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Weekly inspirations: May 26, 2014

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

Apple’s lost future: phone, tablet, and laptop prototypes of the ’80s

Apple’s focus on design has long been one of the key factors that set its computers apart. Some of its earliest and most iconic designs, however, didn’t actually come from inside of Apple, but from outside designers at Frog. In particular, credit goes to Frog’s founder, Hartmut Esslinger, who was responsible for the “Snow White” design language that had Apple computers of the ’80s colored all white and covered in long stripes and rounded corners meant to make the machines appear smaller. In fact, Esslinger goes so far as to say in his recent book, Keep it Simple, that he was the one who taught Steve Jobs to put design first. First published late last year, the book recounts Esslinger’s famous collaboration with Jobs, and it includes amazing photos of some of the many, many prototypes to come out of it.

Read the article here.

Next-Generation Responsive Web Design Tools: Webflow, Edge Reflow, Macaw

One of the biggest voids in a digital designs toolkit is trying to find a tool that will let you prototype and design responsive web sites. This articles a great and in-depth look at the three most popular responsive web design tools so you can understand them all and see which one is best for you.

Read the article here.

Technology and social revolution: Steve Wozniak at TED

If you look at any of my social networks in the past week you know that I had the chance to meet Steve Wozniak last week. I thought I would post this video because it gives you a good sense of what his talk was like, how he thinks and even see way he thinks that I think made him work so well with Steve Jobs.

Watch the video here.

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9 things you didn’t know you could do in Photoshop

Without question, Photoshop is one of the most popular and flexible image manipulation programs available. With each revision, Adobe adds more power to the program, through design enhancements, plugins, workflow changes and more. This article lays out 9 things you probably didn’t know you could do in Photoshop and I have to be honest that I have been using Photoshop since version 1.0 and I didn’t know most of these.

Read the article here.

Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here’s How To Set One Up

One of the simplest things I’ve learned over the years is that a dedicated space with walls always helps you do better work. The walls of a war room can extend a team’s memory, provide a canvas for shared note-taking, and act as long-term storage for works in progress. Unfortunately, war rooms are few and far between. I’m surprised by how many companies make space for a foosball table yet don’t dedicate a room to their most important project. This article explains how to put a war room together on almost any budget.

Read the article here.

Bobby Hundreds’ 10 Rules of Brand Building

As someone who can very plausibly lay claim to the title of “hardest working man in streetwear,” Bobby Hundreds is a street wear icon. Now he’s decided to collate some of what he’s learned over the years into 10 core commandments, essential for anyone looking to follow a similar path. As you’d expect, he doesn’t pull any punches, but with as much experience in the game as he’s earned you’d better believe he knows what he’s talking about.

Read the article here.

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