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Weekly inspirations: July 8, 2013

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

 

Google Databoard for Research Insights

It is always a struggle to find current public stats for a presentation but Google has created an interactive tool to help you quickly find what you need from our vast archives of industry-leading research. It’ll even help you tell a story from the stats, turning selected charts and data points into infographics that you can share. Watch the video of how it works here and see the site here.

eBay Is Latest To Join 3D Printing Craze With New App For Customizable Goods, eBay Exact

Ebay is hopping on the 3D printing bandwagon. This morning, the company announced the debut of a new iPhone application called eBay Exact which allows users to browse and buy customizable print-on-demand merchandise from three top 3D printing companies: newly acquired MakerBot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pop Factory. Read the article here.

What designers can learn from sci-fi interfaces

Even though interfaces, devices, and controls in movies and TV shows are often visible just long enough to drive the story forward, many have achieved pop culture immortality, ranging from Star Trek‘s communicator and the WarGamesWOPR computer to the Terminator HUD, and of course, HAL. I have always loved Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel blog Make It So that looks to give UX lessons from science fiction and in this article they draw practical design lessons from these interfaces. Read the article here.

Four Things to Consider When Developing Apps for Google Glass

I have been writing a lot lately about Google Glass and how this new form factor is going to demand a totally new approach to app design. I thought this was a good article that sums up how you need to approach designing these apps. Read the article here.

The Art Of Food: Museum Celebrates Iconic Catalan Chef’s Cuisine

My love of the creativity and process of gastronomic visionary Ferran Adria is well documented and he is now getting a museum show dedicated to his creations at his restaurant elBulli. The show will start in London before moving to Boston later this year. Read the article here.

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