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Andy Hertzfeld on Google+, UI design how Bob Dylan influenced the Mac - TNW

Andy Hertzfeld on Google+, UI design how Bob Dylan influenced the Mac - TNW | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Andy Hertzfeld worked on the Macintosh project at Apple after having been hired on in 1979 as Apple employee #435. He was one of the main authors of the system software and the User Interface toolbox.

After working at Apple, Andy left and founded three companies including Radius and Eazel. In 2005, Andy was hired on by Google. Over the last couple of years, Andy has been working on the Google+ project, bringing his experience in design to the Circles grouping feature.
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Make Circles in Facebook just like Google+ | iWS

Make Circles in Facebook just like Google+ | iWS | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
There is an independent app which has come out for Facebook which can let you add your friends in ‘Circles’ just like Google+ does. However, it’s limited to nothing more than adding. You can add people to different circles but can’t play around with individuals once they are added. The app is Circles Hack.
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Google+ : Facebook - Themes and Skins for Google - userstyles.org

Google+ : Facebook - Themes and Skins for Google - userstyles.org | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Customize your google experience with this user style. Make Google+ look like Facebook.
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Turn Google+ Into Facebook

Turn Google+ Into Facebook | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The resemblance between the two social networks is uncanny — my Tweet-length opinion is that Google+ is like Facebook with a more usable, streamlined Photos and Groups interface (and that might be enough to win). Only time will tell.

In the meantime, for those of you who have the decidedly middle class problem of social network fatigue, there is a solution. Thanks to the unlimited creativity of humans, you can now actually make your Google+ look like Facebook, with the Google+ : Facebook Stylish extension or this CSS code.
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The Art Of Focus: Behind The Scenes With The Google+ Team | Fast Company

The Art Of Focus: Behind The Scenes With The Google+ Team | Fast Company | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The story behind naming and logo of the Google Project, "Emerald Sea".

Vic Gundotra: "We needed a code name that captured the fact that either there was great opportunity to sail to new horizons and new things, or that we were going to drown by this wave."

Bradley Horowitz, who was tapped as the effort’s product lead, then went online to look for images to represent "emerald sea," and the very first one that came up, Gundotra says, was the painting above, by German-American painter Albert Bierstadt.
The team decided to make that their logo.
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Does the Google interface remind you of Facebook? - You are not the only one.

Does the Google interface remind you of Facebook? - You are not the only one. | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
There’s no question about it: Google+ genuinely looks good. But, as thousands of people have already noted and joked about, it also really does look a lot like Facebook.
UX designer and consultant UXboy agrees, and put the two interfaces side by side to showcase just how much the entry pages of both services look alike.
Judge for yourself.
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A summary of my google+ thoughts

A summary of my google+ thoughts | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
A summary of my google+ thoughts.
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Paul Adams: Seeing Google+ In Public Is Like Bumping Into An Ex-Girlfriend.

Paul Adams: Seeing Google+ In Public Is Like Bumping Into An Ex-Girlfriend. | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Ex-Google UX guy Paul Adams is perhaps most known for his slideshow “The Real Life Social Network,” which highlighted the perils of having one default group for sharing and emphasized that the ideal social networking service would be designed for multiple groups. The slideshow illustrated the flaws in Facebook’s lump sum friend model and called for a social network where users could set sharing levels to correspond to the 4-6 separate relationship groups that people tend to have.

Sound familiar? Well, if this reminds you a little of Google+ Social Circles, its because Adams was a User Experience Researcher on Google social/Google+ until he left Google in December 2010. The first version of his famous “The Real Life Social Network” deck was published in April 2010, at least two months before the project started (with an even earlier version published two years ago).
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Will Facebook sue Google for copying Facebook UI?

Will Facebook sue Google for copying Facebook UI? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
If you are one of those who have already signed up for Google's hot social networking venture Google+, you would know why there is a reasonable ground for Facebook to sue Google. Google+'s UI (User Interface) is a direct copy of Facebook.

Sure, Google+ did introduce unique features like "Circles", and "Hangout" video chat. Also there are differences in the way you invite friends and so on. But the main page of Google+ or the Stream looks exactly like Facebook's News Feed. The way elements are arranged on the Google+ is closely reminiscent of Facebook. Compare for yourself:
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Google+ contributor and Mac pioneer talks with CNET (Q&A)

Google+ contributor and Mac pioneer talks with CNET (Q&A) | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
A core feature of the new Google+ service is Circles, which makes it drag-and-drop easy to build 'circles' of friends in the browser. Meet Andy Hertzfeld, the man behind Circles--and the original Mac.

One thing I just want to make clear is, I feel a little bad that I've actually gotten too much credit as the designer of Google+...I feel more comfortable saying I'm the designer of the Circle Editor, which...even though I had help from other people, I really was the driving force behind that. I was not, really, for the entire Google+, and I'd just like to make sure that the superb UI team that we have here does get credit for their work.
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10 Ways Google+ Just Copied Facebook - Business Insider

10 Ways Google+ Just Copied Facebook - Business Insider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
We put together some side by sides of Facebook and Google+ that prove Google doesn't think Facebook is too broken. See for yourself how uncannily alike the two products are.
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Wondering why Google+ actually looks good? Thank Andy Hertzfeld. - TNW Google

Wondering why Google+ actually looks good? Thank Andy Hertzfeld. - TNW Google | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google is not known for great design. That’s not to say that minimalist design cannot be great design.

But Google+ and all that falls under its umbrella looks good — really good. The trademark minimalism is still present, but it’s been done with style (is that contradictory?) and is something to be appreciated.

That’s because interface designer Andy Hertzfeld, member of the original Apple Macintosh team, was given free reign over design decision
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Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI - AppleInsider

Google gave original Mac designer free rein on new Google+ UI - AppleInsider | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google's new Google+ social networking project departs from the company's usually spartan interfaces with an animated UI designed by original Apple Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.

The new Google+ interface, especially the Circles social grouping feature, contains animations and other choices reminiscent of Apple's design ideals.

"With colorful animations, drag-and-drop magic and whimsical interface touches, Circles looks more like a classic Apple program than the typically bland Google app," said Levy, author of the book "In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works And Shapes Our Lives."
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Why Google+ Looks Good: Original Macintosh Team Member Andy Hertzfeld

Why Google+ Looks Good: Original Macintosh Team Member Andy Hertzfeld | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
When I sat down last week with Google's Vic Gundotra and Bradley Horowitz to get a tour of Google+, the new social project they rolled out today, my immediate reaction made them extremely happy.

Hertzfeld, who has been working at Google since 2005, is indeed the one we can thank for the better-looking interface on Google+, as he’s the design lead on the project. You’ll likely recognize his name from his time spent at Apple (1979 – 1984) where he was a key designer for the original Macintosh software team.
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