on Settings

Settings however used very infrequently are an important aspect of your product. When designing settings use clear titles and helper texts for not so straightforward settings. Make sure the settings are easy to find, make use of a search or group settings in a structured manner. A snapshot of the current status of the configuration helps users to choose the right setting.

Imran Parvez, Designing Settings

Textual: IRC client for OS X

After the sudden death of the Lingo client – can’t find any trace of the developer or the software for support anywhere – I begun again my quest for a nice IRC client.

Today Textual is free on the App Store, and having tried it briefly I will switch to it immediately (the project seems active and very vibrant)…

Look and Feel and Feel

Every scroll through Twitter puts at least one person’s bad day, shitty experience, or moment of snark in front of me. These are good happy people – I know many of them in real life – but for whatever reason, Twitter is the place they let their shit loose. And while it’s easy to do, it’s not comfortable to be around. I don’t enjoy it.

Every scroll through Instagram puts someone’s good day in front of me. A vacation picture, something new they got that they love, pictures of nature, pictures of people they love, places they’ve been, and stuff they want to cheer about. It’s just flat out harder to be negative when sharing a picture. This isn’t a small thing – it’s a very big deal. I feel good when I browse Instagram.

That’s the feel that matters.
Jason Fried