My Top Apps of 2014

Inspired by this post from M.G. Siegler, I’m taking a look at the apps that I used the most in 2014. I’ll also make note of the apps that have been replaced by another app in the same category.

Apps that I use the most

A Better Presentation: UX Edition

Wrapped up attending the ModevUX Conference today. One thing I always notice during keynotes is that presentations could be improved. No matter what the conference, these principles can be applied and are usually warranted.

Bad Presentation

One of the biggest points, that I can’t stress enough is put all key information towards the top of the slide. This includes: links, twitter handles, key concepts etc.

Favorite Apps in my OSX Menu Bar

Inspired by Brett Terpstra (@ttscoff) and Mark Frauenfelder (@Frauenfelder), I decided to dive in share what handy apps that I keep in the menu above.

OSX Menu Bar

Main menubar

From left to right are…

Swarm by Foursquare: more than just your check-ins

Foursquare is splitting their app into two parts. One for check-ins and the other for finding what your friends are up to.

The concept is that check-in experience will become passive. Foursquare will be about search, discovery, and more on the interaction with the apps ( and your friends ) as opposed to get in and get out app experience that they have had thus far.

Swarm

Baron Fig Notebook

To this date, this is by far my favorite notebook. I take it with me everywhere. There are three types of paper for the Baron Fig Notebook: blank, ruled, and dot grid.

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I purchased both the dot grid and blank version. The latter I use for sketching and the former, I use for planning my day.