Best of the Week

Today marks the first weekly roundup of things we here at p202 have found interesting, helpful, and inspiring. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to share our findings with you here on the blog.

Highlights this week include a dive into the curious corners of our daily world with National Geographic’s new TV show Going Deep with David Rees, a helpful pool of resources for free stock photography, and a heads up for the new NPR One mobile app, which puts storytelling right at its core. And that’s only just a peek – we’ve got a lot more in store for you below.

Stop by the blog every week (or so) for the best of new design trends, tech news, and beyond.

Touch/Keyboard Hybrid Notebooks

Many manufacturers, including ASUS and Dell, are now offering 2-in-1 notebook computers with both touchscreen and keyboard functionality. In his talk on the Era of Touchscreen Hybrids, John Whalen at Brilliant Experience notes that, “people use touch more than expected.”

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Image Source: Intel.com, John Whalen

This certainly brings a twist to our design approach for desktop apps. Interestingly enough, some PC manufacturers will soon be offering 3D motion-tracking technology as well. Related Links:

— Thanks to Jeremy Johnson for the tip.

Design To Make Technology Human

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The future certainly is now. Danielle Reid at Meduim.com has a wonderful piece on future interfaces, which brings many current and forward-thinking interfaces and concepts into view, and sheds more light on the importance of contextual content.

— Thanks to Medea Lee

Going Deep with David Rees

Host David Rees takes viewers through the science and history behind seemingly mundane everyday tasks such as making ice and flipping a coin in this new how-to series from the National Geographic Channel. Going Deep with David Rees will have you rethinking the way you do everything!

— Thanks to Derek Rosenstrauch

Metrico

Do you like infographics and games? Next week (August 5th), you’ll be able to mix your two passions together into one with Digital Dream’s release of Metrico for the PlayStation Vita. Even before release, it has already garnered several awards and praise from the gaming community. As a bonus, if you’re a Playstation Plus subscriber, you get it for free this month.

— Tip from Peter Oshima

Free Stock Photography

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Photo by SplitShire

Are you in need of images for your mock-ups, or working on a project that has little budget for professional photography? Well, you’re in luck! There are a variety of online sources that will help you find the perfect picture you need.

— Thanks to Mike Townson

A USB Security Exploit and The Speed of Ignorance

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ExtremeTech informs us of a new security vulnerability through USB devices, which had some of us at p202 thinking about the speed of darkness and how it is faster than light, as explained in this video. What do you think? With the more security flaws we discover, could ignorance be growing faster than knowledge?

— Thanks to Chip Wilson for the tip and the profound thought!

NPR One

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Not only is the listening experience catered just for you, but the NPR One app features stellar, story-focused, UX design work. No more waiting for the same old NPR podcasts to update separately or experiencing the headaches associated with Apple’s own Podcasts app. This is a great way to stay informed with news and features, even with things that are happening locally for you.

— Thanks to William Yarbrough for the tip

Facebook’s New Regional Notification Icons

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You may be more used to one view of the world map than what the rest of the world may see. For example, the rest of the country (and the world) would always be dwarfed by the Lone Star State for us Texans.

From TechInAsia: “Facebook is now showing a different notification icon to users in the eastern hemisphere – instead of showing the Americas on the globe icon, Facebookers across Asia and Africa now see their own continents. Oh, and Europe…”

— Thanks (and arrivederci) to Tyler Tate

A mini documentary: How Adobe Illustrator Changed Graphic Design

Do you remember life before Illustrator? Can you imagine now life without it? Fast Company reminds us that life before Adobe Illustrator was indeed tedious. Our appreciation of this software knows no bounds, and now you can see the story behind the industry-changing program with this short documentary.

— Thanks to Dennis Van Huffel