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Weekly inspirations: February 25, 2013

Feb25Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Target’s designers launch showcase site

Target shocked the advertising world last January when it ended a long and fruitful association with Wieden & Kennedy. They then confounded everyone again in March by forming an in-house creative agency called  InHouse. They just launched a new website to showcase their talents and their work.  Explore the site and their work here.

How to Keep the Ideas Flowing When You’re Put in Charge

Many of us spend years toiling away in obscurity before our hard work and talent begin to receive real recognition. Those years working in the rank-and-file of a design firm or a fashion house (or in your sixth floor walk up studio, surviving on Ramen noodles and hope) can be richly creative. You develop your own vision, you practically burst with fresh ideas, and you eagerly await the day when you will have the power to do things you want to do, your way. Read the article here.

Google Poetics

Google Poetics is born from viewing Google autocomplete suggestions as poems. Google’s algorithm offers searches after just a few keystrokes when typing in the search box, in an attempt to predict what the user wants to type. The combination of these suggestions can be funny, absurd, dadaistic – and sometimes even deeply moving. See the Google poetry here.

Eight UX Design Trends for 2013

An interesting article that outlines 8 trends and coming advancements in user experience for 2013 from UX Magazine. Read the article here.

An Autopsy of a Dead Social Network

Following the collapse of the social network Friendster, computer scientists have carried out a digital autopsy to find out what went wrong. Read the article here. on bringing responsive web design to the iconic brand

An interesting interview with Craig Ettinger of to talk about the challenges of redesigning one of world’s most heavily trafficked sites, and how his team brought responsive web design to the iconic brand. Read the interview here.

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