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WFH
The routine I’ve settled into.
On Having Full RSS Feeds
Kev Quirk thinks having a non-truncated RSS feed is a good idea. I agree. So does Zac Szewczyk: Whenever I find a new …
Weekend Tweaks
I’m making a handful of changes to the site today, so please forgive any RSS oddities. Thanks.
Don’t Hide the Date
I’ve noticed an interesting (growing?) trend over the past few years. Some bloggers (or their designers) choose to …
NetNewsWire 5.0 Released
If I could only teach my non-technical friends two things about technology, I would encourage them to (a) learn the …
Medium, Seven Years Later
Matthew Butterick, with some additional analysis on Laura Owen’s deep dive into Medium’s history: What …
‘Nobody Reads’
This is the excuse I hear when product people are disappointed that customers missed some important piece of information …
The Dominance of Google Chrome
Microsoft is exiting the browser engine market, and the next version of their Edge browser will be powered by Chromium; …
Customers, Not Users
A lot of software isn’t free. Plenty of people pay to use products. Yet, we call these people users in most of our …
Miller Columns
One of my favorite features of the MacOS Finder is that I can display my folders and files in “column view,” …
How to Write a Sentence
Author Joe Moran had quite a long-winded piece in The Guardian about writing, but this bit is worth saving: A sentence …
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool
Nice overview of Liverpool F.C. by Kevin Draper for the New York Times, in which he correctly identifies the …
1Password as a Digital Will
The Sweet Setup Staff (via Michael Rockwell), on using the password manager 1Password as a digital will: Unlike a …
Who Owns a Scientist‘s Mind?
MIT postdoctoral fellow Douglas O’Reagan, writing for Physics Today: Over the course of centuries, a struggle has been …
Contentedness
Leaning against our headboard awake far later than I wish to be, my little guy nuzzles deeper into the crook of my arm …
Instagram Lite
Josh Constine, TechCrunch: At just 573 kilobytes, Instagram Lite is 1/55th the size of Instagram’s 32 megabyte main …
‘Pocket-Run Pool’
Derek Godin, writing about iOS developer/designer Zach Gage and his newest game, Pocket-Run Pool: Gage specializes in …
‘The Back of an Envelope’
Nick Heer, Pixel Envy: You know how you sometimes just need a quick place to jot something down — a single scrap of …
Edit
Just over a year ago, I started working on a small iOS app for writers. I was tired of not having a focused, …
The UX of Hidden Game Mechanics
As game designer Jennifer Scheurle was prepared to speak at the 2018 Game Develoeprs Conference, she asked her Twitter …
Medium Kills Off Custom Domains
From the Medium Help Center: Medium is no longer offering new custom domains as a feature. If you already have a custom …
The Best Text Editor for MacOS
Over at The Sweet Setup, I spent a few thousand words exploring some of the best text editors available for MacOS. Few …
HTTPS and the Secure Web
Should every page you visit on the Internet be served over HTTPS? For banks and online stores, the answer is an obvious …
Designing Apple’s Emoji
Angela Guzman, retelling the story of her 2008 summer in Cupertino, where she and fellow designer Raymond created …
The Privacy We Give Away
Last November, Strava — the “social network for athletes” — released their annual global heatmap of user …
DuckDuckGo Privacy Essentials
DuckDuckGo Founder and CEO, Gabriel Weinberg: Today we’re taking a major step to simplify online privacy with the …
‘Regarding the Em Dash’
Adam O’Fallon Price: Periods, commas, colons, semi-colons: in their use or non-use and in their order and placement, …
Start With Words
I start most of my interface designs in TextEdit. Why? Because it forces me to focus on the words. Words are like stock …
Firefox Quantum
Firefox—you know, that web browser you used to use—is fast again. Mark Mayo for the Mozilla Blog: The first thing …
FIFA 18 vs. PES 2018
Luke Plunkett, Kotaku: So while it’s tempting to spend pages here banging on about the specific ways in which PES …
Making Marvin Visions
Mathieu Triay, creator of that lovely Marvin Visions typeface I pointed out a few weeks ago, wrote a small guide on …
NASA’s Cozmic Qwest
The Verge’s Brian Patrick Byrne with a bizarre story on Cosmic Quest, a video game in NASA’s Kennedy Space Center …
Springboard Gridlock
I like my iPhone 7, but big screens pose a reachability problem. Apple even has a mechanism within iOS called …
Twitter Tries 280
Aliza Rosen and Ikuhiro Ihara, writing for the Twitter blog: We want every person around the world to easily express …
Boutique Smartphones
Nick Heer, writing about the lack of an experimental, boutique market for smartphones and how Andy Rubin’s new …
AirPods
These are my first Bluetooth headphones. There are things I like about AirPods that are probably true for any wireless …
Atlassian Design Guidelines
Always fun to peruse how other companies approach design, and I appreciate seeing sections that acknowledge the …
‘What Happened to Who?’
