I made an offhand remark at the Clearleft Christmas party and Trys ran with it…
Craig writes about reading and publishing, from the memex and the dynabook to the Kindle, the iPhone, and the iPad, all the way back around to plain ol’ email and good old-fashioned physical books.
We were looking for the Future Book in the wrong place. It’s not the form, necessarily, that needed to evolve—I think we can agree that, in an age of infinite distraction, one of the strongest assets of a “book” as a book is its singular, sustained, distraction-free, blissfully immutable voice. Instead, technology changed everything that enables a book, fomenting a quiet revolution. Funding, printing, fulfillment, community-building—everything leading up to and supporting a book has shifted meaningfully, even if the containers haven’t. Perhaps the form and interactivity of what we consider a “standard book” will change in the future, as screens become as cheap and durable as paper. But the books made today, held in our hands, digital or print, are Future Books, unfuturistic and inert may they seem.
This could be a one-word article: don’t.
More specifically, don’t design websites for any specific device. That way lies pain (and it is not the way of the web).
But read on for a textbook example of how not to introduce new CSS properties. Apple proposed the new syntax that they’re shipping. Now it’s getting standardised …with a different name. So basically Apple are shipping the equivalent of a vendor-prefixed property without the vendor prefix.
One more reason not to use sticky headers on mobile.
Dan is collecting all of those product demo videos aimed squarely at young white single males with iPhones.
This makes me so happy! Matt is using Huffduffer. Specifically, Matt is using Huffduffer together with Instacast and this is how he’s doing it.
This is kinda funny (because it’s kinda true).
If you make inaccessible iOS apps, you really only have yourself to blame.
There are also some handy tips here for getting to know VoiceOver.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
A brilliantly cool handmade iPhone case by Jane.
The world’s first mobile photography conference will take place in San Francisco on September 24th this year, featuring Dan Rubin, Jessica Zollman and more.
It’s a provocative title but I certainly agree with this post’s premise. And the situation it describes is all too familiar.
Brendan’s latest product looks like it’ll be a thing of beauty. But he needs help getting it funded on Kickstarter. If you like taking pictures with your iPhone, I suggest you back this project.
This looks like a beautiful way to present information, although it seems a real shame that the information is locked to just one class of device.
A handy list of installed fonts on the iPhone and iPad.
What a difference an autocorrect makes.
An emotionally affecting endorsement of the accessibility features on the iPhone.
This app might be just be so cool that it's worth getting an iPhone just to use it. "When you press the camera button, Buttons records the current time or location, then searches the net for other photos that have been taken in the very same moment or place."
Now this is how to do a location-based app: overlays of London through time ...in the palm of your hand.