Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Del Sur, Self-Driving Cars & Daz Qu

Weekly Update 2016-34: The beachy tunes of Del Sur, the possibilities of what we can do with our free time as self-driving cars become wide-spread, and the lovely designs of Daz Qu.

Music: Del Sur
Even though summer is coming to an end, I'm always on the hunt for beachy tunes. Listening to this band makes me feel like I'm in California (the twist: they're from Charlotte, NC). (And no, I can't explain the song name or the video.)

I didn't get a chance to check out the business card situation this week, but I did post a bunch of stuff on Bunz, which I'll hopefully be getting rid of this week. It's such a nice feeling to declutter my life. I always seems to acquire too much crap.

This is a weird one, but I feel a sense of accomplishment for doing something that scared me last week. I was at a house party where everyone was using a rickety ladder to climb onto the slanted roof, and while I knew it wasn't really that safe, I had always wanted to see the city skyline at night from a building roof. So I did it too. And what a skyline it was! I had a perfect view of the CN Tower, as well as the AGO and a bunch of colourful condo buildings. Worth it.

I would like to, as last week, finalize the design of the business card for my dad. This really needs to happen before his next sale.

Tomorrow, I'm going to a Google Analytics workshop as well, so I hope that's a bit interesting. I'm also scoping out the company running it because they have a part-time class in UX Design that my friend recommended to me. We'll see what you've got, RED Academy!

I'm also taking my G driving test next Monday! Can't believe the day is finally almost here.

Random Thought:
With the coming onset of self-driving cars, we are approaching this really interesting time where we get to rethink the basic idea of a car. Of course there's the obvious stuff like the fact that they won't have steering wheels (or perhaps some will, to allow a human driver to freedom to take over while this is still allowed), but what about the fact that since no one in the car has to drive, the whole interior could be suited to the purpose of whatever the passengers decide to do. There don't even have to be windows (which might be safer? I don't know anything about cars). A car could be outfitted like a room in a house: bedroom, living room, even kitchen or bathroom (imagine getting ready for work on your way to work).

And even further than that, the impact could be massive. When a two-hour commute was too much for a struggling young couple trying to buy their first home in the suburbs, now that commuting time can be put to something useful. Of course, it's still no replacement for living close by to what you need to be close to, but it's an improvement for sure.

We'll just have to wait and see what happens. In the meantime, Uber has announced that they will be rolling out their first self-driving car soon, which obviously means bad news for all of the human drivers making a living off driving people around. Amidst all the positive/negative buzz, one interesting thing has emerged. In light of all the worry of drivers who will soon find themselves out of a job, Uber is now providing a free service called Betterment, which is a free retirement plan for drivers to start saving their cash now. Not the perfect solution, but certainly a step in the right direction. Check out the article on The Verge.

Inspiration: Daz Qu
I was drawn to this Beijing native's work through Panda, and it's delightful. I love the (somewhat trendy) icy gradients and smooth bezier curves. It's just very pleasing to look at, and makes mee feel like I'm floating in the background of the images. See what I mean below:

Lil' Gyrados!

It's probably no surprise that I also think his mashup of Pokemon characters and utilitarian apps is so cute and excellent.

Some beautiful Chinese typography. This is part of the reason I am happy to learn a new alphabet in Hebrew. The letterforms are so mysterious and lovely, and carry entirely different possibilities from Roman characters. It's like having a whole new toolbox to play with.

Check out his work here.

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