I used to post a lot about technology, sharing links to the latest releases etc. That’s kind of slipped by the way, although I’m still interested in these things there are a lot of other places to find them. That said, this morning I came across a new email app that’s in the works called Big Mail that I think is a really interesting approach to handling email. I’ve looked into Hey and Onmail recently and whilst I’m intrigued by some of the features they all require using a web app and I prefer to have an app for my email. Even better is that Big Mail handles everything on device and means I don’t have to transfer my email to a different provider. I look forward top giving it a try.
An interesting Twitter thread about how a purely remote team works to bring products to life. Working in a UX team at a business that is going through change I find these things really interesting. Given the current Covid-19 situation, a bit of insight from seasoned remote workers is even more poignant at the moment.
This is actually pretty impressive, I had no idea that so much of our power was generated by the wind.
Sadly, you won’t find many inspiring examples of websites which use CSS Shapes. That doesn’t mean that inspiration isn’t out there — you just have to look a little further afield at advertising, magazine, and poster design.
I’ve been thinking about my own web designs lately, and realising how often they can lack variation in the shape combinations I use. This is a great introduction in to using better art direction for the web, CSS shapes isn’t a technology I’m overly familiar with, perhaps its time to do some more learning.
After Apple brought Apple Music to the Amazon Echo, the news that they’re bringing iTunes Movies & TV Shows and AirPlay 2 to Samsung TVs isn’t as surprising as it could’ve been. I was looking at upgrading my tv to a 4K one this year, Samsung are now in the frame, but I would expect it to arrive on LG and Amazon Fire TV before the year is out as well.
I’ve long been a user of Darkroom on my iPhone, and always wanted it for my iPad. The MacStories Team have a good overview of the new update, I’m looking forward to giving it a try with my holiday photos from September that I’ve yet to get round to processing in Lightroom.
I’ve been an Instapaper user since it launched so I’m delighted to see it return to the EU now that it is an independent company once again.
When it disappeared from the EU when GDPR hit, I tried to find a way of replacing it first with Pinboard then with Safari Reading List. Neither of which really stuck, so despite the slight concern over why they couldn’t hit the GDPR deadline, I’m back using it and we’ll see if I start using as regularly again.
I love Unsplash. Whenever I need an image that I don’t have in my own library this is my first port of call. It has been for quite a while, but recently I’ve noticed that it’s library has grown so much I can regularly find images for specific locations in the UK.
I’ve been reading Austin Kleon’s blog since January, I find the way that he speaks about his notebooks and how he uses them very inspiring. Today’s post is about his bulletin board and how he pins images, clippings, index cards, and various other bits to it for inspiration while he is writing a book.
The analog nature of lots of things that Austin does has really caught my attention. I love technology, but as a designer I also love objects and paper. When I was a student I covered the wall of my room in halls with bits of graphics that I liked. The whole thing turned into one giant collage of inspiration. That’s something I would like to get back into my creative life, something tactile and away from a glowing rectangle.