Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Quick Look at the Runner Sketch Plugin

Runner is a plugin for the design tool Sketch. It lets you use your keyboard to run commands and order about other plugins. For example, by typing “vertical” into Runner then you can vertically align text much faster than moving your mouse to the button and clicking it.

I've seen some folks describe Runner as if it's Sketch's version of Spotlight or Alfred, as effectively their goals are one and the same: to speed up and organize your workflow. In the video below I briefly go over how Runner might speed up the design process:

Once you've downloaded it, you can start Runner inside Sketch by hitting cmd + ' and then tab to move through each section, like Export or Run.

If you're interested in finding more plugins to tie into Runner, there's an official list of all the Sketch plugins available.

A Quick Look at the Runner Sketch Plugin is a post from CSS-Tricks

Bureau SLA updates former naval base in Amsterdam with flag-inspired window screens

Geometric screens based on flag designs flank the windows of this former marine base in Amsterdam, which Bureau SLA has converted into offices to mark the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union (+ slideshow). (more…)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Concrete and slatted-timber morgue by AE Arquitectos overlooks a Spanish harbour

AE Arquitectos has combined exposed concrete, white render and slatted timber for this morgue in Spain's Asturias principality, which features terraces overlooking a harbour (+ slideshow). (more…)

Friday, April 22, 2016

We Like Today's Sea Lanes aims to reconnect Brighton and Hove residents with the sea

Design studio We Like Today has unveiled plans to "revive and repopulate" an area of Brighton and Hove's sea front, with a brightly coloured scheme made from a series of hut-like structures (+ slideshow). (more…)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Some Firms Save Money By Offering Employees Free Surgery

The idea is this: Negotiate a flat price with a few hospitals to cover surgery, physical therapy and certain other treatments. Companies save money and hospitals gain patients.

Grieving and Going Forward: How Zaha Hadid's Firm Plans to Move On

Patrik Schumacher, who worked alongside Ms. Hadid before her recent death, says the architecture firm will remain a “vibrant address for major work.”

MVRDV replaces Chanel store's traditional facade with glass bricks that are "stronger than concrete"

MVRDV has used a pioneering glass technology to replace the brick facade of a former townhouse in Amsterdam with a transparent replica, more suited to the building's new use as a Chanel boutique. (more…)

Designing For The Internet Of Emotional Things


More and more of our experience online is personalized. Search engines, news outlets and social media sites have become quite smart at giving us what we want. Perhaps Ali, one of the hundreds of people I've interviewed about our emotional attachment to technology, put it best: "Netflix's recommendations have become so right for me that even though I know it's an algorithm, it feels like a friend."

Designing for the Internet of Emotional Things

Personalization algorithms can shape what you discover, where you focus attention, and even who you interact with online. When these algorithms work well, they can feel like a friend. At the same time, personalization doesn't feel all that personal. There can be an uncomfortable disconnect when we see an ad that doesn't match our expectations.

The post Designing For The Internet Of Emotional Things appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Zen House is a home for three Buddhists organised around a light-filled atrium

Vietnamese studio HA has completed a monastery-inspired home for a Buddhist family, featuring concrete-brick walls that are animated by patterns of light and shadow (+ slideshow). (more…)

Netflix Expects to Add Fewer US Users, So It's Looking Abroad

Netflix Expects to Add Fewer US Users, So It's Looking Abroad
Nearly half of Netflix subscribers now come from outside the US. The post Netflix Expects to Add Fewer US Users, So It's Looking Abroad appeared first on WIRED.

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's Possible N.C. 'Bathroom Law' Will Be Repealed, State Rep. Bell Says

Renee Montagne talks with N.C. House Democrat Larry Bell about a call from a constituent that's made Bell rethink his "yes" vote in support of the state's controversial transgender bathroom measure.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lee Broom's Salone del Automobile delivery van arrives in Milan

Milan 2016: in this exclusive Dezeen movie, London designer Lee Broom explains the concept behind his "blink and you'll miss it" travelling exhibition in the back of a delivery van, which arrived in Milan on Monday (+ movie). (more…)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

ArtsBeat: Zhang Daqian Painting Sets Record at Sotheby's Auction in Hong Kong

“Peach Blossom Spring” by Zhang Daqian sold in Hong Kong for $34.7 million, an auction record for the artist.

Monday, April 4, 2016

When A Dark Web Volunteer Gets Raided By The Police

What happens when law enforcement is frustrated by encryption that's run by private citizens? In one Tor volunteer's case, they showed up with a warrant and asked for computer passwords.

Search Reveals Who Cares Most About Red Hot Election Issues

Search Reveals Who Cares Most About Red Hot Election Issues
It's not always who you'd think. The post Search Reveals Who Cares Most About Red Hot Election Issues appeared first on WIRED.

Lipton Plant adds indoor treehouse to Bath House nursery in Hackney

A tree-like structure connects each level of this children's nursery in east London, designed by Lipton Plant Architects to reference Disney's Swiss Family Robinson (+ slideshow). (more…)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Artefact's Shadow hoodie immerses wearers in virtual reality

This clothing concept designed by technology and design company Artefact allows gamers to have "the most immersive virtual reality experience" by using an inbuilt computer, battery and sensors (+ slideshow). (more…)

Martin Puryear to Receive Yaddo Artist Medal

The artist colony in Saratoga Springs is honoring the sculptor, whose latest work will debut in Madison Square Park in May.