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Weekly Inspirations: January 15th, 2016

I did a lot of reading over the holidays and found a lot of great new articles to start off the new year so here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

Fashion Icon Iris Apfel is Designing Wearables For Wisewear

WiseWear’s line of luxury bracelets is called the Socialite collection. Like other wearables, they track fitness and can receive mobile alerts. But unlike most other wearables, the bangles can also send a distress signal to emergency contacts should something go wrong. WiseWear’s patented antenna technology means its accessories don’t need screens, which makes them both inconspicuous to would-be attackers and incredibly beautiful to observers. The bangles caught the attention of fashion icon Iris Apfel, who loved the idea so much, she agreed to be the face of the brand, and will design several new pieces for future WiseWear collections.
Read the article here.

The Top UX Predictions for 2016

It’s that time of year again, where we present our annual UX predictions for the coming year. Will there be an increased focus on mobile? Will experiences be more tailored to the individual user? Will the UX we’re familiar with change so dramatically that we’ll have to call it something else altogether? UX Magazine contributors give us their predictions for the trends and developments that will shape experience design in 2016.
Read the article here.

“Night Shift” Could Be iOS’s Most Important UX Improvement In Years

Reading on a screen at night is probably killing your sleep: Research shows that using a tablet, smartphone, or laptop for a couple of hours before bed can cause you to lose as much as an hour’s worth of sleep per night. With its next major software update to iOS 9 Apple is looking to solve the problem, automatically adjusting the color of the light coming from your iPhone or iPad’s screen when it’s dark out so you fall asleep more easily. The feature is called Night Shift, and it’s part of the forthcoming iOS 9.3 update to Apple’s mobile operating system.
Read the article here.

The Past, Present and Future of Sketch

Sketch and Photoshop have been the tools of choice for product designers, and most designers I speak to today have moved from Photoshop to Sketch. Prototyping has become an integral part of product design, and Adobe was doing nothing of real value in that space, until Comet. Adobe also saw a simple and focused design tool like Sketch gradually increase in popularity as a primary tool for product designers, which possibly played a role in Comet coming to fruition. This article is an interview with Sketch founder Pieter Omvlee on his thoughts on the past, present and future of the application.
Read the article here.

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