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Weekly inspirations: May 29th, 2015

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out for the week of May 29, 2015

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

The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years

This is a really interesting article looking at the science and thinking behind the new design of the Netflix browsing experience which has been badly in need of a redesign for a long time. It is also really interesting because on the surface the new design doesn’t look that different but as with most things like this the real story is what is going on behind the scenes to bring the new experience to life.
Read the article here.

Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design

All good visual artists understand the importance of negative space, the empty area that draws attention to, and accentuates, the actual subject. Negative space (the artistic equivalent of a designer’s white space) is like the supporting cast whose duty is to make the star of the show stand out more by not standing out so much themselves. If you don’t think any part of your design should be intentionally blank, take a look at the World’s Worst Website Ever for an extreme example of the damage caused by too many objects competing for attention. In interaction design, white space isn’t just an aesthetic choice and this article looks at the 3 reasons why it is critical to your design.
Read the article here.

Exploring Savage Beauty Out of Hours

Ever wanted to explore that sell-out exhibition without jostling through the crowds? Some lucky Instagram users have been given the chance to do just that with the V&A’s smash Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty show, as part of the app’s #Empty project. The scheme has already seen the world’s best ‘grammers get to explore the Frieze, Tate, Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art after hours, but last week it was the London exhibition that provided the backdrop for their snaps, allowing a group to get up close and personal with items from McQueen’s most fabled collections. Explore our favourite shots from #EmptySavageBeauty in the gallery above, and search the hashtag on Instagram to see the full set of images.
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The Kindle Finally Gets Typography That Doesn’t Suck

Amazon’s Kindle e-reader is a lovely single-purpose gadget, with an industrial design ethos that, in its singular focus on the purity of e-reading, even Dieter Rams could love. The Kindle’s typography and typesetting has always been a bit of a disaster, with six different typefaces, that are barely suitable for reading an actual book. But today, Amazon is making a big step towards better typography on the Kindle. Not only are they unveiling Bookerly, the first typeface designed for the Kindle for scratch, but they’re finally solving the Kindle’s typesetting problems with an all-new layout engine that introduces better text justification, kerning, drop caps, image positioning, and more.
Read the article here.

MooVee for iPhone Aims to Help You Manage Your Growing Movie Watchlist

Following up on the success of the series tracking app TeeVee, developer CrazyApps has released a new piece of software aimed at moviegoers. The app, appropriately titled MooVee, allows you to keep track of movies you’ve seen and what you want to see. The app’s UI is similar in some aspects to TeeVee, but most of it has been designed from scratch to better accommodate the ways movies and TV differ. For example, in the image above you can see the watchlist view, which resembles the main list view in TeeVee. However, other features are unique to MooVee. The UI design is really nice though based on the reviews the functionality might be a mixed bag.
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