The Many Faces of Howard Langston (2013)
This is nine minutes and 53 seconds of pure joy. Just the best.
Guess which show I’ve been watching lately.
(Nice to know my Year-7 military-grade crush on Faye Valentine hasn’t gone away.)
jayrobinson said: Cool. How do you make your GIFs, yo?
GIF Brewery! It’s getting easier to use and more powerful at the same time.
Pro tip: GIF Brewery is also great for making GIFs of QuickTime screen recordings. (Say, for example, you want to show someone an animation or interaction you’ve built for an app — just take a screen recording of it with QuickTime and use GIF Brewery to turn it into a GIF.)
Watched Good Burger the other night. Made a few GIFs. Putting them here in case I or anyone else in the world need them.
Hi, Tumblr. I helped make a little iPhone app called Playing. It lets you share what you’re listening to as a Playing Cover (a bunch of which you can see above). You can post a Playing Cover to Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr (as a GIF, duh-doy), and App.net. You can even AirDrop an iTunes link to nearby friends.
Currently obsessed with this song. I’ve spent the last week driving around with it blaring from the car.
Now playing: “Change of Coast” by Neon Indian https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/change-of-coast/id712610834?i=712611035&uo=4&at=10ldmM
Sometimes, I accidentally forget to turn Shut Up back on after switching it off for a bit. I occasionally come across a diamond in the rough.
When the App Store arrived in 2008, iPhone OS developers (many of whom were coming from the Mac) were conservative and stuck to the HIG. We got stock UIKit apps and we liked it. “Woah, these look just like the system iPhone apps”, users rejoiced1. But over time, users and developers got comfortable with the conventions of iOS. Developers got their heads and hands around UIKit, and they started branching out. As a result, we got the likes of Clear, Tweetbot, and Flipboard. These apps were different to stock iOS apps, but they were still accessible because they built on the user’s familiarity with the fundamentals of iOS — after all, if you’ve spent three years using iOS’s Mail-style, left-to-right navigation hierarchy as well as swiping left and right to move laterally, then swiping to go back isn’t much of a cognitive leap. By 2013, users were so familiar with conventions that iOS had built up over six years that third-party apps needed very few stock UIKit cues to tell users what to do, and as a result, they barely resembled the system iPhone apps.
Then came iOS 7. For better or worse, it’s a radical departure. It’s so different that developers and users alike will need time to get reacquainted with it, to make those platform conventions second nature again. We all need to get those fundamentals down before developers can start riffing on iOS’s UI patterns again. You learn scales before you start playing solos, and iOS 7 is a whole new instrument.
But until we get to the point where we start experimenting again, what’s a developer to do? Apple hit the reset button with iOS 7, and third-party developers are back to squircle one. Make no mistake: if an app doesn’t get an update for iOS 7, tapping its Home screen icon will feel like jumping in a time machine back to 20072. Developers need to do something to keep their app feeling modern and at home on the platform. I think what we’ll see is a lot of apps going back to basics on Wednesday and taking a few more cues from the built-in iOS 7 apps. It doesn’t hurt that stock UIKit feels fresh and new now.
In a lot of ways, it’s like 2008 all over again. Eventually, users and developers will become familiar (and perhaps even bored) with iOS 7, and we’ll start riffing on iOS 7’s UI conventions, coming up with ideas that build on the foundation that users have built up. We’re probably not going to get this generation’s Clear or Tweetbot with iOS 7’s launch on Wednesday. Neither users nor developers have spent enough time with iOS 7 for that. But we’ll get there in time.
Epilogue: In Contrast to iPhone OS
There’s one big way in which iOS 7’s release is different to the original App Store opening. Developers spent an entire year using iPhone OS before they were even allowed to write apps for it. Think about it: by the time they started typing square brackets, developers had become intimately familiar with iPhone OS just by having it in their pocket every day for a year. That’s a luxury not afforded to developers this time around — they’ve been challenged to come up ground-up reboots of their apps just three months after finding out about iOS 7. In three months, we’ve scrambled to try and digest iOS 7’s conventions as quickly as possible and apply them to our own work, and as a result, I think we’ve focused as a community on the visuals of iOS 7 — getting the UI out of the way, rethinking how we use colour, and so on. That’s the shallow stuff, the stuff that hits you when you first look at an app. What we’ve only just started thinking about are things like UIKit Dynamics and motion effects. These kinds of things can bring these devices to life and make all sorts of new user interfaces possible. That kind of stuff requires more time and a bit deeper thought than we’ve had so far, and that’s why I’m so excited for where third-party iOS apps will be in, say, a year, once we’ve been exposed to iOS 7 for long enough to start thinking about where we go next.
And there’s no doubt they should’ve rejoiced — after one scroll through a real UITableView, who’d want to go back to shit-sandwich webapps? ↩
There are exceptions, of course. Games, obviously, since they’re so immersive that they usually have their own, totally custom UI. Other apps like Twitterrific 5 or Vesper that define their own style are affected less by iOS 7 than most (the thing is, getting away with defining your own style is hard). ↩
Andrew McCarthy just pops out of study carrels 24/sev
Laura Dern and David Lynch on-set of Wild At Heart (1990)
David Lynch looks so GD cool here. That hair, those sunglasses, and that cap are ten-outta-ten 👌👍🍔. I wish I looked a tenth of a sixteenth as cool as this. Laura Dern’s no slouch, either.