Design@SAIF - Issue #3

Three Cs sum up this issue: creativity, charts (and graphs), conversations (as interfaces). And certainly our most varied so far: featuring a podcast, interactive chart and video, besides articles.

Of late, we've been discussing data visualization a lot. This is a fairly comprehensive compilation of 14 tools that might help your teams to better represent numbers into insightful charts and actionable bars.

Rent or buy? Too many variables makes answering complex. But this bunch of interactive controls and data visualisation from NYT, lays out all the options and makes the complex, several shades more comprehensible.

Of late, WeChat's chat based interface has got a lot of eyeballs and is celebrated as a successful (and alternate) interface that does not have its origins in the West. "So what happens when a messaging app essentially becomes an OS for our lives?" This Podcast from a16z [43 Mins] follows up on their earlier detailed post on WeChat.

β€œWe want to build technology so it gets the best of humanity not the worst" says Satya Nadella after the plug was pulled on Tay (its may be tad easier to make things idiot proof than make it troll proof). A thought piece, this is a peek into the future of interfaces - where conversations and artificial intelligence collide. And how Microsoft (and possibly more companies like it) hope to be the platform to author and power WeChats of tomorrow.

A fascinating 15 min TED Talk by the author of Originals - Adam Grant. On the three surprising habits of originals thinkers. And take heart if you are known to come up with many bad ideas. I certainly did :)

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals -- including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."