Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ouya. Ooh no.

gdgt’s review of the Ouya: The Ouya is lovely to look at and the idea of an Android console sounds great, but in this case beauty is only skin deep. Yeah, yeah. You’re already thinking what I’m thinking. Design isn’t about how something looks, but how it works. via DF

Asymmetrical Competition

Jonathan S. Geller at BGR on Apple’s plan to take over the living room while destroying Microsoft and Sony: By introducing a game controller standard (this is incredibly helpful since developers now can build games that recognize a standard set of button controls and inputs that will work across every single game in the App […]

Ken Cosgrove

The episode where everyone is high on benzedrine was the highlight of this season of Mad Men. GIF via Mad Men Screenshots with Things Drawn On Them

Make It All Optional

Tom Warren at The Verge tells us Windows 8.1 includes options to shut down from Start button and disable hot corners. I believe Microsoft will continue along this trajectory until everything unique about Windows 8 is optional and we end up back here again: Just drop in some long shadows and call it a day.

Long Shadows

You know, like, flat design is out, and like skeuomorphism is out-out. Long shadows are the new coolness in flat depth. Update your Dribbble pages, kids. Or something.

Prescient

Samsung, June 2013 (via The Loop): Samsung Electronics has decided to ditch its unprofitable desktop PC business and devote itself to tablet computers and all-in-one laptops, company officials said Monday. “Demand for conventional desktop PCs is going down,” said a Samsung Electronics official. “We will allocate our resources to popular connected and portable devices.” Steve […]

Merch

I’ve posted some new prints for sale up at Society6. I have to say, I’m really digging how the illustrations look on the iPhone cases.

Looking Like Vs. Behaving Like

Wil Gieseler’s spot-on observation on iOS 7: On previous versions of iOS, it was extremely difficult for a developer to implement a blurred background. On iOS 7, this effect is everywhere.On previous versions, using the accelerometer burned through the battery, so using parallax effects was a big energy trade-off. On iOS 7, this has been […]

Cool With Collateral

This was my takeaway from Man of Steel. Superman is totally cool with collateral damage. Early in the movie Superman’s father, Jor-el, tells him, “You can save them all.” Right, except for the millions Superman killed while he was smashing General Zod through buildings in Manhattan. Which reminds me, can we lay off destroying New […]