An Alphabet of Electronics

[ By SA Rogers in Design & Graphics & Branding. ] Can you think of an iconic electronic object for every letter of the alphabet? A for Apple, B for Bose, C for Canon, D for Dell and so on, all the way to Z? Graphic designer Vinicius Araujo found the most obvious (and satisfying)…

via Tech Typography: An Entire Alphabet of Electronics Shaped Like Letters — WebUrbanist

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Google and the Resurgence of Italian Design

Once upon a time, we had products that were colorful, in shapes that were quirky, whimsical, and expressive. Interesting! And then, almost every tech product became white, silver, gray, black, flat, square, round, and minimalist. Boring.
But there are hints that this is changing. And one of the leaders of this change is, somewhat improbably, Google.

I really like the understated-playful dash of colour on the new Pixel 2 phones.

via Google and the Resurgence of Italian Design – prototypr

YouTube Change 2017

The change happened for me and I have to admit I am quite liking this revamped YouTube. The use of white space, but it feels things got more scannable. The profiles are laid out in a sensible way. It’s built with Polymer web components, nice to see Google ‘dog fooding’ their own framework.

I like everything except the eye-searing cherry red.

 

A Front End Developer is Aware

Everybody involved in a web team ends up talking with the front end developers. That makes sense. The front end developers create the actual thing people interact with. Everything comes together with the front end developer. Perhaps that’s why it’s such a fun job!

Because the front end developer is this central hub position and dealing with lots of different people doing lots of different jobs, the job can be done better if they are aware. Aware of everything else that makes a website tick.

Excellent points in the article and all that is on top of knowing how the nuts and bolts fit together. Bookmarked for when others ask me what I do.

via A Front End Developer is Aware | CSS-Tricks

Infiniti prototype melds a 1940s race car with EV power

Infiniti Prototype 9

As a rule, electric car concepts embrace the future. Even those with a retro flavor are clearly products of the 21st century. Don’t tell that to Infiniti, however — it’s going deep into the past. Nissan’s luxury badge has unveiled the Prototype 9, an EV whose design unabashedly recalls 1940s race cars (particularly those from Auto Union). And it’s not just the long nose, spoked wheels and massive front grille that pay homage — the prototype was even built using traditional techniques. Inside, of course, it’s very much the product of 2017 know-how.

via Infiniti prototype melds a 1940s race car with EV power

Floating Cloud, A Beautiful Sound Responsive Lamp That Levitates Above Its Base — Laughing Squid

 

Designer Richard Clarkson known for his beautiful cloud designs, partnered again with Crealev to create the “Floating Cloud“. While the designers made decision to remove the speakers that were in previous products, this soft light responds with colors to music and human voices while levitating above its base. After months of design research and user…

via Floating Cloud, A Beautiful Sound Responsive Lamp That Levitates Above Its Base — Laughing Squid

Vycle

Designed by Royal College of Art graduate Elena Larriba, Vycle is a pedal-powered, vertical transportation system that offers a sustainable and efficient alternative to lifts and stairs.

The design, which resembles the front half of a bike attached to a vertical rail, can be fitted to the side of buildings, scaffolding or cranes.

“There are currently two main methods for vertical transportation that have prevailed for the last 100 years, the stairs and the lift,” explained Elena Larriba, who studied in the Royal College of Art’s (RCA) Innovation Design Engineering masters programme.

“Stairs are bulky and unattractive, especially in high rise buildings where people don’t often use them, and lifts require a lot of energy in order to move one person a couple of meters up. This carves out an area of opportunity that sits between the two.”

via Vertical transportation concept allows city dwellers to cycle up skyscrapers

Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

The question became, if YouTube TV’s font could look like anything, what should it look like? Should it be gothic like a newspaper headline? Should it be blocky like a Hollywood film marquee? The team actually found its inspiration in YouTube’s core interface element–not the logo, which users actually see relatively infrequently–but the one thing YouTube had before any of its online competitors: the play button.

via Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So