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Inspiring Design Links: Week 21, VR Special

Here’s our weekly top 5 selection of awesomeness from the world of digital design. This time, it’s a little special as we focus on VR and AR (Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality). We will show you the biggest trends in the industry and raise some UX questions. Curated by the design team at Plant.

Tilt Brush by Google

Imagine designing anything from flowing volcanoes to samurai cloaks from the comfort of your living room. Google is taking VR a step further with the help from HTC Vive and its spatial aware VR technology. VR is gaining a lot of traction these days with some big players investing a considerable amount of money in the technology.



Hyper-Reality by Keiichi Matsuda

There’s almost a bit of Bladerunner over this media saturated futuristic vision. It gives a hint of the possibilities VR/AR brings, but is this really the trajectory we want to take?  Exciting times are ahead.



Designing for Virtual Reality

UsTwo have been working with Google on defining some of the first best practices on designing for VR. It’s a good and important read. Now bad design won’t only make people cringe, but literally puke from nausea. Good designers are more important than ever before.



360 Sound

VR platforms pride themselves on a immersive experience. Spatial sound is therefore a tent-pole feature that must be perfected in order to give the best possible experience. Facebook bought Oculus VR two years ago, and just bought a company dedicated to deliver audio to VR. The fact that Microsoft, Google and Facebook have all jumped the wagon with significant investments, signals that we will be designing for VR in the future.



Microsoft Hololens

Microsoft is focusing on Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are very different experiences, but are still based on mostly the same technologies. You can say that Virtual Reality bring you into another world, and Augmented Reality brings another world into yours. Microsoft not only sees this as a great gaming platform, but also a platform that is applicable in an industrial context. Imagine building a house, and the Hololens measures everything for you and keeps the blueprints handy. Smart stuff!



Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
The Design Team at Plant – Ronnie, Michael & David

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