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Weekly Inspirations: September 29th, 2017

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


With the announcement of Apple’s most cutting-edge piece of hardware, designers and developers are gearing up to make sure their apps are ready for the iPhone X. Not every new piece of Apple hardware requires preparing for, but this one does. Let’s take a look at a few of the unique specs and features of the iPhone X and how to design for them.
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New app is Shazam for art

Smartphones and art galleries haven’t always been a match made in heaven, but thanks to the launch of Smartify this could be set to change. Released yesterday, Smartify is a free app that uses image recognition technology to scan and identify artworks in certain museums and galleries. Its aim is to give people a greater understanding of the masterpieces they’re looking at. In short, it’s like Shazam for the art world. Unveiled yesterday at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, Smartify is now in use at over 30 of the world’s major galleries and museums. The app is also open to having other venues involved, all you’d have to do as a venue is get in touch with the Smartify team via its site.
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The tools and tricks we use for top-notch teamwork

We aren’t all born time managing geniuses or Zen masters of productivity but we become them with the help of the tools around us. Exactly the same goes for working as a team; seamless teamwork does not happen overnight. It requires the right know-how and tools. As a digital agency that works with different freelancers, remote and at the office, we have tried and tested different tools to ingrain (see what we did there) a positive workflow into our team. It’s one thing to do it together, it’s another to do it well.
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Heston Blumenthal: “You need the freedom to fail”

There’s nothing ordinary about dining at The Fat Duck – from the booking process to the petit-fours, from the innovative dish presentations to the original flavours combinations. And that, of course, is at the heart of the restaurant’s enduring appeal. Heston Blumenthal’s hyper-experimental flagship might not offer the locals much by the way of a quick bite – although his two nearby pubs certainly do – but its 17-course, £255 tasting menu remains one of the world’s most thought-provoking, technically adept and exhilarating dining experiences. On this menu, nothing is quite as it seems. The ingredients of a Waldorf salad turn into an ice cream; a golden pocket watch vanishes in hot water to create a soup; a virtually weightless beetroot and horseradish macaroon disappears on the tongue. What’s even more amazing is that some 20 years after opening, The Fat Duck – located just to the west of London in the upmarket village of Bray – remains a relevant and hugely influential restaurant.
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Protoype voice experinces with Sayspring

The value of wireframes, design mockups and interactive prototypes when creating websites and mobile apps has been established. You want to get the user experience right before you start development. Sayspring brings that product design approach to the world of voice. Just design the voice experience you want, open Sayspring on Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and you’ll be able to interact with your prototype instantly.
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