We receive hundreds if not thousands of emails a day. Most selling you the best deal of the day or announcing a hot new release. I am no exception, and most of the email I receive ends up in the trash. One email seemed to catch my attention and I actually open it. An AIGA invite to a Paula Scher book signing.
This isn’t your average holiday wishlist. It’s that time of the year when we think about our fellow family, friends, colleagues, and designers. Show them how we appreciate them and go out and get them something meaningful, helpful, or flashy. It’s the one year anniversary for the blog and last year’s list divided gifts into price ranges. This year’s list will be divided by function. Take a minute, relax, and get ready to pick your favorites for this holiday season.
When smart devices entered the market they opened the capabilities of what we could do with a phone. When Apple introduced the App Store it completely revolutionizedwhat we were able to do with a smartphone. It allowed developers to create apps that utilized the new found power in each of our pockets. In order to be a remote worker you need to have the proper hardware, but it doesn’t stop there. Software is the key to harnessing the hardware to create something great. The following list is a collection of apps I think any remote worker or business owner should be without.
Two weeks ago Apple launched iOS 11 ahead of the iPhone 8 release. This is an exciting time for most iPhone and iPad owners because it is usually when we gets some new features and an updated look. Apple has been consistent with the design of iOS. They overhauled the look of iOS back with the release of iOS 7, and since then there have been incremental changes. This year is a little different.
Being a remote worker can present certain problems that aren’t as prevalent in an office setting. Including everything from WiFi connectivity to actual mobility. This list goes over some of the best tools for a mobile designer or any remote warrior for that matter.
Since the introduction of tablets and Palms back in the 90's the devices were touted as a way to help people with productivity. I remember having a palm pilot that I used religiously. Back then cell phones were just cell phones and most of the inputs on your digital device were through buttons or a stylus. In 2009 Apple’s Steve Jobs hosted an event to reveal the iPad.
A month ago I created a list of my top ten dream items for the studio. One of the gadgets I was looking for was a simple Bluetooth headset. I wasn’t new to Bluetooth headsets myself owning both headsets and speakers in the past and they worked okay. They had issues connecting at times or it was a lengthy process if you wanted to pair it to a different device. I have known about the AirPods for a while, but not being a fan of Apple’s EarPods I wasn’t excited about an exact replica without the wires.
This is the first episode of The Chat, a monthly interview with fellow creatives about their business, inspiration, and anything that comes to mind--all while having a drink...or two. We met with Content Creator Karen Livecchia about her process and inspirations.
5:00 AM: The vibration from my watch alarm, and not being ready to get up I fit my snooze button. Seven minutes later my iPhone rings with the Agents of Shield Overture, waking me up a bit more, and filling me up with a bit more energy. The lights in the studio dimly turn on to a teal color and after making some coffee, I head into the studio. I usually start by turning on my Mac, waking up my iPads, and catching up on a bit of news.
Whenever I take a trip I use the Kayak app to search for flights and hotels to get a general idea of the trips costs. This October I’m planning to travel to Las Vegas to attend The Adobe Max Conference for the first time ever and I’ve been using Kayak’s trip planner section of the app. A few weeks ago there was an update that changed the look of the app.
Until now the app icon was a flip board style K with a flat orange background. I didn’t mind it because it was a cool play on an old airport/train station info board. The K was almost a full bleed to the square icon.