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Weekly Inspirations: October 7th, 2016

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

HASSELBLAD GOES MOBILE

Traditional camera manufacturers are beginning to inch into the mobile phone market. Starting with the Panasonic CM1 and Huawei P9 with their Leica-certified lens, Motorola has also recently entered the market, breaking their silence and raising public attention for the first time in a long while. Cooperating with Hasselblad, they have introduced their all new external True Zoom optical module for their Moto Z series (including the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and Moto Z Play) to provide a tremendous enhancement to optical performance.
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Chatbots: Your Ultimate Prototyping Tool

Beyond the buzz, what conversational UI shows us is the idea that everything in design should be considered a conversation. All elements in an experience are exchanges in a conversation amongst people, a brand, a business, a service, and, increasingly, a machine-powered intelligence. In this sense, conversation is the primary design material for designers — and its general purpose is to impact or inspire people’s behaviors and emotions.
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Co-designing with Hosts: How collaboration shaped our new mobile experience.

Imagine you’re a new host about to welcome your first guest. You’ve prepared for this moment– made the bed with fresh sheets, set out clean towels, maybe even picked up some fresh flowers and a selection of teas to brighten your guest’s morning. Then you get a message from your guest: They’re on their way, but the cab driver needs directions. No problem. You’ve got this. Tap, tap, tap…send message. Wait, did that go through? You double check. Did the Internet do its job? Is your guest really on their way? You send another message to see if they got the first one. After all, no one wants to be lost in a new city.
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Preparing for your Design Sprint

The 5 phase “design sprint” is a methodology based off the agile sprint, pioneered by Google Ventures (GV), and followed by various startups and design teams across the world, including my team at CanvasFlip. The plan includes design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. It’s a rapid way to test out assumptions, try big ideas, and get an analysis before the team goes ahead with building a product or feature. Google pioneered this sprint and used it for coming up with amazing products such as Hangout, Gmail etc.. Inspired by this, the startup ecosystem has adopted this technique of validating new features, markets and entirely new solutions.
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Designing The Next Steve Jobs

In the half decade since Jobs’s death, design has come into its own as competitive lever for businesses, a set of practices for solving important problems, even a method for optimizing your life. This past summer, I interviewed dozens of designers, design scholars, entrepreneurs, and CEOs for a potential book on the role of design in Silicon Valley. Some of the people I spoke with lead some of the biggest tech companies, but most are young designers-turned-startup founders. In either case, time and again, Jobs’s name came up as reference point, illustration, or exemplar. I don’t think that I’m exaggerating when I say that he remains the most idolized recent CEO and design obsessive.
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