Chris Simon


New York, NY, USA

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  • ">"What's frustrated me the most is finding an app that I like and then having that app change or degrade in quality." I hear you! Why don't developers just leave a great piece of software alone? Transit.app was brilliant, until a redesign smooshed the map and the schedule into the same 'page'/screen (before you clicked to access the schedule). The effect was to cause unintended UI events whenever you try to explore the map. Maps always want to be large. Period. In over 5 years they still haven't learned this basic principle. The UI remains wonky. The problem with software, especially software like a weather app which takes data from a third-party, is it frequently needs to be updated as the environment where it runs changes: OS updates, scripting library changes, and, of course, API changes. So, if software developers did nothing once they hit a home run with an app, eventually that app would degrade and finally fail to work properly at all due to lack of updates. And I guess no one likes to update old software. They want to evolve it, which means redesign."
    on: Good and Bad Design in Weather Apps
  • "I used to like Weather Underground [*], but they redesigned and turned it into a feemium GUI candy fest. For me the greatest sin of weather apps is failing to show 48h of history. I really don't have a strong sense of what all the numbers _really_ mean. Today's high is supposed to be 81 with 62% humidity. Ok. But how does that compare to _yesterday_? I know how comfortable I was yesterday. If I can scroll a graph of temperature and humidity, then I can quickly make a judgement--is today going to be Better or Worse? haha[*]: https://www.wunderground.com"
    on: Good and Bad Design in Weather Apps
  • "I’ve been putting poly- tubing on my lightning cables since I had an iPhone 5 and OtterBox case. There just wasn’t enough of the plug body you could grab onto once you plugged in.. Still use the tubing on newer iPhones today. Heck of a time getting it on. If you don’t foobar it up, you’re good."
    on: Product Reviewer Explains Why Apple's Charging Cables Break So Easily
  • "Tire Toilet-- Bury your doodie, because, well, animals do it. Pack it in, Pack it out what?Oh man! The worst design list can work for so many topics. Please allow me to flog 1Password software. Two ways to open your Password Vault--Master Password or 4-digit Pin. Once you enter the 4-digit Pin wrong, you're defaulted back to Master Password. September 2017 they silently added a new feature. Before the update, whenever you turned off your phone, you also needed to enter the Master Password. After the update, the Pin option worked even after poweroff. So, somewhere around December I finally mis-entered my pin, but after several months of not having to enter the password, I forgot the Master! You wouldn't think convenience would be a bad design, unless the inconvenience trains you to remember your password."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #4
  • ""I assume you'd get fresh mud on the jack when taking the first boot off, then transfer that mud to the bottom of your sock when bracing the jack to remove the other boot."The solution is another pair of shoes! I suggest a _house clog_. Remove muddy boot. Put free foot into house clog. Then use clog-foot to step on boot jack. Finally, wipe house clogs on floor mat. Of course, once you're in the house, you can further transition to more comfy footwear, such as slippers. An ecosystem of proper footwear is required at every, er, step. hahah."
    on: The Design Flaw of Boot Jacks
  • "> “ it's just sobering, as someone trained in industrial design, to see a product with almost no design applied to it achieve such wild success...”Hardly a product— just a material. You wouldn’t feel so bad if someone put fire bricks in their oven and reported the same results."
    on: Crowdfunding Smash: A $50, 10x13 Steel Plate Lands $1 Million and Counting
  • "I see your sofa fort, and I raise you a cardboard fort. I took this photo 11/15 behind a Major department store in Manhattan on my way to work (about 0745). I went back the next day to see not only the fort was gone, but replaced by large concrete planters."
    on: Today's Urban Design Observation: Homeless Couch Fort
  • "I usually just use a bowl. Then I nested this found object— a fire truck dome light—and I have an instant favorite."
    on: Desktop Valets/Organizers, Yea or Nay?
  • "Could use a wire coat hanger. I always have some of these around, cuz they’re just so darn useful. :)"
    on: Pro Tip: How to Easily Transfer a Measurement from Inside a Wall to the Outside
  • "Here is a new one for my "collection"."
    on: 9 Desk Organizers to Declutter Your Workspace
  • "I was fortunate to have known my great gradfather when I was a child. He was born in 1904 and worked as a cabinet maker in the San Francisco Bay Area. And he had 8 1/2 fingers. As my father told the story to me, the power output from a system like this was inconsistent. The material could "jump" take the ends of your fingers off. Which, for him, were the tips of both index fingers, the tip of his right thumb (he had a sliver of finger nail) and more than half of his pinkie. (>_<)"
    on: How Did Factories Get Power to Their Machines Before Electricity?
  • "For your perfect bound magazines!(Islamic book stand. Source, Pinterest)"
    on: Show Off Your Favorite Magazine Spreads on Your Walls with this MAWAH
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