Well, the line at the Austin Apple Store looks to be just as long as when the iPad Air was released.

Does anyone have any idea why this occurs. I believe this is why I don’t get iMessages on my Mac. http://t.co/aRk8lOBRQU

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Odd bug in iOS8. Which status bar is better? http://t.co/2ltS7EHojk

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This is the first year I’ve seen carriers rigorously throw offers at customers. Think back to pre-2007, where the inverse was true.

If you judge Apple Watch as a watch, especially a nice looking accessory, you involve new users, people, markets.

The Apple Watch has a screen, an App Store, and lots of tech. But it shouldn’t be compared to other things with those features.

First year I haven’t preordered the iPhone. Genuinely curious to see it first.

When I had the Lumia 920, I struggled with the size.

My Gut Reactions to Apple Watch

Normally I don’t write gut reaction posts, but Apple has clearly introduced the Apple () Watch now to generate buzz and beat the supply chain leaks, so I feel that an exception is worthy here. Here are some, in no particular order of significance: It has a screen. This makes it seem less controversial of a […]

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A Reminder Regarding Mobile Payments

I’m not buying some of the positive first reactions on Apple Pay ( Pay), which dismiss competitors and simply remark Apple’s scale as the reason mobile payments in general will succeed. While the convenience of making a payment from your phone is great, it is worth noting (and reiterating) Apple’s key issues to address.

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Watch “Early 2015”

Does it piggy back on WWDC or get its own release cycle?

Apple is betting that UX is a key differentiator. NFC payments in general haven’t totally taken over yet.

So Starbucks is on the list of Apple Pay — previously a Square partner.

That’s a pretty big blow.

And we’ve opened up Apple Pay as an API through the web!

.@Square: Shit

I really hope the landscape views for the iPhone 6 Plus come to the iPads as well.

On a smaller window size, looks like the front-enders didn’t consider image resizing fully: http://t.co/DCEMmhQ2SN

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So much web browser design happening here:

1) Background CSS video
2) Shrinks the video on scroll
3) Live blog. http://t.co/dGeHLpFY04

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As a stretch:

3) Some Apple/Beats accessory
4) Mavericks demos of deeper iOS 8 integration that we didn’t see.

To summarize:

1) Two phones
2) Several types of wearables, for men and women, all unified with a touchID sensor+siri+biometrics

Based on the leaks of the Apple wearable here, I wonder if it will just be a home button with mic/touch ID? macrumors.com/2014/09/08/iwa…

After last night’s Colts game, I’m convinced I’m seeing 1998 all over again, just replace Luck with Manning and Wayne with Harrison.

Subscribed to standalone @SundayTicketDTV. Stream quality is decent, but the volume issues and blackout rules are annoying.

Signs point to iWatch having a screen, but I don’t see why it has to have anything more than the time, alarms, and some health stats (maybe)

1) Think of any everyday chore you hate or takes time.

2) Create a website/mobile app enabling others to do it.

3) ???

4) Profit!

Next big startup: on-demand cooks based on what ingredients you have on your fridge and what you’d like for dinner (cc /@Jason)

It’s interesting how the USA is catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to “helper” culture: shyp.com

That is insanely large snack.

With emails now basically equivalent to conversation, there really should be an “end thread” button.

The @dominos pizza app is one of the best designed iPad apps I’ve ever used.

.@Zite is full of spammy, terrible content lately. Used to know me so well. Sad.

Considering an iTunes Refresh

iTunes is increasingly bursting at the seams with features, and the user experience suffers in some places. But, it isn’t likely that Apple is going to unbundle the offering, as it is the only multi-platform offering they can leverage to introduce new features or content.

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Thanks @Jamesholland for the @mailbox invite… a lack of folders might give me the heebie-jeebies but maybe it will be welcomed relief?

Cool part of my job: being able to ask a ? about a design pattern to 250+ people at the same time. So much passion/knowledge to tap into.

Nothing like a cold brew on a hot Texas day… @CuveeCoffee is shaping up to be a pretty awesome place to hangout! http://t.co/Hz5tSbma7F

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Flying Virgin America for the first time tomorrow. Adding a pass to my iPhone from the web is magic.

Shipping Concepts

Today’s big internet businesses are taking their large mobile properties and leveraging multiple channels to target users off of one platform that they curate and manage. If you want to ship an idea, you can do it in minutes. If you want to build a business, you’ll have to fire on all cylinders and ship concepts, instead of “finished work.”

