Back in May of 2007, Matt Novak over at Paleofuture wrote a post about the company Knight Ridder who was exploring the future of newspaper publishing in the form of touch-screen tablets all the way back in 1994. The video you see here showcases their concept of paperless publishing sixteen years prior to the release of Apple’s first iPad.
Almost a decade later Knight Ridder was purchased by The McClatchy Company, who is now the third-largest newspaper company in the United States. And they’re living the Knight Ridder dream with tablet and mobile apps for most of their newspapers like the Miami Herald and Fresno Bee.
I coach two of my sons’ soccer teams, and the night prior to their first games I wanted to remind myself to get game snacks on the way. So at 12:27 a.m. on the Friday night of September 7th I asked Siri to remind me “in the morning.”
Now, a second-rate device might immediately assume “morning” referred to the next calendar day, in my case meaning September 9th because technically at 12:27 a.m. it was already September 8th. But clearly Apple put a lot of work into Siri’s details because she asked me if I was referring to the next calendar morning (the 9th) or the next physical morning (the 8th) based on the fact that I might simply be up late.
People like to scrutinize Apple for any little shortcomings they find with Siri, their new mapping system, and everything else. But I accept the little oddities we find because overall they have created an absolutely outstanding product in the iPhone. And as an interactive designer/developer/architect I appreciate what goes into the product even more.
Eventually we needed to part ways because of strong success in both of our worlds. I also personally became exhausted battling email clients (especially Microsoft’s self-serving offerings) and wanted to spend more of my time on personal ventures and mobile apps. I feel I made significant contributions to that arena and I applaud the people who continue to work hard to make emails prettier and more usable for all of us.
The folks at Campaign Monitor continue to carry that torch with their exhaustive research on building top-shelf HTML emails. As part of that journey they have just published an impressive guide (more like a mini online book) called Responsive Email Design.
It’s one of the best articles/guides I’ve seen in a long time about this topic and it covers all kinds of amazing details about how to get the best performance from your HTML emails on mobile devices. And they have years of stats to improve the viability of everything they recommend.
Nowadays I spend very little time designing/building HTML emails. So it’s nice to be able to reach for a comprehensive resource like this to help make that task easier when it’s on the table. Thank you, Campaign Monitor. You rock.
I haven’t posted in a while because I have been consumed day in and out launching my bowling league application for web and mobile, LeagueFriend. We soft-launched a public beta last fall and spent the winter making evolutions to better suit the people using it. Then, this past week, we officially went live.
This video is a promotional bit we put together which explains what LeagueFriend is with a little help from soccer, roller derby, tattoos, knitting, and Norm Duke. Well…his stunt double anyway. So sit back and enjoy the video. Because how often can you see a soccer player get a red card in a bowling center?
I am completely floored by this. Mozilla is working on a mobile OS called Boot to Gecko which is built entirely with HTML5. Yes—an open-source mobile OS.
Linux is a proof of concept for open-source operating systems, but no one has given it a go in the mobile arena. Until now. And who better for the task than Mozilla?
Probably the largest challenge with creating an open-source mobile OS is working through device technologies which do not have open-source platforms such as telephony, cameras, bluetooth, etc. Mozilla is approaching this task by partnering with standards bodies to create them.
So how do you demonstrate the awesomeness behind an OS with no devices to support it? Senior user experience designer at Mozilla, Josh Carpenter, worked to create a concept UI which they’ve labeled “Gaia”:
This interface is stunningly beautiful. Definitely the first mobile OS I’ve seen that competes with the aesthetic of iOS. But let’s say you don’t like something about it. Well as an open-source OS you can pull the github repo and make the changes you like. Imagine having that level of control over the GUI of your mobile device.
I am super excited about this project and can’t wait for the day when I can hold a device in my hands comprising this OS. Thank you, Mozilla, for embarking on this journey. You’re working on something quite special.
Swedish creative professional Gustav Schiring is looking for an internship. And whoever is able to snatch him up will be very fortunate for his work is quite remarkable. His focus is in mobile and he’s just the kind of person to take that arena to the next level. I look forward to seeing how Gustav helps shape this industry in the coming years.
My only criticism would be that his stunning website isn’t mobile friendly. And the design lends itself to being very portable across multiple devices. I still love looking at it, though.