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TWID – Xiaomi copies Apple's Homework (WK43)
@xiaomi copies @apple's homework, @adobe & @figma jam, we all miss @dribbble, @linear's new method, @moto's handcuffs, and hypnotic gifs.
Welcome to TWID - the only design newsletter on the internet written (with tears rolling down my cheeks) by me.
Unfortunately, I had to miss last week, but it’s fine because this week was extra sturdy. Here’s a spoiler - something is happening and someone isn’t happy (as is tradition).
Thanks for being here, let’s get into the sauce 🥫
This week Xiaomi unveiled the new 14 series, featuring some pretty sweet Leica cameras and the new HyperOS.
Though it just dropped, you might find some parts of the interface just a little bit familiar 😂
In one of his songs, Picasso famously spit this bar - “good artists copy, great artists steal,” which I think makes Xiaomi’s product design team full of generational talent.
You gotta check out their new control center (don’t worry about googling it, just swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone).
Honestly a little impressed at how shameless this is. They just went for it.
In other news – @zoink shared an awesome “what if…” video collaboration between @adobe and @figma, which imagined a future where multiple design disciplines come together in a single workflow.
When the Adobe x Figma acquisition was first announced, many designers responded with skepticism & disappointment. While it’s hard to say what will happen if this deal goes through, this video makes me really excited for the future.
I think Ridd nailed it with his take, and I definitely share his optimism. Also, I’d absolutely love to have access to Adobe fonts in Figma. Ship it 🚢
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We miss @dribbble
Not a week goes by without a seasoned designer reminiscing on the beautiful relationship we once had with Dribbble.
Over the years, Dribbble has evolved (or devolved, I guess?) into something unrecognizable, and we’re all a little nostalgic and in our feels about it.
I think the idea of a new “home” for designers is nice (& I really love everything about Contra and wanna see them try it). But I do wonder if the digital landscape has changed to the point where this is no longer required.
Couldn’t agree more with Fons here. I’ve only been active on Twitter for about 9 months, but the amount of reach and client engagement generated is really hard to beat.
@linear’s new method
Earlier this week, Linear dropped a dope video for their latest release – Linear Asks.
Shortly after the debut, Alex pulled back the curtain and shared the creative process behind it.
Who would have thought that the secret ingredient to an awesome launch video is canola oil? Wait, what other ingredients do we need to make it a “lunch video” instead? 🥗
Forget your smart watch, it’s time to just wrap your phone around your wrist.
I’ll stick with my slap bracelet for now, thank you very much.
Jokes aside, I love seeing weird and out of the box tech like this – even if I don’t have a use for it. Now make one that you can wear as a hat.
Design Dopamine 💊
As always, this section is stupid hard. So much awesome work on the timeline this week… That said, I was hypnotized a few hours ago & didn’t have a choice but to share this beauty with ya’ll.
Saw this on my feed this morning and haven’t been able to stop watching this stunning loop. Work by Dave.
The compression on here isn’t doing this animation any justice. Hit the link to check it out, it’s mesmerizing.
That’s a wrap for WK43
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Love you all, have a great weekend
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