A collection of links we've found useful and informative over the last week. This week we take you through news and insights in tech, innovation and design about Lego, Stanley Kubrick, SEO vs. Core Web Vitals, Figma's branching and much more.
- Ever wondered how Lego turned around after being on the verge of bankruptcy, whilst remaining a highly popular product today? This article explores Lego's ascension, decline and rebuild after a crush. And gives interesting insights into what this means for innovation in general.
- Google's Core Web Vitals was an update which Google rolled out in June 2021. This has had an impact on web pages' rankings this year, as it focuses primarily on the website's user experience. If you care about your business visibility across different platforms, you should read this analysis from Forbes magazine.
- Vercel and NextJS' released a new mini course on SEO. It covers all the important stuff without being a SEO sales person, and includes topics such as the already mentioned Google's Core Web Vitals.
Design of the week
- The digital design of the foam website captured our attention this week. It has a smooth and interesting scroll, and presents an interactive way of showcasing a photographic exhibition digitally.
- Google's design chief for Apple platforms, Jeff Verkoeyen, revealed on Monday that Google is ditching material design on iOS in favour of Apple's own UIKit. Google will therefore switch to using the design of Apple's framework for building interfaces in iPhone and iPad aps. Users will therefore experience Google iOS and iPad OS apps that look much more native to Apple.
- Figma introduced "branching" in April 2021, and this will enable better multiplayer collaboration, as designers are able to work on their own "branch" that come together in the end. As such, this is a solution to messy design processes or unapproved changes. This is Figma's guide to help you learn about how and when to use branching.
- Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968 was a sci-fi masterpiece. This blog on sci-fi typography therefore puts the film at the forefront and starting point, analysing both the subtle typography Kubrick used in the title and opening scene, as well as how the typography Kubrick used influenced many brands in the years after the film was released, to this day.
Tech of the week
- Remix received 3 million dollars in funding in order to make the framework available to all its users for free. They hope this open space model will drive innovation forward and allow other frameworks to benefit from it.
- The Restor platform has been called a "google maps for climate". If you open a new map and outline an area of land anywhere on the earth, you will get data about how much surfaces of nature (trees, forests etc) have been lost over time, how much carbon is stored in the soil and how much could thrive if the area was to be restored. The site is built on Google Earth Engine and uses satellite imagery, which means it can also show how vegetation changes over time.
- As the entirety of Twitch has reportedly been leaked in early October, a tweet funnily points out the numbers of time swear words have been exchanged in Twitch's early days. Git never forgets!
That's it for this week! We'll be back next Friday with more food for thoughts. If you'd like to get in touch with us don't hesitate to shoot us an email at email@example.com.