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.
And absolutely one of my favourite projects this year.
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.
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.
Quickly made something to help teachers and students during the first weeks and months of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Did you know that the average person looks at their phone over 52 times a day? 📱Unplugging can be tough. To find focus, try our new #DigitalWellbeingExperiments—a collection of ideas and tools to help you find a better balance with technology → https://t.co/sFGbsNKZnk pic.twitter.com/pYOeWpCsqn
— Google (@Google) October 23, 2019
— Google (@Google) October 23, 2019
— Android (@Android) October 24, 2019
🌎To launch Google’s new Digital Wellbeing platform I’ve teamed up with Google Creative Labs 👏 and produced a short film to kick it all off. Full credit list here… https://t.co/IstOXm01uj pic.twitter.com/m9fe2tB9om
— Jack Cunningham (@jackcunningham) October 25, 2019
Some more coverage here:
The Unlock Clock app is delicious. https://t.co/CiFlriUmc0
— John Maeda (@johnmaeda) October 24, 2019
— The Verge (@verge) October 23, 2019
NEW from @Google 🚨
A set of apps to help you spend less time on your phone 🤗📲 https://t.co/Hxh8ySnjAv
— Product Hunt (@ProductHunt) October 24, 2019
Google just released a “phone” made of paper https://t.co/KID6AdWgoS
— Fast Company (@FastCompany) October 25, 2019
Google’s newest phone is literally just a piece of paper https://t.co/wiZwJYu5mq
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 28, 2019
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.
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
Read more about Search Inside Yourself
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.
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.
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
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