Benji Smith

Portland, OR Founder at Shaxpir Joined over 6 years ago

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  • Posted to Are design articles ruining your product?, Apr 18, 2017

    Okay, it's not an article but actually a video of a conference talk...

    The speaker is Bret Victor, and his talk is called "The Humane Representation of Thought". At its core, he asks the question: how can we design modern computer representations of our mental models (especially at work), while always remembering that we're designing for real-life flesh-and-blood human beings.

    Human beings are animals. We have eyes that get tired, and legs that cramp, and ears that can only hear certain kinds of sounds. We have to sleep for 8 hours every day, and we have to eat food a few times every day or else we get cranky. And this recognition and understanding of our humanity can inform the way we design our work-surfaces and work-products.

    To me, this recognition of our humanity is the central premise of "design thinking", and everything else we do as designers should be in service of that goal.


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  • Posted to Adobe Illustrator is 30 years old, Mar 26, 2017

    This really brings back a lot of fond memories for me! I originally started using Illustrator in 1992, doing graphics for my high school newspaper.

    I love how John Warnock talks about making tools for creative people, unlocking a new level of mathematical precision for their work, while opening up a whole new field of creative possibilities. So inspiring!

    1 point
  • Posted to Colormind: a deep learning AI that knows color theory, Mar 26, 2017

    I really enjoyed reading the blog post talking about the algorithms and training process:

    I'm an engineer as well as a designer, so it makes me very happy to see more projects bridging the gap between these two worlds.

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