Subtitle: How designers learned a favorite trick of food industry and why they should stop abusing it
Image courtesy of Attn
How do you make any design better? Just add sugar to it. Visual sugar.
What is visual sugar? Visual sugar is any visual decorative element. The most common types of visual sugar are icons, gradients, shadows, textures, motion etc.
Designers sometimes use them in a meaningless and excessive way to make their designs feel nicer. The word ‘meaningless’ is key here. There’s nothing wrong with any of these per se, it’s just that they are used to sweeten otherwise flavorless and meaningless designs.
Story by Serene Chen
This summer, I’ve been working on getting pre-launch buzz for a real estate startup called Suuty. This lead to lots of Googling about what kinds of strategies other disruptive companies have used to get their first users. A number of stories I found were surprising, resourceful and at the very least, interesting. Here are just a few that kept me inspired.
Facebook has shut down a controversial chatbot experiment that saw two AIs develop their own language to communicate.
The social media firm was experimenting with teaching two chatbots, Alice and Bob, how to negotiate with one another, the Daily Mail reports.
However, researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that they had deviated from script and were inventing new phrases without any human input.
The bots were attempting to imitate human speech when they developed their own machine language spontaneously – at which point Facebook decided to shut them down.
“Our interest was having bots who could talk to people,” Mike Lewis of Facebook’s FAIR programme told Fast Co Design. (read more)
“Give someone a program, you frustrate them for a day; teach them how to program, you frustrate them for a lifetime.” – David Leinweber
“The 25-year-old Chapman, of Auckland, just completed a masters in computing and information sciences at AUT University. She possesses a rare mind hard-wired to navigate complex algorithms in a way that even the most mathematically savvy out there would find difficult.”
(read more @ futurefive.co.nz)
Long before texting and email were the go-to for instant communication, Princess Leia was sending holograms like it was no big deal. The hologram message she sent to Obi-Wan of course set in motion a rather large chain of events resulting in one of the most popular film franchises of all time. (read more)
“There will be the equivalence of blue collar jobs in the digital economy, and coding will be one of them,” says Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz, PwC chair in digital economy at the Queensland University of Technology. (read more here)
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