Photoshop CC has been updated with a feature called Linked Smart Objects. I might have called it “Collaborative Smart Objects”, since what it really means is that Smart Objects can now be separate from the PSD itself, allowing multiple designers to edit a single document at once. This is game-changing stuff for any design team larger than single person. Adobe would be wise to put some marketing effort behind this one.
It’s worth mentioning that I learned of this feature directly from Adobe’s John Nack. If you think Adobe isn’t taking UI designers seriously, think again.
Speaking of Unprofessional, this week’s episode is the first of the post-Lex era. Stepping in is Jaimee Newberry, a close friend and fantastic designer in her own right. Our former co-worker Phillip Bowden joins us to talk about kids these days.
Me and Jaimee had been working on a new, unrelated podcast together for the past few months, so when the opportunity came up to merge the two it felt like the right thing to do. Just like with Lex, we had several unreleased episodes over which to build an on-air rapport. There are very few people I would have trusted in this role.
I’m really happy with how the episode turned out. Changing the chemistry of a popular show is a tricky thing to do, and this could have all gone horribly wrong. But this? This feels like Unprofessional to me.
Brent Simmons and Chris Parrish have started a new podcast called The Record, which seeks to share the interesting stories from with the Mac and iOS development community. From Brent’s post about the launch:
Our community reminds me a little of the early Seattle music scene, and more than a little of the early days of television. Apps are still a new medium, and these are the early days. It’s my theory that future people will want to be able to look back at what we’re doing today.
I challenge you to name two people more qualified to lead this effort than Brent and Chris.
This week’s show with Amy Jane Gruber marks Lex’s final episode of Unprofessional. As a host, anyway. He’ll certainly be back to visit.
Our goal has been to produce a unique show every week. We bring in an interesting person and start a conversation about whatever comes to mind, with our only real prep work being audio setup and some research on the guest. Sometimes the results are hilarious and sometimes they’re just a train wreck, but it should always feel fresh. Lex felt like he’d gone as far as he could with it, and while I’ll miss doing the show with my friend and co-creator, I have to respect a guy who can make the tough choice to walk away rather than let it get stale.
2014 marks the beginning of a new chapter for the show. We (the royal we) will be taking a few paces away from the expected, but the show should still very much feel like Unprofessional. Lex isn’t easily replaced. Throughout our run, Lex’s style has tilted more toward interviewer, and my role has been to react to things. Lex keeps the show moving, while I crack jokes and tell embarrassing personal stories. The biggest change in the new era of Unprofessional will, I think, be my move to a more traditional host role. I think it will suit me better in the long run, and I’m looking forward to digging in.
The mission remains the same: unprofessional conversations with interesting people. The show is changing, but you can still expect to hear from technology pundits, creators, and voyeurs. You can still expect to hear from musicians, actors, comedians, and other media types. You can expect bizarre live episodes and lots of fun with the theme music.
You can also expect plenty more of my embarrassing personal stories.