3 December, 2013
This is ridiculously amazing. Absolutely incredible, and it was created on an iPad. An iPad.
2 December, 2013
Absolutely fascinating piece of design seeking to help provide A Better A&E. A real practical demonstration on how design can help communicate and help people to understand the process of something we think we all know.
29 November, 2013
No. This is a trap. This is saying, “Open-office layouts are great, and if you don’t like them, you must have some problem.” Oh, I have a problem: It’s with open-office layouts. And I have a solution, too: Every workspace should contain nothing but offices.
Yes, yes, yes.
28 November, 2013
First off I should state that whether or not you’re good at networking has everything to do with what you believe “networking” actually is… I don’t “network”, I make friends.
Some really good tips on networking—starting with the above—that for an introvert who isn’t a big fan of parties or similar events, are very valuable.
This is a bit of an old link that feel particularly appropriate this morning and in the run up to Christmas. I’ve just brewed some coffee in my Chemex which made me think it’s time to spread some of the joy a great mug of coffee can bring. This guide from the folks at Tools & Toys is a great place to start if you’re thinking of adding some kit to your coffee brewing arsenal.
27 November, 2013
If your work can’t be done on an iPad without jumping through hoops and bending over backwards, it’s probably the wrong tool for the job.
Marco Arment on the notion of using the right tool for the job.
Great insight into the new Wendy’s logo, particularly in comparison to the new Arby’s logo.
25 November, 2013
The Nest thermostat has been out for some time in the states but doesn’t seem to be heading to this side of the pond anytime soon. Thankfully we have tado° which looks to be just as good.
I’m not sure if it’s just the idea of having a gadget-y thermostat heating my home, or if I’m sceptical these things actually save money, but I’d love to give it a go to find out.
It’s probably not a good thing to discover this early on a Monday morning, but a great test of your kerning skills. 91 out of 100 on my first go.
24 November, 2013
Shawn Blanc recently launched his latest site, The Sweet Setup. A site dedicated to finding the best apps for the tasks you have to complete.
20 November, 2013
This looks like a great companion stylus to the Paper drawing app on the iPad. I’ve been using the app a lot lately in my idea generation as a simple way to help me see colours as I spit out ideas.
18 November, 2013
After Bohemian Coding announced they were retiring Fontcase an app I’ve used since it was launched, I was starting to look around at alternatives (I don’t like using unsupported apps and Fontcase has been crashing a lot for me). It’s comforting to see that they have something else in the works.
15 November, 2013
Brilliant idea. So obvious and simple.
As an advertising piece it works as well. I saw a photo on Twitter of it last night what must have been within an hour or two after it was switched on.
I came across this late last night. Coin acts as a store for all your debit/credit cards allowing you to carry just one card and get rid of having a thick wallet. For someone who carries two debit cards, two credit cards and a number of reward cards in his wallet it’s incredibly appealing. Except alarm bells are going off. It’s essentially a legal(?) way of cloning a credit card and that scares me.
Edit: Another thought occurred to me after I posted this. I couldn’t use this to get cash out at an ATM. I’d still end up carrying my debit card around all the time anyway.
14 November, 2013
Another great interview I recently read on The Great Discontent with Jeffrey Veen, the man now at leading the teams working on Adobe’s Creative Cloud.
This nugget stood out to me:
I had not yet learned that sometimes the solution people want has very little to do with what they ask for; it often has to do with making them successful, rather than making their product successful.
It makes a lot of sense in the world we live in. So many people seem to be striving to make something which has meaning in the world, but most of the time that thing they are making has meaning to themselves and maybe a very select group of people. More than anything it’s a meaning which proves to themselves that _they_ are being successful at whatever it is they are doing. It’s not about the thing they are making, it’s about themselves.
13 November, 2013
Anyone reading this blog might think I have a bit of a coffee and design obsession. They’re probably right.
Anyway, this latest link for a coffee house in Ukraine’s capital Kiev, set’s out with this at its heart
Launching a new coffee brand in today’s very competitive market is hugely challenging. You have to offer something truly unique, of the highest quality, along with great atmosphere.
