Three ways to make virtual events worthwhile

When it comes to transitions over the last year, I feel for conference planners. It must take a herculean effort to translate in-person events to a fully virtual event in the midst of a pandemic.

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Conference crowd
In-person gatherings are not exactly 2020 friendly | Credit: Headway

One thing I’ve noticed is that purely virtual events tend to exacerbate existing conference problems. Minor tech problems are now critical, communication is harder, networking can be more awkward and engaging with the speaker next to impossible. …

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Three simple steps to be less addicted to your phone

We spend an increasing amount of time online, on social media/entertainment or even checking notifications on our devices to our own detriment — whether it’s doomscrolling or getting stuck in a YouTube or Wikipedia spiral.

As many things in life have shifted to screens due to day to day life this past year, it’s even easier to be complacent and waste time on your phone (or device of choice) for no particular reason. Given that being online might be the only avenue for connections, work, education, learning, hobbies, no wonder we’re spending more time in front of a screen — there just isn’t a good alternative for the time being. However, there’s still nuance between thoughtful vs. …

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Credit: Sebastian Herrmann

Use this list to help you understand what that meeting really means

The shift to remote work may have caused a boom in scheduled meetings. Whether you’re stuck in back to backs all day long or just feeling confused, here’s a handy guide to help you see what’s coming up.

Pre-meeting = A meeting to get all the buy-ins before the actual meeting

Debrief = A meeting to figure out the real decisions after the actual meeting

Retro = A meeting to discuss past meetings

Kickoff = A meeting to plan for future meetings

Status update = A reoccurring meeting with the same people

Webinar = A sales pitch disguised as a…

Cultivating creativity through uncertainty for better results

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Credit: Dirk Spijkers

Get a holistic picture of how new ideas grow and the challenges you can expect along the way.

1. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein)
A thought provoking look into how we can encourage others to make better choices, paired with insights on why people might behave against their own best interests.

2. Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers (Geoffrey Moore)
Classic on how early products face unique challenges to gain mass adoption and the different approaches to marketing based on customer segment.

3. Absolute Value: What Really Influences Customers in the Age of (Nearly) Perfect Information (Emanuel Rosen, Itamar Simonson)
Updating age-old marketing concepts for your customer’s shifting sphere of influence. …

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Meet Sam Chiet, VR developer and maker of technology for the human spirit

** ART <3 CODE **Projects and stories from the intersection of art, code and everything in-between.`````````````````````Name: Sam Chiet 
Role: VR developer
Location: Anywhere
Likes: Playing guitar, DDR, reading and knowing weird facts about Pythagoras the triangle math man
Website | YouTube | Twitter

I am a maker of dumb-smart things. Every ‘dumb’ idea, every fleeting thought you’ve dismissed on a whim-

I come in like a little goblin, and I take that idea, hold it close, and give it the life the universe absolutely needs.

The Desktop Meadow came from a place of exhaustion and just wanting to do something nice for a change. Going into the pandemic lockdown (round 1) and spending more and more time on computers, so many people (especially teenagers) were burning out. …

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Credit: Ahmed Zayan

Three ways to inspire better design

It can be easy to get stuck as a designer when you’ve been staring at the same idea for so long that you can only see it a particular way. While sidestepping the buzzwords of empathy or storytelling, here’s three steps along the process can help lead you to better design:

1. Listen

= seeking broad ideas, underlying needs and fresh eyes

When the solution you’re iterating on in context, it can be difficult to see how it should be further improved. Sometimes you need to look at the bigger picture. …

Neural filters, combating misinformation and a sneak peek behind Adobe Sensei.

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Source: Adobe

Below are notes from Adobe MAX, a conference that brings together creatives to build skills in design, video, photography, illustration, UI, and UX. Most sessions are available on demand.


💇 Neural filters in Photoshop can adjust age, expression, makeup and even hair thickness on an image…

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Takeaways from what’s coming up at Adobe Research

Below are notes from Adobe MAX, a conference that brings together creatives to build skills in design, video, photography, illustration, UI, and UX. During a session, Adobe engineers gave a first look at potential future technologies, which may or may not make it into upcoming versions of Adobe products.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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Legends by Shirley Wu

Resources for combining code and visual art

Whether you’re a beginner or professional in art/engineering who is simply intrigued by the mesmerizing patterns of generative art, here’s some ways you can learn something new:

  • Processing — programming language geared toward creating visual arts
  • Quartz Composer — node-based visual programming language, Mac only
  • TouchDesigner —node-based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content
  • Max MSP — visual programming language for music and interactive media
  • Unity — game engine that can also be used for creative coding; Unity beginner series
  • Nodebox — python based alternative to Processing
  • Nodes — JavaScript-based 2D canvas for computational thinking
  • Resources from Tania…


Joanna Ngai

UX Designer at Microsoft, illustrator, green tea drinker | UX for Beginners

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