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Wearing Apple

Tim Cook has openly stated that Apple is working on “new product” categories. Many people, customers and competitors alike, assume that means some kind of wearable computing device. And of course that means it has to be some kind of “smartwatch”, right? I don’t think so. The Market First, let’s look at the market for […]

Font Points and the Web

When sizing fonts with CSS, there’s a rule of thumb that states: 1em = 12pt = 16px = 100% There are even handy tools that help you calculate sizes based on this rule. But this rule of thumb leaves out a very important piece of information. And without that information, you could be left wondering […]

Fingerprints

I get the feeling that the gray rings are significant. — Craig Hockenberry (@chockenberry) September 3, 2013 It looks like my hunch about the iPhone invite was right: new phones are likely to have “silver rings” that are fingerprint sensors embedded into the home button. So what does this mean? Most people assume that it’s […]

Cheap as in Computing

There’s a good case for an iPhone that costs less. But with this lower cost, developers fear that device specifications will suffer: If Apple really wants to compete with Android in the cheap device market, they’re gonna need to start selling iPhones with iOS 4 again. — Nick Arnott (@noir) August 14, 2013 As someone […]

AMBER Alert Usability

If you live in the State of California, you got an AMBER Alert last night just before 11 PM. If you have an iOS device, you saw something like this on your lock screen: Or like this in Notification Center: And if you’re like most people, you had no idea what it meant. Considering it’s […]

The Origin of Tweet

Last week, one of my colleagues informed me that the word “tweet” was now included in the Oxford English Dictionary (see “Quiet announcement” at the end of the page.) The noun and verb tweet (in the social-networking sense) has just been added to the OED. This breaks at least one OED rule, namely that a […]

Been There, Done That

We’re all thinking a lot different today. Designers and developers alike are coming to terms with Apple’s latest iteration of iOS. As I tweeted just before the announcement, there is only one way to describe it: shock |SHäk| noun • a sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience. Those of us who’ve been around awhile had […]

A Retina Web

A tweet this morning by James Duncan Davidson got me thinking about the future of Retina images on the web. Before I start talking about the future, let’s take a quick look at the past. There was a time, not too long ago, where many of us were trapped behind 56kbps modems with 256 color […]

Behind The App: Twitterrific 5

I’ve always loved shows that take you behind the scenes of creative efforts: Project Runway and Classic Albums being two of my favorites. Here’s one about the development of Twitterrific 5. Since a lot of the people reading this aren’t developers, I’m going to keep the jargon to a minimum. You’ll be able to enjoy […]

Don’t design for early adopters

If you’re like me, the iPad has changed how you look at computers in just a matter of weeks. The possibilities for this device seem endless. It’s natural at this point to start thinking about the future, and to do that thinking in terms of the past. As an example, we’ve been getting plenty of feature […]