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My weekly inspirations: November 12, 2012

An App That Turns Any Surface Into An iPhone Keyboard

An astonishing app that uses an iPhone’s accelerometer to sense the location of a tap on any surface and translate it into typed letters on a keyboard. Read the article or watch the video.

Cuban’s Stand Against Facebook Will Change The Industry

Mark Cuban standing up to Facebook and taking his business elsewhere represents a turning point for the tech industry, Recently Facebook changed its algorithm in such a way that it radically reduced the ability of brands to reach their Facebook followers. Some brands saw their reach drop by 40% or more overnight. Cuban says he’ll start looking elsewhere for ways to reach people. Read the article here.

The Value of Being Original in an Age of Knock-Offs

An interesting article in the Harvard Business Review by Nina García, the fashion director of Marie Claire magazine and judge on Project Runway since its premiere season. The article argues that companies who have integrity and stay true to their aesthetic are ultimately more profitable. Those that cut quality and turn to knock-off designs just don’t survive long-term. Read the article here.

3 Big Insights From Today’s Top Design Thinkers

This article is a business and design roundtable with some of the brightest mains at Facebook, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Airene, and more. Read the article here.

Multiple-Choice “Windowed Slider” UI

This article is a very interesting exploration by Chris Norstrom of multiple choice slider UI’s. This problem is normally solved with a drop down or multiple radio buttons but this exploration looks are other viable alternatives that create better usability.  Read the article here.

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