What's Happening in Design: The Futur's Finds

Diving deep into design.

Today we're focused on all things design: graphic, interior, UX, UI... you name it, there's something for all designers in this week's list. We're exploring all of design's capabilities and impact.

Last week, we sent out a list of ideas, content, and more to help you transform with the changing world. Missed it? Just click here to catch up.

Let's dive into this week's finds:

Read Mismatch by Kat Holmes.

Book of the week

Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes - Not all computer mouses are created equal. (At least, for left-handed people.) In Mismatch, Holmes describes how design can lead to exclusion, and how design can also remedy exclusion. The book exploreshow inclusion can be a source of innovation and growth, especially for digital technologies.

This week's assignment

If you follow us on Instagram,you may have noticed some logo redesigns we've posted from our creative community. This week, we're challenging you to do the same. Pick a logo you'd like to rework, and share what you design! Need some inspiration to get started? Check out our Academy channel for some great examples and helpful walk-throughs.

Illustrations for everyone are available on Blush.

Get illustrations from artists around the world

You may know Pablo Stanley as the quirky guy in that Webflow ad. But what you might not know, is that Pablo's just released Blush, a plugin that provides illustrations for everyone. You can create, customize, and even submit illustrations for personal or commercial use. OH, and it's free!

Designers to follow

Amidst a sea of Instagram influencers lay a notably talented roster of designers from around the world. When you need some inspiration in your feed, check out these phenomenally creative people:

  • Austrian architect building the future, Chris Precht. Follow him @chrisprecht
  • Tactile lettering artist and stop motion extraordinaire, Becca Clason. Follow her @beccaclason
  • Barcelona-based Art Director, type master and lettering artist, Sergi Delgado. Follow him @sergidelgado

Articles to read

  • Denishia Macon is the lead graphic designer and design consultant for Macon Designs. In this article, she shares the role visual design plays in educating the masses, and the power brands hold in social justice movements. 
  • Hong Kong is continuing to fight for their civil liberties. Protests have taken over streets narrow and wide, and designers are contributing to the movement. This article from AIGA shows how protesters in Hong Kong are using their illustration skills to make their voices heard.

The Design Better Podcast cover image.

Listen while you work

Podcasts

  • Jehad Affoneh is the Head of Design at VMWare. He shares why it's better to be a business leader, not just a design leader, in this interview on InVision's Design Better podcast. Listen to the episode here.
  • What product trends can we expect to see in the near future? Dru Riley, the founder of Trends.vc, joins the UI Breakfast podcast for a discussion on how to identify and watch incoming trends. Listen to the episode here.

 Music

What to watch

  • The tiny house movement is still alive and well. And the popular YouTube channel, NEVER TOO SMALL, will not only show you how to design the smallest of spaces with the biggest imagination, but also might convince you to downsize.
  • It's safe to say we've accumulated a lot of things throughout our lives. But do we ever think how these things are made? And what impact our things have on our lives? Objectified (2017) shows us our complex relationship with manufactured objects and the people who design them. Add this feature-length documentary to your weekend watchlist, and prepare to look at your toothbrush through a whole new set of eyes.
  • Ai Weiwei is one trailblazer of an artist. As an outspoken activist, Ai blurs the lines between art and politics. Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) documents the internationally-renowned artist's journey to open a series of museum exhibitions as he clashes with the Chinese government.


And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

 “Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.” — Robert L. Peters