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The Mac is 30

30 years ago, the Mac was released and it changed every­thing. It def­i­nitely changed my life. I was attend­ing high school when I used a Mac for the very first time, and it along with Pho­to­shop 2.0, blew me away. I knew what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

The Mac has come along way in 30 years, and I’m exited to see where it’s headed.

Apple put together this beau­ti­ful site chron­i­cling the his­tory of the Mac.

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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We have lost a bril­liant mind and a cre­ative genius. Steve Jobs changed the way I think about design. I will always be grateful.

Rest in peace, Steve. You will be missed.

Thank You, Steve.

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I feel lucky to have wit­nessed his brilliance.

Writer iPad App

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Yes­ter­day, the tal­ented Oliver Reichen­stein, and his crew at Infor­ma­tion Archi­tects, released Writer for the iPad. The app is a well-designed, stripped down writ­ing tool that allows you to focus on your writ­ing instead of dis­trac­tions. There’s a Focus Mode that removes auto-correction, spell-checker, tool­bars, scrolling, edit­ing, cut/copy/paste and fades out all the text except for the three lines you’re work­ing on. The mode is really great for when you’re stuck on a sen­tence and need to con­cen­trate on that small sec­tion of text.

Much atten­tion has also been paid to the typog­ra­phy. Writer doesn’t have any fancy for­mat­ting set­tings. Instead, font type, text size, col­umn width, lead­ing and con­trast have all been opti­mized to pro­vide the best read­ing expe­ri­ence in both por­trait and land­scape modes. The app makes use of Nitti Light, a mono­spaced type­face by Bold Mon­day.

I’ve had the priv­i­lege of beta test­ing the app before it’s was released, and I can eas­ily say that Writer is one of my favorite apps on my iPad. I’ve used it many times to write blog posts, emails and even por­tions of my book. I’m eas­ily dis­tracted when I write and this app helps me to focus. Oliver and crew paid a great deal of atten­tion to the details, and it shows. I applaud them for the excel­lent work.

Oliver posted an arti­cle detail­ing their think­ing behind the app.

iPhone 4

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The iPhone 4. Sim­ply amazing.        

Grid Calculator 1.3

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A new ver­sion (1.3) of the excel­lent Grid Cal­cu­la­tor has been released for the Mac. The main fea­ture of this upgrade is the abil­ity to cal­cu­late grids for web design. It’s the only stand-alone app that I know of that sup­ports both print and web. Pretty sweet. I’ve been told that the PC ver­sion is com­ing soon.

Here are some more new features:

• Inches and Points sup­port.
• More paper sizes (DIN, ANSI and Arch).
• Great new time-saving fea­ture “Copy Set­tings” intro­duced — NO more back and forth!
• Mod­i­fied “Quick con­ver­sion” sec­tion.
• Web designer friendly, use Points in 72 ppi res­o­lu­tion and cal­cu­late your grid.

Get Grid Cal­cu­la­tor 1.3 for Mac OS X        

Objectified

The logo and poster above were designed by Build.

Objec­ti­fied is a feature-length inde­pen­dent doc­u­men­tary about indus­trial design. It’s a look at the cre­ativ­ity at work behind every­thing from tooth­brushes to tech gad­gets. It’s about the peo­ple who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our man­u­fac­tured envi­ron­ment on a daily basis. It’s about per­sonal expres­sion, iden­tity, con­sumerism, and sus­tain­abil­ity. It’s about our rela­tion­ship to mass-produced objects and, by exten­sion, the peo­ple who design them.

Through vérité footage and in-depth con­ver­sa­tions, the film doc­u­ments the cre­ative processes of some of the world’s most influ­en­tial design­ers, and looks at how the things they make impact our lives. What can we learn about who we are, and who we want to be, from the objects with which we sur­round ourselves?

Read direc­tor Gary Hustwit’s post about the film.

Objec­ti­fied is cur­rently in pro­duc­tion and will have its world pre­miere in early 2009.

Fea­tur­ing
Paola Antonelli (Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York)
Chris Ban­gle (BMW Group, Munich)
Ronan & Erwan Bouroul­lec (Paris)
Andrew Blau­velt (Walker Art Cen­ter, Min­neapo­lis)
Anthony Dunne (Lon­don)
Naoto Fuka­sawa (Tokyo)
IDEO (Palo Alto)
Jonathan Ive (Apple, Cal­i­for­nia)
Hella Jon­gerius (Rot­ter­dam)
Marc New­son (London/Paris)
Fiona Raby (Lon­don)
Dieter Rams (Kro­n­berg, Ger­many)
Karim Rashid (New York)
Alice Raw­sthorn (Inter­na­tional Her­ald Tri­bune)
Rob Walker (New York Times Mag­a­zine)
and more par­tic­i­pants TBA

You can pur­chase the limited-edition screen­print above that was designed by Build.        

The Time Has Finally Come

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I’m upgraded to this bad boy today. Last night I installed an unof­fi­cially ver­sion of the 2.0 soft­ware so I can play around with all the new apps and I must say this new phase of the iPhone is going to be rev­o­lu­tion­ary, not that the first phase wasn’t. The third party appli­ca­tions and games are mind blow­ing. Noth­ing you’ve ever seen on a mobile device.        

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iPhone 3G

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Apple has just announced the iPhone 3G that will be avail­able July 11th. The phone will sup­port 3G (obvi­ously), GPS map­ping, enter­prise sup­port as well as some new cos­metic changes like a full black or white back and metal but­tons. The price is pretty amaz­ing as well, $199 for the 8GB and $299 for the 16GB. Also avail­able around the same time will be ver­sion 2.0 of the iPhone soft­ware which includes the App Store that allows you to down­load third-party applications.

I can’t wait!        

iPhone Web Clip Icons

iPhone Web Clip Icons

With the intro­duc­tion of Web Clips in the iPhone 1.1.3 a new craze as been born for Web Clip icons. You can cre­ate cus­tom icons for sites you own, sites in sub­di­rec­to­ries and sites to which you have no server access to, like The New York Times. Very excit­ing indeed! Hope­fully soon every­one will get on the band­wagon and cre­ate their own icons, but in the mean­time I’ve gone ahead and cre­ated some for pop­u­lar sites. I’ve cre­ated icons for Flickr, FFF­Found, Media Tem­ple, Bank of Amer­ica, Fan­dango, IMDB and The New York Times. You can down­load a zip file which includes all of these icons. I’ve also set up an icon for AisleOne so when you cre­ate a Web Clip to this site, it will auto­mat­i­cally use it.

Here’s a lit­tle tip if you want to cre­ate some on your own: The default size seems to be 57x57 but it was later dis­cov­ered that a 60x60 image cre­ates a much shaper icon.    

Miggidy Macworld

Miggidy Macworld

For all you Apple fans out there, today is the big deal. What rev­o­lu­tion­ary, life alter­ing gad­get will Jobs release today? There’s a ton of rumors float­ing around on what might be announced like the Mac­Book Air and iTunes Movie Rentals but per­son­ally, I’m hop­ing there’s a lot of new iPhone announce­ments. Specif­i­cally new appli­ca­tions and an upgrade to the OS. Since the release, Apple hasn’t added any­thing BIG to the iPhone and I think today is going to be the day. We’ll see.