You’re welcome | A week of design news

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A curated list of those design news and artifacts, bits and pieces that made it in the second week of February 2016. This is our first edition, so bear with us for a while and we’ll get better. Leave a comment if you find something interesting or if you find we missed something important.

We’re not alone — First, a few other weekly compilations and roundups:

Who’s Marrying Who? — Bloomberg compiled a list of long-term human relationships and exposed the results in an interactive graphic. To find out who you are likely to marry beside “the first person who agrees to,” just type “designers” in the box. \

Maybe that’s why — Speaking of marriage, let’s raise the question: Why? Could it be because there’s an awesome design behind that lingerie? \

IxD — What should an Interaction Designer do to get hired? What they do, don’t and should be doing. A “vital” guide. \

Feedback ImprovedLauren Ventura explores how you can improve user feedback using design principles and science. “Knowing who or what to listen to can be difficult,” indeed. \

Red, White and BlueInspiring and mysterious paintings by Thomas Danthony. \

Movie Titles with a Negative Twist — Some popular movie titles re-invented in black and white, using negative space to convey the message. \

Imaginary CreaturesBugs with personality. \

How to Brand — A tutorial on better branding designs. That’s if you believe in unicorns: “Branding is what will take your horse and not simply tie a horn to it, but turn it into a true unicorn—magical abilities and all.” \

Open that email!How to design emails that will be opened.  \

Cuban BeautyPhotos from Cuba: a “different and stronger atmosphere.” \

Czech BeautyStunning photography from Bara Vavrova. \

Reading ListOliver Sacks‘ reading list. 121 books. What helped design such a mind probably can’t hurt yours. \

Under Water — Hyperrealistic paintings from Marcello Petisci: vintage cars under water. Just what I needed. \

In a Galaxy Far, Far Away — Someone made a “map [of] the staggering complexity of Star Wars, across 125,000 data points and 35,000 years.” \

An Infinite Pencil — The Tsunago sharpener. Long live the short yet infinite pencil. A must-watch video. \

Everyone Needs HeroesCelebrity culture among web designers: the good, the bad and the ugly. \

That’s all for this week. We’ll be back … next week.

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