Macbook Touch Bar

I recently got a new MacBook Pro, and this is my first time with the Touch Bar style of keyboard. First, let me say I love this machine so far, it’s been running all the huge apps without trouble and I haven’t heard the fans spin up once. I’m sure this will end after a few months, but right now it’s fantastic.

Now the Touch Bar is a different story. It’s just annoying and feels like a gimmick. Not having a “real” escape is grim but worse than that is the touch id. I’ve been using an iPad Pro and the face to unlock is so much nicer than the touch id.

Apple should go back to a real keyboard and use Face ID on all the Mac’s. It’s so much faster and better as a user.

Awesome Uses

Wes Bos recently launched a new Github repo called Awesome Uses that let’s everyone list their personal “uses” pages and I’ve added mine.

If you are not familiar with “/uses” pages the goal is to be able to point people to a single spot to find out everything about your setup. What happens is when you share things on social media you’ll get hundreds of responses asking the font, the editor, and everything else so this makes it’s easy to tell them to just go here.

Mine is already a little outdated so I’m going to work on fixing it up. It’s sort of funny how often I adjust my tools.

Winston Churchill on Napping

“You must sleep some time between lunch and dinner, and no half-way measures. Take off your clothes and get into bed. That’s what I always do. Don’t think you will be doing less work because you sleep during the day. That’s a foolish notion held by people who have no imagination. You will be able to accomplish more. You get two days in one-well, at least one and a half, I’m sure.”

I came across this quote today and because of confirmation bias I think we should listen to this man.

Crash Illustration

My friend Mohamed Said asked me, “When are we going to see a cartoon on people who crash on a bike?”, and not wanting to disappoint I decided to make one of him.

This one was fun to make and I had the idea of just having a huge head screaming but then you couldn’t tell it was a bike crash, so I had to include some of the other features. For something I did over my lunch break I think it turned out decent.

That photo of my iPad is how I created the image by finding one of him and stealing some of the colors and getting a basic outline. Then just attempting to make the facial expression funny.

Backdraft

Lately, I’ve been having a lot of fun making quick little comics and here is one I just put together tonight while watching TV. This one is targeted toward Twitter, but I’ve seen the same thing on all the social networks. The questions never end and that is why many are now creating uses pages on their sites so it’s easy to answer all the questions.

Office Art

As part of my goals to make more illustrations this year I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what to draw and I thought drawing a simple rubber duck would be something fun and simple. This weekend I spent an hour or so creating this illustration in Affinity Designer on the iPad:

I posted it up on social media and the response was pretty good. I decided I liked it so much it would make some cool wall art for my office. All from the iPad I exported the image, sent it to CVS, and in an hour I had an 8×10 ready to picked up.

I headed to the pharmacy and bought a $5 frame and $4 for the printing. All in all a $9 investment for what I think is a cool art piece.

I did change the text to ask one of the primary you should always be asking yourself, “are you solving the right problem?”. So many times when we hit a complex problem the easiest answer is to start over from the beginning and figuring out what you are actually solving and if there is a better way.