Camera Switches: switch access to help people with speech and motor impairments

Something new.

Read the official Android blog post.

Google Earth Timelapse: a better understanding of Earth’s dynamic changes.

Something new.

Also, I got tweeted my NASA. I’m going to stop the blog.

Turning petabytes of satellite imagery over 37 years into an interactive experience in product, on the web, and an interactive installation at the UN. Timelapse in Google Earth provides visual evidence that climate and human behavior are changing Earth.

Our team worked on the original idea, product design/ux, designing, writing, sound, comms & the main time-lapse camera moves and sequences…. plus a bunch of other stuff. Lots of hard work. I played a small part.

Look to Speak: helping people communicate with their eyes

Something new.
And absolutely one of my favourite projects this year.

Read the official Google blog post.

Google Sustainability: Realizing a carbon-free future

Something new.

Read the official Google blog post.

We worked on the narrative, brand and design systems for comms and product, Google.com homepage changes, and some more things you’ll see over the coming months and years.

Sodar. Using WebXR to help visualise social distancing guidelines

Something new.

Part of Hack to Help.

Our communities are facing all types of challenges with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In the midst of all of it, we’ve been inspired by the small hacks people are making to help in any way they can. So we’ve created this page as a resource for others who might want to help – whether that means creating something, contributing to others’ efforts, or simply volunteering your time to those in need.

https://experiments.withgoogle.com/hacktohelp

CV-19: Teach from Home

Something new.

Quickly made something to help teachers and students during the first weeks and months of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read the official Google blog post.

Digital Wellbeing Experiments

Something new.

Read the official Google blog post.

Some more coverage here:

A more Mindful experience

I recently took a Mindfulness-based emotional intelligence course for leaders called Search Inside Yourself.

It’s a two-day course, and I learnt a ton of really good stuff about Mindfulness, Self awareness, Self management, Motivation, Empathy and Leadership.

Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention to what’s happening in the present moment in the mind, body and external environment, with an attitude of curiosity and kindness.
– Mindful Nation UK Report

I’m trying to build some new habits around a few of the core ideas that stood out for me personally. Especially five minute meditation, focussed attention, mindful listening, compassionate management and VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environments.

One thing it’s also made me do is take a long hard look at my phone usage. Everything is now stripped back, simplified. Everything is now better.

I’m back on a 4‑inch phone (iPhone SE). I’m carrying a compact camera (Sony RX100 V). So it’s time for a mobile and apps screenshot post. I haven’t had an excuse to do this for 10 years, to the month.

iPhoneSE

Oh yeah… one more… the no devices in the bedroom thing. It’s a biggie. I promise. You really should get into that.

There are lots of people writing and thinking about this stuff right now. That’s not what this is about. I’m simply posting a small change I’ve made, that has helped me in some way. You are all smart and understand the why. Next, I’m hoping to try out this kind of approach on social and email usage.

Read more about what Google is doing
https://wellbeing.google/

Read more about Search Inside Yourself
https://siyli.org/

Here’s an quick overview

How do the best leaders manage change, stay resilient, and inspire growth? Developed at Google by leading experts in neuroscience, business, and psychology, we teach you the practical mindful leadership and emotional intelligence tools to bring out your best. What began as a mindful leadership initiative within Google has spread to over 30 countries and 100 cities around the world. Our training has been proven to: reduce stress, improve focus, raise peak performance, and improve interpersonal relationships.

2018 so far: A collection of projects and things

Usually, I would take a moment to write up some of the ways we approached the work. How we made a thing. Also, how it went. Yet, the first half of 2018 was a little crazy on the number of things we made. We delivered 15 projects. About ten went out into the wild. About five are internal for now. But, if we did our job right, you may start to see them shaping a few things in the future.

I also went on a Twitter hiatus to cut down on noise. To focus on work. But if you want to see more details, I tried to favourite a few work-related tweets on Twitter.

There’s something like 750+ tweets, all chronological.

I’ll come back to everything here later and details. E.g. more videos, links to sites, and more of the work that went out. But for now – here are a few shiny things to press play on.

A huge shout to the Creative Lab team, and our partners.

Waymo 360º Experience

iPhone People Talking Pixel

Draw to Art Installation

NSynth Super

مهارات من Maharat min Google: Digital skills for Arabic speakers, everywhere

Google I/O: Opening Keynote and AI Experiments

Make Google Do It

#GrowWithGoogle: Google Digital Garage: __ Yet