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- ⋆ Reminder: Design is still about words
- ⋆ The Typography and Layout behind the new Signal vs. Noise redesign
- ⋆ Backstage: How we use Basecamp to collect, share, and discuss inspiration
- ⋆ Backstage: Using Basecamp to build the Basecamp calendar
- ⋆ Behind the scenes: Reinventing our Default Profile Pictures
- ⋆ Behind the scenes: Highrise marketing site A/B testing part 1
- ⋆ What happens to user experience in a minimum viable product?
- ⋆ Lessons learned from implementing Highrise's custom fields feature
- ⋆ Ten design lessons from Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture
- ⋆ Flashback: Every time you add something you take something away
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[On Apple’s integrated organizational structure]
Normally, in well-functioning markets, vertical integration is suboptimal. However, if transaction costs in the vertical chain outweigh the losses due the inefficiencies of being vertically integrated, then vertical integration could be the correct course of action.
Apple thinks the exact same way, but not about monetary cost; instead, the transaction costs they consider are the tax that modularization places on the user experience, and it is a cost they are not willing to bear.
- Ben Thompson, Apple and the Innovator’s Dilemma
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A design has to start with some initial conditions, and then adapt to the boundary conditions – the conditions it encounters as it evolves. This can only happen through recursion, which is how our design achieves adaptive evolution and a much better “fit” with the problem. We might have a very good intuition of what the design has to embody – Steve Jobs, for instance, was famous for his intuition of the final qualities a design needed – but then large teams of people had to refine that initial vision and bring iterations to him to evaluate. He was setting the initial conditions (what he wanted the devices to be able to do for people), as they were adapting to the boundary conditions.
Michael Mehaffy and Nikos Salingaros in Unified Architectural Theory: Form, Language, Complexity. A companion to Christopher Alexander’s Nature of Order, Book 1
Hey iOS developers, App Store “screenshots” don’t actually have to be screenshots and they can communicate more than just how your apps looks.
They can communicate:
- Who you are, how hard you worked, and prerequisites to using your app…
- Your app’s job…
- How to use your app…
As an aside: keep in mind that these images will be seen outside of the App Store too, such as in Twitter cards…
What’s cool about these screenshots? They’re interesting—i.e. not boring lists! They communicate explicity, often using words. It’s cool seeing the apps from the perspective of being on a phone and in someone’s hand. They use colors outside of the typical app color pallete. They convince me that these apps will do the job. Most important, they convince me that the makers of these apps care.
The apps listed above, and other good examples:
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I’m tired of hearing “Android seems cool, but the apps just don’t have that same polish as iOS ones.” Yes, there are duds on Google Play (their App Store). But there are duds in Apple’s App Store too. Here are some Android apps I’ve been using that feel “as good as iOS”
Google Music. Google Music’s All Access (their new all you can eat music subscription service) is really nice. I love how my uploaded music lives in the same Library as their store’s music. Radio feature is great. Search, of course, is pretty good too.
Flickr. They made a splash last week with their web app redesign. The new Android app design brings it up to the same level as their iOS app. It’s very nice.
Pocket Casts. When I’m not using Google Music I’m using Pocket Casts. If you like listening to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s voice, this is the app for you.
Press. I’m an RSS guy. I know that’s not cool anymore. I’m sad about Google Reader. I use Press every day to catch up on interesting stories across the web. Really nice app.
DashClock Widget. Android’s nice because you can run apps on the lock screen. DashClock gives me information without having to drill into apps.
I’ve been working on some video tests with the iPhone and I needed to mount it on tripod for some steadier shots. Some folks in the office had good things to say about the Glif from Studio Neat, but the only one we had lying around didn’t fit my phone and sat kinda goofy on our tripod plate. So, I did something I wouldn’t have imagined possible a few years ago. I printed a new one.Continued…
Recent versions of Google Chrome on OS X mangle native input buttons. I don’t know precisely when it started but no amount of CSS brute-force seems to correct the text alignment. Have you found a work-around? Do you know a little birdie on the Chrome team?
(Update: Paul Irish kindly responded and filed this bug on the Chromium project.)
There’s a flash flood warning for all of Chicago today. Unfortunately there’s water in my basement (like other Chicago home owners)...
The flood fixing company U.S. Waterproofing has a cool feature on their website. Look at who we’ve helped in your neighborhood. As you can see, they get around! Gives me confidence to give them a call—which I might do right now.