Augmented Reality is at an inflection point.

Researchers are predicting it will be a 150 billion dollar industry by 2020. Publications are calling the phone dead. Even Apple is starting to move on.

AR is poised to disrupt both desktop & mobile computing — and when it does the world will look like a very different place.

This article will get you prepared for that world.

2d to 3d Computing


“Tim Cook is no Steve Jobs.”

“Apple has not released anything interesting since the iPhone.”

“The Age of Apple is over. RIP Apple.”

When they first surfaced, the preceding headlines came across as unfiltered clickbait.

And then, as if on queue, Apple fell into a minor tailspin: A string of underwhelming releases crested with the release of the Apple Watch, followed by the resignations of several top executives. The bold, block-lettered proclamations appeared almost daily:

Apple has run dry. Innovation does not live there anymore.

Bullshit.

Despite the barbed headlines, innovation remains Apple’s chief calling card.

Personal computing is on…


At the turn of the 15th century, books were a scarce commodity, rarely used outside of the church. For centuries, they were handwritten by monks — often the only literate figures in their community — with quill and ink. To complete an original text or reproduce a small volume could take months. A larger volume, like The Bible, could take years.

The arrival of Gutenberg’s printing press, with its moveable metal type, was a revolutionary piece of technology. In less than a century its reproductive powers changed the face of Europe. …


Design has a history; design shapes culture; design is creative; design is a process; design is helpful; and design is human. Whether you’ve two minute or two hours, there’s a video for you.

History

The history of design can be approached from many angles. These videos delve into design at various points in history.

Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century (Trailer)

The 1994 documentary Bauhaus: The Face of the 20 the Century traces the development of the Bauhaus movement from its formation in Weimar by Walter Gropius to the establishment of the Bauhaus School in Dessau to its last stand in a derelict factory in Berlin.

Helvetica

Gary Hustwit directs Helvetica — a film that celebrates this inescapable typeface’s history, the reasons for its pervasiveness and its universal appeal. It also explores how typography and graphic design impact our culture.

The Genius of Design 1/5 (Ghosts in the Machine)

The series…

With Tumblr’s 10 year anniversary around the corner, I wanted to take some time to highlight some of the best surviving art & design collections online.

Have a look through all 165, sorted into the following categories: Graphic Design, Typography, Art, Architecture, Furniture, Interior Design, Book Design, Sculpture & Installation, Fashion, Photography, and Misc.

Each thumbnail is clickable and will take you to the respective Tumblr. A handy hack for those that don’t know: type /archive after the Tumblr’s domain to see all of its posts easily. Enjoy!


Creative, insightful, helpful, and actionable; we’ve curated and categorized 75 of Medium’s best design posts from the past year. Enjoy!

See Medium’s Best Design Writing of 2015.

Approaches to the Creative Process

The pathway to creative success is neither static nor singular, as the following articles reveal.


An Intro to VR, AR, AI, IoT, Bitcoin, 3D Printing, Drones, Wearables, and Self-Driving Cars

Staying up to date with the latest technology can be a challenge.

An endless stream of product releases means there’s always something new on the horizon. Even if you work in tech you might have a hard time keeping up.

Wether the future of your job depends on it, or you’re just interested in learning more, I’ve assembled an easy to understand guide to the most important trends developing in tech right now.

Virtual Reality (VR)

An artificially simulated environment that a user can engage and interact with. …


15x magnification

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPod 15 years ago, he famously presented it as 1000 Songs in Your Pocket. It was incredible.

Today, the Spotify app on the iPhone alone gives you access to over 30,000,000 songs.

Apps are magic buttons. There are over 1.6 million for each and every purpose. Apple even created a marketing campaign around it, entitled: “There’s an app for that.”

You’d think by now there would be hundreds of apps performing unimaginable feats for us at all hours of the day. …


Until this point we’ve focused on how machines relate to us, but what about our relation to them?

We’ve seen that as machines become increasingly adept at communication, our relationship naturalizes and we begin to project human qualities onto them. Sure, humans had been interested in automatons for centuries, but the moment Turing created the Imitation Game, it seemed to plant a seed of desire within us: to create a machine indecipherable from its human counterparts. Forever paired with this desire is an unshakeable question: at what point, if any, does artificial intelligence become a problem?

In a study conducted…


Many would jokingly describe their smartphone as a fifth limb, but developments in wearable technology are hinting that one day our devices will actually be part of us. In some cases, they already are. Cyborgs are organisms with enhanced abilities thanks to the integration of an artificial component or technology, and many of us already fall under this category.

We tend to associate the word cyborg with science fiction representations of super humans like Robocop or Roy Batty from the film Blade Runner, but our present day cyborgs tend to be those with health complications.

Those suffering from irregular heartbeats…

Daniel Eckler

Weekly AI, AR, VR, IOT, Etc. updates @ http://ideas.danieleckler.com

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