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    1. This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Image

      This AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Image

      Remember all the times you snickered when some TV character zoomed in on a photo and said “Enhance!” turning a blurred mess into a highly detailed, razor-sharp image? Now there’s a system–an artificial intelligence-powered image-scaling program called EnhanceNet –that will make that film trope impossible to laugh at, because it’s now a technological reality. Just look at the images above. They’re not fake.

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      Mentions: Germany
    2. How The Seamless Era Is Changing Restaurant Design

      How The Seamless Era Is Changing Restaurant Design

      Tender Greens’ newest location in Los Angeles’s Century City neighborhood is pure Instagram bait. Every corner of the fast-casual restaurant offers a picture-perfect moment: the black-and-white tiled floor, the theater of chefs cooking in an open kitchen, graphic artwork on the blonde-wood walls, and an outdoor dining area outfitted with a crimson banquette and potted cacti.

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    3. 10 Design Leaders On How To Change Their Male-Dominated Industry

      10 Design Leaders On How To Change Their Male-Dominated Industry

      At Women in Design 2017: Women Working Together, Designer Fund asked 10 design executives from companies like Facebook, Adobe, Uber, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Shopify, and Netflix how they create positive environments for female designers, and in particular, how colleagues can collaborate in this realm. The uniting message was that fellow women designers are one another’s most powerful assets.

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    4. We Don’t Need The iPhone X

      We Don’t Need The iPhone X

      Just look at Apple’s own list of features. Rather than focusing on solving problems that everyone has–like battery life that lasts for more than a few hours of usage, materials that are truly durable, or reception quality–the iPhone X is just a shiny jar of candy, designed to be irresistible for fans that are hungry for the latest status symbol. You may think I’m being unfair. Perhaps you’re right. Let’s review the design, feature by feature.

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    5. Fake Celebrities Created By A Neural Network Look Terrifyingly Real

      Fake Celebrities Created By A Neural Network Look Terrifyingly Real

      I guess there is an amazing technical reason for why scientists at Nvidia–the manufacturer of mobile and high-end graphics processors–decided to train two neural networks to create synthetic celebrities but, looking at the results in this one-hour YouTube video, perhaps they should have used that time in doing something good for humanity. Like crochet. Or giant rubber band balls. Do we really need celebrities who simultaneously remind you of Ben Affleck and Bill Cosby?

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    6. This AI Writes Horror Stories, And They’re Surprisingly Scary

      This AI Writes Horror Stories, And They’re Surprisingly Scary

      A new project from the MIT Media Lab plays on all three, just in time for Halloween. Called “Shelley” after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, it’s an AI bot that generates the beginnings of horror stories–and then invites human collaborators to keep each bone-chilling tale going. Shelley tweets out a new story every hour; when someone responds and if the story is popular enough, the bot replies with a new sentence that continues the tale.

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    7. The Worst Product Launch Of All Time

      The Worst Product Launch Of All Time

      Juicero. #Couragegate. New Coke. In this world of million-dollar keynotes, it’s not hard to think of product launches gone wrong, for whatever reason–an audience that felt betrayed or insulted, a poor choice of words, or simply bad design. They all pale in comparison to the Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis, whose life-saving product was ignored for decades because of the way he launched it.

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      Mentions: Coke Vienna
    8. The Worst Product Launch Of All Time

      The Worst Product Launch Of All Time

      Juicero. #Couragegate. New Coke. In this world of million-dollar keynotes, it’s not hard to think of product launches gone wrong, for whatever reason–an audience that felt betrayed or insulted, a poor choice of words, or simply bad design. They all pale in comparison to the Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Semmelweis, whose life-saving product was ignored for decades because of the way he launched it.

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      Mentions: Coke Vienna
    9. Sweden’s Coolest “Affordable” Furniture Brand Comes To New York

      Sweden’s Coolest “Affordable” Furniture Brand Comes To New York

      Hem –a Swedish e-commerce brand dedicated to stylish and (somewhat) attainable modern design –finally has a retail storefront in New York. From now until the end of November, shoppers can buy the company’s furniture, lighting , accessories, and housewares. Professional interior designers can also get a crash course in the brand’s Hem Pro service , which companies like Everlane, Artsy, and Uber have used to furnish their offices.

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      Mentions: New York
    10. Does The Government Think It’s Building The Wall From “Game Of Thrones

      Does The Government Think It’s Building The Wall From “Game Of Thrones

      Upon first look at the eight border wall prototypes just completed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in San Diego, California, you may think that the engineers clicked the randomize button in their iPhone’s Make-a-Wall app. Upon a closer look , you realize that Trump’s compadres also checked the “Zombie Attack Protection” box.

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    11. Want To Be A Great Designer? Ban Post-It Notes

      Want To Be A Great Designer? Ban Post-It Notes

      To Ray Sison, Post-its are the enemy of good ideas. Sison is a design director at Work & Co, the digital product studio that designs for Facebook, Google, Apple , Virgin America , and Nike. And in Sison’s telling, most design thinking sessions focus on building as many ideas as possible. “Design thinking is a separation of thinking and design, taking thinking first and design second,” Sison says. “I’m going to be honest with you. I hate this.

