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Smarty Ring Sends Smartphone Updates to Your Finger [VIDEO]

Smarty Ring Sends Smartphone Updates to Your Finger [VIDEO] | Communication design | Scoop.it
Smarty Ring is a Bluetooth-enabled wearable gadget that allows users to check smartphone alerts, and manage incoming calls right from their finger.
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Portraits of Dogs Enjoying Bath

Portraits of Dogs Enjoying Bath | Communication design | Scoop.it
Sophie Gamand, a French photographer has created an awesome photo series of dogs enjoying baths. The pictures of this series is really fun to see. Photographs

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Хомяк Лариса's curator insight, January 2, 2014 12:30 AM

Dogs are  cooler than cat thing

Alexander Abramov's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:43 PM

Do not growl at your dog ;-)

Lorraine Elvire Wagenaar's curator insight, June 20, 2014 5:05 AM

Wat een koppie!!!!

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Visual Mapping: Mind Mapping and Design Thinking

Visual Mapping: Mind Mapping and Design Thinking | Communication design | Scoop.it
Mind Mapping and Design Thinking

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Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery Drones on '60 Minutes'

Amazon Unveils Flying Delivery Drones on '60 Minutes' | Communication design | Scoop.it
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled his plan for improving delivery times through the use of flying robot drones.
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This Photorealistic Portrait Of Morgan Freeman Was Painted On An iPad

This Photorealistic Portrait Of Morgan Freeman Was Painted On An iPad | Communication design | Scoop.it
This Photorealistic Portrait Of Morgan Freeman Was Painted On An iPad - DesignTAXI.com

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Aquarium Design | Cool Aquarium Ice Cube by Arthur Xin

Aquarium Design | Cool Aquarium Ice Cube by Arthur Xin | Communication design | Scoop.it
Aquarium design illusion that these fish are genuine and alive. They had not been frozen. They swim in the water at room temperature...

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Top 10 Examples of Extraordinary Land Art

Top 10 Examples of Extraordinary Land Art | Communication design | Scoop.it

What happens when landscape meets work of art? Art takes the scale of landscape and the results may be very exciting and unexpected. Discover the most extraordinary pieces of land art that challenge the imagination and engage a more creative and courageous approach when designing the next project.


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18 Artistic Pairs of Side-By-Side Photographs

18 Artistic Pairs of Side-By-Side Photographs | Communication design | Scoop.it
We challenged you to share your most compelling diptych photographs this week. As always, we saw some incredible submissions.
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Twitter Is for the Young, Facebook Is for All Ages

Twitter Is for the Young, Facebook Is for All Ages | Communication design | Scoop.it
Facebook users come in all shapes, sizes and ages, at least compared to LinkedIn users and Twitter users
Half of Twitter's unique visitors in October were under 35 years old.
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life as a moodboard: Design Crush | CEPA - Port Wine Bottle Coaster

life as a moodboard: Design Crush | CEPA - Port Wine Bottle Coaster | Communication design | Scoop.it
Thinking about Christmas presents for the familly | Port Wine Bottle Coaster http://t.co/lRLVF7hosZ #design #wine http://t.co/fS51gC8VRc
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9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking

9 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Design Thinking | Communication design | Scoop.it
How Lippincott the branding and strategy firm behind Coca-Cola's swirl Starbucks's logo and Samsung's global identity fuses creativity and analytics.

 

Written By Rick Wise | CEO Lippincott

 

I lead an unusual company. Lippincott, part of the highly analytical management consulting firm Oliver Wyman, is the creative force behind the ubiquitous red-and-white Coca-Cola swirl, Samsung’s global identity, the Starbucks logo, Walmart's rebranding, and the Infiniti concept, name and brand.

(...)

 

Design thinking, however, is a slightly murky concept that means different things to different people. (...) Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way as CEO and rules we all try to adhere to at Lippincott.

 

Read more;

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3022209/9-ways-to-get-the-most-out-of-design-thinking

 


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Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City | Communication design | Scoop.it
An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.

 

Maps don't typically convey time very well. They're static snapshots of a moment in history. A handful of animated maps that do a good job combining time and space using either transit data or geo-tagged social-media hits.

