Pixel City

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Evolution of the Star Wars logo

I love this stuff. I drew countless 'STAR WARS' logos in my notebooks as a kid. These are much better. :-)

Awesome housing

I just found out about this: "Habitat 67", in Montreal, Canada. "It was originally conceived as [a] master's thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World's Fair held from April to October 1967."

You always get the coolest things from World's Fairs.

Pixels: The Movie

Of course I was going to link to this.

Happy 25th birthday, Photoshop!

Enjoy this video of some current Photoshop users trying to use Photoshop 1.0.


Stephen Hackett at 512 Pixels has a great writeup on how the iPad has changed in 5 years — and how much it hasn't. The most striking thing to me is that it's gone from 1/2 inch thick to 1/4 inch. As he points out, "the entire iPad Air 2 is as thick as the sidewall on the original iPad." (Referring to the gently tapered profile of the original iPad.)

Sound design?

Yup, love that too. It's everywhere — computers, cars, and even food.

Detail about fajitas is here:

Chili’s kept the recipe simple and relied primarily on the sizzle to not only turn heads but also trigger a barrage of senses: you hear them, then you notice the smoke and smell the aroma. Add up all of that, and you don’t just taste or see a neat-looking dish with Chili’s sizzling fajitas. You experience it.

Great job, Samsung!

No, really. Not being sarcastic here. They really did a great job with this series of fine-art-based ads.

Arrange by Color

From an interview with Faith Korpi:

I arrange all the app icons in my dock by color because that’s the only way I’ll remember where everything is. I’ve tried sorting them by type and how often I use them, but by color is the only method that doesn’t leave me scanning the whole bar for the icon I’m looking for.

Good to know that...

... the targeting system for Terminators is coming along nicely: Dynamic Target Tracking Camera


Vague UI: Bad.

From Stephen Hackett's review of Evernote's new "Context" feature:

On the Mac app, the verbiage makes me think that Context can’t be turned off, just hidden. Clicking the “Manage Context Sources” button loads the Evernote web app, where sources can be turned off. These settings do sync with the iOS device, which is nice, but again, it’s unclear if this feature can be disabled completely.

This is very bad. There is a world of difference between "do/don't do" and "show/don't show". "Show/don't show" implies that the action is happening no matter what you choose. Unless you have good reason to do otherwise, it's generally better to build an app with settings that "do/don't do" instead of "show/don't show". It impacts many important things, including performance, battery life, network data usage, storage space usage, and privacy.