6 Incredibly Useful Hidden iPhone Features

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We’ve written about what makes Apple’s user interface naturally intuitive, but there are some features on your iPhone (iOS 7 as of this update) that are not-so-easy to find, but incredibly helpful for the power user. Here are my favorite “hidden” iPhone features – though they’re not purposefully disguised by Apple – it just seems their initial discovery takes a little more time than “Swipe to Unlock”! Tap The Time to Immediately Scroll to The [Continue reading...]

How Skeuomorphism Shaped Apple’s Interfaces

How skeuomorphism helped shape Apple

Skeuomorphism has had plenty of criticism in the past few years Рand while its use (and the use of other design elements that are frequently called skeuomorphism, but are in fact not) got out of hand for a while, I believe the residual effects of bringing real-world representation in digital design run much deeper than appearance. More specifically, the process of designing skeuomorphically results in an easier to use, more engaging interface with features that may [Continue reading...]

Yards Tap Handle Throwdown: Behind the Scenes

Yards Tap Handle Throwdown

For the past few months here in Philadelphia, a lot of talented designers, makers, and artists went head-to-head in the Yards Tap Handle Throwdown at NextFab Studio. This was a great idea by NextFab and Yards: the goal was to conceptualize and create a real-life prototype of a new tap handle for Philadelphia’s local brewery, Yards. The winning design gets a whole bunch of beer-related prizes, but best of all, the tap handle actually gets [Continue reading...]

How to Save Hard Drive Space

How to Save Hard Drive Space

With solid-state drives becoming more popular, despite their big price tag, hard drive space becomes something you need to watch closely. While most laptops with a traditional hard drive come with 500gb or even 1TB of space, most solid state drives are 128GB or 256GB. Remember the days of putting your large files on ZIP drives and burned CD’s to save hard drive space?¬† While that’s not practical anymore, here’s some tips to save space [Continue reading...]

The New MacBook Pro: To Retina or Not Retina

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Apple announced lots of exciting new updates at WWDC on Monday. But one in particular had us scratching our heads – the new MacBook Pro. While the whole lineup got a speed bump, they killed off the 17″ variety and replaced it with a MacBook Pro 15″ Retina display model. Makes sense at first, until you start to look at the specs. You actually pay MORE for less if you choose the wrong model.