Now a new project, called Geographies of Time, is trying to do something similar with a more typical two-dimensional map. The effort is part of a broader EU-funded projects called UrbanSensing that's building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.


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luiy's curator insight, November 28, 2013 6:21 AM

Giorgia Lupi, the Ph.D. researcher at Milan Politecnico behind the project, began with Milan. Using tens of thousands of geo-tagged tweets, she and colleagues divided the map of the city into a fine-grained grid. The tweets were then divided into eight three-hour time intervals (from midnight to 3 a.m., 3 a.m. to 6 a.m., etc.). And the boxes in the grid were digitally colored based on the time window when Twitter was locally most active.

nuria font-casaseca's curator insight, April 24, 2014 9:21 AM

Les ciutats i els temps: com ens movem per la ciutat en funció de l'hora i el dia.

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17 Mundane Things That Will Blow Your Mind When You See Them This Way

17 Mundane Things That Will Blow Your Mind When You See Them This Way | Communication design | Scoop.it
Our lives are filled with everyday banalities -- things like the zipper on your jeans or the key to your house -- which may seem unremarkable at first glance.

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20 Incredible 3D-Printed Gifts

20 Incredible 3D-Printed Gifts | Communication design | Scoop.it
Makerbot, one of the companies pioneering the mainstreaming of the 3D printer market, was acquired by Stratasys, another 3D printing heavyweight, in June for $403 million.
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7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think

7 Basics of Great Website Design Are NOT What You Think | Communication design | Scoop.it

The purpose of this post is not just to present the state of today's web design - it’s more pragmatic. Seven basic principles of a good web design are presented here.

Marty Note
This is a great post about what web design IS and IS NOT. I'm going to include my notes here so they follow the post since the writing, though brilliant, is not as direct as I like. Here are my much more direct interpretations of the 7 Basics of Great Website Design:

 

1. Website Design Can’t Win, But You Can Sure LOSE Due to It.
We've past the period when shinny websites work. Every website has seconds before a visitor clicks off to find what they are looking for on some other website.

2. Create Website Surfaces For Scanners and Skimmers since Readers will work for what they want.
Key to know not all information is great for "scanning" and "skimming". Tease the click don't drown it is another way to think of this idea. Also, content such as news, Q&A and testimonials have more attention hooks than sharing complex or highly detailed material. If your website depends on sharing complex and highly detailed content tease it with snippets and with graphics firs.

 

Stay with simple, clean and useable as your guide.

3. Avoid NEW until it is UNDERSTOOD.
You don't have to wait until some new thing is old hat, but avoid using The New simply because it is new. New hurts conversion because it requires explanation and is hard to tease since visitors don't have "made to stick" context. If you must present "new" present with an "old" analogy.

Read Made To Stick by Heath brothers for more.

 

4. Confused customers do many things, BUYING and CONVERTING and never among them.

5. Hierarchy of information and navigation is LIFE online.
People know there is a YOU or a team behind your design. They want to know what YOU want them to DO and why they should do it with YOU. Sites that make the curator's hand visible via navigation, images and copy win. Those who challenge visitors to figure everything out for them selves lose.

This is NOT to say some mystery can't work in a web designer's favor, but make sure the mystery is immediately solved before posing another one. Daisy chain one mystery on another and visitors get frustrated and leave since benefit doesn't equal the work to realize it.

6. Colors can ruin a website.
Colors have so many overt and covert signals they should be used sparingly and consistently with the brand. If you use RED for a Zen website do so in accents and carefully since red is an ALERT color and so may be inconsistent with the brand.

 

7. Devil is in the web design details.
In my almost 15 years of experience NOTHING on this list is more true. Once you make a website simple and clean any small dissonance becomes LARGE because it sticks out like the proverbial "sore thumb". Make sure your site is a smooth surface with a clear message.

 


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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:38 PM

One of the best posts about website design I've read in a long time. So much of what WE think is "website design" either "was website design" or is more an expression of someone's ego than what is happening NOW. This post is one of the best "what is happening now" in website design articles I've read. M

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The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time

The Biggest Ship in the World Has Floated For the First Time | Communication design | Scoop.it

The Emma Maersk was dethroned as the world's largest seafaring vessel this morning when this ship, longer than the Empire State Building, left its dry dock in South Korea for the first time.


