The always exciting WWDC Keynote took place this morning and it was jam packed with stuff! Apple announced software updates for pretty much their entire line up. While there was no hardware news (no iWatch! no retina iMac!) the software updates all look super interesting. Many of the changes feel more like maintenance than innovation, but don’t let that dampen the excitement. OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 both feel like solid iterations on the existing operating systems. Can’t wait to get my hands on the betas!
I’m most excited to explore the update design language in OS X Yosemite, the new email attachment annotation tools in Mail, and the expanded iCloud offering. What new features are you most excited for?
Spent the weekend working on some updates to my main website and am mighty proud of these link hovers. Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a design really work, you know?
I’m in the process of rebuilding that site to run off of Middleman instead of being pure HTML. The goal is to convert the small client blurbs into full case studies over the next month, and making each case study page as it’s own static markup just seemed silly. Middleman has been scary easy to work with so far! I’m still in the middle of things but am comfortable recommending it to anyone who wants their own site and has enough development knowledge to work with Ruby gems and such.
Shout out to my pal Kari Newhouse who brought up Middleman over coffee yesterday! It totally solved my portfolio-content-management woes!
Happy new week! Here are some links to get you through that first cup of coffee this morning:
UX Myths is a growing resource for data and articles about all sorts of common falsehoods. Definitely keep this one around for helping to defend design work.
How we Rethought Our Business Model in a Week explains how a small agency, Planetary, is exploring how to package their services up to be easier for both their team and their clients. This was especially inspirational for me, as I also offer packaged services instead of one standard consulting fee.