AI Weekly: Boston Dynamics robots are terrifying by design

There’s no beating the Terminator. It’s the undisputed heavyweight champion of AI held up as proof of machines hell-bent on the destruction of humanity. In my experience seeing Atlas do parkour and backflips, and four-legged Spot robots get pushed around by humans, Boston Dynamics is a close second. These robots fascinate and terrify people. If facial recognition software […]

Notre Dame’s Age, Design Fueled Fire and Foiled Firefighters

Is there anything firefighters could have done to control the blaze that tore through Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral sooner? Experts say the combination of a structure that’s more than 850 years old, built with heavy timber construction and soaring open spaces, and lacking sophisticated fire-protection systems led to the quick rise of flames Monday, […]

Why Does UX in Web Design Matter?

User experience (UX) is an often overlooked aspect of web design. In fact, when talking to people who work in similar industries, it’s apparent that people aren’t at all sure what UX entails. Many believe that UX is merely just the end user having a simple and non-confusing experience while navigating throughout the site. Although […]

A Design Lover’s Guide to Lisbon

Long overlooked by travelers flocking to bigger Barcelona and ancient Athens, Lisbon is finally having its moment in the sun, thanks in no small part to more flights from the U.S. to the Portuguese capital. The hilly, coastal metropolis—one of the oldest cities in the world—has long been important due largely to its position on the Atlantic Ocean: […]

Audi Design Director Talks Radical Electric Cars And Becoming An Experience Brand

Audi has teased with the promise of an all-electric family under the e-tron badge for some time. These early cars were brilliantly radical. They experimented with what was then considered to be the electric vehicle vernacular – meaning a focus on aerodynamics, coupled with strong visual statements, elements in the grille and alloy design that pointed […]

Purple Heart Recipient’s Mission: Design 1 New VFW Post Each Year

A Vietnam veteran and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart listens during the Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day ceremonies at the State Capitol in Atlanta. (William Carraway/Georgia National Guard) 24 Mar 2019 The Times-Tribune, Scranton, Pa. | By Frank Wilkes Lesnefsky Emotions sweep over Eugene “Gene” Ogozalek when he talks about designing […]

How the ‘Willy Wonka Of Design’ Reimagines Corporate Leadership

“Total bombardment” is how experience design pioneer Nelly Ben Hayoun describes her presentation style. Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore earlier this month, that descriptor was just about the only moment where minimalism took hold. Ben Hayoun warned the audience that her speech—built on 275 slides, covering topics ranging from philosophy to film and delivered […]

Great Design Is the Key to True Product Differentiation

Todd Bracher, founder and creative director of Todd Bracher Studio, speaking at the 2019 Fortune Brainstorm Design conference in Singapore. Stefen Chow for Fortune By JAMIE O’BRIEN 11:39 PM EDT What does everyone truly want from their business? According to Todd Bracher, founder and creative director of Todd Bracher Studio, it’s not profit, market dominance, or […]

From Apple to APAC: how Eight Inc is pushing experience design in Asia

Eight Inc has hired Andrew Au to its APAC team Eight Inc is adding to its leadership team in Asia Pacific, with the appointment of Andrew Au as executive director for APAC. The agency, which was born from a reputation as being ‘Apple’s secret weapon’, has spent almost a decade building its Asia office around […]