Bauhaus Versions of Famous Logos

Honoring the Bauhaus centennial (Walter Gropius founded the German art school in 1919), 99designs opened a competition asking designers to reimagine famous logos in Bauhaus style. This saw Burger King morph into a minimal, more formal presentation, and Google’s simple logo transform into a stream of half circles, among  many more alterations. The designs not only commemorate the school, but also shed light on its …

Google Translate Employs Decades-Old Language Theory

Google Translate uses complex neural and numeric systems to find equivalencies in speech and text across languages. The tool is seemingly simple—at least for users. But on the backend, developers worked tirelessly to get the application to where it is now. One fascinating breakthrough came when Google employees applied Wittgenstein’s language theory: a posthumously published theory that words hold no supreme meaning and that meaning …

Google Chrome’s Quest to Kill the URL

Driven by security concerns, a desire to curb fraudulent sites and phishing attempts, Google Chrome’s usable security lead Emily Stark and her team aim to rework how the browser presents web addresses. Their goal includes the removal of long and complicated URLs—and two projects are currently underway. First, the just-launched TrickURI will help developers confirm URL accuracy. Second, Stark’s team is developing an alert system …