On being comfortable
When starting at a new job, most people are usually very energised and excited and prepared to do their very best. And they do try, work hard and really give it their best. They learn new things and meet new people, everything is new and exciting. But after being in the same job for a long enough time, many people get to a state that can be described as being too comfortable. The time it takes to...
Swiss Photo Trip - Last Day
Having seen the weather forecast yesterday, we did not even try to wake up early. When we did eventually get up, the sky was again covered in low, dark clouds and so without too much hesitation we decided to stay at home for the morning. The weather brightened up just a tiny bit around 12 o’clock and we decided to test our luck and to go to shoot at the Préverenges beach. We just...
Swiss Photo Trip - Day 3
The weather was quite bad today. When we woke up, all we could see were heavy and low clouds. We set off early as we wanted to go to see the Lac de Montsalvens dam which is about 80km from Préverenges. We arrived at around 7:45am and took a footpath along a river which eventually lead us to the dam. It is quite impressive and despite the weather being so poor we decided to grab the opportunity and...
Swiss Photo Trip - Day 2
Knowing that the weather is likely to be rather bad today, we woke up only at 7:30. And yes, it was raining as we expected. After breakfast, we decided to follow our Plan B i.e. a visit to the Museum of Photography (Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique) in Vevey. The museum is a tall and narrow building filled mostly and unsurprisingly with cameras and other photography equipment. The ground...
Swiss Photo Trip - Day 1
We decided to get up early in hope to catch the best light. We woke up at 5:30 just the find out it is still pitch black outside and raining heavily. Grudgingly, we went back to bed. Luckily the weather looked somewhat more promising a few hours later when we woke up again. As Martin had no food at home (no surprise ;-)) we packed our kit and set off. After stopping at a petrol station to buy some...
And we are off to Switzerland
When I wrote about Martin’s and mine last year’s photo trip, I already knew we will go on another one this year too. It’s nice to have something to look forward to and given that we are both busy at work and on top of that happen to live in different countries I am really happy we managed to find time to do this again. So, it is May 8 and here we are again — flight tickets ready,...
My — t-shirt
This admittedly very geeky t-shirt I designed yesterday will probably make sense only to html-savvy people who have at least a vague interest in specific aspects and misuses of typography (especially) on the web. I do agree that’s not the largest target group but that’s fine with me. All I care about is that those who actually ‘get’ the point, will enjoy and love this...
Typoretum: A Letterpress Workshop from Jamie Murphy
The state shall carry out a self-defensive military line, the basic substance of...– Article 60 of North Korean Constitution
There’s something about the word ‘located’ that makes me want...– Mark Forsyth, The curse of public speaking, The Spectator, March 2013
Stop the bullshit. Carriers are really nice to you… once every 23 months....– John Legere, CEO T-Mobile USA
The greatest comeback in tech history? Not this...
Forbes about Blackberry’s new campaign: These takeovers, piloted in the United Kingdom, will hit U.S. customers soon on computers and their non-Blackberry devices. BlackBerry built out two digital takeovers for desktop, first with The Guardian in the United Kingdom and now with the New YorkTimes. “I think these are a world first,” Boulben says. Those takeovers fill your browser with ad that...
Harriet Series Typeface
One of Typographica’s favourite typefaces of 2012 Harriet Series is an example of a fantastically well designed, super elegant and versatile typeface that works great both in print and on the web. Designed by Jackson Cavanaugh (the man behind Okay Type), this lovely serif is not only great to look at but also very nice to read too. You can see it for yourself in action on a...
You should never use camera to make your pictures. You use yourself, your...– Antonin Kratochvil
Nothing lasts forever
Marco Arment: In this business, you can’t count on anything having longevity. To avoid new services that are likely to get shut down within a few years, you’d have to avoid every new tech product. Products and services lasting more than a few years are the exception, not the rule. And unfortunately for users, Google doesn’t owe anyone a “conversation” about what they do with their products....
On being dependent
John Siracusa: Finally, there’s Apple, the jilted lover, feverishly working to eliminate any dependency that puts it at the mercy of a potential competitor. Apple remembers when Samsung was a great source of mobile CPUs and Google provided network services for iOS. Now look at those two traitors. No partnership is safe! And so, in addition to developing its own OS, designing its own hardware,...
There's always more to it
Oliver Reichenstein: What makes the difference between bad, average and great design tends to happen in a sphere that only experienced people can perceive clearly. Yet, still, most will feel the difference between good and bad design. Typography is a great example to illustrate that. Very few people perceive the delicacies of great typography, and even fewer can set type, but most of us will feel...
Canon interviews Antonin Kratochvil on his imaging...
Source: Svetlana Lomakina
Pinokio from Adam Ben-Dror
Birth of a book
Birth of a Book from Glen Milner
Two excellent podcasts come to an end
Marco Arment: Recently, I’ve felt my current podcast, Build and Analyze, getting stale and repetitive. We’ve had a great run, and I’ve greatly enjoyed doing it, but it has run its course. I’d rather end it now than slide into mediocrity — imagine if The Wire ended after season 4, Six Feet Under ended after season 3, or Arrested Development ended right before Michael met Rita. Anyway, Dan...
Kindle Paperwhite — A pre-review
I have owned a Kindle for over two years now and while I still occasionally buy paper books, I have mostly moved to e-books. My current Kindle is a 3rd gen. Kindle Keyboard and I never felt that upgrading to any of the new (touch or not) Kindles was worth it. But when I learned about the new Kindle Paperwhite, I ordered it the day it became available here in the UK. Royal Mail delivered it on...
About ‘The Magazine’
Marco Arment launched a new app this week — The Magazine: The Magazine is for people who love technology, especially the internet, mobile, truly great personal computers, and related fields influenced by technology such as photography, publishing, music, and even coffee. Rather than telling readers everything that happens in technology, we deliver meaningful editorial and big-picture...