Get everything done: Any.Do branches out from to-do lists to calendar, email, and notes
After the huge success of Any.Do, the immensely popular to-do list app for iOS and Android, its developers must have figured their dead-simple organization and beautiful interface was good for more than just tasks. So the company’s branching out, bringing its know-how to three more markets in desperate need of powerful-yet-simple apps: calendar, email, and notes. Together they’re called Any.Do’s “life management apps,” and we’ve had a chance to play with the first of them — Cal, the calendar app coming later this summer.
Love this new batch of apps. But sometimes I wonder if design is being commoditized. Also, so many more apps coming out on iOS today look more native to the Google suite of apps than Apple’s own HIG. WWDC next week is an important juncture.
“I have never shied away from anything because I am a woman. In my career, I have taken on challenges without questioning my ability or experience over and over, just as in my life, I have put myself in far-flung corners of the world doing things that might scare the less adventurous. I don’t think, I am a woman, let me show them that women can too. I think, This is exactly what I want to be doing with my life right now.”
Sara Wood: Gender Neutral
My friend Sara is awesome. And her kids are amazingly fun. And FWIW, my tech career has been helped along by so many talented, willful and hard-working women/friends/mentors/bosses/colleagues.
Dropbox is slowly taking over parts of my life that I had allotted to Google or Apple. Facebook may be the social layer at the moment, but when Dropbox owns the productivity layer — watch out. I’d totally buy shares in Dropbox if they were available.
I came to the job as a fan. I had emailed Tumblr on a whim, telling them of my admiration and absolute belief that it was going to be the next big thread in the social fabric of the Internet:
“As I find myself discovering daily Tumblr awesomeness, I thought, “This is exactly the place where I want to help build and make better.””
A few months later, John called me on the phone while I was in Argentina and a few weeks later, I met David and the team and instantly felt at home.
I wrote a Medium thingy.
(via What I gained from working at Tumblr)
Dedication to his art
Man, now I’m all reminiscing about Tumblr. 2 years ago all of 40 people maybe piled into a rental in the Hamptons. That summer was fun times for the company. :)
“David is very charming, and clearly very very bright, and understands the product,” said an executive who talked to Tumblr about the role. But, “he’s incredibly confrontation averse, and there’s almost a ‘Game of Thrones’ palace feeling to the management team.”
Will Yahoo Try to Get Its “Cool Again” by Doing a Deal for Tumblr?
Oh god, as someone who worked for both Yahoo and Tumblr — I am at a loss for words. And who’s this ‘source’ with this crazy quote? It just makes me start putting roles to people: Joffrey, Sansa — who the heck is Tyrion?!
Keep on shipping cool stuff, guys!
PS I love how this executive who shall not be name threw in the word “incredible” in there.
WTF happened to Tumblr’s logged out page?
Proportions of logo, copy and fields are all off. I’m hoping that this resulted from some hardcore funnel/metrics analysis. Otherwise it looked like marketing threw up on what was such a clean and elegant design.
Also - interesting to note that the copy is much more geared towards a mass market approach vs a ‘creators’ network. And who the fuck cares about ‘blogs’ in 2013?
“But David held firm. He wanted Tumblr to be a positive place on the Internet. The entire design of the service was with that in mind. There were loves (upvotes) but no downvotes. If you wanted to talk about someone’s post, you had to reblog it to your tumblog and then add whatever you wanted to say. David thought that would eliminate trolling.”
VSCO Cam x Kevin Russ | vsco.co
These days, I’m shooting almost exclusively with the iPhone. I only bring out the DSLR when I need a telephoto lens, like if I see a bear cub. I’ve always tried to keep photography feeling like a hobby, and the iPhone keeps it that way. I can shoot an image and have it processed in 30 seconds with one hand. I’d rather be out exploring than sifting through gigs of images on a computer screen. (via VSCO Cam x Kevin Russ | vsco.co
I love the idea of technology enabling us to live more vs distracting us to edit, curate, consume more digital cruft.
Also, the idea of sifting through photos is something that’s a pain point for me, too. And something I’m hoping to tackle soon. BTW - love the VSCO app.
“Lets start off with a simple proposition: innovation is not the same as invention. Invention is creating a new product or service. Innovation is transforming that product into something that’s useful enough and accessible enough to change people’s lives… The most successful innovators are magpies, taking concepts from many different places and putting them together in new ways. They do more than invent. They identify systems in which their inventions can flourish, and of those systems don’t exist they create.”
The best definition of innovation we’ve read. (via The New Yorker The Next New Thing)
Obvious prediction: Tumblr and Flipboard will start to meet in a middle ground at some point as their product converges. Both are social content experiences based heavily on curation as the juice around engagement. The interesting thing to me is that they’re approaching the same problem from quite different perspectives.
Let’s not forget Facebook, either.
#1 - I don’t think Rotate and Press & tap are really everyday gestures for people.
#2 - Is Pull a different enough experience to warrant separation from Drag?
#3 - I hope that we will find better ways to interact with technology than through our index finger.. one day.
Jessica in the middle of one of her interviews with a Tumblr creator.
I’ve always wanted to be a journalist - and after middle school daydreams and college writing courses and a brief stint as a wannabe travel writer in 2006, I realized what a tough business it was and quit.
But my love for the craft of long-form journalism stuck, and in the last year, the rise of editorial teams within large tech platforms heralded a possible new age where original content and user-generated content could have co-existed. Twitter Stories, Facebook Stories and Tumblr Storyboard all tried to mine what their communities were doing.
Except Tumblr was different. More than just a mouthpiece that relayed how these platforms made users lives better, Storyboard had bonafide journalistic credentials: they were reporting on what people were doing creatively and were not just marketing case studies.
And Storyboard exemplified — perhaps in a vaccum of 2012 — how Tumblr thought of itself: not just as a technology platform, not just a user-generated content community, but in interviews and logo design and pitches and blog posts, as a place for creators. Tumblr always aspired to be the intersection between tech and liberal arts, using a well-designed technological foundation to spur humanity’s creative output. It’s that ambitious. It’s one of the reasons I loved being part of the team. More than just a platform for self-expression, Tumblr wanted to be a platform for creativity.