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Issue #52 — 24 Nov '15
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It’s our first birthday – thanks for sticking with us! We’ve spruced up the format and polished up some pixels, we hope you enjoy it.

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Google+ gets a redesign

Google have struggled to make headway with their social media efforts, but will the new Google+, now primed as a place not to connect with friends but to discover new ones, change anything? Designers are up in arms about their not-very-material-design use of a bottom tab bar on mobile, calling it Material Design’s Bob Dylan moment.

NEW DESIGN, NEW FRIENDS?

Design is a conversation

Intercom’s Emmet Connolly on the rise of bots, messaging and conversational interfaces – “Bots are to modern messaging apps what APIs were to Web 2.0; a way to build on top of other services, experiment, and create a new way of interacting with existing services. It’s the start of a significant new way of interacting with computers.”

GET CHATTY

The Museum of the World

The British Museum and Google launched an impressive interactive timeline for exploring the museum’s artefacts. Hopefully browsing the artefact details will eventually get as much love as the timeline.

EXPLORE

Honorable mentions

Living in different worlds

Ben Evans serves up some entertaining food for thought on applying old or abstracted mental models to new technology. The moral of the story? Be mindful of how you communicate the way things work to your users.

MIND THE GAP

Google introduces ‘streaming’ apps

Google search will now start surfacing app-only content, initially from a handful of providers. When not installed on your phone, apps can stream from virtual machines on Google’s cloud platform. TechCrunch discuss the how, why, and why it matters.

OPEN SESAME

Windows turns 30: a visual history

30 years ago Microsoft launched its first version of Windows to succeed MS-DOS, influencing the shape of things to come for many years.

SCROLL DOWN MEMORY LANE

Motion graphics on the web

A JavaScript library for impressive, high fidelity motion for the web.

GET MOVING

Filtering and sorting best practices on mobile

A handy primer on some of the patterns for filtering and sorting, and when to use each.

THE FINE ART OF FILTERING

NEW AT ATOMIC

Prototyping isn’t about hitting home runs

Our new post on how to help prototyping become part of your everyday design process.

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