The Decline and Fall of the Book Cover

Looking at those old, beloved covers made me wonder: How come books for kids get to look so mysterious and tantalizing and spooky, while books for us grownups have to be so dull? Why don’t the covers of mainstream literary books make me feel that same way—almost scared to find out what’s inside?

Yeah? Where did all the illustrations go?

“iOS 7 is a fucking mess”

Garrett Murray:

There are probably a handful of people who have spent as much time as I have in the past 6 years with this UI and this environment, and to say that I don’t get why it’s necessary for Apple to throw it all out only to introduce a worse version for “the future” is like someone taking a scalpel away from a doctor mid-surgery and saying, “Hey, we have a robot that does this now and he’s crazy and ends up cutting a lot of limbs off but shut up you don’t understand the future of medicine.”

iTunes 11 Kinda A Cluster

One of the main problems introduced in iTunes 11 is the new bar atop the iTunes window. This tiny thing combines a vast number of features that were previously served by many different UI elements in iTunes. Sure, the bar seems simple and friendly. How much damage could this tiny thing possibly do? Well, you can’t cram so much stuff into such a small UI element without causing problems.

I gave the new toolbar a shot, but this article convinced me to bring back the sidebar. Everything requires less clicks this way.

Bootstrap From Twitter

Bootstrap is a toolkit from Twitter designed to kickstart development of webapps and sites. It includes base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation, and more.

Very pretty. Of course, if you aren’t careful your site will end up looking like Twitter.com. But, you could do a lot worse than looking like Twitter.com.