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The Swedish consumer electronics company, Teenage Engineering, just dropped a collaboration with IKEA: Frekvens, the modular speaker and light system for the home.

Fun fact: Frekvens translates to ‘frequency’ in Swedish.


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The new iPhone is for photographers and videographers.

I’m going to make the decision making easy for you: if you own the iPhone X series, only upgrade if you are a passionate photographer or videographer.

Obviously, if you own an older model, the upgrade is a no-brainer. The new phone has a larger screen, better resolution, better chip, more extended battery, and the (now less daunting) FaceID.

Before I get into the new features for photo and video enthusiasts, I must vent about the form.

Form


The best hard case luggage you’ll ever purchase.

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If you frequently travel as I do, you would agree that there’s nothing better than a smooth airport experience. One significant contributor to a pleasant travel experience is your suitcase. After going through several over-the-shoulder, soft case, and hard case suitcases, I’ve finally found the perfect one. The MUJI Adjustable Handle Hard Carry Suitcase is the suitcase you didn’t know you needed (I know, it’s a terribly long name).

As a designer, I can be particular sometimes regarding what products I own. A product can be highly functional, but if the design is poor, I’d most likely look for different options. …


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Photo from Freepik

Having worked as a UX designer in the technology industry for 4+ years now, Design Thinking has become a natural process for me when solving complex problems. If you are an aspiring designer or even someone working in the field who wants a better understanding of Design Thinking, read ahead.

In this post, I will focus on high-level concepts and practical advice. There is a lot that goes into doing Design Thinking correctly, and if I were to elaborate on every detail, this would end up being a novel. …


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Snap Inc. just came out with its 3rd version of Spectacles.

Brief history of Snap

Did you know that Snapchat was initially called ‘Picaboo’? Skip ahead to “SPECTACLES 3″ if you don’t care for history.

Snapchat was first introduced to the app store as ‘Picaboo’ in 2011. It caused a frenzy due to the disappearing photo feature that made it extremely popular for sending photo and video messages (and controversial nudes). …


The new over-ear headphones by Human Inc.

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Overview

Every year we look forward to the next generation of AirPods or Bose QC35s hoping to find an enticing enough upgrade that would justify spending $150-$300 on new headphones.

If a design is unique enough, we may venture out of our trusted brands to try something new. However, usually the grass is not greener and we immediately come back to the house names we love. …


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Let’s start with a little history.

From sexual harassment allegations to viral butthole memes generated from their new logo, Uber has gone through a lot of sh** in the past 3 years. The thing is…Uber had so much potential to be liked.

An excellent car sharing application that provides transportation for 75 million riders, offering 3 million jobs, and even satisfying drunchies and munchies everywhere (Uber Newsroom). What was there not to like about Uber?

Former CEO, Travis Kalanick.

A series of poor behavior, most notably, his argument with an UberBlack driver (watch video), impacts an organization all the way down to his consumers: negative brand perception, boycotting and a designer’s worst nightmare: attributing the new logo to be a body part not a binary digit (by the way, I feel so sorry for the people involved in the rebrand. …

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Designer at Google. Author of thedesignmood.com. Youtube.com/TheDesignMood

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