Every week our team of Strategists, Designers, and Developers give you the week’s latest look at ideas, products, and visuals that are inspiring to us as a whole. Here are some things to check out this week, July 8th:
What Design Can Do Conference: Twitter’s Lead Designer, Mike Kruzeniski, discusses meticulous design obsession, the art of refining, and the culture of in-house design.
Drawing Faces Instructed by Facial Recognition: An interesting tool that provides a window into how common facial recognition algorithms score the validity of a face. In a modern twist, shows us the tremendous lengths we must go to as humans to justify to a computer what a face actually is.
How does Google Street View work?: Ever wonder how Google gets all those images for street view? Learn about all the tools they use to help us explore places we could never go before.
Vine: Is Vine more like TV than a social network? This blogger says it’s all about “making me laugh” and not really about “telling me what my friends are up too.”
NoChains: A free app that allows users to look for the best independent, non-chain restaurants in an area.
Delectable: This site showcases online experiences that are a bit more obscure. Ecogex, a graphic design studio based in Paris, has been collecting and showcasing sites that usually have somewhat of a print design aesthetic and unique interactivity.
Pinar&Viola: An office for contemporary image making, they suggest new forms of digital visual representation, create autonomous projects, and work on commission projects as creative directors. Every year, they launch a Surface Collection—a fantasy scenario reflecting an extreme happening, a sensation or a change to reflect future influences and trends.
Phoenix’s Trying To Be Cool / Drakkar Noir by directors CANADA: The visuals here are extraordinarily calculating in their attention to innocent pleasures. From ping-pong tricks, cannon fire, and bubbles, to a choreographed dance routine at the end.