Monthly Archives: May 2018

“You are not a storyteller”

Heh—having wrapped up my Adobe career working on an unsuccessful “storytelling!” tool (complete with its own storyteller 🙄), I had to laugh as I winced at this one. Stefan Sagmeister craps on “the mantle of bullshit” adopted by people trying to embellish their work with some stolen valor. (Bonus & unremarked irony: This beatdown was apparently sponsored by “Crafted Stories: Brand Storytelling.” Puzzle on that one.)



Google’s new Sketch plug-in helps you pair harmonious colors & fonts

Old Man Nack would’ve killed for this back in his designer days:

As Design Taxi writes,

“Material Theming” effectively fixes a core gripe of the original “Material Design”: that virtually every Android app looks the “same,” or made by Google, which isn’t ideal for brands.

The tool is currently available on Sketch, and you can use it by downloading the “Material” plugin on the app. Google aims to expand the system regularly, and will roll out new options such as animations, depth controls, and textures, next.



Eerily current: NYC 1911

I’m oddly intrigued by the immediacy of this 107-year-old archival footage showing New York City. As Khoi Vinh explains,

The footage has been altered in two subtle but powerful ways: the normally heightened playback speed of film from this era has been slowed down to a more “natural” pace; and the addition of a soundtrack of ambient city sounds, subtly timed with the action on screen.



Build your own home AR with an Ikea desk lamp & a laser (!)

The open-source Lantern project promises to transform any surface into AR using Raspberry Pi, a laser projector, and Android Things:

Rather than insisting that every object in our home and office be ‘smart’, Lantern imagines a future where projections are used to present ambient information, and relevant UI within everyday objects. Point it at a clock to show your appointments, or point to speaker to display the currently playing song. Unlike a screen, when Lantern’s projections are no longer needed, they simply fade away.


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VR: Google introduces Tour Creator for students

Man, I’m really eager to see what the Micronaxx can do with this:

Tour Creator […] enables students, teachers, and anyone with a story to tell, to make a VR tour using imagery from Google Street View or their own 360 photos. The tool is designed to let you produce professional-level VR content without a steep learning curve. […]

Once you’ve created your tour, you can publish it to Poly, Google’s library of 3D content. From Poly, it’s easy to view. All you need to do is open the link in your browser or view in Google Cardboard.



Check out Color Pop in Google Photos

In past posts I’ve talked about how our team has enabled realtime segmentation of videos, and yesterday I mentioned body-pose estimation running in a Web browser. Now that tech stack is surfacing in Google Photos, powering the new effect shown below and demoed by Sundar super briefly here.

Starting today, you may see a new photo creation that plays with pops of color. In these creations, we use AI to detect the subject of your photo and leave them in color–including their clothing and whatever they’re holding–while the background is set to black and white. You’ll see these AI-powered creations in the Assistant tab of Google Photos.

Thoughts? If you could “teach Google Photoshop,” what else would you have it create for you?