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  • A Holiday Challenge

    Thu 7:49am By Shawn Blanc
    This is my last podcast episode before Christmas, and I wanted to give a challenge for everyone heading in to holiday time off: Rest well. Wouldn’t it be awesome to come back from holiday vacation with energy and motivation to … (More)✚
  • Compressing Reality

    Wed 10:04am By Shawn Blanc
    Noah Lorang: When you compress things down to a shareable size, you miss a lot. What you don’t see is the unglamorous parts: the sharpening of the chisels, the unclogging of your glue bottle, or the parts that don’t fit … (More)✚
  • Tom Bihn Blog: An Interview With Shawn Blanc

    Tue 8:33pm By Shawn Blanc
    I sat down (via Skype, of course) with the folks at Tom Bihn for an interview about the (team)work that goes in to building and publishing Tools & Toys and The Sweet Setup. ✚✚
  • Our favorite third-party email app for OS X is Mailbox

    Tue 12:07pm By Shawn Blanc
    Just after GTD apps, Mac email apps have been far and away one of The Sweet Setup’s most-requested reviews. So we asked the inimitable Jason Snell to tackle it. Our pick? Mailbox. Airmail is also one of our top choices, … (More)✚
  • The Photographer Behind The Milky Way Wallpaper On Your iPhone 6

    Mon 6:31pm By Shawn Blanc
    What a fun (and so very Apple-like) story. Espen Haagensen didn’t even know Apple had bought a license for his photo until he saw it in use in the promotional material for the iPhones 6. ✚✚
  • Scan and OCR directly from your iPhone or iPad camera with PDFpen Scan+ (Sponsor)

    Mon 1:46pm By Shawn Blanc
    Scan and OCR directly from your iPhone or iPad camera using PDFpen Scan+ from Smile. Swiftly scan batches of pages and do post-process image editing. Crop quickly and precisely. Easily copy post-OCR text content for use in other apps. Automatically ……
  • Holiday Photography

    Dec 12, 2014, 10:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    On this week’s episode of The Weekly Briefly I’m joined by my former podcasting partner in crime, Ben Brooks. We talk about (a) what sort of camera you should buy if you want to upgrade from your iPhone, and (b) … (More)✚
  • Holiday Wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

    Dec 10, 2014, 3:29 pm By Shawn Blanc
    I took some of my original photography and put together a set of holiday-themed wallpapers. There are a whole slew of files, with sizes to fit your iPhone, your iPad, and your Mac/PC. The set includes 15 wallpapers for iPhone, … (More)✚
  • A Few Awesome Camera Accessories

    Dec 10, 2014, 3:24 pm By Shawn Blanc
    When you buy a camera, the included accessories are usually pretty lame. The included SD card (if there even is one) is likely to be slow and unreliable. The shoulder strap is likely to be too small (unless you want … (More)✚
  • More Photos of Dallas in the Clouds

    Dec 10, 2014, 3:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Justin Terveen captured some incredible photographs of yesterdays ultra-foggy Dallas. Check out his Flickr home page. Just gorgeous. (h/t to the Perrys.) ✚✚
  • Dallas in the Clouds

    Dec 9, 2014, 11:27 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Whoa. This photograph was taken this morning by American Airlines mechanic, Mike Alvstad, on a flight into DFW. (Via Derek Nelson) ✚✚
  • Tad Carpenter on The Great Discontent

    Dec 9, 2014, 2:31 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of Tad Carpenter and interviews, Tad was featured on TGD a couple years ago: The fact that I grew up in the hallways of Hallmark Cards really shaped my voice as a designer. A lot of us think of … (More)✚
  • Made in the Middle

    Dec 9, 2014, 2:29 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Made in the Middle is a fantastic new website built by Tad and Jessica Carpenter. It just launched yesterday, and it’s all about the creative community here in Kansas City. The site features interviews with local creative professionals — designers, ……
  • Mean People Fail

    Dec 9, 2014, 2:28 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Fantastic, as usual, essay by Paul Graham: And yet while there are clearly a lot of mean people out there, there are next to none among the most successful people I know. What’s going on here? Are meanness and success … (More)✚
  • Phabulous

    Dec 9, 2014, 2:19 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Steven Levy on the iPhone 6 Plus: The smartphone as we know it (i.e. the iPhone and its followers) is only seven years old — and already it has seen dramatic changes in form. There’s nothing that indicates that we’ve frozen the … (More)✚
  • Review of Normal’s 3D Printed Earbuds