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    12. The Way You Pay Bills Is About To Change Forever

      The Way You Pay Bills Is About To Change Forever

      Bills stink, and not just because they’re asking you for money. Whether it’s from a utility, medical, or credit card company, bills are notoriously hard to decipher. And here’s something you probably didn’t realize: One company, named Broadridge, handles most of them. It sends out 5.5 billion bills and other regulatory communications for over 5,000 companies a year. Broadridge reaches 85% of households in America.

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    13. Are Designers Unprepared To Work With AI?

      Are Designers Unprepared To Work With AI?

      We asked readers to share whether they share Zimmerman’s stance and what might be done about it. Here are some of their responses. AI is just the latest in a long line of technical developments–and designers should treat it as such. “The state of the design community’s AI preparedness and savvy is, in many ways, a reflection on the immaturity of the AI field in general.

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      Mentions: Apple Inc.
    14. How IBM’s ThinkPad Became A Design Icon

      How IBM’s ThinkPad Became A Design Icon

      So it’s certainly no shocker that rifling through a 25-year-old issue of PC Magazine provides dozens of pieces of evidence that the tastes of 1992 diverged wildly from those of 2017, in ways that go beyond the purely technological. The desktop and portable computers in its pages are beige and bulbous, bearing scant resemblance to their modern descendants. But there is one exception in the magazine. It’s a striking black laptop called the IBM ThinkPad.

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    15. The Secret Vault Inside Lego’s New Building

      The Secret Vault Inside Lego’s New Building

      Somewhere in Billund–a tiny town with a gigantic international airport in the middle of Denmark–there’s a magical place that you can’t visit. A fantastic chamber hidden from the public, buried under a house burned down and rebuilt twice by a man with a crazy idea. That man’s name was Ole Kirk Christiansen . And that crazy idea was one of history’s best–an invention that affected the lives of billions of kids around the world for decades to come.

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      Mentions: Denmark
    16. How To Design “Branded” Environments That Don’t Make People Gag

      So what’s the secret to designing spaces that are actually useful and interesting to people, while remaining true to the brand? We asked honorees in the Branded Environments category of our 2017 Innovation By Design awards. These firms have managed to create branded experiences that don’t just successfully avoid annoyingly overt messaging and bad hashtags–they’re downright beautiful and impactful. Here’s their advice.

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    17. Ikea Just Released Its Chicest Capsule Collection Ever

      Ikea Just Released Its Chicest Capsule Collection Ever

      In the design world, sofas can cost as much as a car, chairs as much as a month’s rent, and tables as much as a Michelin dinner for four. But even the biggest design geeks have to cap their budgets somewhere. Enter the Ypperlig collection, a new collaboration by Ikea and the ultra-sophisticated and fresh Danish brand Hay. Hay, for the uninitiated, is a 15-year-old contemporary furniture and accessories brand that has a cult following in design circles.

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    18. How Walmart Could Make You Ditch Amazon - Where business and design collide

      How Walmart Could Make You Ditch Amazon - Where business and design collide

      But a new announcement from Walmart suggests that the company isn’t going down to Amazon grocery stores and Prime Now delivery without a fight. Walmart is partnering with smartlock makers at August Home, and the delivery service Deliv, to deliver groceries straight to your refrigerator–even when you’re not home. The test, which is launching in Silicon Valley with a few August customers, allows you to place an order on Walmart.com.

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      Mentions: Amazon.com
    19. There’s An Entirely New Way Of Mapping The World, And It’s Brilliant

      There’s An Entirely New Way Of Mapping The World, And It’s Brilliant

      For centuries, people have relied on the same types of maps. Whether a map is interactive or hand-colored in a book, it offers latitude and longitude as the key indexes for getting from point A to point B. But designer and software engineer Peter Liu thinks he’s come up with an entirely new way to think about mapping. What if our maps were arranged by time, instead of space?

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      Mentions: Google Maps
    20. A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here - Where business and design collide

      A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here - Where business and design collide

      Now all your options are in one beautifully designed location: the Data Viz Project, which has more than 150 types of data visualizations, all searchable by type of dataset (chart, diagram, table), input data, function (comparison, trend over time), and shape (square, line, map). The catalog of data viz was created by the Copenhagen-based visualization and infographics firm Ferdio over the course of the past four years.

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    21. A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here

      A Wikipedia For Data Visualizations Is Here

      Now all your options are in one beautifully designed location: the Data Viz Project, which has more than 150 types of data visualizations, all searchable by type of dataset (chart, diagram, table), input data, function (comparison, trend over time), and shape (square, line, map). The catalog of data viz was created by the Copenhagen-based visualization and infographics firm Ferdio over the course of the past four years.

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