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design employment • Re: i’m probably doing it wrong…

i guess it makes sense that there wouldn’t be a consensus with regard to how people use it or about what is “proper” usage given it is just a service/tool, though in this small sample size it does appear that it is acceptable/accepted practice to reach out to/be solicited by, others without the expectation of introduction/meeting ever…though a former co-worker recently told me that linkedin actually doesn’t allow custom invitations to certain accounts or maybe that is a pro feature?


general design discussion • Re: Confidentiality broken?

A few points here:

-If they publicly disclosed that content, sharing that project via a screenshot, or any assets they provided on their website is not in breach of NDA. That content was made publicly available and your documentation of it should not be an issue, unless it was later retracted. Better yet, just include a URL.

-As people have mentioned, just because they have disclosed exhibits A,B,C would not give you permission to share more sketches, development work, or other projects publicly. Those are still protected by your original contract and many clients prohibit disclosure of development work especially if they reserve the rights to use it later. That would depend on the contract signed and if you do not have visibility to that service agreement you should not publicly share any of that content.

-Lastly, if the job interview is not in a competitive space, and you can share development work in person or under lock and key (password protected site or in person presentation that you don’t leave behind) you could decide to do that. Most designers have done or will do this at some point. With that said, I also know of someone who lost their job because they shared an early concept with someone who was friends with their old boss, and they immediately reached out and said “hey, saw that new widget you’re working on”. That however is a different situation from it ending up in the public space.

I would simply provide a URL to the website you mentioned and say “I worked on this and can discuss more in person but can’t share any additional assets at this time”. The last thing you would want is to find out it was an elaborate phishing scheme.


How The Seamless Era Is Changing Restaurant Design

At a difficult time for chain restaurants, Tender Greens is taking a different approach to fast-casual.

Tender Greens’ newest location in Los Angeles’s Century City neighborhood is pure Instagram bait. Every corner of the fast-casual restaurant offers a picture-perfect moment: the black-and-white tiled floor, the theater of chefs cooking in an open kitchen, graphic artwork on the blonde-wood walls, and an outdoor dining area outfitted with a crimson banquette and potted cacti. The menu–made with local ingredients–changes daily and is created by a chef trained in fine dining, but at a cost well below that of a white-tablecloth establishment. All of these details are in service of one thing: earning your repeat business.

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The R2-D2 Of Mail Delivery Helps Postal Workers On Their Rounds

PostBot is a smart assistant for postal workers with a simple mission: saving them from back and joint pains.

The future! A faraway, elusive place, that bastard. Like Eddie Izzard once said: “Those doors that go swoosh in Star Trek? We got them now! And that’s about it.” Now, we’ve got another detail of that distant future: A robot that is the R2-D2 to the German postal service’s Luke Skywalkers.

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WeTransfer’s Plan To Disrupt The Creative Process

“File-sharing” company no more–WeTransfer is aiming to become the pillar of creative communities.

Enter your email address. Read the fine print. Sign up. Login. Exit out of the pop-up. Most digital services force you to take several steps before you can actually do what you came to the site to do. But at WeTransfer–a file-sharing service designed for creatives–the user experience has always been about getting out of the way. Now the company is growing into its next act to become a service that facilitates the entire creative process–by applying its UX philosophy to advertising, editorial, and a new mobile app.

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Parole violations send felons through prison’s ‘revolving door’

New research on the US prison system suggests parole violations—such as failing a drug test or associating with felons—play a central role in people returning to prison and the high prison population in the United States.

“One implication is that mass imprisonment is giving us less crime prevention than we might have assumed…”

The study finds that felons who served time behind bars were more likely to return to prison within five years of their release, compared to equivalent offenders who were sentenced to probation.

Moreover, it found that most of their later returns to prison were due to parole violations rather than new crimes.

“This study shows that the revolving door is primarily a product of post-prison community supervision rather than the commission of new felony crimes, as so many people become trapped in the criminal justice system’s accelerating cycle of surveillance and punishment,” says study lead author David Harding, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

The results suggest that alternatives to imprisonment for parole violators, such as treatment programs or community service, might slow down prison’s revolving door, he says.

The findings shed new light on contributors to the soaring US prison population which, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, saw a 700-percent increase between 1970 and 2005.

The full cost of incarceration in the United States has been estimated at over $1 trillion when factoring in prisoners’ diminished wages and job prospects, the socio-economic burden to families and communities, as well as government operational costs, according to a study from Washington University in St. Louis.

For this new study, researchers analyzed the criminal records of more than 100,000 people sentenced for violent and nonviolent felonies in Michigan between 2003 and 2006, tracking them through September 2013.

