It’s easy to make the joke that Vesper’s sync solution would be done if Brent would just stop blogging so damned much. Entry #13 of his sync diary is a great example of Brent’s stream-of-consciousness writing style, which I believe to be one of his greatest assets as a developer.
I’m writing this up as soon as I learned about it. I have to figure out what to do.
Before we get anywhere near 2147483647 (max for 32-bit integers), we will have hired a team of the brightest server-side programmers in the world, and they’ll figure out what to do.
I don’t want to ruin the ending for you, but there’s no hurry to hire that team of server-side programmers.
Build professional quality prototypes from mockups and wireframes using this powerful Mac application. Built for designers, a brief is easily shared and can be deployed to iOS and Android devices. Great for quick demos and helpful for clients who want to feel the design in their hands.
The beta of Briefs very fortunately coincided with the early days of Vesper’s design, which meant that I got to kick the tires exactly when I most needed a prototyping tool.
They could have gotten away with making it ugly, but they didn’t. I love everything about this story.
The watch has a stark, circular titanium face. There are no hands. There are no numbers. Around a groove in the centre a ball-bearing rotates to mark the minutes. Around the edge of the watch, another ball bearing rotates to tell the hours.
The Bradley was designed for the use of blind people, the latest in a long line of efforts to help those without sight efficiently tell the time.
A redesigned Comic Sans, by Australian designer Craig Rozynski.
Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface. Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy.
Still not something I would personally use, but I admire the thought and earnestness that went into this. Scroll to the bottom to see Vincent Connare‘s opinion.
(Via Fernando Rodríguez)
Speaking of Understudy, Ken Ferry has posted a great writeup of what the app is all about over at the Understudy blog.
Like private music lessons, a personal trainer at the gym, or an interested friend at work, having someone else aware and invested makes it enormously more fun to keep at whatever you’re doing.
Really great educational app from my friends Ken Ferry and Bridger Maxwell, both of whom left Apple to build Understudy.
The idea is simple in execution but tricky to explain: Understudy offers two courses — computer science and drawing — based on popular, proven books. When you sign up, the system pairs you with a mentor who is a little further ahead of you. As you spend time doing FaceTime-with-whiteboard-style sessions with your mentor, you’ll also do similar sessions mentoring someone else. A scientifically proven formula for making information stick. You can also use it, as I do, for freestyle whiteboard collaboration.
Full disclosure: I had a hand in design, and appear in one of the App Store screenshots making a stupid face.
I have a few spare days coming up before the launch of Vesper’s sync update, so I thought it would be fun to open that time for another round of design reviews. If you have an iOS or Mac project that could use some polish, I’ll poke at your app for one to three days (your call) and walk you through a report on what you could do to take things up a notch. $1,000 per day, flat rate. If you’re interested, get in touch.
[Update: Let's do this more often.]
Justin Williams went to Microsoft’s Build conference last week and had a pretty good time.
A week or two before Build, I received a text message from Dave Wiskus of Q Branch/Vesper asking if I was still attending Build. He then informed me that he, Gruber and Brent would be attending the conference as well as part of the keynote.
2.5 hours into the second day keynote, lo and behold my long-time Mac and iOS development friends showed up on a Microsoft stage talking about how Vesper’s sync services are powered by Microsoft Azure.
Man, some people will do anything for a free Xbox.