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May 18, 2020

Oculus Quest VR adds hand tracking for one-year anniversary

20 new beatmaps are also coming to Beat Saber
Source: Digital Trends VR

May 18, 2020

Microsoft Design opens Fluent UI, a collection of frameworks for next-gen experiences

Microsoft Design opens Fluent UI, a collection of frameworks for next-gen experiencesAoiroStudio05.18.20

Benedikt Lehnert who work as ‘Director of Product Design for Fluent, Mobile and Office Experiences’ at Microsoft shared about their freshest update on Fluent UI. What’s Fluent UI? It’s a collection of UX frameworks that will be used and shared across platforms to help them produce the next generation of Microsoft 365 experiences. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Microsoft in terms of hardware but I do love their leadership to push through innovative solutions to help them design and build more collaboratively, and pushing an immersive experience across all products. Alike a few other companies who rather keep these things under a locked door. I took the opportunity to share a few key lines from Benedikt’s article but I do suggest giving it a full read and make your own mindset. Check it out and props to everyone who worked effortlessly on this endeavor.

the beauty in our open-source approach is that the people who eat, live, and breathe our products contribute to and improve the Fluent Design System for everyone.

In his words

New cross-platform library

Fluent UI is more than a collection of UX frameworks for creating web and mobile apps that share code, design, and interaction behavior. It’s a new approach to how we work across disciplines and product teams to deliver more seamless experiences that feel natural on the devices our customers use throughout their day. We’re simplifying our developer ecosystem, so that all sorts of partners can leverage and contribute to these frameworks to build their own experiences.

Native to each device, still uniquely Fluent

Like in car design, we think it takes only a few signature design elements for each product to shape the impression of a branded experience in people’s minds. These “essential” elements create clarity and structure, so people understand how to use a product no matter which device they’re on. Our Microsoft logo, familiar app icons, recognizable app names, and distinctive app brand colors shape people’s impressions of our branded experiences. But there are also more specific UI components that make our apps feel uniquely Fluent. For example, our custom navigation bar gives our mobile apps a familiar, familial touch.

Delivering a more coherent, productive experience

It can be frustrating when things work differently for no (or some unexplained) reason. It frustrates our customers, frustrates us, and motivates us to make it better. Rallying around the Fluent Design System helps us simplify and become more efficient as a company, which is great. But it also allows us to deliver more coherent and connected experiences for our customers. Win, win. Simply put, Fluent is about designers and developers working better together to create best-in-class experiences that empower our customers.

Modernizing our theming architecture

We’re looking to modernize our theming architecture to create a scalable, future-proof design system. Future themes will make it easier and faster to update design values across all platforms using a common theming infrastructure, taxonomy, and centralized set of cross-platform style libraries across Microsoft frameworks.

To do this, we’re moving away from fixed values and toward more agnostic variables, or design tokens. Design tokens define the visual attributes of a UI surface and link design to code using a common syntax. Centralized style libraries, accessible by both design and development tools, will serve as the place to make updates without having to revise coded components.

the beauty in our open-source approach is that the people who eat, live, and breathe our products contribute to and improve the Fluent Design System for everyone.

Source: Abduzeedo UI/UX

May 16, 2020

Lynn Shelton, Director of 'Sword of Trust' and 'Humpday,' Dies at 54


Writer, director, producer, editor, and actor Lynn Shelton died suddenly on Friday, May 15, in Los Angeles.


According to her representative, Shelton passed away from a previously unidentified blood disorder. She was 54.



Shelton was a beloved voice within indie filmmaking whose freewheeling approach to storytelling and comedy resulted in unique, low-budget mumblecore movies like Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister, and Sword of Trust, which were largely improvised.





She was born August 27, 1965, in Ohio, and grew up in Seattle.



Early in her career, she struggled to decide between acting and directing, later segued into photography and editing, and after this learning process felt prepared to take on her first feature. As an actor herself, she knew the pressures a cast could face and strove to create safe, supportive sets.



