The Friday Five: App Updates and Innovation
May 2nd, 2014
This week’s Friday five is all about innovation, bringing a new twist to what we know and love. Read on to learn about some of this week’s coolest updates and inventions.
This week, The New York Times revealed a new update. They slyly changed the "T" in the Times Old English font to incorporate a digital play button. Often tweaked but never fully changed, the logo is as recognizable as the institution in itself. This small change conveys a lot of meaning, as the Times, with its rich history, reestablishes itself as digitally focused and forward-thinking.
This tweaked logo will appear on all 14 channels in the new video hub, which includes News and Politics, International, Opinion, Times Documentaries, Business, Technology, Culture, Style, Health, Food, Travel, Sports, Real Estate and Science. We’re ready to press play on this new era of New York Times news.
Yesterday Snapchat released its biggest update yet. The instant picture sharing service has just added text messaging and video chatting features. The update focuses on helping its users have conversations, rather than just one-off picture and video messages. Users can now have full-fledged conversations through the app. Simply swipe right over a contact's name from your inbox to pull up a conversation view. It also offered Snapchat a chance to update their look, streamlining the interface and user experience with a smaller more subtle type face and improved camera quality.
And, for the first time ever, Snapchat is giving users the ability to share photos not taken in the app. A button now allows users to upload images from their camera roll.
Put an end to all your airplane misery! This latest innovation in design looks like the answer to all our flying prayers (beyond, ya know, arriving safely at our destinations). For anyone who has ever been crammed in the middle seat, wishing for some extra elbow room, Hong Kong-based designer James Lee of Paperclip Design has the solution, a double-decker arm rest. The double-decker configuration effectively puts two arm rests in the space of one, with a nice three inches of space between your arm and your neighbors. No more sharing or stabbing strangers with your pointy elbows.
But think! This design could help end the to-the-death battle for elbow room in any high-density seating area: movie theaters, bus terminals, waiting rooms. The patented concept has won the Crystal Cabin Award, Red Dot Award, Good Design Award, and the A' Design Award and stolen our hearts.
Any graphic design fan loves a good poster. Well, why not one that compiles the entire history of design styles all into one incredible chart? This poster was rigorously researched and hand-illustrated to show the progression of Graphic Design from the Victorian era into the modern digital age, and each era is depicted with its respective design elements.
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