Welcome back, does anyone else have that Friday feeling? We do and we’re going to use it to update you with the best web news stories of the week. This week we are going to be talking about designing happiness, April Fool’s marketing pranks, and some interesting views on design.
1. How to design happiness
As designers and developers, we are always creating products to solve problems. However, quite a prominent human problem seems to be finding happiness. Is there a solution which can be designed and developed to solve this? It seems so as this article we found about designing happiness clearly illustrates. Take Disney World for example; before entering the theme park the Disney designers created what they describe as a “portal” to help prepare you for letting go of your stresses and opening yourself up to joy. It clearly works as Disney World is known all over the world for being the happiest place on Earth. If Disney can do it, so can we, right?
2. April Fools!
We enjoyed our April Fools campaign and it looks like the rest of the internet had some fun with their marketing strategies that day too. The marketing week put together a whole list of April Fools marketing campaigns from the fun, the bizarre and, as they put it, the unbelievable. Although all of the campaigns in the list seem to be pretty tame, they are all at least slightly amusing or a little weird. Our favourite has to be Pimms sponsoring Big Ben. After all, it’s Pimms o’clock every time of the day. Are there any April Fools marketing campaigns that aren’t on this list that you think are worth a mention? Tweet us or send us a message on LinkedIn with a link to the campaign.
3. Bye-bye minimal design
So you know that we all love a simple and easy to use UI. If you didn’t you can read more about it in our UX and UI post. However, despite our love for beautiful and minimalist designs it has been brought to our attention that some of the world’s most well-loved user interfaces’ are anything but. This article we found makes us realise that we all do love some ugly and slightly messy designs deep down. Take Facebook, for example, its desktop site has a complex dashboard design and it definitely wouldn’t be regarded as beautiful. Nonetheless, 1.5 billion of us still use it at least every month. The reason? Even though it’s complex, it does its job well and sometimes in design providing that service or solution is enough. What do you think? Tweet us or send us a message on LinkedIn to continue the debate!
4. 100 Days of lettering
There’s no denying it that we love typography and matching up the perfect fonts that’s why when we saw #100DaysOfLettering we were extremely excited to be inspired. It’s a personal project that was undertaken by Tiantian Xu, a professional UX designer. The project started off as a learning experience; with no formal graphic design background to speak of what better way to learn than just simply start doing? So every day, for 100 days Tiantian drew a letter or word and published it to her Instagram account. In the full post the whole process of creating typography art is explained and of course, the results are shown off.
5. The worst internet prank ever!
We know we have already spoken about April Fools day pranks but this next one really deserves it’s very own space in our web news round-up. It’s that bad. Google decided that this year their annual April Fools prank would involve messing with people’s emails. The prank involved one tiny button right near the send button when you write an email. This infamous button was the mic-drop, or in other words, probably the most annoying and potentially devastating button ever invented. Instead of just sending your email the button would send a minion GIF along with ending your correspondence. Once you use this button you won’t get any notifications if you receive an email back. One poor Gmail user said it made them lose out on a job because, well minion GIFs are strictly not professional. However, the most unfortunate Gmail user sent an email to her boss with the mic drop. Needless to say, her boss left her a very angry voicemail and fired her! Not cool, Google!
That’s it for this week’s web news round-up! We hope you enjoyed it.
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