Shelton’s feature directorial debut was 2006’s We Go Way Back, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Slamdance.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

May 15, 2020

Need Some High-End Sound FX? Artlist Can Hook You Up Now


Artlist is expanding beyond music licensing to bring you a high-end library of sound effects.


At some point, all filmmakers need stock assets for their projects and music licensing platform Artlist has been working hard to make that process as pain-free as possible by not only offering users unlimited access to royalty-free music at an affordable price but also offering stock footage through Artgrid.



And now, that process is easier than ever because the Israel-based company has added yet another branch to its platform, giving filmmakers access to a catalog of high-end sound effects through the same universal license.



Let’s break that down: You get unlimited downloads of quality sound effects that you can use on any video project…and you can keep them forever.



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Source: NoFilmSchool

May 15, 2020

How Did 'Twister' Change Movie Marketing Forever?


Movie marketing took a dramatic turn when Twister was released. Find out how.


Before Twister came out, there was some debate on whether or not a Hollywood film could open and be successful in the month of May. It’s hard to think back to the pre-pandemic time, but Hollywood’s summer now starts as early as March.



That’s all thanks to Amblin pushing Twister in May to unprecedented success, creating the early summer box office and delivering unparalleled success at the time.



The movie was directed by Jan de Bont and expected to be buried at the box office.



But they were all wrong.



People really cared about tornados and this movie caught part of the cultural zeitgeist, keying in on what the public wanted.





After the trailer dropped, people wanted to know about this story and about twisters in general.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

May 15, 2020

What Is HBO Max and Is It Worth It?


Confused about the streaming service? Let’s clear things up.


When AT&T agreed to pay $108.7 billion to acquire Time Warner (not the cable company), the telecom giant essentially became a media company. Time Warner was the parent company to a boatload of properties including Turner Broadcasting, which owned CNN, Cartoon Network, HLN, TBS, TNT, TCM, and TruTV—even the sports website Bleacher Report.



The deal also landed them HBO and Warner Bros., the studio behind DC Entertainment. And that deal was separate from AT&T’s buyout of Otter Media, an OTT platform with Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth under its umbrella.



So yeah, AT&T owns a lot of content.



Enter HBO Max, a standalone streaming service that aims to compete with the likes of Apple, Amazon, Disney+, Hulu, and Netflix.






What is HBO Max?


After the merger, AT&T rebranded Time Warner as WarnerMedia to steer away from any image and confusion issues with Time Warner the cable company, who is also in the midst of a brand change to Spectrum after being bought by Charter Communications.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

May 15, 2020

Gabo Arora with Angela Watercutter – SXSW Sessions On Demand Video

The virtual world has become more vital than ever as we spend our weeks on work video chats, trying to connect to loved ones through our screens, and even attending online concerts from our bedrooms.

Gabo Arora – a world-renowned and award-winning immersive artist, professor, and former UN diplomat – is the voice we need in today’s discussion of the future of virtual reality and its value as a platform for empathetic storytelling. He is joined by Senior Editor at WIRED Angela Watercutter for a virtual conversation in our weekly SXSW Sessions series.

Arora emerged on the VR scene with a filmmaking background. He thinks of the storytelling medium as one still being molded, and wonders if it is the current version of the impressionist canvas. Venturing even further, he claims that he is “technologically agnostic in some ways,” encouraging creators to try a lot of different things out when storytelling.

“We can’t lose sight of the feeling, the experimentation and the wow factor that you get from just being impractical with the technology.” – Gabo Arora

The fear for most is that the more enhanced and realistic screen time becomes, the less human-to-human engagement and physical contact will occur. While so many are limited to their homes, this feels like a very close reality and the value for human connection is proving invaluable. Arora encourages that VR expands your consciousness and is in a way a mental exercise that will never replace but enhance your connections with the world and people around you.

“I’ve always been influenced by books – they’re the original empathy machines and when you read them…your consciousness is expanded, you care about issues differently, you engage with the world.”

Hear more about Arora’s projects and hopes for the future of VR, and check back next week for more SXSW Sessions On Demand.

