Anatomy of a Single Page iPhone Homescreen

I like clean interfaces, and I’ve attempted to extend this to my mobile device. With iOS 8, Apple’s mobile search features (via Spotlight) have improved greatly. What I’ve done is leverage Spotlight to get my homescreen down to one page. Here’s how I have my apps organized on that single screen: The overall concept is […]

This is Why Google+ Failed

Many thought Google+ was going to curbstomp Facebook. I took one look at the interface and knew it had limited life. Google just doesn’t get how to build a compelling interface for most of its products. Here’s a great example: Hangouts.

The Best Pen: The Zebra Sarasa 0.4

I derive pleasure from the procurement, use, and appreciation of writing implements. My favorite pencil is the 0.5 Rotring Rapid PRO, and my favorite pen is the Zebra Sarasa 0.4. This pen is extraordinary. It’s a 0.4 instead of 0.5, so the line is extremely tight. And it just feels…precise. Extremely smooth, and extremely crisp. […]

A Minor Design Slip by Apple

Apple is famous for attention to detail, but occasionally they miss. Here’s an example. In the screenshot above, the iOS7 keyboard is shown in its default state, i.e. without capitalization activated. Something about this bothered me for a while, but I just figured out what it was: The activation color scheme for the SHIFT is […]

Butterick’s Typography Book is a Thing of Beauty

I’m going through Butterick’s Typography Book again, and I’m noticing a feeling that’s similar to admiring a perfect workspace, or even doing amateur astronomy. It’s about an effort towards perfection, with keen focus on the experience of all involved. I think it’s an Apple thing as well, now that I think about it. The typography […]

Using the Best | Dustin Curtis

“The best” isn’t necessarily a product or thing. It’s the reward for winning the battle fought between patience, obsession, and desire. It takes an unreasonably long amount of time to find the best of something. It requires that you know everything about a product’s market, manufacture, and design, and that you can navigate deceptive pricing […]

The Best Interface is No Interface | Cooper Journal

As Donald Norman said in 1990, “The real problem with the interface is that it is an interface. Interfaces get in the way. I don’t want to focus my energies on an interface. I want to focus on the job…I don’t want to think of myself as using a computer, I want to think of […]