Principles of spatial design
There are so many neato things about visionOS. One I’m most excited about is removing the boundaries of interfaces to be more transparent and a part of the environment with less cruft. May it trickle down across all the OSes and computing experiences!
A bicycle for the senses
Stephan Ango’s optimistic thoughts on sensory computing paired with the just announced Apple Vision Pro.
Swipe through favorite websites or shake for random fun. This looks like an extra fun way to browser the web. / via Daring Fireball
Arc just leapfrogged every browser with Boost, a way to customize how websites look and ”zap” features you don't like.
Make an annoying RoboCall in order to get rid of annoying RoboCalls
MSCHF exploits a dumb government loophole that allows for robocalls as long as a human initiates them. Now you can help raise money and awareness to lobby against them by firing up a ton of spam calls.
A good bird app
Merlin Bird ID is free app by Cornell Lab that can identify birds by sound. Noah Kalina said (on a non-bird app that doesn’t allow deep links) “It will change your life and how you experience the natural world.”
Making an interactive blog map
Or any sort of diagram for that matter. Tom Critchlow shares an option that uses Figma, SVGs and CSS. I had no idea this was possible — this opens up so many doors!
The bad news: Amazon is shutting down the excellent DPReview, a favorite website to learn about digital cameras. The good news: Folks are making an archive that in some ways, is better! / via Tom Watson
I wish my computer cursor was this lively
Figma has tight animations to show off new features. Dig. And yay for hanging punctuation among oodles of other improvements.
The Magical Musical Thing
David Hilowitz explores the 70’s toy electronic instrument from Mattel and speaks to the creator. We had one of these growing up and it was indeed a bit magical. / via Chuck Jordan
John Gruber on Wavelength
His post describes a new app for group chat, built on privacy and fortified with (deep breath) A.I. So good he’s on board and makes a compelling case as to why.
Maybe drone delivery will really be a thing
Actually, it already is. This video is a fine use of twenty minutes and as JP says, “makes me feel a bit more optimistic about the future.”
The Funny Pages in Modern Times
David Friedman missed the funny pages. So he used ChatGPT to work through coding up a tool to select and deliver the dailies through a page generated by RSS feeds. One of the best uses of AI I’ve seen yet.
“A simple bookmarklet to tidy up articles for easy reading” and OMG IT’S AWESOME
My Favourite Computer, An Old Mac
“I can tell it my thoughts and my secrets without wondering if it's going to share them with others, or with corporations.” – Connor Oliver / via Daring Fireball
Remove backgrounds in macOS
I knew this was a part of iOS but didn’t realize it was a contextual menu away on the Mac. Thanks Christian Heilmann!
Adobe adds photogrammetry tools
Turn still photos (from phone or camera) into 3D models with automatic subject masking and texture mapping. (Wikipedia on Photogrammetry)
AI-generated code helps learning and experimentation
Outside of image generation and prose, it's interesting to understand a coding workflow. Matt Webb has thoughts and shares some insight and throws some bonus footnotes about language models. I particularly like this application angle to “parse intent instead of nouns”
Ivory for iOS
A Mastodon app by Tapbots that leaps over the current experience on Twitter. Also enjoying the Ice Cubes app by Thomas Ricouard
Could this app replace my messy notes that collect shows and movies to watch, books to read and games to play? / via CJ Chilvers’ How to Stay Creative Forever
I honestly didn't know there was an Action Mode.
All Things AI
Rick Waalders has created a sortable directory of AI tools plus a glossary and resources. Soon there will be an AI creating NCIS variants. / via sidebar
A Big Pile of Personal Developer & Designer Blogs in an OPML File
Chris Coyier shares list of blogs in an XML format. He carved it out to encourage those curious about RSS and need a place to start (and to try out a new RSS reader).
A community isn’t a garden, it’s a bar.
I nodded all along the cases that Derek Powazek presents and concludes. “Online communities are bars and we should admit that and start building the diverse, engaging, and safe gathering places we deserve.”
More AI, this time, step by step instructions
On how to train and develop prompts for impressive outputs of illustrated portraits of a person. Sidenote: Matt Haughey has been doubling down on posting short and longform content on his blog. So. Good.
From real to animated AR
Yup, more with the AI stuff. This particular thread by Sergei Galkin details the steps to transfer a physical toy to the digital world in very short order.
Andy Baio goes deep on the state of images generated from AI along with the ethical (and legal) debates. An excellent long read.
I have the sudden urge to modify an old iPod with an SD card.
