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By Paige Vickers.

As we enter year two of the pandemic, it’s tempting to wonder what life will be like once the pandemic is over. How is the design industry going to be affected? Will digital design undergo changes in a world that might see pandemics more and more frequently?

There is no doubt that Covid-19 has affected society in a way we could never predict only a few years back. The short-term consequences of Covid-19 are already noticeable, and they have impacted every aspect of our lives; from the way we carry out our daily chores to the way we work, socialise, and move around the world.

Many scientists are convinced that the effects of the pandemic are going to become more permanent, since pandemics are predicted to become more and more frequent. Scientists, in fact, agree that deforestation and human intrusion on wildlife habitats are helping diseases spread…


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By Ryan Inzana. From billboard

This new audio-based app has been making headlines lately. What makes it so special? How is it revolutionising social media? And what are the controversies with it?

Released for the first time in early 2020, Clubhouse was created by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth. By May, it was valued at around $100 million despite having just 1.500 users at the time. Now the app has reached 6 million users and it’s worth $1 billion.


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From 2020game.io

2020 Game is a simple yet entertaining browser game that lets you virtually experience again all the most memorable — and unfortunate — events of 2020; from the Australian wildfires to Covid-19, the stock market crash, and more.

The game — created by Max Garkavyy — per se is very simple; it’s a one-level side-scrolling platformer where the player moves from the left to the right side of the screen to reach the end of the game. The objective is to race through the entire year 2020, while avoiding hazards such as fires, Covid-19, floods, and falling stocks.


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From Blush Design

Available as a plugin on Figma and Sketch and as a Web App, Blush Design makes it incredibly easy to play with illustrations and add them to your creations in only a few clicks.

According to neuroscientists at MIT, “the human brain can identify images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds.” Isn’t it crazy? This means that when it comes to user interfaces, illustrations can turn a message into lightning-quick digital interactions. Illustrations aren’t just stylish and appealing! They keep people engaged and make digital interaction much simpler.

So, what if there were a tool that allows users to mix & match and personalise beautiful illustrations made by artists across the globe? This is exactly what Blush Design is all about! …


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By Aurélia Durand for Apple’s project “She Creates”. From Apple.

Empowering, joyful, and vibrant, Aurélia’s work proudly portrays and celebrates diversity, drawing attention to the need for a more inclusive way of representing today’s society.


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Elegant, minimalistic, and designed for easy self-assembly; Strøm Bikes follows a business model that cuts out the middlemen between the manufacturer and the consumer.

Strøm Bikes is an innovative e-bike company based in Copenhagen, on a mission to make urban commuting more sustainable and convenient. At Strøm, they believe that e-bikes are an essential part of the transition to a green urban transportation system.

Today, traffic jams, smoke and extensive pollution are just some of the challenges the world’s largest cities are trying to solve. In many places air-pollution has reached critical stages, and in many cities cars are driven by one person commuting to/from work. Our fossil fuelled transportation system currently emits 24% of global CO2 emissions, out of which 72% comes from…


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Digital Supermodel Shudu. From Amazing Zone

With AI and 5G developing increasingly faster, we will soon experience reality in new ways — literally and figuratively — through technologies that will make us question what “real” is.

As new technologies advance, a plethora of products and services are being designed to respond to new needs. In the future, having digital humans as assistants, performers, clerks, coworkers — and perhaps friends too — might become the norm. In this article, we will look at how new and older technologies are being used to create holograms, digital humans, and, finally, deep fakes — reflecting on the possibilities they might bring in the future.

HOLOGRAMS

You might have watched the Black Mirror episode where (spoiler alert) pop star Ashley O — played by Miley Cirus — is “recreated” in the form…


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From nupoliticalreview

Relatable, immediate, and easy to spread, memes make a phenomenal communication tool. Unlike many other tools, memes are the fruit of anonymous and unmoderated collaboration, making it one of the most fascinating creative collaborative design projects…to handle wisely!

The definition of meme

The term meme derives from Ancient Greek μίμημα (mīmēma), meaning ‘imitated thing’. The term is used in Anthropology to define an idea, behavior, or style that becomes a trend and spreads by imitation, often carrying symbolic meaning. Memes are, therefore, a means for carrying ideas or concepts, which can be transmitted through writing, speech, gestures, or other easily imitable phenomena.

So, memes have existed for a very long time. However, Internet memes — usually just called memes — are a more recent concept. A meme is a quickly consumed comedic and relatable piece of media; it can be an image…


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What happens when brands that are dedicated to different industries collaborate? If smartly exectuted, unexpected brand collabs can break into new markets and surprise consumers.

Co-branding is a smart and fruitful way to help both brands reach a wider audience and boost brand awareness, while creating something new, valuable, and unique. Here, we gathered a series of peculiar brand collaborations that produced beautiful and distinctive designs and prodcuts.

1. LOVERS & SVAKOM x FEEL TECHNOLOGY

In a moment in time where many are spending a lot time at home — and in some cases in isolation — two adult wellness brands have joined forces with Feel Technology to release a new collection of interactive sex toys. The sleeok and elegant design of Connexion Series is the result of the collaboration between Lovers


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Machines ‘experience’ reality in a completely different way than us humans. Seeing the world as they do, through Design Fiction, could lead us to unexpected and uncharted design solutions.

Simone Rebaudengo is a product and interaction designer whose work focuses on building experiential versions of the future and exploring the implications of living and interacting with networked, smart, and autonomous things. The international clients and institutions he’s worked with include BMW, Philips, Google Creative Labs and the Dubai’s Museum of the Future.

When we think about the future, we often imagine abstract scenarios with objects and technologies so advanced and sophisticated that humans almost become ‘Superhumans’ capable of doing what we can only dream of today. However, these speculations often start from the assumption that humankind is the central…

Giorgia Lombardo

Editor of DeMagSign, content writer at Design Matters. I can’t live without tea and dark chocolate. Interested in design, society, and culture.

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