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Android 8.1 new “Product Sans” fonts available for you to try

Android 8.1 new “Product Sans” fonts available for you to try

Google just recently made available its first public preview for Android 8.1 and it’s already proving to be quite the treasure trove of new features, or removed ones, and not all of them are being welcomed with open arms. One of those features is a new “Product Sans” font that has now been extracted and made available for anyone willing to install it on their phone. But like any theme or part of it, it’s reception is a subjective thing.

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Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin’s next luxury vehicle is a submarine

Aston Martin has announced a new team up with Triton that will see it playing the role of consultant on a new, limited edition submarine. While we normally expect to see luxury cars coming out of Aston Martin, it would appear that the company wants to branch out a bit. If you've ever wanted to own a submersible that shouts "opulence," then, it seems like this might be the submarine for you.

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iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

iPhone X : How do I deal with The Notch?

The iPhone X's notch sparked a conversation this week between designers, users, naysayers, and notch-lovers alike. What we've done here is explore some of the first reactions to the notch's now-official presence on the iPhone X. We've also taken a brief look at what Apple has announced as Human Interface Guidelines for the iPhone X - and the notch specifically.

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Taylor Swift’s Reputation album cover is a meme nightmare

Taylor Swift’s Reputation album cover is a meme nightmare

Today the new album from Taylor Swift, "Reputation", was revealed with cover design that encapsulates the era. The era of bad graphics, the era of album covers made to be shared with social networks, the inevitable worst age. When Taylor Swift is in the Seventh House, And Kanye aligns with Kasabian, Then social media will guide the organizational hierarchy, And "anyone could do this though" typography will steer the graphics. This is the dawning of the age of memes as album art.

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Google Calendar finally gets Material Design on desktops

Google Calendar finally gets Material Design on desktops

Google is prone to changing its mind about a lot of things, and sometimes without prior warning. Ironically, it also sometimes takes too long to implement those changes, sometimes ending up too late. That is perhaps best seen in Google’s design directions. Material Design, its latest design language, has been out for nearly three years now, but it hasn’t exactly infused even most of Google’s core apps and services. Case in point is Google Calendar which, after years of sporting the same initial minimalist look on desktop browsers, is finally getting a makeover.

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Infiniti reveals 1930s style Prototype 9 EV at Pebble Beach

Infiniti reveals 1930s style Prototype 9 EV at Pebble Beach

The gorgeous vehicle you're seeing here is Infiniti's new Prototype 9, but it's more than just a flashy concept that borrows the design of 1930s Grand Prix race cars; it's also a fully functioning electric car. Ok, so it's not much more than the combination of those two things: a fancy design experiment that Nissan's luxury brand is showing off at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance car show. But everything from the long nose to the spoked wheels is just wonderful to look at.

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Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple’s new Chicago store has a giant MacBook on top

Apple has a new flagship retail store currently under construction in the city of Chicago, and as you'd expect from the company's other flashy stores from the last few years, it features an impressive, striking design. But new footage from the building process has revealed that the store's roof has its own interesting design element: it strongly resembles a giant MacBook.

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After 20 years, HTC reveals how the sausage is made

After 20 years, HTC reveals how the sausage is made

For a company whose tagline is "quietly brilliant", it's perhaps no surprise that it's taken some time for HTC to allow anyone behind the scenes of how its phones are designed and manufactured. That all changed this week, with two big milestones: the launch of the new HTC U11 flagship, and HTC's 20th anniversary. To mark the double-occasion, HTC invited media to Taipei, Taiwan, to see where the U11 was born.

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You can now try out YouTube’s new look for yourself

You can now try out YouTube’s new look for yourself

It wasn't too long ago that word of a "dark mode" for YouTube broke out. While it was technically possible to try it out before it launched, the process was a bit too involved. The new dark mode hasn't exactly formally launched yet, but YouTube is now soliciting public feedback for it. Which means you can now easily test out the upcoming changes to YouTube's design, which, it turns out, also includes a new non-dark theme.

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Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Iconic Seiko watch made famous by Steve Jobs sees limited release

Here's an announcement that will likely only be of interest to a small cross-section of audiences: watch historians and/or Steve Jobs fanatics. Seiko has announced that it will be offering a limited re-release of one of its older watches made famous by a Steve Jobs portrait. The Japanese watch maker's Chariot timepiece was seen on the wrist of the Apple co-founder in the 1984 Time Magazine cover image, which featured Jobs sitting cross-legged on the floor with a Macintosh in his lap.

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Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Windows 10’s Project NEON look might throw off users again

Microsoft is no stranger to design changes that incite an angry mob, from the new Start menu in Windows 7 to the Ribbon UI in Office to the Metro/Modern UI in from Windows Phone to Windows 8 to present. While it won’t be introducing anything as drastic as those, the so-called Project NEON design change could still ruffle a few feathers, confuse not a small amount of people, and question Microsoft’s usability principles.

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Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Windows 10 “Project NEON” to bring smooth animations to OS

Animations are still a hotly debated topic in the field of user experience design. Some swear by it, other swear at it. While many argue that such animations are a pure waste of computer resources, when done judiciously and tastefully, they can make user interface feel more alive and natural. That might be the principle behind Microsoft's so-called "Project NEON", a minor embellishment to the Windows 10 design language that brings the aesthetics and animations from Windows 7's Aero to make the Windows 10 design "pop out".

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