TLDR Design 2024-05-15

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News & Trends

Google's invisible AI watermark will help identify generative text and video (2 minute read)

Google has enhanced its AI content watermarking technology, SynthID, to now mark AI-generated text and video. This technology is crucial for distinguishing between AI-created and authentic content to prevent misuse, such as spreading misinformation or generating nonconsensual media.

10,000 Websites, 10 years: Inside the U.S. Government's Behemoth Plan to Overhaul its Online Presence (4 minute read)

The U.S. government is overhauling its digital presence. It will standardize over 10,000 web pages to improve mobile friendliness, accessibility, and cohesive design. This significant project could take up to a decade. The White House has introduced a design system comprising standardized graphics, icons, and typefaces to ensure a trustworthy and recognizable user experience across federal websites. Meanwhile, efforts are underway to prioritize and improve the most visited sites.

Google's Holographic β€˜Magic Window' Video Calls are Becoming a Reality (2 minute read)

Google introduced Project Starline, a holographic interface that utilizes advanced 3D imaging, artificial intelligence, and new display technologies, at its I/O conference in 2021. The platform aims to bridge the gap between physical and virtual interactions, allowing users to feel like they are in a face-to-face meeting. The concept is heading towards practical use. Google announced it will work with HP to sell and integrate video-conferencing technology into platforms such as Google Meet and Zoom in 2025.
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Opinions & Tutorials

How Generative AI Is Remaking UI/UX Design (10 minute read)

This article explores how generative AI revolutionizes UI/UX design by enabling rapid prototyping and bridging the gap between design and development. It highlights the efficiency and creativity unlocked by AI tools, which streamline the design-to-code process. The authors envision a future where AI-driven dynamic and adaptive interfaces significantly enhance user experience and design workflows.

The Elements of Good Craft (5 minute read)

Attention to detail is a fundamental preference for order and consistency and cannot be easily taught as it requires caring about and preferring certain forms of order. In digital design, it's essential to ruthlessly edit and remove internal distractions in digital design, as digital design is born into distraction.

Why Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen is confident we'll all adapt to AI (48 minute read)

In this interview, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen discusses integrating AI into creative software such as Photoshop and Premiere. Narayen sees AI as crucial for enhancing creativity and improving workflow efficiency. He highlights Adobe's AI project, "Firefly," which aims to improve user experiences across its software suite by assisting creators in tasks such as image editing, video production, and document management.
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Launches & Tools

Map the Features Your Users Want You to Develop (Website)

Organize product feedback from real users, automate your product roadmap, and publish changelogs.

Generate Your Own Illustration Consistent with Your Art Style (Website)

Pictographic is an AI-powered dictionary for design that allows you to generate visually consistent illustrations.

Advanced Free Advanced Image Editor (Website)

Photopea is an online photo editor that accepts a wide range of formats and lets you edit photos, apply effects and filters, add text, and crop or resize pictures.
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Miscellaneous

What we should learn from top healthcare apps about signup and onboarding (6 minute read)

Top healthcare applications employ strategies to sign up and onboard users effectively, converting them to paid subscriptions. These strategies include building trust through clinical backgrounds and data security practices, personalizing experiences based on user goals, reducing friction in signup processes, demonstrating product value early, and implementing intelligent monetization tactics such as non-intrusive paywalls with trial periods and transparent pricing.

Concept to Keynote with Figma and Google Docs (5 minute read)

Marketing teams can be run similarly to design teams. This small team used Figma, Google Docs, and a lean approach to create a highly effective keynote within days. This article describes the process, from drafting the initial storyboard to conducting live reads and rehearsals.

Hidden vs. Disabled in UX (4 minute read)

Keeping features hidden harms discoverability, while disabling them without explanation frustrates users. Turning off a feature is a good idea if you want the user to understand that the feature exists but is unavailable. By contrast, hide elements when the value is irrelevant and can't be used. Don't hide buttons and filters by default, because users expect them to persist.
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Quick Links

So Long Apple Logo Stickers (3 minute read)

The new iPad Pros and iPad Airs won't include Apple's traditional stickers of its logo in their boxes.

State of HTML (Website)

This survey convincingly demonstrates the demand for more interactive elements and highlights the necessity for thorough customization to address developers' top pain points, particularly regarding form elements.

Complicated sticks (4 minute read)

Complicated sticks are complex tech products useful for everything and nothing in particular.
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