4 Brilliant Design Projects You Can Enjoy From Your Phone

4 Brilliant Design Projects You Can Enjoy From Your Phone
Design

A modern art chatbot, movie-inspired color palettes, an AI font map and a podcast about birth control packaging put design stimuli at your fingertips

Isabella Alimonti
  • 21 july 2017

As much as we revel in a grand search, it’s always nice to get pops of inspiration from the platforms we’re already immersed in daily—social feeds, messaging, audio—thanks to that fifth limb, our smartphones. These phone-friendly design projects make excellent companions for the in-between moments.

CINEMA PALETTES

Welcome to your new favorite Twitter (and Instagram) account. @ColorsEffect compiles ‘Cinema Palettes’ from movie stills to demonstrate the power of color in setting a mood or inciting a feeling. Posting multiple times per day to 207K followers, recent entries include Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight. We could say more, but the images and their color schemes speak for themselves.

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SFMOMA ‘SEND ME’

Earlier this month, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art launched a text service called ‘Send Me,’ which invites users to text “send me [something]” to 572-51. The something can be a color, object, feeling or even an emoji (though not all requests will yield results). The chatbot then sends back an image from SFMOMA’s collection that corresponds to your word. It’s a very inventive way for SFMOMA to show off the large portion of its catalog that can’t fit in its exhibition spaces with people near and far. The intimacy of a text plus the randomness of what you get back make it an irresistible diversion.

IDEO FONT MAP

IDEO built a font map that uses artificial intelligence to trace the relationships of 750 fonts. You can search for your favorites by name or scroll around, zoom in and zoom out to explore the whole thing. Each font is represented on the map by a capital A, and tapping one will pop up a label with the font name and a ‘Lorem Ipsum’ sample of it. It’s a gorgeous way to represent typeface similarities and differences and to apply the power of AI to design (it’s pretty cool on a laptop or desktop as well).

99% INVISIBLE, ‘REPACKAGING THE PILL’

99% Invisible is a go-to podcast for obscure histories relating to architecture and design. Last week’s episode ‘Repackaging the Pill’ told the story behind birth control packaging and how the ubiquitous disc container, which helps the user follow a calendar, came to be because of a married couple named David and Doris Wagner. Drug companies found it ‘gimmicky’—until one of them stole David Wagner’s design. His innovation proves how crucial packaging can be to an experience of a product. The episode delves beyond design to discuss the pill’s complicated history, from being tested on low-income women in Puerto Rico (often without their knowledge), to the “medical paternalism” of conservative doctors, to the feminist activists who successfully campaigned for side effect warnings to be included in every package.


Lead Image: SFMOMA’s ‘Send Me’

As much as we revel in a grand search, it’s always nice to get pops of inspiration from the platforms we’re already immersed in daily—social feeds, messaging, audio—thanks to that fifth limb, our smartphones. These phone-friendly design projects make excellent companions for the in-between moments.

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