Frank Bruni, in an op-ed for The New York Times: Instead of saying “people who,” Donald Trump said “people that.” Marco …
Unroll.me, Unravelled
Yesterday, Mike Isaac of The New York Times wrote a profile on Uber C.E.O. Travis Kalanick and his drive to turn Uber …
Before You Ship
These are the questions our designers ask one another before any user-facing design goes live. Think of this as a …
Malleable, Modifiable, MacOS
Rob Rhyne, in his aforementioned essay: My thinking goes like this: I can borrow someone else’s phone if I need to make …
Courier Prime Code
I’m a sucker for a monospaced font with decent italics, and Courier Prime Code hits the sweet spot. Available for …
Human Computer Interaction
Mark Wilson, Fast Company, writing about cooking with the $1,500 June smart oven: This salmon had become more …
Tiny Wings for Apple TV Teaser
No one does creative and quirky video game trailers like Andreas Illiger. Be sure to check out the videos he did for …
Keep Angry, Stay Frosty
Leyla Acaroglu, in a piece for Quartz: Our actions or inaction help determine the direction the world takes. If we …
IPhone 7
I imagine one of the most difficult parts of writing an iPhone review is that you have to carefully tease apart the …
The Nintendo Switch
Nintendo’s doubling down on the gamepad + screen combination, and their successor to the Wii U looks like …
Amazon Launches Twitch Prime
Alice O’Connor, reporting for Rock Paper Shotgun: Twitch Prime is an expansion of, and eventual replacement for, …
The Résumés of Designer News
If you’ve ever wanted to see how designers approach their résumés, there are a number of good examples in this thread.
Apple – Don’t Blink
Fun, thumping supercut of all the announcements from today’s Apple event. The tight editing, upbeat tiempo, and …
Orphaned Words in Headlines
I find headlines with orphaned words visually unappealing, so AF headlines are pre-processed to add a non-breaking space …
PlayStation Plus++
PlayStation Plus (PS+) fees now matches that of Xbox Live Gold. Starting September 22, PS+ will cost $59.99 for a year …
Pour One Out for Vesper
Speaking of apps that are going away, next up is Vesper, an iOS note taking app from Q Branch. Reading through the …
NYT Now Is No More
Sydney Ember, reporting for the New York Times, on the shuttering of NYT Now: But the app never quite took off as The …
NPR.org Ditches Comments
Elizabeth Jenson, NPR: More than half of all comments in May, June and July combined came from a mere 2,600 users. The …
No Man’s Sky Review
In 1969, the world followed Apollo 11 as it ascended into our atmosphere and transcended our perceived notions of …
Web Design in 4 Minutes
Most “Learn X thing in Y minutes” articles are crap, but this one from Jeremy Thomas is well done. I like …
The History of the URL
Contextual, in-depth look at the URL and its failed alternatives. Zack Bloom, writing for the Eager company blog: In …
World War Tech
Nick Bilton, for Vanity Fair: It doesn’t take a political scientist to see that the world is on edge. And technology, …
No Man’s Sky Just Went Gold
Big news from a tiny game studio, and a welcome announcement after hearing the June launch was delayed until August.
On Removing the Headphone Jack
The Wall Street Journal reported two things: 1.) Apple will be moving to a two-year cycle for major iPhone hardware …
Elie Wiesel Dies at 87
Joseph Berger for the New York Times: Elie Wiesel, the Auschwitz survivor who became an eloquent witness for the six …
DuckDuckGo!
DuckDuckGo, the privacy-focused search engine, just announced a new partnership with Yahoo. This partnership isn’t …
Shutting Down Facebook Paper
A year ago, Facebook announced a new News Feed that was completely redesigned to focus on content–it had large photos, …
Interview: Loren Brichter
After noticing that Letterpress had been sold to Solebon LLC, I reached out to Atebit’s founder and sole …
Not Yet
Ben Brooks and Michael Rockwell both brought up the topic of going iOS only, and the maintenance that goes into tuning …
The Legend of ‘Open’
“I prefer not to use the generally used term ‘open world’ when developing software, but we used this …
NPR’s Text-Only Website
An alternative to the main, graphical version of NPR.org, and about 625x lighter (three separate, cache cleared …
Medium Now Supports RSS
Julien Genestoux, founder of recently-acquired-by-Medium Superfeedr, on enabling full-content RSS for Medium …
The Billionaire’s Typewriter
Matthew Butterick: But by the end, I re­al­ized I dis­agree deeply with Medium about the ethics of de­sign. And by …
Firewatch Review
Via Campo Santo. Firewatch is a short game. It only takes a couple of hours to play through, and there isn’t a …
Amazon Kindle Update
Looks like a solid improvement, particularly when it comes to navigating the UI via touch. However, the increased focus …
Web Inspector Turns 10
Safari’s Web Inspector turned every website into an interactive blueprint, and I spent hours exploring all the …
Alan Rickman Dies at 69
After “Harry Potter” hit theaters, my imaginary, book-based version of Severus Snape was replaced with Alan …
Outsource Your Googling
Biz Stone, on the “un-pivot” relaunch of Jelly, his Q&A social network: Back in the day, folks would …
Fitbit HR Review Transcript
The Fitbit HR is a good fitness tracker. It’s comfortable, has acceptable battery life, and the software is easy …
TextEdit
Can we take a moment to thank the folks at Apple for TextEdit? I’m serious. There is no shortage of text editors for OS …
On Budgeting
At its core, budgeting is setting aside money from each paycheck to go towards a specific goal or category of expenses. …
Something Audacious
For a while now, I have wanted to stop writing at kyledreger.com. I love writing, and I think it helps me work through …
Facebook Acquires WhatsApp
Interesting choice of words from WhatsApp founder Jan Koum on the company’s blog: If partnering with Facebook …
Front Page Design, Part Two
Editor’s note (2018): Since the original publishing, I’ve changed my mind a few times on what makes a good …
Front Page Design
Editor’s note (2018): Since the original publishing, I’ve changed my mind a few times on what makes a good …