Category Archives: design

Good and poor design in the same widget

iOS 11 Public Beta 7, Sep ’17. Now Playing widget. This subtle way of indicating a connected Bluetooth earphone/speaker: And then, in the same widget, this convoluted way of switching to the iPad speaker. What a waste of the massive … Continue reading

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Helping your users grok your app the way you do

Whether you explicitly created it or not, you have a conceptual model of your app, or site. What parts do what. What they are called. And how they fit together. This is different from the visual model, for your iPad … Continue reading

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Zero and empty states: Unintentional profundity

Gmail app.

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Apple: not just design leaders now

John Gruber, in a splendid essay today: “I’ve always been interested in Apple’s products because of their superior design; the business side of the company was never of as much interest. But at this point, it seems clear to me … Continue reading

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Phone manufacturers != manufacturers of phones

Podcasts have changed my commute since I got the iPhone. I’ve discovered NPR’s This American Life and Fresh Air, BBC’s Excess Baggage and Click, Gruber’s and Dan Benjamin’s The Talk Show and the NYT’s Times Talks and Bits. All of … Continue reading

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