Author: diklein

Sony Metreon

General / Uncategorized

The San Francisco mall was set to revolutionize urban entertainment in 1999, burning bright before a spectacular fall. Today we think of the AMC Metreon as a movie theater complex with an average Japanese restaurant, small food court, robot cafe, Target, and Bitcoin ATM. In 1999 though it was the Sony Metreon, an attempt to shove Universal Studios into downtown San Francisco. I actually went with my family when it opened. Tickets were approximately $20 […]

Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career

Design / General / Portfolio

Khoi Vinh on How His Blog Amplified His Work and Career – Own Your Content: Paul Jin: When you’re looking through other people’s portfolios, what stands out? Do you have any advice And could you share any practical wisdom to creatives on how to showcase their portfolios better? Khoi Vinh: I’d be much more interested in a portfolio full of made up projects that are representative of exactly what a designer wants to do more […]

Periodicals as Collections, No. 2: bauhaus


Periodicals as Collections, No. 2: bauhaus: Which brings us to some of the more contentious principles of the Bauhaus’s modernist typography: the liberal use of sans-serif typefaces, for both headlines and text, as well as the use of exclusively lowercase letters. In their historical and cultural context, these choices were far more scandalous than they appear to us today. At that time sans-serif type was not wholly uncommon in advertisements or headlines, and had been […]

Reach for Gmail


Gmail’s mobile apps recently received a crisp visual refresh, but the fundamental reachability issue was not addressed. The most important buttons in the app are still in no hand’s land. The Gmail team should consider the button layout Superhuman uses which places archive, reply, trash, etc. at the bottom to be more thumb-friendly. Left: Gmail. Right: Superhuman Gmail’s update is intriguing because Google Tasks already transitioned to an interface that focuses on reachability. I predict […]

February 2019 Retrospective


This is a first attempt to write about what I’m listening to, reading, watching, designing, learning and thinking about. I took notes throughout the month in my current note-taking and task tracking app, Bear. For March I will begin to transition to Day One for journaling. Listening The Dropout Podcast The Dropout is a new podcast from ABC Radio about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. I’m not as familiar with Theranos as I should be considering […]

Facebook Paper

Design / iOS

5 years ago today Facebook Paper was released. So cool to see this incredibly thorough archive of all the little interactions we worked so hard on. Mike Matas I was a huge fan of Facebook Paper. I knew when Facebook acquired PushPopPress that Mike Matas and team were going to build something amazing. Facebook Paper launched in 2014 and I recall the overall reaction to be simultaneously “wow!” and “what?” Reflecting now it’s clear […]

Photowalk — Sausalito, California

Event / Photography

Photowalk — Sausalito, California: Alas, it was time again for the San Francisco Unplashers to congregate and capture. This event was a bit more ambitious than the previous get-togethers and schmoozes. We decided to hop on the ferry at the Ferry Building and ride over to the quaint yet delightful town of Sausalito. But first, coffee at Blue Bottle for some pour overs and lattes. I recently hosted another photowalk event for Unsplash. Read about it on […]

Essential Skills for Product Designers

Design / Essay

Essential Skills for Product Designers – When you receive a new project, listen to your manager. Ask for requirements, historical information, the definition of done, timelines, etc. When you show your designs, listen to your design team. Ask follow-up questions. Consider every piece of feedback even if you disagree with it. Try their suggestions. Make a few more iterations. When you show your prototypes, listen to your users. They will surprise you by interpreting […]

Memobottle Notebook-Sized Water Bottles — Tools and Toys


Memobottle Notebook-Sized Water Bottles — Tools and Toys: I loved the medium-size Memobottle, and I carried it around at work for several months. The only problem was how often I was asked with a sarcastic tone, “What are you drinking?” People assumed it was vodka because of its flask-like shape. I eventually changed to a Yeti, but I was never in a fraternity. Now I drink water out of a glass like an adult. Sigh.

Craig Mod Pontificates About macOS Behaviour

Apple / Design / iOS

Each time I try to use iMovie my mental model for how an app should work is challenged: What *are* you, Sir? Be you a desktop app? Or be you an iOS app? Or be you some unholy hybrid, neither here nor there, using neither standard nor guessable UX patterns or keyboard shortcuts? Where as using Keynote makes me feel like some perfect freestyle swimmer, able to glide effortlessly forward, running against few walls, expected […]