Tag: design

TidBITS Bottom-Up Redesign

TidBITS has undergone a massive redesign, and I’m so excited for my friends there — not just a new look for the site, but a whole new publishing infrastructure. Fun fact: Most of the HTML and CSS on the old site was coded by me… in 2007 (ironic that the link goes to the article ...

New Article: Lightroom CC for Designers

Shortly after publishing my book Take Control of Lightroom CC, I got to chatting with my friend and old officemate David Blatner about the new version of Lightroom. He’s the publisher of CreativePro.com and InDesignSecrets.com, and suggested there might be an article to be made about how Lightroom CC could be interesting for non-photographers. The ...

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Trader Joe’s Pour-over Coffee

When I saw this on a design blog last week, I knew I had to give it a try. Trader Joe’s sells a self-contained pour-over coffee with very clever packaging. The coffee is stored in a bladder inside the package, which expands to rest upright while the coffee brews. All you do is provide the ...

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Jony Ive Now Chief Design Officer at Apple

If you follow Apple, this is pretty big news. Jonathan Ive, formerly Senior Vice President of Design, is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, overseeing the hardware and user interface design groups. The news was broken in an entertaining, wide-ranging essay by Stephen Fry. Ive was already doing that in his previous role, but this ...

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha Design, or the Powerlessness of Not Saying No

Over the weekend, John Gruber linked to an article at The Verge titled, “The Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s most beautiful phone ever.” The point was to note how Samsung has once again copied Apple’s industrial design. True, the Galaxy Alpha isn’t an exact copy of the iPhone 5s, but telltale design elements—like the chamfered edges ...

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Why Do Big Magazines Hire Hacks for Big Tech Stories?

Given the many little flubs in this exclusive interview of Jonathan Ive for Time Magazine (originally published in The Sunday Times Magazine), I figured an over-the-top headline for this post was warranted. Let me set up a couple guideposts. First, getting an exclusive interview with Apple’s Vice President of Design Jonathan Ive, especially one that ...

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The Insourcing Boom and Apple’s Influence

Charles Fishman’s excellent article “The Insourcing Boom” in The Atlantic never mentions Apple — save for one instance of “iPhone” used for its apparent sleekness — but the company’s ethos is everywhere. Fishman writes about how GE has moved manufacturing of some of its products like washing machines and refrigerators back to the United States ...