It is so important to be light on your feet, inquisitive and interested in being wrong. You have that wonderful fascination with the what if questions, but you also need absolute focus and a keen insight into the context and what is important - that is really terribly important. Its about contradictions you have to navigate.—Jony Ive on what makes a great designer
Designers have traditionally been paid a lot of money to make what people want; meanwhile, most startups fail because they make things that people don’t actually want!
…design is not something that you add in at the end when you’re trying to pick a color scheme or how curvy the corners are going to be. Design is something that you have to build in from the beginning.—Keith Sawyer on design thinking, a movement largely spearheaded by Apple
A Few Things…
Hey, you! This tumblelog’s been quiet for a minute, but I recently made a couple updates that are worth touching on.
Ads by Yoggrt
Not one for ads in general, I’ve caved in and joined the Yoggrt ad network as a publisher. Really, though, I don’t see it as “caving in” because they’re some of the classiest around — small (160x90 pixels), unobtrusive, well-designed, and the advertisers tend to relate in some way to the content I publish. I think I’ve also managed to integrate it into the sidebar pretty well, too.
New Web Clip Icon
With the arrival of the iPhone 4 (and the iPad, for that matter), my old 57-pixel Web Clip icon wasn’t looking too hot my home screen. So, I whipped up a new 114-pixel icon, uploaded it, and tested it out. Quick and easy, right? Unfortunately, no. The new icon was showing up crisp and clear on the “Add to Home” screen, but once it was added to the home screen, it was blurry and pixelated. Thinking the
apple-touch-iconmeta tag was wrong or outdated, I investigated further only to find jQTouch was still handling everything correctly. Does the icon have to be in the root directory? Nope. Looking around, I noticed some people were using 129-pixel icons; so I scaled mine up, but that didn’t fix the problem either.
Thinking I was going crazy, I finally came across a post by Walt Dickinson mentioning the same problem. Apparently, if you’re using
apple-mobile-web-app-capablemeta tag (which I was) to make your web app look more like a native app (fullscreen, no Safari chrome), there’s a bug in iOS4 that distorts the icon on the home screen. Ugh, really? Nevertheless, I removed the tag in favor of a crisper looking icon. So, until they fix it, it’s basically just a bookmark to the mobile site.
Aside from these, I’ve cleaned up a couple other minor things:
- Updated social network links: removed Facebook and Brightkite, added Dribbble and Gowalla
- Recent authentication changes to the Twitter API caused the ‘recent tweet’ box on my About page to return blank — it’s fixed now
- Pushed the logo a little to the left
- Updated my @font-face declarations to make them more compatible
- Changed the two photos of me to ones taken this year
And that’s it. I’m looking forward to being a part of Yoggrt network for a couple reasons, but mostly because I’m hoping it reinvigorates my posting habits, particularly with more original content. We’ll see.