    Dec 9, 2014, 1:00 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The Normal earbuds are a pretty wild product. Using their iPhone app, you take a few pictures of your ears. Then, they 3D print the earbuds to be a custom fit. If they don’t quite fit, you take a few … (More)✚
  • The Ultimate Unofficial Dropbox Guide

    Dec 9, 2014, 12:34 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on The Sweet Setup, Dropbox is smack in the middle of Mac apps we think you should be using. And our senior editor, Jeff Abbott, wrote an excellent guide to using Dropbox. The guide covers the basics of how … (More)✚
  • Mandrill (Sponsor)

    Dec 8, 2014, 1:16 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Mandrill is an email infrastructure service that started as an idea in 2010. That idea became reality in 2012, when Mandrill cannibalized a crew of MailChimp’s best engineers. Isolated from the rest of the team, they turned the idea from … (More)✚
  • Tom Carmony’s Mac Setup

    Dec 8, 2014, 12:04 pm By Shawn Blanc
    This week’s setup interview is with Tom Carmony, the design director at Black Pixel: In recent months, I’ve made a concerted effort to use as many stock apps as possible to better simplify my workflows. I’m generally pretty happy with … (More)✚
  • ✚ Threes is the Name of the Game of the Year

    Dec 8, 2014, 11:25 am By Shawn Blanc
    The iTunes App Store Best of 2014 list is out, and Threes won game of the year for iPhone. I love this game. Not only is it absolutely fantastic and fun, but it’s so delightfully designed for the iPhone. To … (More)
  • The Best Everyday Carry Pocket Knives

    Dec 8, 2014, 11:00 am By Shawn Blanc
    My former podcasting partner in crime, Ben Brooks, wrote an awesome review / gear guide for us on Tools & Toys. He covered basic EDC knives, outdoor knives, and hiking knives. I’ve long been a fan of Spyderco knives — … (More)✚
  • A Couple of iPhone Cases

    Dec 5, 2014, 5:06 pm By Shawn Blanc
    To be honest, I’m not entirely comfortable using my iPhone 6 without a case — especially now that the colder winter weather has arrived. And so, I’m trying out a few different cases for the first time ever. This is … (More)✚
  • ✚ If Diligence is a Skill

    Dec 4, 2014, 10:44 am By Shawn Blanc
    Then we can get better at it. We can learn to throw a baseball, to drive a car, and to build a website. So why not also learn to be diligent? Focus, self-control, time management, money management, integrity, creative output, … (More)
  • Babies and Bathwater

    Dec 2, 2014, 2:24 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Seth Godin: The thing is, everything worth doing is done to excess, poorly, immorally, inefficiently, by someone. But that doesn’t change the fact that the very same thing done right is worth doing. I’ve been publishing my writing online — … (More)✚
  • Droplr is Our Favorite Way to Easily Share Files, Images, and Links

    Dec 2, 2014, 2:17 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Speaking of big reviews recently published on our other websites, over on The Sweet Setup we spent a bunch of time using different apps and services for easy file / link / image sharing. Dropbox, CloudApp, and Droplr were the … (More)✚
  • “Way durable. Very orange.”

    Dec 2, 2014, 2:12 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Over on Tools & Toys, Josh Ginter reviewed the DDC Stuff Sheath. ✚✚
  • Symbolicons: Vector Icon Sets for Awesome Designers & Developers (Sponsor)

    Dec 1, 2014, 4:47 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Symbolicons are a family of icon sets designed by Jory Raphael. They’re simple, friendly, and styled to visually match one another, which means they can be used pretty much anywhere to add flavor and style. With nine icon sets and … (More)✚
  • The Sweet Setup of Kyle Seth Gray

    Dec 1, 2014, 4:23 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Great interview this week with Kyle Gray over on The Sweet Setup. Kyle’s a full-time business marketing student and web developer at his university. ✚✚
  • Customizing the WordPress Dashboard

    Dec 1, 2014, 3:57 pm By Shawn Blanc
    Some excellent ideas and advice here from Lucy Beer. It’s targeted towards customizing the WP Admin area for clients after you’ve built a custom site, but it’s just as relevant for those of us who run our own WP sites … (More)✚
  • Circles Conference 2015

    Dec 1, 2014, 12:22 pm By Shawn Blanc
    The new site for 2015’s Circles Conference is now live. And, I’ll be there, giving the opening talk on the first day. I attendee the very first Circle’s Conference in 2012, and it was fantastic. Kyle Steed gave the the … (More)✚
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