The Design-Career Edition Thursday, July 4, 2019

Jony Ive’s Real Legacy, According To Apple Designers Who Worked With Him, by Suzanne LaBarre, Fast Company

Everyone had an opinion last week, when news broke last that Apple’s longtime design chief Jony Ive was stepping down. But what of the people who worked with him? What better way to evaluate the legacy of a design leader than through the colleagues who toiled alongside him?

We reached out to three former Apple employees—Don Norman, Ken Kocienda, and Imran Chaudhri—who collaborated with Ive during different eras and in various capacities at Apple. Their stories shed new light on one of the most remarkable, if checkered, design careers of the past 30 years.

The Horrible Place Between The Apps, by John Herrman, New York Times

Everyone has that one app. The one that mocks you from your home screen. The app that lures you to the folder where you’ve tried to hide it. The app you’ve signed out of and deleted — only to download again the next morning. The app you can’t quite quit.


Apple’s Newest Billboards Tout Its Stance Of Privacy, by Danny Zepeda, iMore

Apple's latest round of billboards continue to tout is strict stance on user privacy. The billboards are a continuation of Apple's marketing campaign focusing on privacy that began at CES in January.

The new billboards spotted in Canada feature catchy slogans like "We're in the business of staying out of yours" and "Privacy is King" punctuated with the line "That's iPhone." The rest of the billboard is black and white with a silhouette of the iPhone XS. It's simple and direct to the point.

Miximum Review: Smart Apple Music Playlists On iOS, by Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

Miximum addresses a key missing feature from Apple Music on iOS, and in a way that elegantly complements Apple’s native app. Through integration with your Apple Music library via MusicKit APIs, the app becomes a natural extension to Music and an important utility for users who wish the iPhone and iPad had a more powerful Music app.

LogMeIn Pro Review: The Right Remote Access When You Have Many Users That Need To Control A Few Computers, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

While LogMeIn could refresh its interface and clean up its graphics, it provides solid remote access at an affordable price when at several people need to access the screen and files on a desktop computer.

How To Turn You ‘Reminders’ App Into A 100 Percent Free Personal Trainer, by Kells McPhillips, Well+Good

You know what happens next. Right on schedule, as if my device has turned into a Black Mirror-style personal trainer, I get a push notification (this time, one I actually like!) pumping me up for my workout and telling me exactly what’s on deck for the day. It allows me to mentally prep for what’s ahead and, once I get to the gym and crush the workout, I can even—gasp—check my workout off in the Reminders app.


Why A Good Boss Likes It When People Complain, by Cate Huston, Quartz

I know some managers say “don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions,” but personally I don’t subscribe to it.

I love when people complain to me. Of course, complaining is a national past time for the British, and we don’t just limit ourselves to complaining about the weather, or the poor availability of good tea when traveling. Brexit has provided some strong fodder for complaining (where do we begin?) but really your average British can complain about anything.

But, here’s why complaining is so useful to me as a manager.


Apple To Take Voluntary Action To Correct Unfair Practices In Korea, by Shin Ji-hye, The Korea Herald

Apple applied for a consent order June 4, the Fair Trade Commission said, meaning the company has initiated a process to close a case early by voluntarily agreeing to take corrective action to restore order to the market and rectify the harm it has caused, if the FTC approves the application.


The FTC did not disclose any details about the consent order but said such a path normally involves the company agreeing to take two kinds of corrective action. First, it agrees to halt its unfair practices and restore order to the market. It also agrees to rectify the harm it has caused other companies and consumers.

MAD Magazine To Effectively Shutter After 67 Years, by Trilby Beresford, Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter

The beloved satire publication will no longer be sold on newsstands after the August issue, and future editions will no longer feature new content and instead shift to previously published material — with new covers.

MAD Magazine, the irreverent and highly influential satirical magazine that gave the world Alfred E. Neuman, will effectively cease publication some time later this year after 67 years, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

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My iPhone is jealous that my iPad will soon be able to have both home app icons and Shortcuts widgets on the same screen, side-by-side.


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