In a world where notifications are full experiences in and of themselves, the screen of app icons makes less and less sense. Apps as destinations makes less and less sense.
If you eat something that tastes awful, you assume the food’s bad. But when you use a product that you can’t use, you don’t assume it’s the product you assume it’s you.
Jonathan Ive – Vanity Fair conversation with Graydon Carter.
A long time ago I used Craig Mod’s Twitter for Minimalists. It was nice. Using that in a Fluid.app instance gave me the benefits of Twitter’s web application without the distraction of having it in my primary browser.
Craig’s recent tweet about modifying the notifications panel put it back in my mind.
I find the Twitter website to include some key pieces that third-party apps lack. I enjoy seeing favorites and other activity that’s only available through the web interface. The downside is that I dislike the habit of opening it in my primary browser; I prefer distractions that take more deliberate action to open. So I threw together some basic styles and now have this running:
It helps me build a small, digital habit field around using Twitter. If you want to set up something similar here’s a Gist of the CSS I’m using. Using that in Fluid.app will require the paid version, but it’s just $4.99. I also found this handy replacement icon that looks nice in my dock.
Quality is not just the method, just the form, or just the content. The lack of quality doesn’t cumulate in a spot, it is fundamental. Quality is what holds form and content together.
App developers need to be honest with themselves about whether a redesign is about solving a customer problem in a better way or is part of a corporate strategy.
In order to avoid losing its place atop organizations, design must deliver results. Designers must also accept that if they don’t, they’re not actually designing well.