Teenage Engineering Record Factory
Compact and portable record cutter that allows you to create your own 5” vinyl records and playback in lo-fi sound. WHOA + NEATO! / via Tom
Change lighting of photos with AI. It's free, so there's all that comes with that. But it's also pretty dang good.
TikTok monitoring all keyboard inputs and taps
If you use their in-app browser that is. Which is kind of a huge deal. (Other apps do this too and that's what this post details. TMKY
Text to speech with a AI voice generator. (The pro versions sound particularly good.) / via John Maeda
How to Temporarily Disable Face ID or Touch ID
It's very simple on iOS to bypass biometric authentication and require the passcode.
A free to use, edit, extend crowdfunding tool for Shopify with multiple goals and variants as campaign tiers by Craig Mod. (Excellent video tutorial to boot!) / via Kevin Kelley's post about The Proprietary Path
Radically optimize image file sizes with this Mac app or web service. I've used this before but it wasn't until I asked Naz how he got his photographs so wonderfully compressed that it all clicked. Now a tool in my everyday workflow.
Back-office for a Business-of-One, including company formation, tax, accounting and bookkeeping services. Not available in Ohio yet, but this looks v promising. / via Erik
Teenage Engineering created a pocket operator app to sequence sound and video (for Google Pixel phones). No real idea what this does, but I love their approach to interface design.
AR Art Projector
App that blends an image on your phone with video of your pencil / paintbrush to draw. Once set, you can even zoom around. Fascinating. Da Vinci Eye has another app for murals too.
Prompts plus powerful AI
Two examples show another approach of how tools like Dall•E can generate imagery
Asking AI to generate some logos
Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness blog is great. This particular post makes me wondering about job security.
Song Link / Odesli
Automatically scours major streaming platforms to share links for songs, albums and podcasts. I no longer have to link to YouTube videos! (I do fear if the service will exist much longer after a Linktree acquisition...) / via Andy Bell
Touch screens in cars are not good
This entire article can be summed up by the title. Don't get me wrong, as soon as fully autonomous vehicles are a real thing? Screens everywhere!
It's like Zoom, but funner apparently, breaking out of boxes and adding filters, music, and games.
The most concise parts of words are set in bold which, in theory, guides the eye and increases comprehension. Intrigued to try this with longer text. / via @LukesBeard
My 16 Favourite Finder Tips for Mac
I thought I knew MacOS well, but almost every single item on Rory Bowcott's list was an a-ha! / via another link on Belong
How to block domains from search results
Luke Harris has a good rundown of options. I just installed the uBlacklist browser extension and I might never have to see an image result from Pinterest or iStockphoto again. Glory!
Excel, an overlooked design tool
I've done a pretty good job of making Powerpoint look good, but this is next level stuff. / via Sidebar
Hyundai IONIQ 5
Need to pay off my current ride and drive it for many more years. But I like to dream of what the next vehicle will be and this new EV from Hyundai presses a lot of buttons (and kept a few important controls as real knobs).
Online webcomic by Leah Elliott that exposes what really happens when you use the Chrome browser (and other Google services). Be sure to use the arrow pagination tool and not the 'skip to the end' button.
Have iPhone Cameras Become Too Smart?
Mobile phone photos look like weird paintings anymore. I'd like an option to turn off computational photography.
This long dreamed about VW moves (slowly) into production (for Europe). The front design is busy, but the rest of the package is compelling.
The Problem With NFTs
I've seen half of this (two hour!) video but agree with Michael here that it's worth watching to get a better understanding of this emerging (and divisive) technology.
How Brian Lovin’s site works
Whoa. This is densely awesome. A personal website that operates somewhat like an OS. Thoroughly engaging and inspiring.
NightWatch Magnifying Clock Dock
I already have enough clocks and a charging solution for my watch. But if I didn't I'd totally consider this beauty. / via smartpeopleiknow
Throw your lego down and scan it with this app and it will give you step by step instructions to build new things. Haven't tried this, but it sounds far out. / via ProductHunt
A portal to feel connected
Marveling at this huge circular screen and camera with real-time feed between Vilnius, Lithuania and Lublin, Poland
How Uber is Scamming Everyone
Edward Ongweso, Jr. and Gravel Institute present such an alarming and compelling case against Uber I will vow to seek alternatives and understand the landscape of travel options with more thought.
After seeing this post on Fonts In Use I am now scouring the internet for a modern replacement of this old Apple utility that was probably better in my memory than actually useful.
Apple’s Privacy Commercial
I had only seen tiny snippets before seeing the whole thing. This really brings clarity to the insanity of tracking. I would actually appreciate seeing a longer and deeper dive. Sadly the video is hosted on Youtube. / via DaringFireball