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The researchers’ statistical methods enabled them to determine the extent to which being sentenced to prison rather than probation increased the chances of a future felony conviction or prison term.

The results also showed a small decrease in crime during the time that the offenders were behind bars, and that after their release, they committed slightly fewer crimes than felons who had been sentenced to probation.

“One implication is that mass imprisonment is giving us less crime prevention than we might have assumed,” Harding says.

Parole violations include failing to complete certain programs, breaking curfew, failing a drug or alcohol test, associating with other felons, moving home, or leaving the state without permission.

While not felony crimes per se, these breaches are subject to prison terms and, as this latest study shows, may play an integral role in the growth of prison populations, researchers says.

Additional coauthors of the study are from the University of Michigan and the State University of New York at Albany.

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The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Source: UC Berkeley

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general design discussion • BLADE RUNNER 2049… (spoilers)…

…exceeded expectations. There’s fan service and a small handful of easter eggs, but novel in character development, pacing, cinematography, and technological wizardry of the future.
The city dump was appalling and hilarious.
Plenty of very refreshing ID/UI candy not cliche’d or intended to draw attention to itself, just very cool.
Saw it in AMC Dolby Cinema which was packed and worth the $18 admission.


Walmart to trial delivery service that restocks your fridge

Would you trust this man in your home?

Would you be comfortable with a Walmart employee wandering into your home and restocking your fridge? What if you could watch on as they did it? The retail giant is at least looking to test out this possibly unnecessary concept through a new partnership with smart home security company August.

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For emergency communication without power, use the ‘fog’

For natural disasters that knock out power—and therefore the internet—researchers have devised a new way of gathering and sharing information that doesn’t rely on electricity.

Using computing power built into mobile phones, routers, and other hardware, emergency managers and first responders will be able to share and act on information gathered from people affected by hurricanes, tornados, floods, and other disasters.

“Increasingly, data gathered from passive and active sensors that people carry with them, such as their mobile phones, is being used to inform situational awareness in a variety of settings,” says Kishore Ramachandran, a computer science professor at Georgia Tech.

“In this way, humans are providing beneficial social sensing services. However, current social sensing services depend on internet connectivity since the services are deployed on central cloud platforms.”

In a paper presented earlier this year at the 2nd International Workshop on Social Sensing, researchers detailed how it may be possible to access centralized services using a decentralized network that leverages the growing amount of computing power at the “edge” of the internet.

The ability will give first responders a huge advantage.

In a flooded area, for example, search and rescue personnel using a geo-distributed network would be able to continuously ping enabled phones, sensors, and other devices in an area to determine exact locations. The data is used to create density maps of people in that search region. The maps would then be used to prioritize and guide emergency response teams.

‘Fog’ or ‘edge’ computing

The proposal takes advantages of edge computing. Also known as fog computing, edge computing places more processing capabilities in sensing devices—like surveillance cameras, embedded pavement sensors, and others, as well as in consumer devices like cell phones, readers, and tablets—in order to improve network latency between sensors, apps, and users.

Rather than just being able to communicate through the internet with central cloud platforms, the researchers demonstrated that by harnessing edge computing resources, sensing devices can be enabled to identify and communicate with other sensors in an area.

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“We believe fog computing can become a potent enabler of decentralized, local social sensing services that can operate when internet connectivity is constrained,” Ramachandran says.

“This capability will provide first responders and others with the level of situational awareness they need to make effective decisions in emergency situations.”

3 components

The team has proposed a generic software architecture for social sensing applications that is capable of exploiting the fog-enabled devices. The design has three components—a central management function that resides in the cloud, a data processing element placed in the fog infrastructure, and a sensing component on the user’s device.

It’s not enough to simply run a centralized social sensing service on a number of parallel fog nodes, the researchers say.

“Rather, the social sensing service has to become a distributed service capable of discovering available fog nodes and building a network that aggregates and shares information between social sensors that are connected to different fog nodes,” says computer science PhD student Harshit Gupta.

Beyond emergency response during natural disasters, the proposed fog architecture can also benefit communities with limited or no internet access. These include applications for public transportation management, job recruitment, and housing.

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Another possible application of the new approach is monitoring sensing devices in remote areas.

To monitor far-flung devices in areas with no internet access, a bus could be outfitted with fog-enabled sensing capabilities. As it travels in remote areas it would collect data from sensing devices. Once in range of internet connectivity, the “data mule” bus would upload the information to the centralized cloud-based platforms.

“In places that did not benefit from the first wave of cloud-based social sensing services, our hope is that these communities can leapfrog having to rely solely on the internet and directly use fog-based services,” Ramachandran says.

Source: Georgia Tech

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