I'm a recent convert to Affinity Photo, so when a special offer came up for Affinity Designer, I leapt at the chance. I've not done much more than mucking around to learn Designer, but while doing so I figured it'd be a great tool for designing the type of strong, bold icon I need for my (planned) iOS apps.
That got me thinking about the standard icon grid of golden ratios and the all important squircle corners. Having used a Photoshop template in the past, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. I ended up basing it off an SVG design from German software company Kodira.
In a recent episode of the Accidental Tech Podcast, John Siracusa said something that really resonated with me. In reference to the unfolding drama of Smile Software moving to a subscription model for their Text Expander product, someone had mentioned maybe their intent was "to move towards 'enterprise.'" John's response was along the lines of "I hope not, because moving towards enterprise means moving away from quality."
I've been living with this fact for the last while at work and it can be soul destroying.
Back in January I wrote about returning to the fold of desktop computers with the purchase of my 27" iMac with Retina 5K display. After four and a half years with a MacBook Pro (2011, 15") I was not in love with the laptop concept.
In that post I said I didn't see myself returning to a laptop for my primary computer, which inferred what I had and have been thinking – a laptop as a secondary computer was still appealing.
A week ago I decided to make that leap and what I found surprised me.
I've been hearing a fair bit lately about how amazing Google Photos is at intelligently identifying the subjects of photos. On numerous podcasts I've heard about people searching for "hugs" and "dogs" and "patios" and getting "astonishing" results. So I thought I'd give it a go.
On the other side of the coin from my last post, something happened this week that gave me warm fuzzies about Apple.
Marco Arment wrote about it. Friends Scott Willsey, and Allison Sheridan have written about it. I've lost count of the number of podcasts I've listened to in the last while that have discussed it. Apple's software is not living up to fairly basic expectations – that it do what it says on the box. Every time.
Mostly I've tended to think "yeah, they have a point, but it's not so bad as I see it." Today I'm writing this blog post because it is bad as I see it and it's getting beyond being simply disappointing.
I've seen many internet "explosions" where large numbers of denizens have set about cutting down someone for a controversial action. In New Zealand we call this tall poppy syndrome. I'm certainly guilty of lashing out at times, too, when an action is particularly egregious in my eyes or affects me more directly, but as much as I can I seek to remain objective. In the last year or two, however, I've taken a slightly different approach.