This month, the coronation ceremony was the topic of much of the conversation and someone imagined what the most killer after-party would look like using AI. FIFA unveiled the 2026 World Cup logo and faced a volley of criticism from fans. Adobe finally brought Firefly’s generative AI to Photoshop while Drag Your GAN lets you click and drag images to manipulate them. ABC News came up with a well-thought-out interactive infographic to show us our identity pieced together from stolen data.
In other words, another month filled with amazing new design discoveries, some of which are listed below.
The Art of Time
“A Million Times” art series is kinetic art sculptures and functioning timepieces created by Humans since 1982 – an interdisciplinary art & design team based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Each work presents clocks as artistic objects instead of pragmatic devices and performs a unique set of precise choreographies before the minute display changes.
Their studio’s 2018 commission for Changi Airport in Singapore is one of the largest kinetic sculptures in the world.
FIFA’s 2026 World Cup logo
FIFA unveiled the 2026 World Cup logo which has since faced a volley of criticism from fans. The logo is a black background with “26” vertically portrayed in white with the trophy sitting atop the entire image.
In a press release, FIFA announced that the logo can be adapted with a spectrum of hues to reflect the individual identities of the 16 host cities of the event and that the actual trophy and the tournament hosting year being depicted formed an innovative design language that anchors the FIFA World Cup emblem for 2026 and beyond.
But even with all these explanations, the logo isn’t exactly the most creative or exciting one for the world’s premiere sporting event.
And above all, it reminds me how much distinctiveness is dead and has given way to “The age of average” that I addressed in a previous post. Remember when logos were bold like with the previous 22 events?
With an opportunity to make something vibrant and representative of the 3 nations hosting 2026, FIFA has instead gone with something simple that’s adaptable, inclusive, and ultimately dull.
Firefly integration to Photoshop
Adobe just brought Firefly’s generative AI to Photoshop, and I’m having a lot of fun testing it out.
The potential is undeniably impressive, and one of the main benefits of its integration into the Adobe ecosystem, in my opinion, is that AI remains a “tool” and that creatives retain more control over the design process compared to Midjourney and co.
However, this video remains a marketing product by Adobe so do not take everything literally. For instance, generative fills are fairly hit-and-miss for now even if it remains impressive when it works.
Has anyone tried it yet?
A Portrait of Your Stolen Identity in Data Breaches
You’ve probably heard about big data breaches over the years. We usually read about them in the news or receive an email from a company asking us to change our password because it’s possible that a few million accounts have been compromised.
With a well-thought-out interactive infographic, reporter and developer Julian Fell, designer Ben Spraggon, and editor Matt Liddy from ABC News show us how bits of information from all the known breaches can add up to form a complete profile of us.
Drag Your GAN
Meet Drag Your GAN: a new AI research project that lets you click and drag images to manipulate them in seconds. It uses a generative adversarial network (GAN) to re-generate the underlying object as you deform it, rather than just warping the pixels. The speed with which AI develops is fascinating.
The coronation ceremony was the topic of much of the conversation this month. But despite all the fanfare, not much information was provided about what took place after the coronation. Fortunately, someone online imagined what the most killer coronation after-party would look like using AI.
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