In many respects, 2017 was an incredible year for design. Brands such as Nike took a powerful stance on inclusion. Virtual reality enabled exciting new experiences. Inventors solved some of the longstanding problems mainstream design has ignored, like better breast pumps for nursing mothers. However, there were plenty of blunders, frustrations, and annoyances, too. Simply put, these 10 design trends need to die. advertisement advertisement Opaque Algorithms Has the moment of reckoning finally come for opaque algorithms? Algorithms are the silent puppeteers of our lives, deciding how we vote, what we read, how we dress, what we watch, how we’re policed, and more. We don’t know how these algorithms work. What’s even more troublesome is that the companies that are designing and using these algorithms often don’t either. One of Facebook’s algorithms, for example, created anti-Semitic categories for users, which violated the site’s … [Read more...] about The 10 Design Trends Of 2017 That Need To Die
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Let’s get this out of the way: Public space is, and always has been, political. Public spaces are the sites of protest–the places we exercise democracy. And as 2017 made unabashedly clear, many are also spaces of institutionalized oppression. Last August, protests over the removal of two confederate statues in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted into deadly confrontations between white supremacists–who wanted the statues to stay put–and anti-fascism, anti-racism counterprotestors–who want the statues removed from the city’s parks. advertisement advertisement Debates about public space typically remain between design professionals and politicians. However, the Charlottesville protests catapulted those conversations onto the national stage. The argument over whether or not Confederate statues should exist in parks and town squares and outside government buildings and schools was never about the statues themselves; … [Read more...] about The Fraught Future Of Monuments
As we approach the year 2020, we’re inevitably reflecting on the last decade of our lives. The music heard, romances had, and the jobs taken. The accomplishments, the regrets, the absurdity. Where did the time go? And where did you, you know, actually go? advertisement advertisement These days, there’s more than one way to reminisce. Thanks to the modern surveillance state that is Google, and the marvels of modern data visualization, you can actually map the last few years of your life. The Location History Visualizer heatmap is a totally free and private tool that can import your location data stored by Google, then chart that onto a global map that shows where you spent the most time. It’s actually quite easy to export your data from Google: Just go to Google Takeout, uncheck everything except “Location History,” and download the .json file. Then, you’ll upload that file to the site—which renders your map locally, meaning that no … [Read more...] about Where did you travel in the last decade? This personalized map will show you
Do you remember the day when Netscape became a $2 billion company, or when Amazon upended our online expectations by introducing 1-Click shopping? How about when Napster faced down Metallica and Twitter showed us what was really happening on the streets of Tehran? These are the moments of innovation that changed our world and continue to point us to the future. advertisement advertisement 1995: The birth of the fast company It was the IPO pop heard round the world: How Netscape’s triumph signaled the arrival of a new business model—and a new mind-set. I first realized that August 9, 1995, would be a day to remember when two coworkers bet each other on the opening and closing price of a new stock issue from a Mountain View, California–based company called Netscape Communications. Their excitement was electric, and it only grew as the stock doubled its offering price from $14 to $28 that morning; by the time it started trading after 11 a.m., the stock had … [Read more...] about 20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World Forward
I’ll soon be moving to a new city to be with my boyfriend. For now, I’m starting the job search from across the country. I worry that if potential employers ask why I’m making this move, sharing the true answer won’t sound professional. Is there a way to be truthful and still make a great impression? Am I making a big deal out of nothing? How much you share about why you’re moving to a new city is completely up to you. If you’re asked why you’re moving and you ultimately feel comfortable mentioning your relationship, mention it once and then move on. (“My partner and I think XYZ city is the best place for us to be right now,” or, “Personal reasons are bringing me there.”) advertisement The important thing is to keep the conversation about you. If you’re not comfortable mentioning your relationship, think about why this city might be good for your career (a good idea in general) and then work that knowledge … [Read more...] about Will It Look Bad To Hiring Managers That I Moved To Be With My Boyfriend?