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This ad caught my eye because it is well done, but now in especially appreciate the sense of wonderment it gives: youtu.be/jiyIcz7wUH0

Oh captain, my captain.

RIP.

Jumping on the bandwagon — the shift key on iOS makes zero sense to me. I tried to rationalize it, really.

I often find myself browsing Amazon and just adding things to my cart, never purchasing them. So I think I get why #AmazonCart makes sense.

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One of my new favorite podcasts comes from Ben Thompson, whom I’ve grown to love as a unique entrepreneurial thinker and economist around tech trends. Exponent is basically an hour of socratic discussion around technology, business and economic theory. This isn’t a slight — it actually is intensely interesting to hear Ben and James Allworth, currently writing at the HBR. The two do a great job dissecting tech news and coming up with big picture ideas that really paint a different perspective on companies we hear about on mainstream tech. The topics are quite diverse and bold: thinking of the internet as an opportunity for social change, how Apple holds a monopoly; and whether Uber has a social responsibility to adjust its prices in disaster situations. If you are at all interested in product design, economics, strategic business decisions, you’ve got to give this one a listen.

PSA: It is tax free weekend in Austin. Good time to buy that new computer bag, jacket, etc.

Rapid ethnography: http://t.co/T5geiGETAb

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Signs are like tooltips in software: with good design, the user wouldn’t have to rely on them. overca.st/DDPA3j4

OH from an older person: “I thought the grey text meant you weren’t allowed to type there.” http://t.co/WLoLIywGV9

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The most insane autograph memorabilia I’ve ever seen: every signature of the 1980 Lakers team. http://t.co/ca8I7q3YZS

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It is a fun time to be working at IBM.

Anticipating a lack of productivity during the day, since I’ve been working since 2am. #jetlag

The Chinese firewall is both infuriating and fascinating to me. The locals don’t seem to even notice.

Hello, Shanghai! http://t.co/92R6MnIgQB

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Microsoft won’t abandon phones entirely, but the Nokia layoffs are a clear sign that devices aren’t the long game. Services or bust.

Rethinking Notifications

I’m a numbers junkie and a perfectionist when it comes to badge cleanliness. If you peak at my laptop or phone, chances are you won’t see a single badge, notification message, or banner alert demanding my (the user’s) attention. I believe in inbox-zero and archiving my gmail inbox. All of this thumb scrambling seems to take up a vast majority of my life, and I am surely not alone. Notifications are seemingly indispensable as a tool for apps to alert a user to updates it may have.

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Thoughts on the Bonaverde

The Bonaverde coffee machine sounds like a coffee connoisseurs’ dream, but I question the maturity of the product and some of the design decisions. The underlying value proposition of the Bonaverde is to enable consumers to enjoy the freshest coffee possible while cutting out wasteful steps in the coffee production process. The concept tugs at my heart […]

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The Big Purple Monster

Yahoo has been a busy beast, acquiring several companies and shoring up its mobile and social game. Here’s what we can take away so far. In case you haven’t noticed, Yahoo has made a lot of moves since Marissa Mayer has taken the helm. This handy Wikipedia page lists every Yahoo! M&A since inception, where […]

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Beyond Activity and Engagement as Metrics for Use

Many companies use statistics to rationalize their need for existence, but these stats are disconnected from the true determinator of success: enjoyability by the users of their service. Software companies typically rely on number of users as one measurement of health, but some companies pass over the fact that a proportion of these users are inactive. […]

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IBM

After a six month-ish job search, a lot of traveling and meeting some great people, I have formally accepted an offer to join IBM design after completing my MS degree. IBM is undergoing a massive transformation, but in a way that goes back to its roots. The company has always been one focused on business/enterprise […]

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Why We Still Buy Into Retail

MG Siegler draws a connection between the rumored Google stores and Microsoft’s fledgling operations based off of Apple’s playbook: Naturally, this led others to take a page from Apple’s playbook. Notably, Microsoft. And while the experiment is ongoing, so far, those stores do not appear to be taking off in the same way. So when […]

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The Living Room, Brought to you by Microsoft

While gaming devices are important, it’s clear that entertainment media, and how we view it, is due for a drastic makeover. The fact is that TV interaction is terrible, cable is a rip off and on demand media is all the rage. The evolution of how we consume media is happening as slow as homo […]

