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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Gould Stewart: How giant websites design for you (and a billion others, too)

Unscramble the Blue Letters

What do you think of when I say the word "design"? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted objcets that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic icons of timeless design. But I'm not here to talk about that kind of disegn. I want to talk about the kind that you probably use every day and may not give much thought to, dnseigs that canhge all the time and that live inside your pocket. I'm talking about the design of ditagil experiences and specifically the design of systems that are so big that their scale can be hard to comprehend. Consider the fact that Google poesrsecs over one bliilon search queries every day, that every minute, over 100 hours of footage are ulaedpod to YouTube. That's more in a single day than all three major U.S. networks broadcast in the last five years combined. And Facebook transmitting the photos, meeasgss and stories of over 1.23 billion people. That's almost half of the Internet population, and a sxith of humanity.

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What do you think of when I say the word "design"? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted _______ that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic icons of timeless design. But I'm not here to talk about that kind of ______. I want to talk about the kind that you probably use every day and may not give much thought to, _______ that ______ all the time and that live inside your pocket. I'm talking about the design of _______ experiences and specifically the design of systems that are so big that their scale can be hard to comprehend. Consider the fact that Google _________ over one _______ search queries every day, that every minute, over 100 hours of footage are ________ to YouTube. That's more in a single day than all three major U.S. networks broadcast in the last five years combined. And Facebook transmitting the photos, ________ and stories of over 1.23 billion people. That's almost half of the Internet population, and a _____ of humanity.

Solution

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  3. uploaded
  4. design
  5. objects
  6. digital
  7. messages
  8. designs
  9. billion
  10. change

Original Text

What do you think of when I say the word "design"? You probably think of things like this, finely crafted objects that you can hold in your hand, or maybe logos and posters and maps that visually explain things, classic icons of timeless design. But I'm not here to talk about that kind of design. I want to talk about the kind that you probably use every day and may not give much thought to, designs that change all the time and that live inside your pocket. I'm talking about the design of digital experiences and specifically the design of systems that are so big that their scale can be hard to comprehend. Consider the fact that Google processes over one billion search queries every day, that every minute, over 100 hours of footage are uploaded to YouTube. That's more in a single day than all three major U.S. networks broadcast in the last five years combined. And Facebook transmitting the photos, messages and stories of over 1.23 billion people. That's almost half of the Internet population, and a sixth of humanity.

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