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Take It From an Expert: Design Is More Important Than Ever

Take It From an Expert: Design Is More Important Than Ever | Design | Scoop.it
John Maeda has delivered the data to prove it: Design is more integral to good business than ever before.
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During SXSW, Maeda presented his inaugural Design in Tech Report. “I wanted to connect the worlds of design, technology, and business together, so that people wouldn’t see them as three different things.”


Since 2010, 27 companies founded by designers were acquired by bigger companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Adobe, Dropbox, and LinkedIn. Five (20%) of the top cumulative-funded VC-backed ventures that have raised capital since 2013 have designer co-founders. Last year, for the first time ever, six venture capital firms invited designers to join their teams. 


Computers were once the province of enthusiasts and technologists, people who were more forgiving of these sorts of rough patches. Now, users expect things to work and to look good doing it.

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A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED

A Dead-Simple Tool That Lets Anyone Create Interactive Maps | Design | WIRED | Design | Scoop.it
Tableau recently partnered with Stamen Design, to release three new map template, which anyone can play around with.
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Create your own data visualizations with this new free tool!

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Type Crimes and Misdemeanors: Stop using two spaces after a period!

Type Crimes and Misdemeanors: Stop using two spaces after a period! | Design | Scoop.it
Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. And yet people who use two spaces are everywhere, their ugly error crossing every social boundary of class, education, and taste.*  You'd expect, for instance, that anyone savvy enough to read Slate would...
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Please help me make this the last time I ever post about this and STOP using two spaces after a period. Unless you are actually typing on a real manual typewriter (god love you!), typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong! "Who says two spaces is wrong? Typographers, that's who." Every modern typographer agrees on the one-space rule. So please, help make the world a more beautiful reading experience and stop using two spaces.

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How Google’s New Font Tries to Anticipate the Future | Design | WIRED

How Google’s New Font Tries to Anticipate the Future | Design | WIRED | Design | Scoop.it
While so many typefaces have been designed to render beautifully, very few have been designed to perform beautifully.
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Many people take fonts and typography for granted, here's a great article that highlights just how much thought, strategy, and consideration goes into building a great typeface, especially for digital use. Read how Google is trying to create the "SUV" of fonts!

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