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net July 2019

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Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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editor’s note

Art and design have always had an influence on each other. You only need to look at the Bauhaus movement or consider art nouveau to see periods where art and commercial design have marched in lockstep. Things haven’t changed – since the birth of the internet, digital art and design have helped inspire each other, creating a feedback loop that has enriched both mediums. In recognition of this phenomenon, we’re celebrating visual arts in this issue of net, looking at ways creative code can both produce attractive art and help impart valuable new skills. Kicking things off, developer and artist Mike Brondbjerg is on hand to show you how you can create sumptuous JavaScript animations driven by audio data. And for those that prefer to focus on the lighter side of…

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featured authors

MIKE BRONDBJERG Brondbjerg is a designer, developer and artist working in data viz and generative design. On page 60, he shows how to use data to drive your dev work with his tutorial on building an audio visualisation in p5.js. w: kultur.design TIFFANY CHOONG Choong is a front-end developer, designer and CSS artist based in Toronto, Canada. As a part of our CSS art feature on page 68, she shows you how to put together a cute animated Poké pal. t: @tiffachooo OMAR BAKHSHI Bakhshi is design director at Smart Design. He is a leader in designing innovative products, services and experiences. On page 36, he shows you how running remote design sprints can produce powerful results. w: smartdesignworldwide.com RICHARD MATTKA Mattka is an award-winning creative director, designer and developer. He shows how you can make your users’ voices heard…

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EDITORIAL Editor Josh Russell josh.russell@futurenet.com Acting Group Editor in Chief Claire Howlett Senior Art Editor Will Shum CREATIVE BLOQ Editor Kerrie Hughes kerrie.hughes@futurenet.com Associate Editor Ruth Hamilton Operations Editor Rosie Hilder Senior Staff Writer Dominic Carter CONTRIBUTIONS Omar Bakhshi, Mark Billen, Mike Brondbjerg, Kyle Carpenter, Tiffany Choong, Jordan Harrison, James Ingram, Steve Jenkins, Toby Jervis, Sush Kelly, Harriet Knight, Oliver Lindberg, Richard Mattka, Tom May, Jim McCauley, Chris Quenon, Ben Read, Daniel Schwarz, Gary Shaw, Mark Smith, Tom Wade, Kym Winters PHOTOGRAPHY All copyrights and trademarks are recognised and respected ADVERTISING Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Senior Advertising Manager Michael Pyatt michael.pyatt@futurenet.com Account Director George Lucas george.lucas@futurenet.com INTERNATIONAL net is available for licensing. Contact the Licensing team to discuss partnership opportunities. Head of Print Licensing Rachel Shaw licensing@futurenet.com PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS & BACK ISSUES Web www.myfavouritemagazines.co.uk Email enquiries contact@myfavouritemagazines.co.uk Tel 0344 848 2852…

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Send your questions to netmag@futurenet.com THIS MONTH FEATURING… PATRICK H LAUKE Lauke is a senior accessibility engineer at The Paciello Group and co-editor of the W3C Pointer Events Level 2 and the W3C Touch Events Level 2 specs. w: splintered.co.uk t: @patrick_h_lauke TOM WILLIAMS Williams is CEO and co-founder at Ostmodern, digital product designers specialising in videocentred products. w: www.ostmodern.co.uk t: @willit32 QUESTION OF THE MONTH What’s the secret to designing an interface for a streaming platform? Jermaine Jeffers, San Francisco, US TW: Launching a streaming platform is only the start. The harder work is understanding audience behaviours after launch: how people are using the platform, whether they’re using it regularly, if they feel it has the right value for them and whether they stay on the platform. Design has a big part to play. Once a platform has launched, we’ll spend time prototyping…

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3 simple steps

Use real content + TW: Be realistic in what you present. For example, if the test is about a content catalogue, showing content that is representative of the actual catalogue means users will give a realistic response and not be distracted by content that doesn’t appear credible. Watch and learn + Have a separate room, where the team can capture insights in real time. We encourage clients to be in this room, for them to observe how their audience is using the product. Tweak rapidly + We carried out ‘rapid intuitive user testing’, where we tweaked the prototype after each user testing session. Based on feedback we’d modify the interface for the next user. This way, we could test the overall architecture and pieces of functionality simultaneously.…

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cool stuff we learned this month

MIT’S NEW COUNTING ALGORITHM + MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has applied machine learning to counting. Called LearnedSketch, it is particularly good at finding trends in large data sets, such as identifying large sources of traffic in a stream of IP addresses. https:/netm.ag/2ZSeCWu TOP WORDPRESS WEB DESIGN FIRM AWARDS + Ruckus Marketing is the best WordPress web design firm for the month of April, according to 10 Best Design’s WordPress awards. It scooped the prize thanks to how the site’s design services optimise the layout for mobile. The awards also said the company “builds quality and highly researched SEO into the architecture and links of the site.” https:/netm.ag/2PD37NE HOW AI IMPACTS WEB DESIGN AND DEV + The AI market has grown at a rapid rate over the years, with no sign of abating. Findings by Statista…