Tag design

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 […]

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 […]

Interviewed about the iPad

I have been interviewed by Josh Benton from Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. He wanted me to talk about the iPad from a newspaper / iphone app designer perspective. I found Josh’s question about the NYT demo particulary tough. It is great to see what they are doing – and exciting to see something […]

iPad and newspapers 1

A thought provoking post on the uses of the ipad at Monday Note. News on the iPad makes a lot of sense, but is part of a rethinking of how newspapers collect, generate and distribute stories. I think it makes sense to think of newspapers as curaters of information and also increasingly as app makers, […]

Home, work, the bus and the tablet

During the last few weeks I have a had a few conversation about Apple’s expected tablet, some of which have involved the other person saying “Yes, but what is it for?” I think it is aimed at various audiences, and here are some very subjective musings on why that might be: Most evenings, after meals […]