Even though office starts at 9AM, these days I always find myself arriving 30 mins to 1 hour earlier to start a pre-work session of reading various design articles. This “Morning Paper”, therefore, would serve as a modest effort to document what I read daily and key takeaway from it.

Cheers for an Intellectual 2017.

[Jun 28] Seoul: Printed Matter, Politics, and Performance
Design community in South Korea capital is getting more and diverse with the growing number of small design studios, those offer something different and less commercial. Like how Everyday Practice pursue work in politics, human rights, and other social causes.

[Jun 29] 10 Top Designers On The iPhone’s Real Legacy
Already 10 years since the birth of iPhone, its success birthed the app economy and a series of companies like Uber, Snapchat and Tinder. Even the society seems to be reorganising itself around it. In the next decade, will there be any product that possesses the same kind of market domination or able to create such a strong emotional influence towards its users?

[Jul 1] How Ideo Helps Homeowners Defend Themselves Against Climate Change
“Extreme weather is a given; how we deal with it is the variable” – FloodHelpNY enlisted Ideo to help them develop a portal that helps people understand flood risks in their living area and obtain essential information on insurance plans. More importantly, the risk should be widely communicated in a way that doesn’t instil the fear and panic.

[Jul 5] Why Do Designers Hate Comic Sans?
Designed by Vincent Connare (a British-American typeface designer and former Microsoft employee), Comic Sans is the most hated font in the world. The reasons designers dislike or hate Comic Sans boil down to two key issues: its over-exposure and inappropriateness (in many occasions).

[Jul 11] Google’s Rules For Designers Working With AI
Google Brain announced a new research program called the People + AI Research initiative (PAIR) to study on how do we design algorithms that aren’t evil (e.g. biased data, fallible assumptions, disregarded privacy…) That designers need to design with the system’s failure in mind and ancipate long-term feedback methods are some of the useful advice presented in the article.

[Aug 18] Google Is Using The Eclipse To Improve Its Machine Learning
On August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse will be the first to cross a large portion of the United States in almost 100 years. Google decided to recruit a team of “citizen scientists” with DSLR cameras and telephoto lenses to capture high-resolution photos. The project will add a new dimension to our studies of the Sun’s corona and improve machine learning algorithms related to image stitching.

[Aug 28] Have Designers Lost Control Of Design?
The conversation about ethics is focused on the wrong question: How can you talk about ethics if designers aren’t the ones making decisions about how products and interfaces work in the first place?

[Aug 29] Design Didn’t Make Uber Good, But It Made Uber Great
Uber’s design legacy is more of a mastery of the dark arts. The departure of CEO Travis Kalanick capped a year during which countless insider reports revealed that the company’s unprecedented customer and driver manipulation, along with its leveraging of data to sidestep authorities and whistleblowers.

[Sep 5] GE’s Predix Design System
GE shared the development of their design system, starting from a collection of common design patterns GE soon adopted Atomic Design Methodology by Brad Frost and went one step further in inverting the Hierarchy and extending the Taxonomy.

[Sep 11] The Designers’s Review of Books
This is not an article. I was looking for some good design books to read and came across this amazing website. First thing: art & design books are fucking expensive. Second thing: they are worth buying and reading. Third and last: I can never get rich (materially).

[Sep 18] What Comes After User-Friendly Design?
Transparent, respectful and ethical design would come next. Though dark UX has surfaced more publicly but it’s still a complex dilemma for designers those want to balance between what’s good for the users and what profitable for the company they work for.

[Sep 19] Our Apathy Toward Privacy Will Destroy Us. Designers Can Help
“As someone who has a PhD in computer security, I can tell you that I have zero smart devices in my own home.” In a world where a free app can track everything you do and say, user-centered design has to fundamentally keep those users safe.

[Sep 20] How Seoul is Reinventing Itself as a Techno-Utopia
The most impressive thing to notice is “The Digital Civic Mayor’s Office” tied to the broad themes of Seoul mayor Park Won-soon. The dashboard visualisations haven’t led to actual changes in policy or reallocation of resources yet. But in time they will.

[Sep 21] 2017: The Year UX Found Its Conscience
2016 was a bad year. But 2017 has demonstrated a sea change in design, as designers have created products that serve our deepest needs, rather than exploit them. This design approach would be more valuable, and lasting.

[Sep 25] The Macedonian Teens Who Mastered Fake News
Long story short, making fake news pays. And while fake news might not have contributed significantly to the results of US Election 2016, it has become increasingly apparent to us that the truth is hard to pin down these days.

[Sep 26] Facebook’s Frankenstein Moment
When Mark Zuckerberg built Facebook in his Harvard dorm room in 2004, nobody could have imagined its becoming a censorship tool for repressive regimes, an arbiter of global speech standards or a vehicle for foreign propagandists. Now that Facebook is aware of its own influence, the company can’t dodge responsibility for the world it has helped to build.

[Sep 27] Finding a Voice for Design in Voice UIs
While there are plenty of development tools for voice out there, Sayspring is the first that treats voice user interfaces explicitly as a design problem. Voice promises to deliver interactions closer to how we all communicate as human beings and it’s soon going to be the next big design challenge.

[Oct 4] Seeing North Korea Through Its Graphic Design
Since all of the graphic designers are trained and employed by the state and all factories are government-owned, there is little variation in design style. It aims to represent the collective country rather than individualism but slowly changes recently when the country moved a way from a purely socialist model.

[Oct 9] When UI Design Is Dangerous: Car Technology Is Distracting Us All
“Drivers want technology that is safe and easy to use, but many of the features added to infotainment systems today have resulted in overly complex and sometimes frustrating user experiences for drivers”. More research is needed to ensure carmakers aren’t cramming technology into cars without thinking through the consequences.

[Oct 10] Are Designers Unprepared To Work With AI? Readers Respond
AI is just the latest in a long line of technical developments and designers should treat it as such. To close the gap between AI and UX isn’t the job of UX designers, but the job of the team behind whatever solutions they are designing and building. Consumer-oriented AI research needs to progress alongside advances in end-user design practice.

[Oct 11] The Flâneur Approach to User Experience Design
Flâneur is a man who saunters around observing society. A flâneur approach means we spends more time immersing in our world and naturally becoming more observant, aware, and empathetic before starting the process of designing a real solution. “To be away from home and yet to feel oneself everywhere at home; to see the world to be at the center of the world, and yet to remain hidden from the world”

[Oct 11] Never Run for The Train
I found another good writing about Flâneur by Dorian Taylor, in which he used the metaphor “Never run for the train” to demonstrate the “zen” way of living and working. “To flâne is to be neither lean nor agile, but comfortably plump. Relaxed. Zaftig even. A flâneur never runs for the train because of his commitment to serendipity, and because he was clever enough to invest in a schedule”