Design Is How It Works

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"Most people make the mistake of thinking design is what it looks like. People think it’s this veneer – that the designers are handed this box and told, “Make it look good!” That’s not what we think design is. It’s not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."

— Steve Jobs

Putting the Artificial In Artificial Intelligence

My son shared this video with me over the weekend, and it really made me chuckle. I guess we don’t need to worry about AI taking over quite yet…

On Siri, Privacy and Consistency


Apple talks often and proudly about respecting its users privacy, about not sharing or storing information ‘in the cloud and about using machine learning and algorithms on the users device.

About not sharing or storing information ‘in the cloud. About using machine learning and algorithms on the users device.
Yet despite all talk of privacy and machine learning, Siri is dependent upon Apple’s servers to decipher spoken instructions.
This dependency on server based processing has a negative impact Siri’s effectiveness. On anything less than wifi or a 4G connection Siri is often unable to recognise speech.
I now drive to and from the office and I thought Siri would be a great tool for capturing thoughts and tasks as I drive. Much of my route takes me through the English countryside, where connections range from 4G to GPRS and everything in-between. At least 50% of the times I attempt to use Siri it fails, or I receive the message that my watch will tap me on the wrist when it is ready – it never does.
So why if Apple is so keen to process information on devices is Siri completely dependent upon ‘the cloud’? Having Siri process speech on the device would improve it’s effectiveness and usefulness.
Hell, it might “just work”.

Todoist Focussed View

Todoist Focussed View

I recently tweeted this image of a focussed view with in the task app Todoist. Since doing so I’ve been asked the same two questions – how do you do that and where can I get that wallpaper?

To get the focussed view in Todoist is so simple:

  • Resize the Todoist window horizontally, at a certain point the sidebar disappears and you are left with a window focussed on whatever list or view you have open.
  • Make the window wider again and the sidebar returns.
  • To access other views or lists click or tap the ‘hamburger‘ or menu button in the top left corner.

And as for that gorgeous wallpaper? I downloaded it via the app Cuto, so I am assuming it’s royalty free – download a copy.

Ernest Hemingway “Write With a Pencil”

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“If you write with a pencil, you get three different sights at it to see if the reader is getting what you want him to. First when you read it over; then when it is typed you get another chance to improve it, and again in the proof. Writing it first in pencil gives you one-third more chance to improve it. That is .333, which is a damned good average for a hitter.”

– Ernest Hemingway

This Is Not My Beautiful House

I love this brilliant little sketch from my talented daughter, makes me smile every time I look at it.