Being Designerly is about designer-like behaviors and habits. Empathy is one of them and the first couple of curated articles in this issue are related to empathy.
Other curated links involve the senses of sight (periodic table), taste (chocolate), sound (LEGO) and smell (typographical perfume)!
Being Designerly also turns double digits with this issue!
Philips and Disney join forces to improve the healthcare experience of children
If you've ever been in an MRI machine, you know what its like. How do you create an experience that is less stressful for a child who views the machine as a long, dark tunnel that slowly swallows them, with no one around them?
It begins with the designerly habit of empathy.
Tweet by Voilà: Francis Gagnon on Twitter
This tweet highlights a limitation of a NYTimes data visualization of the casualties of Coronavirus by reducing people to dots on a page / screen.
How do you bring empathy to visualize this information? https://mkorostoff.github.io/hundred-thousand-faces/, by Matt Korostoff, used computer-generated images to curate a demographically accurate view of the actual victims, accounting for age, race, and gender.
Note that the site has 300K faces (current US death toll is: 519K)
Amazon just fixed its controversial new app icon
Amazon's app icon was recently refreshed to show Amazon's signature arrow on a package, along with a hint of the company's bright blue parcel tape. That tiny strip of blue tape, when placed above the 'smile', looked a little like a moustache. And not just any moustache, but, according to Twitter, a rather familiar one.
Rich Gradients Flow Through a Luxe Set of Chocolate Bars with Matching Packaging
Growing up, chocolate came in one color. Then they added the ends of the white and dark spectrum.
We've come a long way. These white-chocolate treats are produced from cocoa beans grown on a farm in Sulawesi, Indonesia, and then dyed naturally with fruits, teas, and other edibles. Their luxe aesthetic dovetails with equally sumptuous flavors, including black pepper yuzu, matcha raspberry, and cassis brandy, all of which coincide with one of Japan’s four seasons. Pick up a single bar, or more realistically try all 12.
The new USPS trucks are delivering strong reactions — here are some first-class responses
Does it remind you of a robotic Beluga whale? Leave the visual design apart, it is redesigned to be environmentally friendly, as well as safer and more comfortable for drivers.
Google Fonts now supports open source icons
From their blog: "We believe that everyone should have access to quality design resources, so Material Icons are open source and available under the Apache 2.0 license. We’re also planning to add other select open source icon sets to Google Fonts in the future."
Love typography? Now you can smell like it!
Designers Rob Stolte and Maarten Dullemeijer from Dutch design studio Autobahn recently launched their interdisciplinary design project GLYPHS - The Alphabetic Perfume Collection.
It is a series of niche perfumes based on the historical origins of the Latin alphabet. A great gift for typography nerds!
Periodic Table of Elements in 3D
Get inspired by a 3D project on Behance exploring some of the elements of the periodic table and how/where they are used in our daily lives. Part 1 has helium, hydrogen, tin, tungsten, neon, iron and sodium rendered in 3D.
When Design Flops
The exhibition Flops! When design gets tangled up offers you an informal and humorous look at the flops of design. The show spotlights 40 objects from psychologist Samuel West’s Museum of Failure, which opened in Sweden in 2017.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
I hope you enjoyed this issue, and the articles that touched on so many of the senses!
I'm looking for feedback, of the brutally honest kind, so this can improve over time. You can reach me at lycerejo (at) gmail.com - thank you!
Onward and upward from a two digit issue to the day when it hits 3 digits!
The making of LEGO White Noise
LEGO White Noise was created to promote mindfulness using the sounds of more than 10,000 LEGO bricks. Go behind the scenes and see how the tracks were created.
The playlist can be accessed from over 15 different music streaming platforms including Spotify and iTunes or for free on LEGO.com.twitter.com