Processing — August 17, 2018

Artwork by Liana Kong, Google Interaction Designer

Hei hei Helsinki!

Ready for saunas, startups, and service design? SPAN—our annual design and tech conference—ventures to Helsinki, Finland, on 1 Nov for a jam-packed day of AI + data + art + UX + architecture + design. Learn more and try to nab spot—a limited # of tickets are available.

Art meets chat

How do you inject beauty into a chat app? With the Canvas Project, Hangouts Meet dialed up the delight by commissioning a group of talented artists to create expressive digital wallpapers. It’s an artful antidote to any meeting.

Get a lift

When illustrator Libby VanderPloeg published a GIF on International Women’s Day, she didn’t expect it to go viral. Now, she admits, the animation “kind of has a life of its own.” On the latest episode of Design Notes, VanderPloeg explains the story behind her expressive work and the emotional side of her artistic process.

Design Notes Episode 12

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