Reader’s Corner No. 94: Why CAPTCHA Has Gotten So Difficult, Evan You's Preview of Vue.js 3.0, and The Power of a Good Science Illustration

February 7, 2019

Our staff article picks of the week include: why CAPTCHA has gotten so difficult (interesting read!), a preview of Vue.js 3.0 by Evan You, and an in-depth interview with the senior graphics editor behind a popular American science magazine.

Why CAPTCHA Has Gotten So Difficult

Hunter Kenny

Source: The Verge

Takeaway: This article touches on a new trend that a lot of us have been recognizing and thinking about, but rarely talk about... the modern-day CAPTCHA test, and it's evolution (particularly over the last couple years). My favorite quote by the author that I'm sure most of us can relate to: "There’s something uniquely dispiriting about being asked to identify a fire hydrant and struggling at it." I'm not sure how many every-day joe's know this but "CAPTCHA" stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart", and with the rapid advancement of machine learning algorithms, I understand why developers are taking such an abstract approach to creating what should be a simple, 2-second, no-brainer credibility test. I just can't wait (sarcasm) to see what kinds of high-level CAPTCHA tests users will be forced to solve in the upcoming years.

Tags: #Security, #AI

Evan You Previews Vue.js 3.0

Jay Roberts

Source: – Evan You

Takeaway: Vue.js 3.0 is coming and brings a number of great new improvements and features. As it is our current preferred reactive framework, big news for Vue.js is big news for DesignHammer.

Tags: #Programming, #Javascript, #Vuejs

Scientific American’s Senior Graphics Editor on the Power of a Good Science Illustration

David Minton

Source: AIGA Eye On Design

Takeaway: Scientific illustrations are a great way to communicate complex and abstract concepts, as well as make science more inviting and appealing to the general public. To understand the ins and outs of scientific graphics and editorial illustrations, AIGA Eye on Design interviewed Jen Christiansen, senior graphics editor of Scientific American. Christiansen covers how she bridges the world of art and science, her work for Scientific American, how to break into the field, and what it takes to get your work into the he longest continuously published magazine in the U.S.

Tags: #Design

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