Issue #37

Back with a distinct design theme for this edition - be sure to check out Jason Turner on his personal highlights from a recent talk by artist and technologist, Brendan Dawes, at TAB HQ. You can also catch Head of Design, Iain McConchie as he joined a panel discussion at Adobe UK AWWWARDS, and another of our product designers, Nicolo Arena questions when - and when not - to follow a design trend.

Happy reading!

Daniel Joseph, The App Business


TABTalks #2: The Beautiful Inconvenience of Things

At the end of last year, the second session in our TABTalks series took place, hosted by UK designer and artist Brendan Dawes. Brendan is renowned for his exploration of IoT, 'tinkering' with both analogue and digital materials. In addition, he often partners with well known brands, including AirBnB, to produce projects like Local Murmurs.

Brendan shared his insights about what it means to consider the human experience when designing a product. He argues for serendipity, joy, surprise and delight. Senior Product Designer, Jason Turner shares his highlights from the inspiring talk.

Make sure you check out Brendan's latest art series Now Boarding.

Jason Turner | 5 minute read

Design trends - and when you should ignore them

Recently, in the world of UI design, there has been a 'minimalist' trend pioneered by some of the biggest digital products in the world. Think Instagram, or AirBnB. Like all trends, as this one has gathered pace, it has meant a lot of products have begun to look remarkably similar.

Product Designer Nicolo Arena argues that interface and experience design should be holistic - and that means following the latest visual trend might not be right for your product. He takes a look at some of the products we have built recently here at TAB, and explains how the experience shaped the product's interface and why 'on trend' isn't the same as 'good'.

Nicolo Arena | 6 minute read



TAB Head of Design, Iain McConchie, joined the UX Panel at Adobe UK's AWWWARDS in London this week. Iain (shown second from the right) joined Vitaly Friedman, Andre Jay Meissner and Chris Constantine to share his thoughts on UX design workflows. You can view the full conference here.

Quick tip: Iain's panel starts at 1 hour 52 min.

Iain McConchie | 20 minute video


Mobile 2.0

In this blog, Ben Evans considers what comes at the end of the mobile S-Curve, and how these things might represent the beginning of the next curve. Just like the iPhone triggered the move from desktop to mobile, what will trigger the next move - and what will it be?

Ben Evans | 8 minute read

The growth of mobile money in Zimbabwe

This article takes a look at the rise of mobile money in Zimbabwe, based on a immersive field study by Studio D. The research draws out the history and behavioural nuances that underpin the country's rapid adoption of EcoCash, a simple mobile wallet and payment system.

Studio D | 60 minute read

Reality matters: Estimote in 2017

Beacons might feel like they have slipped from the tech headlines but start-up Estimote has kept faith. Currently piloting their solutions with major retailers in the United States and Europe, this blog provides detailed examples of the various technologies - including beacons - that they use today in the retail space to better understand how people behave, and engage, with products in the real world.

Estimote | 4 minute read

Google and the future of machine learning

Google has big stakes in machine learning, and the power to shape it. In this interview at DAVOS, co-founder Sergey Brin discusses the potential of AI and the big societal questions surrounding it. Will AI steal our jobs, or will it free us to focus our energy on a higher purpose?

DAVOS | 34 minute video

The rise of the invisible computer

This insightful read takes a closer look at Moore’s Law. It predicts that by 2050, Moore’s Law will be ancient history - so what happens when computers stop shrinking, and how will this impact engineering? What will the computer of the future look like? The conclusion: the future will be made up of trillions of tiny chips, scattered through every corner of the physical environment - making the world more comprehensible, and more monitored than ever before.

The Guardian | 15 minute read


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