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  • The Best VPN Solution for iOS and OS X Is Cloak

    26 August 2014, 2:47 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Our latest app review and recommendation over on The Sweet Setup is for VPN clients. Aside from rolling your own, there are basically two main players in the VPN space for iOS and OSX: Cloak and TunnelBear. We prefer the … (More)✚
  • Being Obsessive About Detail Is Being Normal

    26 August 2014, 1:59 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Erik Spiekermann: Every craft requires attention to detail. Whether you’re build­ing a bicy­cle, an engine, a table, a song, a type­face or a page: the details are not the details, they make the design. Con­cepts don’t have to be pixel-perfect, ……
  • Sponsor: Tapes: Share Screencasts Fast

    26 August 2014, 9:54 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Tapes lets you share a recording of your screen in an instant—press ⇧⌘2, select an area you want to capture and press it again when you’re done. Tapes will immediately put a shareable link in your clipboard, all while the … (More)✚
  • ✚ Last Year in Football (Part II)

    24 August 2014, 3:38 pm by: Nate Spears

    Hello! This is Shawn’s cousin, Nate, continuing to guest post while Shawn is on vacation at an undisclosed location. Some of you may remember me from the last time I wrote some guest posts. This time around I’m doing a … (More)
  • The Just Checks

    22 August 2014, 4:28 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, I wanted to talk about “the just checks”. We know constantly unlocking our phones throughout the day, every day, hinders our ability to focus. But I think it also hinders our ability … (More)✚
  • ✚ Last Year in Football (Part I)

    21 August 2014, 3:23 pm by: Nate Spears

    Hello again! This is Shawn’s cousin, Nate, guest posting while Shawn is on vacation at an undisclosed location. Some of you may remember me from the last time I wrote some guest posts. This time around I’m doing a mini-series … (More)
  • Sponsor: PDFpen for iPad: Powerful, Mobile PDF Editing

    18 August 2014, 11:55 am by: Shawn Blanc

    PDFpen for iPad lets you edit PDFs anywhere you are, and it supports popular Bluetooth styluses. Draw directly with precision on PDFs using the Jot Touch, Pogo Connect, JaJa, and Wacom Bluetooth styluses. Sign a contract, fix a typo, correct … (More)✚
  • Sven Fechner’s Sweet Setup

    18 August 2014, 11:53 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Love this bit regarding how his ideal setup would look and function: When it comes to software, I believe we are just starting to see what is possible. More integration, more standards, and more versatile user interfaces and experiences are … (More)✚
  • Don’t Forget To Remember This

    14 August 2014, 3:42 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    John Carey: Like the clothes we wear, the cars we drive, or the houses we live in, our photographs are another vehicle to which the world judges us because the world expects to see proof of our beautiful, happy lives … (More)✚
  • Andrew Kim’s Leica T Review

    14 August 2014, 3:22 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Very high praises: So many products lack of focus and an opinion today and respect for the craftsman has been replaced with a chase of fads. There are so many craftsman that I see everyday, with the potential of making … (More)✚
  • The Handwriting of Type Designers

    11 August 2014, 12:34 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    I would assume that a type designer’s handwriting has more to do with her personality than it does the typeface’s she has made. Of course, those typefaces were designed and formed from that same personality, so perhaps the two are … (More)✚
  • Relay FM

    11 August 2014, 11:21 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Say hello to the brand new podcast network from my very good friends, Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett: It makes sense for us to have a single home for all of our work; starting a network is the right decision … (More)✚
  • Lifestyle Practices

    8 August 2014, 3:40 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On today’s episode of The Weekly Briefly, we’re continuing on in the Shawn Today series about The Power of a Focused Life. Today’s episode is about lifestyle practices. This topic is, to me, one of the most important issues of … (More)✚
  • ’8 Faces’ Retrospective

    8 August 2014, 12:58 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Elliot Jay Stocks: I learned that despite all of our wonderful web fonts, everyone still loves Georgia. ✚✚
  • Overcoming the Impossibility of Amazing

    8 August 2014, 8:44 am by: Shawn Blanc

    And, speaking improving your imagination and investing in originality, here’s Seth Godin: Confronted with the gap between your vision of perfect and the reality of what you’ve created, the easiest path is no path. Shrug. Admit defeat. Hit delete. Of ……
  • Invest in Your Originality