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IXDA Postscript

Interaction is the premier conference for design practitioners to come together as a community to discuss the latest topics in UX/IX design. I attended this year’s IXDA conference in Toronto, CA as a local leader, volunteer, and student in design. The interaction design community has grown closer over the years thanks to the IXDA and Interaction’s conferences. Ten […]

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A Tale of Two Rebrands

Two organizations made a major change to their brand identity recently, and both have been greeted with an extremely negative response. The first organization, the University of California, had such a massive outcry from its constituents that the school’s president recommended the change be retracted (see this excellent 99% Invisible podcast on the change). Recently, […]

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Google Finds a New (Mysterious) Design Voice on iOS

Google Maps for iOS is the second stab at a new aesthetic for mobile design from the company (the first being a the new Gmail for iOS). I agree with Sacha on the point that it seems to be nudged between Apple’s skeuomorphic take and Microsoft’s flat take. UI elements are layered on top in […]

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This I Believe: Design

I got my first cellphone in high school. The Motorola RAZR was so cool. It was a shiny, blue, thin flip-phone that made me feel like a secret agent. In fact, I added the James Bond theme as my ringtone for a while — which is a pretty tough thing to do on those phones. The […]

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A Peak at The Next Web Redesign

TNW takes what looks like a news blog and turns it into a news magazine app. The compartments and structure of the new design provides an overall more cohesive, streamlined experience. The bold colors and subtle shading provides a commanding sense of hierarchy, something I felt was lacking from the previous design. For all of […]

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iPhone 5

Apple’s latest creation is a technological jewel that complements a robust development ecosystem. The iPhone 5 is a symphony of advancements in smartphone computing. The individual improvements that Apple has made on its flagship device are not intended to stand alone in any way. The 4” screen is a marvel to look at, but it […]

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I Just Couldn’t Quit You

The Windows Phone includes many well-thought out features, but iOS has an overall better core experience. I wanted to make a change, really. I completely and whole-heartedly bought into the Windows Phone platform and ecosystem for four months, but ultimately I have been sucked back into the Apple world. Back in March, the Windows Phone […]

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The Reflective Practitioner

It’s a phrase our professor, Marty Siegel, has thrown around a few times. It means to consider the past, perspectives, and purpose of a design. The Past It’s what came before this moment. The sum of all bodily experience. It’s the remote you really hate using, the one you saw at your friend’s house. It […]

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Rapid Prototyping with Material Constraints: the Egg Carrier Test

Material constraints can challenge you to think carefully about the form and function of a design. This challenge can be represented in a classic grade school experiment: the egg drop test. This week our prototyping class challenge was to design and build an egg carrier that is to be dropped from 1 foot and 8 […]

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Death of the Smallphone

There are a few high profile announcements that have already happened or are coming up (thanks to the Verge for the product links that follow): Samsung announced its flagship Windows Phone, the Ativ S. It sports a massive 4.8” screen. Of course, they knew that they could go bigger, so they also announced the next […]

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The 140 Character Design Lesson

As an experiment, late show TV host Craig Ferguson decided to not have an audience and just sit and have a discussion with Stephen Fry. At one point, the conversation turned to Twitter [Video on Youtube]. As some know, Stephen is an avid Twitter user. One reason he finds the service compelling: Because you have […]

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The Alphabet Soup of Design Titles: So Who Am I Anyway?

I may be a fresh face to the field, but I know flux when I see it. Design is becoming increasingly multi-disciplinary and widely applicable to problems of various complexities. The occasion is cause for celebration: designers are becoming more relevant in the business world and that means more opportunities for growth. However, I also […]

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Growth is Painful

In February ’11, Horace Dediu analyzed the remarkable retail numbers for Apple. About 40 stores were opened in the past two years, and that trend is likely to increase as the days go on. There were one million visitors per store in 2011. Doing the math, that is roughly 2,500 visitors per day, and that’s […]

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Postscript: Midwest UX 2012

The 2012 Midwest UX Conference has concluded. This past weekend marked the second iteration of the event, and it was my first time attending. The conference had a whopping 380ish attendees, packing COSI in Columbus, OH. The “Let’s Sketchnote!” workshop (hosted by Binaebi Akah, Veronica Erb, and Charlene McBride) was a great opportunity for me […]

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Start

This is an updated version of my old website, which includes a blog about my design musings and other interesting tidbits I find on the web. Most of my tech opinion posts are made on Weekly Download. I encourage you to check out that site and follow the Twitter account for information related to that […]

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