14: Hawkeye, Why We Sleep & hearing loss

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Tidbits from the web

+ Research from WHO on those living with hearing loss

360 million people live with disabling hearing loss. That’s ~5% of the population. 32 million of those people are children.

+ Spotlight on Hawkeye

Hawkeye is a fantastic app for individuals with motor impairment. It allows you to control your iOS device with your eyes and face movements. It’s completely hands-free—whether you use your everyday apps to browsing the web to read.

+ From Paula Scher

The goal of design is to raise the expectations, not pander to mediocrity created by crowd sourcing.

For bookworms

+ Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

A fascinating read on not just what happens during sleep but the history behind it, and vital importance of why we need it. The book is a page turner filled with fun facts and shocking content that guarantees you change your routines and prioritize sleep more than you do meals.

Cetacean ( 🐳 + 🐬 ) sleep is uni-hemispheric in order to protect from predators. The two spheres couple and uncouple as needed — half awake and the other enters a beautiful NREM phase (they never enter REM because the temporary paralysis would result in them drowning).

Updates on Stark

+ Thanks Pablo Stanley for giving us all sorts of love by including Stark in your talk at Dribbble’s Hangtime LA!

+ Invision created a Twitter Moment all about a11y & inclusion

Cat Noone and Stark are included in it, which is pretty awesome; but what’s important is how phenomenal this entire Moment is for shedding light on some of the greatest tools and articles written on color, culture, accessible design and inclusive design.

+ Get your Stark shirt here

Looking for a holiday gift for a designer? If you buy your Stark Contrast shirt on Cotton Bureau now, there's an excellent chance it still arrives before Christmas 🎄

P.S. Order(ed) a shirt? Tweet it, mention us, and we’ll send Stark stickers your way! 🖤

+ What are your thoughts on design school?

Often, institutions struggle to keep up with the advancements in technology and design, negatively impacting the curriculum. If you went, what did you learn that positively impacts your career now? (nothing is off limits). If you didn't go, what was your reasoning? Did that help, hurt or both?


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