    8 August 2014, 8:37 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Speaking of good taste and improving your own palate, one of Marty Neumeier’s rules of genius is about improving your imagination: Originality is more than judicious plagiarism. It’s the ability to dream, to disassociate your thoughts from the linear and…
  • The Best RSS App for the iPad Is Unread

    6 August 2014, 10:28 am by: Shawn Blanc

    There are three top shelf RSS apps for the iPad: Reeder, Mr. Reader, and Unread. All three are excellent — each in their own way — and I’ve used all three extensively over the years. In our latest app review … (More)✚
  • ✚ Good Taste

    4 August 2014, 9:52 am by: Shawn Blanc

    It’s crazy, I know, but we finally got around to watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi. And wow. Though the documentary tells the story of Jiro Ono and his sushi bar, it’s actually not about sushi. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is … (More)
  • Jason Becker’s Sweet Mac Setup

    4 August 2014, 9:48 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Jason Becker: A large monitor, keyboard, and mouse is key to a happy life. I always think it’s funny when folks treat the part of a computer they touch, feel, and see as an afterthought. I couldn’t agree more. ✚✚
  • Defining the Vision for Our Life

    1 August 2014, 1:26 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly is part 4 of the new series I’m doing on Shawn Today. Today’s show is on the importance of having a vision for your life. Even though the topic sounds so intense and … (More)✚
  • Comply’s Foam Earphone Tips for the JayBird BlueBuds X

    1 August 2014, 11:37 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Some follow-up to my article, Fit. I mentioned in that article that after several weeks despising my wired earbuds, I bought the JayBird BlueBuds X for use when running. The BlueBuds seem to get nothing but high praises from bloggers, … (More)✚
  • Team Licenses now available for ‘Delight is in the Details’

    1 August 2014, 11:26 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Over the past week I’ve had a few requests for a team license of Delight is in the Details. And so, here it is. Purchasing a team license for gives you the freedom to distribute all the bundled resources to … (More)✚
  • You Are Not Late

    1 August 2014, 11:07 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Kevin Kelly: So, the truth: Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never … (More)✚
  • The First Draft of a Novel

    31 July 2014, 4:40 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    Matt Gemmell: Yesterday, I finished the first draft of my first novel. It came out at just over 90,000 words, which was the target I had in mind. It was a strange and emotional experience. After typing the last word, … (More)✚
  • President Obama Gets Oklahoma Joe’s to Go

    31 July 2014, 10:10 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Tuesday night the President dined in at Arthur Bryant’s. Yesterday he had $1,400 worth of Okie Joe’s delivered to Air Force One. Clearly the Secret Service knows the inside scoop about where to get the best BBQ in Kansas City. … (More)✚
  • ✚ Fit

    30 July 2014, 12:47 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    In my article a few weeks back regarding working from home, I touched on the importance of staying physically healthy. Especially for those of us who sit at a desk and do pixel-related work all day. The boiling point for … (More)
  • Kicking Off a New Series on the Shawn Today Podcast

    29 July 2014, 12:27 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    This is a quick note to all the members here. Yesterday I began a new series on the Shawn Today podcast. Over the next couple weeks I’ll be doing shows related to one of my favorite topics: a focused life. … (More)✚
  • This is How Ira Glass Works

    29 July 2014, 11:07 am by: Shawn Blanc

    Lifehacker has a fantastically nerdy interview with This American Life host, Ira Glass. From tools, to schedule, to workflow, and more. As you’d expect, the thing is filled with interesting and funny tidbits. What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life…
  • The Weekly Briefly: Launch Day Q&A

    25 July 2014, 3:56 pm by: Shawn Blanc

    On this week’s not-so-brief episode, I answer a several reader and listener questions related to the launch of Delight is in the Details. Some of the questions include: What was the moment in which you said “this is good enough”? … (More)✚
  • Here it is: The Big Update to ‘Delight is in the Details’

    23 July 2014, 11:53 am by: Shawn Blanc

    For the past several months I’ve been head down, working on a huge update to my book and interview series, Delight is in the Details. My original plan was simple: fix a few typos that were in the first version … (More)✚

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