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By Christoph Ono, builder at GBKS, and tweetable at @GBKS.

“Form follow function” is more complicated than iOS 7 thinks


There are functions beyond literal communication that iOS designers must balance. Making icons warm and inviting serves many deeper purposes. It builds your confidence in the device. It makes you feel in control. It sets your mind and thumbs at ease. It communicates through feeling and memory, and when done well, resonates with human experience in a way that PCs never could.



Overshare makes it trivial to add rich sharing options to your iOS apps.

This looks very useful.

Capcam 1.1 is live


Happy November. Capcam 1.1 brings lots of tweaks, from a few bugs fixes to new controls for exposure and focus in the camera. All the text styles were re-done to fine-tune spacing between lines and edges, proportions of font sizes, and crispness of text. You'll also find new sharing options for Instagram and Messages.

Capcam 1.2 will bring extra controls for tweaking images. I was initially hesitant to add this type of detail-level control, because the default filters should be good enough. But turns out that in real-life use cases, with another 30 seconds of adjust saturation or warmth, you can get your photos to look even nicer. This next update is almost done and will be submitted for review next week.

When we build, let us think that we build forever.


When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our father did for us." — John Ruskin

When Genuine Data Leads to Disingenuous Conclusions


The challenge with data is that the truth lies in the interpretation. Without context genuine data can lead to disingenuous conclusions. This is why data can not be put out in the public without context. Yet this is exactly what happens. It creates a scenario where a media industry who thrives on negativity can take genuine data, miss the context, and create stories around a false narrative. It is not their fault entirely. It is the fault of the data firms who release data to the public, without proper interpretation or context, and allow the media industry to draw their own conclusion, and often a false one.

It doesn’t run on mobile


The bedroom designer is a god to creativity. They’re young, packed full of creative ideas, have parents that bring them free food and most of all they can work through an idea on their own…with the right tools. Unfortunately what the new toolsets had brought was a need to have a large team of multi disciplined workers that combined their different skillets to make the whole. The chances of one kid being proficient in 3D mapping, modelling, programming, web development and most of all, being full of great ideas, is slim to none. Flash had always given the bedroom designer enough tools to pick up the basics of coding and to run with it. Those same kids were now faced with a wall of complex tools that could take them years to master. If I were that teenager, I’d fuck it all off and go and watch the telly. My career over before it began.

How one second could cost Amazon 1.6 Billion in sales

4/25/18Speed in four people abandons surfing to a website if its page takes longer than four seconds to load. That's just four "Mississippis," guys. Four in 10 Americans give up accessing a mobile shopping site that won't load in just three seconds.

Amazon's calculated that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost it $1.6 billion in sales each year. Google has calculated that by slowing its search results by just four tenths of a second they could lose 8 million searches per day--meaning they'd serve up many millions fewer online adverts.