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“No grid, no rules”: How the Spotify design team created the identity for this year’s Wrapped

The campaign was partly inspired by chaos. And yet the visual identity has to be robust enough to work across countless countries, languages and formats. We hear how the team at Spotify grappled with this tricky challenge.  

Guy Dupont’s Scopin’ Sans Is a Font for Hardware Hackers, Rendering Text as an Oscilloscope Trace

Pick one of three fonts and this Python-generated open source typeface will create serial-protocol square waves to match.

State of AI

In 2023, AI—and specifically generative AI—has unequivocally gone mainstream. It seems like everyone has played around with large language models (LLMs)—and, with upwards of 100 million weekly active users, ChatGPT has practically become a household name.  

How To Choose The Best Image Formats For The Web?

By understanding these formats and their appropriate use cases, pros, and cons, you can ensure that your website’s images look great and load quickly, resulting in a better user experience. Check out this comprehensive guide on image formats for the web!

What is Tracking in Typography? The Ultimate Guide to Typography Tracking

UI/UX designers manipulate this spacing, i.e., apply “tracking typography” to make the lengths of lines/words look more even and improve the overall appearance and legibility of the text. The same goes for designers in any field that uses typography.

Spotify Wrapped 2023

Spotify Wrapped 2023 is your personalized musical yearbook, highlighting your top tunes, favorite artists, and genres that defined your listening experience over the year.

10-year-old Teddy petitions Apple to redesign the ‘nerd face’ emoji: ‘It’s making me feel sad and upset’

Teddy, a 10-year-old Apple fan from the UK, has started a petition calling on Apple to redesign the “nerd face” glasses emoji. Teddy believes that the nerd face emoji’s prominent front teeth make it “absolutely horrible for people wearing glasses.”  

Reddit just got a fancy, new rebrand from Pentagram. Will it get an upvote?

Old Snoo is dead. Meet Reddit’s new 3D, thumb-wielding alien.

Google Drive web version gets an updated design

Google Drive has an updated homepage that shows all pending access requests, recent comments, and file approvals to help users quickly review recent activity and take action in one place.

Webbie UI – 32 customizable React & Tailwind components

32 free UI components for React and Tailwind. Easily customize all components at once with design system controls, and optionally tweak the code to make it right. Accessible, variants, dark mode, no lock-in.

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