How To Design for Thumbs In the Era of Huge Screens

Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez via Quartz
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez via Quartz

Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez via Quartz

Now that Apple’s finally jumped into the larger screen camp, how does ergonomic design for human hands change? As this article explores, properly positioning elements for thumbs is becoming even more critical.

—Thanks to Mike Townson and Daniel Barbour

Universal Icons

Netherlands-based design group Lava, for Beijing design week, designed iconography for the Hutong neighborhoods around Beijing which are rapidly becoming very diverse. By using traditional Chinese pictograms as a base, Lava created a system they feel could seriously cut down on large, ugly signage around neighborhoods (currently everything is repeated in Traditional Chinese, English, and pinyin—Mandarin written in Romanized characters)

—Thanks to William Yarbrough

What Every App Dev Should Know About Android

Really great infographics on recent trends in the Android space that everyone should be aware of!

—Thanks to William Yarbrough

The Missing Scarf

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Narrated by George Takei, this whimsical story takes a dark, dark turn.

Want more on nihilism and despair? Hear this fantastic Radiolab story about this book.

—Thanks to Kijana Knight-Torres

The Top Color Trends of 2014

Shutterstock’s cool infographic illustrates the color trends of the past year, slicing the data by world region.

—Thanks to Stori Walker

Analyzing the New Apple Watch Typeface

Image by FastCo.Design
Image by FastCo.Design

Image by FastCo.Design

With the unveiling of the Apple Watch, Apples also introduces its first system font designed in over twenty years. We don’t even know for sure the typeface’s name. But why create a custom typeface for the Apple Watch at all? Why not just use Helvetica Neue? Legibility.

—Thanks to Oscar Tellez

Buy My Volvo

I grew up in a family with 4 Volvos, so this is very close to my heart. (The Swedish version is here.)

The car was sold. According to the small text on the start of this video, “Microsoft purchased this car and provided compensation for this video.”

Brilliant.

—Thanks to Kijana Knight-Torres