Author John-Henry

Good form to help you pay for the Guardian

Today I opened  my Guardian iPad edition and I saw a message telling me that my free period is ending soon. That’s fine, in fact that’s good – I love the Guardian and want it to continue producing quality journalism in all formats… But that’s not what I’ve come to write about. Every single little […]

Jobs on getting the job done

Since Steve Jobs died on 5 October this year there has been an outpouring of tributes from President Obama’s amazing statement — to users of iPhones, MacBooks and iPods cards, post-it notes and bitten apples left as makeshift shrines outside Apple stores. I have personally felt a deep sadness, the passing of a man who […]

A short way down the digital road

Everywhere I look I see newspapers bringing out tablet apps which reflect the daily printed product. This is true in every country and every type of news organisation. the visions that many had of being able to grab hold of the news have not quite yet come to pass. Looking at the terrain, this is […]

It’s code for designing great things…

Just as the ipad was launched there was a flurry of app creation, and there seem to be another stream of news apps coming out this year. There have been no great breakthrough in news apps in my opinion, nothing which answers the perceived need for a daily news app. Whether that need exists is […]

Zeitgeist and designing Live Articles on the Guardian app

The first Guardian news app for iPhone was well received and sold well. Designing a new version probably have felt more daunting than it did… and while I am very pleased with what we have released, there are always lessons to learn: about how features often turn out to me more complex and time consuming […]

Not content with iPad content

I’ve read articles lately about how readerships of ipad magazines has dropped off to a low level. This does not surprise me, because although there have been some impressive examples to “ooh and ahh” at, not much has made me want to come back the following months, weeks or days. Many of the apps I […]

In-flight entertainment: Can I have my pixelated map back please?

One thing which to me is synonymous with flying long distance is the back-of-the-seat screens, with their low resolution and strange implementation of GPS: a map of the world on which your huge plane flies and by which you can position yourself with seemingly random cities which appear with no apparent logic. Sometimes this view […]

Simplicity and fake wood at the Apple conference

There was not much talk about type leading or grids at WWDC 2010 though the role of design was invoked many times. Neither of these things should be surprising at an event focused on developers of apps for iPad and iPhone, who are largely more focused on the realization of a vision and the writing […]

International Search For Journalism…

Someone tweeted this post’s headline as an alternative title during the “International Symposium for Online Journalism“, which I attended in Austin a week ago. The tweet captures it’s essence. This is a time of fear and hope from news organisations as ad revenue continues to drop and new streams don’t rise to fill the black […]

An interesting review of the iPad

Jeremy Leslie of Magculture has written one of the more interesting reviews of the ipad and existing apps on his  blog. His thoughts touch on some of the key issues for app designers and newspaper and magazine publishers. It is good to see that we are in agreement on this, particularly when I am in […]