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Source: SxSW Interactive

May 15, 2020

Fake Artist… Real Weirdness. What Do We Make of Lil Miquela?

This dystopia keeps getting weirder…

In a world full of real artists, why not create a virtual one? We chat about CAA’s newest signing, the digital Lil Miquela, whether folks are saying Qui-bye to Quibi, and Aputure’s new 600d. Plus, we’ve got a new round of Deep Cuts.

A heads up as you dive into this week’s conversation: we’ve been adjusting some of our sound settings and piloting our podcasting software. Our voices may sound a little different but we swear we’re still entertaining to listen to.

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Source: NoFilmSchool

May 14, 2020

The Beauty of Editorial Design – NNU Magazine

The Beauty of Editorial Design – NNU Magazineabduzeedo05.14.20

Editorial design is the most inspiring area of design in my opinion. I know it’s a bold statement and totally based on personal opinion. I just feel that there’s an intrinsic beauty in typography and imagery with the primary goall of communicating something. NNU Magazine Issue No 11 highlights this point really well thanks to the awesome post shared by Mark Brooks. The contrast of font sizes, the grid, the colors. I could spend hours talking about this project alone. I know you may not understand by simply glancing at the images but to achieve that level of simplicity takes a lot of work.

Credits

Creative/Art Director, Designer: Mark Brooks

Photographers in this Issue: Russell Edwards, Franck Bohbot, Hanne Fuglbjerg, Kristian Granquist, Neel Munthe-Brun, Jakob Helbig, Jesper Drejer, Federico Cairoli

Printer: Hemlock Printers, Ltd BC, Canada

Editorial Design

Source: Abduzeedo Editorial Design

May 13, 2020

Bobby Berk on the Power of Design with Clay Skipper – SXSW Sessions On Demand Video

Apparent now more than ever, a well-designed space can positively affect your mental health.

Designer and Netflix’s Queer Eye host Bobby Berk unpacks, reorganizes, and adds a fresh coat of paint to the importance of design during his virtual conversation with GQ’s Clay Skipper as part of our weekly SXSW Sessions series.

Delving into the power of design and its transformative effects on the mind, Berk examines how it helps us live healthier and smarter lives, and how it can bring us a sense of comfort in a time when we feel out of control.

“If we are surrounding ourselves by chaos it spills into our mind.” – Bobby Berk

While making your bed may seem like a small feat, Berk champions a range of daily accomplishments you can do at home to flip your mood especially during these unprecedented quarantine times. “We are starting to realize our home does have an affect on our mental health,” says Berk as he shares simple steps to transform even the most chaotic spaces into tranquil destinations.

Beyond the home environment, Berk and Skipper explore how the COVID crisis will further change how communities gather in the future and how design will play a role from the reimagining of public spaces to the end of the open office floor plan. “Spaces need to be functional,” says Berk. “I think social distancing is going to be part of our function for the foreseeable future.” Berk goes on to applaud designers who keep social responsibility at the forefront of their design.

“It is important for designers to start thinking about ways that society can still come together – still communicate – and be around each other in a safe way.

While future design elements can be implemented to help the community naturally think about social distancing, office design also needs a reexamination. In order for people to feel safe in their working space throughout the year, Berk discusses how office layouts should adopt a health preparedness model. “As designers, and as corporations, we need to start thinking about ways to protect our employees.”

Tune into the entire discussion and virtual audience Q&A with Bobby Berk and Clay Skipper. Stay tuned for more SXSW Sessions On Demand coming up next week. And for all of our sake (along with Berk’s pet peeve), please cover your mouth when you cough!

Watch Now

SXSW Sessions Online is a weekly series featuring 2020 speakers virtually sharing their stories along with a special Q&A portion for 2020 registrants. While SXSW Sessions Online is an exclusive opportunity for registrants, we want to share these exciting talks with the whole community. Catch previously-recorded programming on SXSW Sessions On Demand via our YouTube channel through mid-June.

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Source: SxSW Interactive