Archive for September, 2011
Sep. 20, ‘11: After tackling graphic design and typography with Helvetica and industrial design with Objectified, filmmaker Gary Hustwit’s latest documentary is Urbanized, covering urban design, city planning, and cities in general. I saw the U.S. premiere tonight and loved it. It’s smart, interesting, and well-assembled. Definitely … Continue reading →
Sep. 20, ‘11: Netflix communicated change poorly, again. And it made customers feel like they weren't Netflix's priority, which is unusual.
Sep. 20, ‘11: What’s new? Higher-res photos, live filters, new icon, borders optional, new filters. Still free with no premium features. Still no iPad view. Still incredibly fast, smooth, and beautiful. Grab it. Related: Instagram is quickly becoming the next great social network
Sep. 20, ‘11: In mid-July, a week before Apple launched OS X Lion, I took a look at the Mac App Store. Now, two months after Lion went on sale, let’s see what’s changed. In that span, the number of apps in the … Continue reading →
Sep. 19, ‘11: Most important: Netflix DVD shipments "have likely peaked" and the company's DVD subscriber base is declining.
Sep. 19, ‘11: Netflix's latest move to get its customers to forget DVDs is to rename its DVD service: Starting in a few weeks, it will be called Qwikster, and will also include a videogame rental option.
Sep. 16, ‘11: Check out this neat new service from New York’s MTA to help highlight the massive service interruptions that the NYC Subway deals with every weekend. The design is a riff on the old, famous, 1970s-era map by Massimo Vignelli. (More from the New … Continue reading →
Sep. 16, ‘11: As an early Mac user, it was amusing and frustrating to watch Microsoft copy so much of Apple’s look — and often so poorly — yet have so much more financial success with it. Apple usually kept a good spirit … Continue reading →
Sep. 16, ‘11: Google is working on a Flipboard clone called “Propeller.” This is yet another example of a product from one of the big web portals having the same name as a product from another big web portal. Kind of a surprise, … Continue reading →
Sep. 16, ‘11: RIM’s momentum has hit the wall. Yet again, yesterday, the company reported disappointing results. And its transition to a new BlackBerry platform called QNX looks increasingly like a Hail Mary attempt. Some observers wonder why RIM doesn’t stop trying to … Continue reading →