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Weekly Inspirations: September 4th, 2015

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

Apple Music redesign

For me the launch of Apple Music was pretty horrible because so much of the experience was just a mess and the addition of the new service made iTunes feel more over bloated than ever. It is an experience that need to not only be re-design but rethought and the work from Tom Koszyk is the best attempt I’ve seen yet. I say that because he didn’t just go straight into doing a UI re-design but really took the time to think about what makes the service work and designed out from that thinking.
Read the article here.

This online tool reveals your personality based on Facebook ‘likes’

Facebook has a huge amount of data on you – whose profiles you engage with, how much time you spend on it, and everything you’ve said in a message. It uses this data to build up a picture of who you are, which it can then us to customise your News Feed and target adverts. But just one dataset – what you’ve ‘liked’ – can reveal a lot about a person on its own. The University of Cambridge’s Psychometrics Centre has built a tool that uses your likes, and no other data, to build up a picture of your personality. The “Apply Magic Sauce” tool uses the Facebook likes to estimate your gender, intelligence, life satisfaction, sexual preference and political and religious preferences, as well as guessing at your education and relationship status. It also puts you on spectra for the “Big 5” personality traits of openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
Read the article here.

The Perfect UX/UI design tool. 13 things designers needs most.

I also wanted to highlight another article from Tom Koszyk looking at the 13 things that need to go into the perfect UI/UX design tools. Just like me, Photoshop was an ultimate go-to tool for designing digital interfaces for Tom. Was, because designers most used software becomes out of date and he realized this after trying its rising competitors . I wrote about my change over in my article ‘Why I’ve changed my UX design process from Adobe Photoshop to Sketch 3‘ but Tom went one step further with this article that I thin does a perfect job of defining the features that UI/UX designers are looking for in their ultimate design tool.
Read the article here.

Facebook Launches M, It’s Bold Answer to Siri and Cortana

A few hundred Bay Area Facebook users will open their Messenger apps to discover M, a new virtual assistant. Facebook will prompt them to test it with examples of what M can do: Make restaurant reservations. Find a birthday gift for your spouse. Suggest—and then book—weekend getaways. It won’t take long for Messenger’s users to realize M can accomplish much more than your standard digital helper. To try the new service, users will tap a small button at the bottom of the Messenger app to send a note to M, the same way they might message anyone on Facebook. M’s software will decode the natural language, ask followup questions in the message thread, and send updates as the task is completed. Users won’t necessarily know whether a computer or a person has helped them; unlike Siri and Cortana, M has no gender.
Read the article here.

The Many, Many Problems With “Follow Your Passion”

A lot of career advice is built around slogans like “follow your heart” or “follow your passion.” I have always found that advice to be really flawed since I have worked with people who are really passionate about a subject – but they aren’t very good at it which is a huge problem. Popular celebrities like Oprah also contribute to this problem which only makes things worse. A popular YouTube video, “What If Money Was No Object?” narrated by British writer Alan Watts, suggests that unless you ask yourself “What makes you itch?” and pursue the answer, you will “spend your life completely wasting your time.”
Read the article here.

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