The White House blog

After subscribing to the feed last week on Inauguration Day, I’ve been reading updates on President Obama’s actions on an almost daily basis. I’m not sure if they can keep up the frequency of posts that have filled the blog already. But isn’t it amazing that we’ve never had this level of insight into the President’s activities — and on such a regular basis — before now?

IE NetRenderer

Free service from a datacenter in Germany that allows you to check the rendering of any website in IE 5.5, 6, 7, or 8. It’s fast — it returned each screenshot for me in about 5 seconds. Screenshot size seems to be fixed at 1024×768, so you won’t see anything “below the fold” and there doesn’t seem to be a way to modify that size. But hey, it’s free. They also list and describe other screenshot services. (via Dan Benjamin)

New year, new design

With a bit of humility and even a little nervousness, it’s time to take the wraps off a new design I’ve been working on for nearly a month. My hesitation comes not from revealing the new design, but from my decision early on to make the site more personal, and feel less like an “agency”. I also hesitate because of the elephant in the room: the fact that, up until now, my writing here trickled down to a few entries a year. continued

The Big Picture: Inauguration

How could I not link to these photos of Obama’s Inauguration posted yesterday on The Big Picture? For some reason, despite numerous other photos that were better composed or more striking in their angle, I was really moved by photo #23, and stared at it for a good 5 minutes, considering everything that was going through Vertie’s mind at the time.

FoxTab

For anyone that uses Firefox (and even if you don’t, this is a good excuse to switch temporarily just for the experience of switching tabs), check out FoxTab, a wicked extension that lets you switch tabs by browsing in multiple 2d or 3d layouts of thumbnails of your open tabs. (via SimpleBits)

Apple Allows 3rd Party Web Browsers into App Store

Interesting shift in what Apple allows into the App Store. Previously, some assumed 3rd-party apps that provided duplicate functionality to the core iPhone apps weren’t allowed. Though somewhere, one of the sources I saw about this story noted that each of the approved browsers are based on WebKit. So that premise may exclude Opera or Firefox from ever appearing in the App Store.

Friction (by John Allsopp)

In one of the previously linked articles now available from Scroll Magazine, John writes about the unintended consequences of the web, and it’s impact on commerce and events, as well as its facilitation of making the printed word more social.

Rather than being the long expected deathknell for print, the web, by facilitating print on demand, may well drive a renaissance for print, by making the cost of production dramatically lower, by reducing the financial risk of experimenting with print publication significantly.

Articles from Scroll #1 online

The full text of articles in John Allsopp and Maxine Sherrin’s first issue of Scroll Magazine is now online. Includes pieces by Indi Young, Aaron Gustafson, Joe Clark, Ethan Marcotte, Veerle Pieters, and Jeff Veen.

About the author

Designer, advisor, father. Former creative director at Twitter. Previously led design teams at Google, Stopdesign, and Wired. Disney geek. Giants fan.

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