3 click worthy links #2

1 - AI work out how to tame a horse on Minecraft

Out of the kindness of their heart, Microsoft, the owner of Minecraft (you know that game that kids go mad for and Lego are kicking themselves for not making), have revealed that computer scientists and Zuckerberg wannabes will be able to evaluate and develop AI software using the game from July.

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35778288  

2 - Quartz onboards new users like their BFF on Facebook Messenger

Quartz, a great place to get the lowdown on what's happening in the world launched an app with a pretty damn slick onboarding experience. They shake the world of content delivery up by essentially replicating a messenger experience. As the Beastie Boys would say, ch-ch-check it out! 

Link: http://www.useronboard.com/how-quartz-onboards-new-users/ 

3 - Mondo bank has that hotline bling and that can only mean one thing... 

All your other banks will be singing "you used to call me on my cell phone" as they're likely to woo you over with their sexy banking meets budgeting app.

As many banks have scrabbled to try to create a great user experience, especially on mobile, none of them have actually been able to nail it (hence the proliferation of budgeting apps). Now's the time to get ahead of the crowds and sign-up for the Beta to test it out.

They don't have a full banking licence yet, so you'll have to top-up a pre-paid MasterCard (v.clever way of testing their service with users btw) with at least £100 to give them a spin.

Link: https://econsultancy.com/blog/67613-what-banks-can-learn-from-mondo-s-record-breaking-1m-crowdfunding-campaign

5 great places for email design inspiration

Recently I started a new role working within a Digital Communications team, as a result I'm working on marketing emails and have been looking for some examples of great campaigns to get some inspiration.

I took to Quora to to get some recommendations and here are the suggestions I've found the best so far...

1 Really Good Emails (from the guys at MailChimp)

2 Email marketing blog from Campaign Monitor

3 Inspiration from MailChimp

4 Search for "email template" on Dribble

5 Email design review from Action Rocket