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7 Simple Tips To Increase Online Sales That You Can Implement Right Now

7 Simple Tips To Increase Online Sales That You Can Implement Right Now | Communication design | Scoop.it
So you want to sell more online? Good news, customers want to buy more online.  E-commerce sales in the US rose by $33 billion from 2011 to 2012.

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Charles Young's curator insight, December 4, 2013 7:12 PM

Here are some tips for Online Stores on how to make us buy more. 

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Communication design | Scoop.it
Encouraging kids to think in pictures and words can free up their creativity and language skills as they write.

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Mary Lou Buell's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:30 PM

This makes so much sense to me--we have done a little of this with the cartoon and graph assignments. Thinking I should plan more.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, December 8, 2013 6:09 AM

Most of our students are probably visual learners....... this explains a  lot.

Open Doors's curator insight, January 12, 2014 5:59 PM

Helping children think in both pictures and words can help with language fluency and development of creative skills.

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MARS Architects Cleverly Fold Climbing Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center

MARS Architects Cleverly Fold Climbing Walls into Bulgaria's First Sustainable Activity Center | Communication design | Scoop.it
MARS Architects snagged first place in an international competition for the design Walltopia's Collider Activity Center, Sofia's first sustainable mixed use center.

Located in Sofia, the Collider Activity Center will mark the city's first green mixed use center to combine both leisure and exercise space. To tie together the site’s diverse programs, the architects inserted a series of dramatic climbing atriums into the folds of the building, creating a continuous climbing experience.


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Jon Carter's curator insight, January 4, 2014 4:22 PM

Super cool, gotta go to Sofia for this one. Deep Water solo outdoor pool, with boulder's galore in the park outside, not too mention a few K square ft of climbing inside. Outside walls are transparent showing climbers moves.. So nice.

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Square Acquires Viewfinder to Help Grow Its Engineering Team

Square Acquires Viewfinder to Help Grow Its Engineering Team | Communication design | Scoop.it
Square has acquired Viewfinder, a photo-sharing and group messaging app, the two companies announced Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
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This Technology Tags Your Photos Based on Relationships

This Technology Tags Your Photos Based on Relationships | Communication design | Scoop.it
Since 2010, Facebook has used facial recognition software to automatically tag your friends in photos. Now one researcher has come up with an algorithm that tags photos based on the relationships that people in images already have with each other.
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Mapping the multichannel Customer | Service Design Master

Mapping the multichannel Customer | Service Design Master | Communication design | Scoop.it
Knowing your customer has become increasingly complex as the customer is rapidly transforming into a multichannel user who communicates with a Retail Brand through various channels or touch points. By building a single customer view ...

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Qua Nightlight and Humidifier

Qua Nightlight and Humidifier | Communication design | Scoop.it

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rosiemedia's curator insight, December 3, 2013 12:45 AM

I know the logical connection would be to used this in a nursery, but would the calming effect work on adults with the water?

Matt Atherton's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:52 AM
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An Installation Made from 8,080 Colored Pencils

An Installation Made from 8,080 Colored Pencils | Communication design | Scoop.it
An installation made from 8,080 pencils that's a life-size representation of the historical moments of an architecture school during their 100-year history.

In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, Variable Projects designed an installation, called Centennial Chromagraph, that’s a life-size representation of the historical moments of the school during their 100-year history. The curvy installation is made up of 100 robotically-routed plywood ribs that are joined together with 8,080 colored #2 pencils.


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Infographic: MCommerce Growing 200% Faster than ECommerce

Infographic: MCommerce Growing 200% Faster than ECommerce | Communication design | Scoop.it

A new infographic from Baynote proves just how many people are buying on mobile;  here are a few highlights:

1 in 10 Ecommerce dollars are spent today using a smartphone or tabletMcommerce growth is outpacing traditional Ecommerce growth by 200%For every $1 spent, the average return on retail email marketing is $44.25The number of people using smartphones has doubled over those who use tablets; but tablet users spend 20% more on average.
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Buz123's curator insight, December 20, 2013 8:06 AM

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