Not sure why some photographs just brand themselves deep into your memory, while others make no impact whatsoever? With the help of a new neural network that learns to think like humans, researchers at MIT hope to figure out what makes the best photographs so memorable. The results could not only help up your Instagram likes, they could help graphic designers apply science to their work to make it more memorable. advertisement Like any other deep learning neural network, such as the one driving Google Photos, MemNet first needs to learn from a dataset that humans have previously gone over. In MemNet’s case, that data came from LaMem, a library of about 60,000 images tested for how memorable people found them. Here, memorability means “how long were human observers able to remember the image after they stop looking at it?” Those scores were tabulated and fed, along with the initial images, into MemNet’s neural network. MemNet then created its own model of … [Read more...] about What Makes An Image Memorable? This MIT AI Might Hold The Key
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Facebook has launched a new app, and this time it is related to memes. The social networking giant has released a new meme-creation app called Whale. The app allows users to edit photos with text and stickers in order to create memes that can be shared on social media or forward to their contacts.The Whale app is currently available only in the Canadian App Store for iPhones. Facebook’s New Product Experiment (NPE) team is the brains behind the development of this app, first spotted by intelligence firm Apptopia and reported by The Information. As mentioned earlier, Whale lets users personalise a meme by adding stickers or text to an image and share it over social media or messenger.Users can browse through the stock library photos, click a photo in real-time or choose one from the camera roll. The app also allows users to create their custom image stickers using the crop and cut tools.Close The app also features a blank canvas and up to four-grid layouts. Other tools … [Read more...] about Facebook’s new Whale app lets iPhone users create memes for free
Somewhere in the universe, there is a shelf of neatly organized books with titles made of nonsense. One of these books contains 410 pages of uncapitalized English words strung together in no intelligible order. On page 26 of this particular book, about halfway down, bookended between “holons” and “linkman“, is a 26-word couplet that my 4-year-old daughter will attempt to recite in her preschool’s Christmas pageant. Somewhere else, on a different shelf, is another book: this one contains a precise transcription, down to the syllable, of how my daughter will adorably mangle those 26 words onstage when her cue arrives. advertisement advertisement If this scenario sounds familiar, it’s because the 20th-century Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges imagined it in his mindbending short story “The Library of Babel”: The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal … [Read more...] about How Do You Design A UX For Infinity?
Monotype Imaging, the publicly traded type foundry behind some of the world’s most iconic fonts, is being sold. Palo Alto, California-based private equity firm HGGC plans to acquire all Monotype’s stock for $19.85 a share, or about $825 million, and Monotype will no longer be listed on any public exchanges. advertisement It’s the latest, and likely biggest, deal to underscore how digital technology has disrupted the business of design. As brands have embraced digital media, firms that historically practiced classic design disciplines, such as industrial design or graphic design, have had to broaden their scope, offering services like UX and UI, creative consulting, and venture funding (in which designers invest in their clients’ companies) to thrive. In many instances, prominent independent firms have sold stakes to, or been acquired by, larger companies. Monotype is no exception. Though the 132-year-old, Woburn, Mass., company commissioned many … [Read more...] about Legendary type foundry Monotype sold to private equity for $825 million