When/how would you use milestones to organize agile development?”
https://softwareengineering.stackexchange.com/questions/222504/usefulness-of-milestones-in-agile-development

6. How Minority Report Correctly Predicted Our Present Day Relationship To Technology
“By the time Spielberg and Tom Cruise got their hands on the project, they realized they had to jump forward in time to where the science they would be rendering would seem innovative and new to an audience seeing the film in 2002. To do so they gathered a stellar array of some of the smartest and most forward thinking people of the time, in secrecy, to predict our future.”
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-minority-report-correctly-predicted-our-present-day-sam-ewen/

7. Voices Carry
“A surge of voice-assisted speakers rushed the shores this month. So if you’ve always loved the Echo’s smarts but hated the way it sounds, well, now you can remedy that by getting an Alexa speaker from Sonos or Ultimate Ears. Or you can get one of Amazon’s newly retooled (and better sounding) Echo or Echo Plus speakers. Rather have Google? There’s the brand new Home Mini and Home Max, and now JBL has a speaker you can query with voice. All this month! Bananas. The hosts break down this rapidly proliferating market while concentrating on the new speakers from three companies: Sonos, Amazon, and Ultimate Ears.”
https://www.wired.com/2017/10/gadget-lab-podcast-333/

8. A Humanoid Robot Called Sophia Mocked Elon Musk After Being Asked About the Dangers of AI (from Dan)
“The lifelike robot, developed by Hong Kong-based robot manufacturer Hanson Robotics, mocked Musk on stage during The Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — a country where Sophia has just been given citizenship.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/303718

9. What Worries? Big Tech Companies Post Glowing Quarterly Profits
“Big technology companies are being dragged in front of Congress to answer tough questions about their impact on the 2016 presidential election, and their market power is under increasing scrutiny. But back on their home turfs, it is business as usual, as earnings reports from Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, demonstrated on Thursday. All displayed the kinds of performances that make investors happy: profit surges, big jumps in revenue — sometimes both. If revenue growth is a good indication of giving the public what it wants, customers appear to love what the biggest technology companies are offering, whether it’s cheap online storage, clothing or a social network, and the party isn’t slowing down.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/business/big-tech-company-earnings.html

10. Cutting Carbs Won’t Save You From Cancer
Half-eaten doughnuts hit the bottom of waste bins around the world this week, as news feeds spread word of a new dietary danger. Yes, headlines declared, a new study shows that sugar is the favorite food of cancer. Cancer. “This link between sugar and cancer has sweeping consequences,” wrote Johan Thevelein, a Belgian biologist and co-author of the study published last Friday in the journal Nature Communications. Sweeping is right. Anti-carb crusaders swiftly took to Twitter to stoke anti-sugar outrage.
https://www.wired.com/story/cutting-carbs-wont-keep-you-from-getting-cancer/

11. Stranger Things Season 2 Arrives On Netflix On October 27
“Just in time for Halloween 2017, Netflix will offer up all new episodes of its hit series Stranger Things: We now know that we’re going to get the second season episodes on October 27, confirmed via a poster shared by Netflix on Twitter depicting the show’s four protagonists staring down an ominous looking storm.”
https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/11/stranger-things-season-2-arrives-on-netflix-on-october-27/