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How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

“A growing body of research suggests that human behavior on social media — coordinated activism, information cascades, harassment mobs — bears striking similarity to this kind of so-called “emergent behavior” in nature: occasions when organisms like birds or fish or ants act as a cohesive unit, without hierarchical direction from a designated leader. How that local response is transmitted — how one bird follows another, how I retweet you and you retweet me — is also determined by the structure of the network. For birds, signals along the network are passed from eyes or ears to brains pre-wired at birth with the accumulated wisdom of the millenia. For humans, signals are passed from screen to screen, news feed to news feed, along an artificial superstructure designed by humans but increasingly mediated by at-times-unpredictable algorithms. It is curation algorithms, for example, that choose what content or users appear in your feed; the algorithm determines the seven birds, and you react.”

Read more at Noema: How Online Mobs Act Like Flocks Of Birds

Adobe will be charging extra to use some fancy colors

“It’s very likely you don’t give a great deal of thought to where the digital colors you use originally came from. Nor, probably, have you wondered who might “own” a particular color, when you picked it when creating something in Photoshop. But a lot of people are about to give this a huge amount of their attention, as their collection of PSD files gets filled with unwanted black, due to a licensing change between Adobe and Pantone.”

“As of now, widely used Adobe apps like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign will no longer support Pantone-owned colors for free, and those wishing for those colors to appear in their saved files will need to pay for a separate license. And this is real life.”

Read more at Kotaku.com: You’re Going To Have To Pay To Use Some Fancy Colors In Photoshop Now

Adobe to Acquire Figma

“Big news in the world of digital creative tech: Adobe today announced that it would acquire Figma for $20 billion, taking out one of its biggest rivals in the realm of digital design. The deal is a mix of cash and stock, Adobe said. The deal is expected to close in 2023, “subject to the receipt of required regulatory clearances and approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions, including the approval of Figma’s stockholders.”

Read More: Adobe snaps up Figma for $20B

I don’t think I like this!
Figma was a unique brand with a large, active and helpful community.
There was a free version for people who were learning and just starting out.

Google UX Design Certificate

“The low-cost design certificate is well worth considering for those looking to break into the user experience (UX) design job market—or anyone curious about the overarching concept of UX design.”

Dari of Darius Design recently completed the 7 month, Google UX Design course just to clarify and brush up. She has been in the industry for over 20 years. It was a great way to refine ideas and processes. And it is very useful, if you wish to break into this field. It is very comprehensive. Learn the tools Figma and Adobe XD. Well worth the time and small amount of money. Highly recommended.

Read more: Is the Google UX Design Certificate worth it?