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Weekly inspirations: January 13, 2014

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


New Tablet That Transfer Drawings From Paper to Screen

Debuting at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Qualcomm’s new Ultra Sound NotePad has one of the most original concepts recently released. The Snapdragon 85 is able to transfer written notes in real ink on a notepad to a tablet screen simultaneously as it enables artists, especially animators to draw in the classic medium on pen and paper without having to give a second thought to digital transfer. Users can play around with colours and effects, deleting and editing as they go. Watch the video of it in action here.

5 Keys to Getting Social in 2014

Maybe this is the hangover speaking, but to me, social media in 2013 became a teenage mutant ninja hurdle—a temperamental and challenging adolescent defying easy categorization or one-size-fits-all approaches.  Looking ahead, marketers would be wise to expect further morphing and adapt accordingly, exploring new opportunities while optimizing current approaches. To that end, here are five key trends that will help you get social in 2014. Read the article here.

We Have a Culture Crush on Warby Parker

Every Friday, Big Spaceship invites creative professionals into their studio to share what they’re working on for a Show and Tell. They recently had Stephanie Wu (Director of Design) and Jen Rubio (Head of Social Media) for Warby Parker give them the inside scoop about what happens behind the doors of this little company that makes big things happen. Read the article here.

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Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report

For years the touch interface from Minority Report has been the aspirational gold standard for the future of interface design.  A lot has happened in technology since that movie as we have seen interactions move beyond the screen into touch surfaces and now into voice interactions with interfaces like Siri. The new Spike Jonze’s movie Her is a really interesting look at romance in the age of artificial intelligence and this article looks at how this movie will become the new Minority Report for interface designers. Read the article here.

Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

Few organizations have been better at constantly telling amazing stories like Pixar.  This slideshare deck walks you through the 22 rules that they follow to tell when they build their stories.  I use these rules for everything from concept development to the structure of the stories tell in my presentations. Read the article here.

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