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An improvement to Apple’s Preview app

This is a screengrab of the PDF viewing options in Apple’s Preview app. It’s how you view a PDF on screen: as a single page, one at a time; as two pages side-by-side like a book, or continuous scroll where as you scroll through the pages, the next page slides into view below the current page, in a continuous line of pages. I can’t help but think the keyboard shortcuts for these can be improved. Consider this: Single page ⌘1 Two Pages ⌘2 Continuous Scroll ⌘3 Why?

Website: PIC Photographic Imaging College

In 2012 I created a new website for the Photographic Imaging College (PIC) in Melbourne. The website redesign was an extension of the rebrand I did for the college in 2011. The brief for the new website can be distilled into two points: The website must be a comprehensive information source for potential students in their last year of high-school, and The website must be the go-to information source for currently enrolled students Contrary to initially logical ideas of an image-heavy design (for a photographic college) and I decided on a design more akin news site than a gallery.

Website: MANZA

While living in Malaysia from 2010–2012, I designed a replacement website for the Malaysian Australian New Zealand Association. MANZA is a volunteer-run association whose main purpose is to help newly arrives expats ease into Malaysian life. The MANZA website was my first practical application of Information Architecture and content auditing. As a volunteer-run organisation, the then-current website was a mess of handed-over files, message, and content, not to mention design. The site was built and maintained by inexperienced volunteer expats wanting to led a hand, and as such was desperate for a redesign.

The state of my design Designing for the internet

I’ve had a blog post in my drafts area for over two weeks now. It’s pretty much done, but for some reason or another I didn’t hit the big ol’ publish button. Maybe it’s because I’ve been so busy with work lately (I know, right?) and haven’t had the chance — or mental focus — to check over it, proofread, make changes, add links, and wrap it up with a clever final sentence. Maybe it’s because I make a few assumptions — possibly premature — and was afraid to put them out there.

Three messages

This is what I’m talking about. A short article on The Invisible showing the attention to detail the Apple software engineers paid to the iPhone email application. It answers the seemingly simple UI question “What happens to your position in your inbox when a new email arrives?” This is serious attention to detail. It’s not something people will show off to each other on the bus, or something that you can put on an advert or trumpet on a feature list.

Why I (almost) got rid of iOS folders

As you all know, when iOS 4 was released for iPhone and iPod Touch, a feature called Folders was introduced. Folders allows you to combine or store up to 12 apps in one slot on your home screen, essentially allowing up to 192 apps to be accessible without swiping to other screens. I eagerly downloaded the iOS 4 update onto my iPhone to play with folders (and the other features iOS 4 brought). After a few minutes of mucking about I worked out how I was going to set up my iPhone to make use of folders.