Filed under "Apple"

Never Trust the Mockup (or the Demo)

18 October 2017 • Filed under ,

You know this, y’all: modern design is no longer describable by purely static mockups. Touchscreens have fundamentally changed the expectations and interactions of software. Motion, gestures, & modalities are now commonplace in design. Mockups — as useful as they are for defining visual design and establishing patterns — are unable to describe moving, manipulative elements.* My recent experience with iOS 11’s Control Center reminded me of this truth. Sometime in June, I saw an image of the new Control Center from a WWDC demo. My gut reaction was similar to others’: What is going on here? There are …

How iPhone Has Changed My Life, Solved World Hunger and Given My Car A High-Gloss Wax Job.

3 August 2008 • Filed under ,

Okay, perhaps that headline is a bit overblown. I’ve never owned a smartphone. In fact, I’ve owned dumb phones. Very dumb phones. Like, “Hay, muh name is Cletus. The internets? Ain’t that the little stretchy net on th’ ping-pong table?” dumb. So my switch to the iPhone was probably more filled with magic and unicorns than the average person’s. I mused about what life with an iPhone would mean a while back, and I now know that I nailed it. I didn’t need an iPhone. That is to say, …

I Have A Fever, And The Only Prescription Is More... iPhone?

24 March 2008 • Filed under ,

Apple products have a way of engaging me in a little game I like to call “Buy Me First And Then Let Me Deliciously Reveal, With Panache And Nuance, My Usefulness Later On Down The Road.” It kills at parties. The way the game is played goes like this: Apple rolls a D6 die and unveils an incredible new product. I desire this new product like that little chihuahua craved Taco Bell. Apple’s advertising and general peer adoption make me hate myself for not owning Shiny New Gadget™. Back in my corner, I resist consumerist urges by …

I, Phone.

22 January 2007 • Filed under ,

I don’t mean to add fat to the already saturated iPhone discussion, but a snippet from a recent Pathfinder article got me thinking about the real “innovation” that the iPhone is bringing to the table: Why does this phone elicit responses like Alice’s […]? Which I fully admit I shared as all the Mac addicts read the real time blogs from Macworld while Jobs was unveiling it. Oh yeah, it is cool! But what it makes such a big splash is a study in contrasts, and how the competition failed to develop and market something that …

Longstanding iTunes Deficiencies.

23 September 2005 • Filed under ,

While it’s still cool to poke at Apple a little bit, let me address two issues that I believe have been serious oversights on the part of Apple’s iTunes. Oh, I know there are a lot of complaints (gapless playback, anyone?) but these two items are at the core of music navigation, and it seems that after 5 versions of iTunes these issues could have been resolved. Artist Order: What, You’re Too Good for Surnames? I am notoriously anal in the organization of my physical CDs. I organized my collection the way a music …

iTunes 5: Music to My Ears, But not My Eyes.

8 September 2005 • Filed under ,

After feasting my eyes on the latest MP3 wonder that is iPod nano yesterday, I was enthused to be notified this morning of an update to iTunes, my longstanding music player of choice. I definitely should have sought out a screenshot first. First of all, I’m glad Apple has played nice with us poor Windows users for all these years, continuing to release updated versions of iTunes for Windows in concert with its Mac counterpart. Of course, it’s all part of Apple’s strategy: hook ‘em with iTunes, reel ‘em in with iPod and then …


9 August 2005 • Filed under ,

There are relatively few purchases one makes in life where congratulations are received. I got many congratulations upon buying my first new car. I imagine I’ll get pats on the back and kudos all around on the day I finally buy a house. But it takes a special kind of product to invoke the congratulations of friends and strangers when it is really not that much bigger than a deck of cards. My birthday was about a week and a half ago. While I am not much of a fan of birthdays anymore, my wife is. Some people …

Golden Delicious.

12 January 2005 • Filed under

It seems as though everyone is talking about the new products unveiled at MacWorld Expo yesterday, and who can blame them? The Mac mini was the showstopper, hands down. With a desktop footprint about the size of a single CD carrying case and only 2 inches tall, the Mac mini is poised to become the digital media center for fed-up PC users the world over. With the iLife suite included, as well as a reasonably large hard drive, there is simply no reason for anyone with a digital music collection, a digital camera and a secret desire for rock …

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