Visual and UX Design Trends for 2013

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It’s always best practice for web and graphic designers to stay with the current trends, otherwise you will more than likely be surpassed by other designers who are with the trends.  [article]

Visual and UX Design Trends for 2013 by Awwwards

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How can we design an internet of things for everyone (not just alpha geeks)?

Gigaom

Despite the influx of new products and considerable excitement around the Internet of Things, from a design and innovation point of view, we are in a “blank slate” moment. We know that connected devices are possible, but we’re not exactly sure why we need them.

Young startups such as Ninjablocks and Twine offer kits that let us connect our own sensors to measure and track values such as how often a door has been opened, the temperature in a certain room, or when the plants have gone dry. Companies like Sony have been working with designers to envision a flexible platform for internet of things development and collaboration to allow product designers and developers to create virtually any kind of information appliance they can think of. (GigaOM’s experience design conference RoadMap is in November in San Francisco).

These extremely flexible devices remind me of what the Commodore 64 computer was…

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Can Google Glass save lives? Perhaps, with this service for first responders

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Much of what we see and hear about Google(s goog) Glass is consumer-focused, but that doesn’t mean the product won’t have commercial or other uses. How Glass is used will be highly dependent on apps and services for the connected wearable. One company thinks Glass is the final piece of the puzzle when it comes to public safety.

Mutualink is showcasing Google Glass this week at APCO 2013 in Anaheim, CA, a conference created by and for the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

The company already offers connectivity services for public safety works in the form of FirstNet, a dedicated 700 MHz LTE network for such workers spearheaded by Alcatel-Lucent (s alu). By pairing the network connection with Google Glass, Mutualink’s press release says the wearable display can be used for these and more situations:

  • Firemen reviewing the schematic of a building before entering and while navigating a burning structure
  • EMTs…

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Why it’s way too early to dismiss big data’s economic impact

Gigaom

The New York Times published an article on Friday asking in its headline whether big data is a economic dud. Numerous quoted professors gave reasons why the analogy of data to oil doesn’t work, nor does the one of data to the electrical grid (and here I thought that analogy was about cloud computing).

All in all, it was kind of foolish. Here’s why.

1. Data is the new oil

Period. End of story. But we shouldn’t conflate data with big data. Data already has had significant effects on business and I can’t imagine anyone really taking issue with that statement. Whether or not it’s “big,” there’s no denying that all successful web companies and most successful companies of all types rely pretty heavily on data to make better decisions around marketing, operations or whatever.

Ask Google, Amazon, Walmart, Disney, GE, Target — and the list could go…

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