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New Android logo and brand update for 2019

New Android logo and brand update for 2019

The big Android news from Google today was the change from Android Q to Android 10, and the end of the desserts. That's important - that's the fun part of the news, and the most tasty - but the part that will matter most to graphic designers is the edits made to the Android logo and design guidelines. Of import here are the adjustments in the eyes, the color shift, and the shift in aesthetics overall.

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Google’s recycled materials promise is a hardware head-scratcher

Google’s recycled materials promise is a hardware head-scratcher

Google plans to use recycled materials in all of its Made by Google products from 2022, part of a green commitment by the search giant to raise its game in environmentally-friendly tech. Don't expect a fully-recycled Google Home or Pixel smartphone, however.

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I love the Galaxy Note but not the curved edge trend it helped create

I love the Galaxy Note but not the curved edge trend it helped create

Ever since my first actual Android smartphone (no, the first Galaxy Tab doesn't count), my main driver has always been a Galaxy Note, only skipping the Galaxy Note 4 (not much of a differentiator) and the Galaxy Note 7 (fire hazard). Far from being a Samsung fanboy, I have and continue to swear by the S Pen, unrivaled in any smartphone, Android or otherwise. But despite that loyalty to the mighty stick, there is one Galaxy Note hallmark I wish never came to be. In fact, I wish the entire curved edge screen design never caught on.

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Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

I confess, I was skeptical about the IKEA SYMFONISK speakers, the Swedish retail behemoth's first collaboration with multi-room audio specialists Sonos. IKEA has always been about affordability, building products to a strict price tag. In contrast, Sonos represented a more polished - and more expensive - experience.

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Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

Jony Ive’s legacy and life after Apple

If we had to name a designer, the name at the top of most of our heads would be Apple’s design chief, Jony Ive. The British designer has helmed the Apple design team since 1996, developing iconic products from the iMac to the iPhone that were nothing short of revolutionary. Ive has given us all a new appreciation of design, with a taste for minimalistic designs that only keeps what’s absolutely necessary – for better or worse. Love it or hate it, these designs have changed the way we use tech and everyone’s dying to see what’s next from Apple. And after 25 years of service to Apple, Steve Jobs’ right-hand man will finally be stepping down to start his own design studio, LoveFrom. In light of this news, let’s take a look at his gallery of game-changing designs and what’s to come for tech’s greatest designer.

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Jony Ive’s departure shows the dangers of a rockstar company culture

Jony Ive’s departure shows the dangers of a rockstar company culture

Forget iPhone sales, the #bendgate, or butterfly keyboards. Apple's biggest crisis since the death of Steve Jobs happened last week. The company announced that Jony Ive was departing after 23 years in the company. The Internet erupted into debate about the man’s legacy and his role in both the rise and fall of Apple. But whether you see him as the hero or villain, one thing is clear. Apple has too long put the responsibility of designing the company’s hit products on the shoulders of one man and now the Apple will be reaping what it sowed.

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I’m glad Jony Ive is leaving Apple

I’m glad Jony Ive is leaving Apple

Jony Ive is leaving Apple, and while change may be scary, I think it's time. The famous British designer has spent more than 25 years at Apple, shepherding through the aesthetic of products as iconic as the original iMac, the iPhone, and the iPod. Now, he's stepping away to start his own studio, LoveFrom.

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Samsung’s The Wall Luxury 8K TV launches next month and you can’t afford it

Samsung’s The Wall Luxury 8K TV launches next month and you can’t afford it

If you follow technology news, there's a good chance you've heard of Samsung's massive, modular display called simply "The Wall." What was first launched as a commercial product is now getting a consumer version, nearly a year after Samsung announced that such a model was in the works. Don't take that to mean that The Wall is going to somehow get cheaper in its jump to private residences, as it's still very clearly a product for those with deep pockets.

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IKEA ROGNAN robotic furniture promises cheaper tiny homes

IKEA ROGNAN robotic furniture promises cheaper tiny homes

IKEA is aiming to capitalize on space-short city dwellers with a new set of robotic furniture, ROGNAN, that can transform between a bedroom and a living space. Intended for studio apartments and other smaller locations, the new range can change a room between sleeping, working, and relaxing at the touch of a button.

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Legendary Jaguar designer Ian Callum is leaving the automaker

Legendary Jaguar designer Ian Callum is leaving the automaker

Famous car designer Ian Callum has announced he is leaving Jaguar, ending a two decade stint as the Design Director responsible for some of the most recognizable and iconic cars and SUVs from the automaker. Callum has been responsible for the aesthetic of models like the F-TYPE, the two door coupe and convertible that arguably put Jaguar back on the design map back in 2013.

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Intuos Pro Small rounds out Wacom’s trio of pen tablets

Intuos Pro Small rounds out Wacom’s trio of pen tablets

It's been a little while since we last heard from Wacom's Intuos Pro line, but today it stepped back into the lineup with a new Pro Small tablet. The new Intuos Pro Small will be joining the existing Pro Medium and Large tablets, and Wacom says that with its launch, the Intuos Pro line is now complete. If you've been considering an Intuos Pro but were turned away by the price of the Medium and Large tablets, this one might be more up your alley.

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Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 Review: The obvious best choice for illustrators

Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 Review: The obvious best choice for illustrators

The Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 is the no-compromise version of every other stylus tablet or phone on the market today. This device has the Wacom Pro Pen 2, the most idyllic digital stylus I've ever used - and quite possibly the best digital stylus available in the world today. While other machines aim to fill all your needs at once, the Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 is a creative tool that's focused squarely on that one role. This is an illustrator's tablet.

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