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Material Edition

This fall we launched Material.io and announced the expansion of the Material initiative, to include a suite of new tools and resources geared toward making the design process more productive and inspiring. On Google Design, principal designer Nicholas Jitkoff detailed the thinking behind the announcement, while previewing some of the projects: Gallery (helping your team’s organization and workflow), Stage (building dynamic interfaces), and Remixer (for adjusting interfaces on-the-fly). Read on to learn why design is never done, and how you can apply for an early access program to use some of these new tools. In other Material Design news:

A Peek Into Pixel’s Design Details

Designers Daniel Walsh and Conor O’Sullivan take you deep inside the design process of Google’s new Pixel phones. Focusing on two major areas of the Pixel experience—wallpapers and sound design—they highlight how the team struck a consistent tone for users while staying true to the Google brand.

Be heard, be counted! The Design Census Closes on Friday, 12/16

This month, Google and AIGA launched the first annual Design Census—an open and collaborative resource for understanding the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today. The census is free and open to everyone, but closes on December 16 at 11:59 PM, so hurry over to designcensus.org and take part. Need a nudge? We promise it’s more than just a salary survey, and the data will be made public so anyone can explore and react to the results. Data will be available starting December 20, with a gallery of responses opening January 17, 2017.

#SPAN16

This year we made it our goal to share SPAN, Google Design’s annual conference, with more people. We livestreamed both our events in Tokyo and LA, and published annotated guides so attendees and everyone following along at home could get to know our 65 speakers—and we’re not done yet.

Supporting Design Near and Far

It’s Nice That’s Review of the Year kicks off tomorrow, and we're proud sponsors. Check out the first two articles—interviews with designer Jonathan Barnbrook and illustrator Anna Ginsburg—then follow the series throughout January as It’s Nice That reflects back on 2016.

More news from across the pond: We’re pleased to announce that Google will be featured in The Design Museum’s forthcoming exhibition, California. The show will chart the journey from 1960s counterculture to tech in Silicon Valley—on view May 4 to October 15, 2017 at the museum’s new West London home. Stateside: We sponsored the 2016 AIGA Design Conference in Las Vegas, and HYPERLINKED, our ongoing AIGA/NY series, continued with Servicing Tech: SF x NY.

5 Things to Love Right Now

Selected by Angela Guzman, a San Francisco-based Interaction Design Manager working on the Google Assistant team.

 

Paper Sculptures by Zim & Zou

French artists Zim & Zou create their illustrative installations—like this one for Fricote magazine’s food issue—by hand, with a high level of craftsmanship. After cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving, I can’t help but appreciate every little detail this piece contains.

Tatiana Suarez

Tati, one of my favorite artists, combines the exotic with the creepy to create colorful murals and paintings. A former high school classmate, I've been following her work for years.

Keiko Akatsuka’s Coco Cookie Packaging

Simple yet bold, I’m drawn to this Japanese package designer’s work through her use of line and electric color. According to Akatsuka, the tropical tones are meant to "make us active and happy feeling—like the sun.”

Paloma Rincon

In a whimsical series called “Sweet Style,” photographer Paloma Rincon explores the colorful connections between styled hair, baked goods, and ice cream.

Typotherapy

As inspiration for your own end-of-year client thank you notes, take a look at this custom typeface by Noël Nanton of Typotherapy. Delivered as a set, each card contains a single letterform and together they spell out “Thankful.”

Check out our jobs page to learn more about working in design at Google.

Newsworthy

“Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps.” The Verge wrote about the launch of Material.io and interviewed Google Design’s VP, Matias Duarte.

The New York Times covered the first-ever Emojicon and Google Design’s Rachel Been, who presented at the conference, got a shoutout. Speaking of emoji: For a behind-the-scenes look at how 63 new emoji—with a focus on gender empowerment and fair gender representation—made their way into your phone, read Rachel and Agustin Fonts’ Medium article.

Google Design Creative Lead Rob Giampietro participated in a conference put on by the National Endowment for the Arts. The event convened 200 creative leaders to discuss a critical question: What must be done to ensure that all Americans who want to engage in creative endeavors can do so through their work and daily lives?

 

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Google Design’s Jonathan Lee talked to Co.Design about changing the most recognizable logo on the web.

ICYMI

Google Fonts launched a new specimen site, showcasing nine Japanese web font families that are available to designers and developers through Google Fonts Early Access.

Check out the iOS updates to the Google Calendar and Gmail apps—the latter is the biggest overhaul in nearly four years.

Read our round-up of the best recently published Medium pieces.