You really have to stand out in a crowd.
Boy did they nail it. I had to google the name of the shop to try and confirm where it’s location was, such is the execution and level of design. It really feels like it would be at home alongside places like the Ritz.
Watch the latest apple keynote, or read an article about the new iPads and it doesn’t take long for the phrase ‘Post-PC era’ to come up. In fact it’s a phrase that is being bandied around a lot in the tech world and it’s got me thinking, what does it really mean?
The PC, or personal computer, has long been considered to be a laptop or desktop machine. A device that’s largely used at a desk or table and more often than not, when in a home setting, it’s shared by the whole family. I remember as a teenager we only had one computer in the house, and it was shared between the whole family. I would have it for my homework and a certain amount of time for going on the internet, and my parents would have it for all they needed to do on it. Things may be slightly different now, but it wasn’t until I went to Uni that I got my own laptop and it wasn’t until that point that I really got into computers, or more specifically Macs. I believe it was the same for most of my peers, and I understand that it’s not until people are getting into their mid to late teens that they get their own PC (laptop). So it’s with mixed thoughts that I hear the term ‘Post-PC era’, in relation to the movement away from traditional PC’s. Rather we’re moving on from the shared computer to something more personal in nature and I’m not sure ‘Post-PC’ is the right phrase for this.
If I think about how I use my own devices, I don’t mind others popping on my MacBook Pro, but I’m uncomfortable with people borrowing my iPad or my iPhone. I still let people use them, don’t get me wrong I’m not some kind of selfish Scrooge who doesn’t share his stuff, but the notion that these devices are a ‘Post-Personal Computer’ doesn’t sit with me. If anything, they are more personal than my Mac, which is in all tense and purposes a PC. My iPad and iPhone may not have a keyboard and a mouse, but the way I use them is far more personal. In fact, the way they are designed to be used is far more personal.
I remember having a conversation a few months ago with a very good friend about this very matter. He and his wife share an iPad, they use it for general browsing of the Internet, she uses the Facebook app on it, they play games on it, they watch videos on it. I would imagine the way they use their iPad is probably quite typical to the way most people use them. Yet because they share it I’m not sure they are getting the full use of the device.
In contrast, the way I use my iPad is very different. I manage tasks with it, I use it for email, I update spreadsheets on it, I write on it, I journal on it, I draw and sketch ideas on it, I manage my calendars on it and, yes, I also play games, read and watch video on it. This device is inherently personal to me.
Even the design of the devices is inherently more personal than a traditional PC. The interface for the apps we use, involves our fingers effectively touching the very pixels that we are manipulating. With my MacBook Pro, I manipulate input devices to make things appear on the screen. With my iPad I just touch the things I want to manipulate. It’s a far more intimate and personal way of computing than with the traditional machines we call PC’s.
With that in mind, the notion that this is a ‘Post-PC era’ seems odd to me. I know the tech world mean ‘Post-PC’ in the sense that we are moving on from traditional mouse and keyboard devices, a move away from the ‘PC’ we’ve used for so long, to touch based devices rather than how we use them being less personal. But it’s odd that devices which we are manipulating with our fingers and feel like we are actually moving the pixels with our hands are ‘Post-PC’ or in anyway less personal, seems out of whack. I’d say we’re moving into a more personal way of computing. A ‘More-PC era’ rather than a ‘Post-PC era’. The type of computing we are doing now, is far more personal than the computing that was being done 15 years ago while I was in my teens.
11 November, 2013
I really like the quirky nature of this branding for an independent coffee shop in Massachusetts. It’s a really interesting blend of illustration and typography that makes me want to visit the place. The UK seems to be so lacking in interesting independent coffee places.
The accompanying website carries the imagery well, but I can’t help but feel it misses the quirkiness of the rest of the design.
7 November, 2013
Lovely bottle labels for a collection of world beers. Love the idea of each one being represented by their airport initials.
Fascinating idea for new wine packaging. Can’t say I’m enthralled by the idea of drinking wine out of a carton though.