Designers coding, self service and the World Cup

Brexit, the World Cup, data breaches and Trump. It’s been a busy news week and so we’ve cut through the headlines and rounded up some interesting articles outside of the daily grind. 

 

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Number 1 - Why designers need to code

Working in cross-functional teams has never been more important to work in a truly efficient, agile way. This, of course, means that designers and software engineers are working more closely together than ever. With that in mind, Creative Bloq looks at why designers need to learn to code. It’s an insightful article, and we’re super proud of our very own JunSari and Clementine who feature in the piece.

 

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Number 2 - Serving self service

We are in the world of ‘service economy 2.0’, according to Management Today. Our society is one increasingly dominated by self service, shifting the responsibility away from providers to the consumers.  

Management Today notes this self service wave is bolstering sales and boosting customer experiences but highlights that the self service performance still relies heavily on the company performance, not the customer. 

 

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Number 3 - Apple’s colourful past

Quartz has chronicled (and mourned) Apple’s design history. It charts its colourful product history, from Steve Jobs’ bright return with the iMac, to the more modern premium (and greyscale) products such as the slick clean lined iPhone. Overall, the publication notes that Apple has gone from a rainbow filled consumer tech brand to a luxury brand. 

But it doesn’t matter, because whatever design choices Apple makes, everyone else is sure to follow.

 

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Number 4 - World Cup innovations

The World Cup has landed and sweepstakes are happening across the UK. With great events, comes great tech innovations. From Amazon Alexa to fans being able to watch the games in VR for the first time ever, the Evening Standard has created a brief round-up of tech tidbits for this year’s tournament.  

 

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Number 5 - Be My Eyes

This week from Slack, we wanted to share a link to an app called Be My Eyes. It’s free and has been created to “connect blind and low vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.” We love it.