• Work Log: Deeplinks and Creator Themes

    February 23, 2021 by

    This week I talk about a new feature coming soon called Deeplinks. This allows you to copy a deeplink to a list or item. You can add that link to a notes app to reference for later. I also demoed new Creator Themes for designers and developers.

  • Sofa’s Indie App Santa Promotion Results

    January 20, 2021 by

    I was lucky enough to participate in Indie App Santa on January 11. It’s a fun daily promotion of indie apps created by François Boulais.  The idea behind Indie App Santa is that for 24 hrs only, there needs to be a discount or promotion of some kind. Since Sofa is already free, I went… Read more

  • A Place to Discuss Sofa

    January 19, 2021 by

    I have little control over how and where people talk about Sofa. I’m perfectly happy, and lucky, for anyone to talk about Sofa in any way, shape, or form.  That being said, I would like to have an official place for people to discuss Sofa and their downtime. Not everyone is on Facebook, Twitter, or… Read more

  • Sofa 2020 Year in Review

    December 29, 2020 by

    2020 has been one long shit show. Focusing on the good things in life has been difficult to say the least. Sofa was a positive outlet for me this year, and gave me a place to take a break from everything else going on. I’m thankful I have it. As stated last year, my goal… Read more

  • The SwiftUI Detour

    December 1, 2020 by

    I recently released version 2.12 of Sofa. That release brought new features, but more importantly, included a major refactoring of the app. This was triggered by two announcements at this year’s WWDC: UITableView will eventually (soon?) be deprecated SwiftUI evolved in nice ways and could potentially be used to build a full app 99% of… Read more

  • Sofa’s iOS 14 Update

    November 17, 2020 by

    2020 has been full of surprises for all of us. For Sofa, I only planned on one major release this year followed up by a bunch of smaller releases. Things didn’t turn out that way. This iOS 14 update is big. I don’t like working on big releases. I prefer small iterations that I can… Read more

  • Why Your Design System Isn’t Working

    August 10, 2020 by

    This is a webinar I did with Amanda Kalk back in the spring for Think Company. About When it comes to implementing a design system, success is an eternally-moving target. Evolution and maintenance are critical over time, but how do you recognize the catalysts and symptoms that mean your system might be failing? Join us… Read more

  • Creators Campfire Podcast Interview

    August 1, 2020 by

    I was interviewed for the Creators Campfire podcast the other day and had a great time. We chatted about Sofa, app development, and more. If you prefer to listen as a podcast, you can do so here.

  • Understanding Design Systems

    July 8, 2020 by

    As part of my work at Think Company, I did a webinar for people new to design systems. It goes over what design systems are, the value they bring to teams and organizations, and the foundational knowledge you’ll need before starting your own system. Resources Mentioned Design Systems Google’s Material Design Bootstrap Apple’s Human Interface… Read more

  • Thinking through custom items in Sofa

    July 1, 2020 by

    I recently added the ability for people to save custom items to Sofa. This post outlines the thinking behind the feature and how it works. Two of the main reasons people find Sofa so enjoyable to use is the rich display of the various media types and the mixing of those media types. When I… Read more

  • Moving from Gatsby to WordPress

    June 28, 2020 by

    For the past year or so this site has been running on Gatsby.js. Gatsby is a static site generator built with React. I had built some stuff with it at work and decided to give it a try for my personal blog. The process ended up being too tedious for what I’m looking for so… Read more

  • A More Well-Rounded Sofa Experience

    June 8, 2020 by

    Back in December of 2019, I wrote how I’m focused on making Sofa a more well-rounded product. There are a number of compromises that people have to make in order to feel comfortable using the product. Well, today a bunch of those compromised get squashed. I’m happy to announce Sofa 2.10! This release brings full iPad support,… Read more

  • Sofa Year in Review 2019

    December 24, 2019 by

    I’m a fan of doing a “year in review” exercise. It’s easy to forget all the work that’s been done, which results in me feeling like I haven’t made enough progress. In fact, a lot of work has been done, which makes me feel good! At the end of 2018 I wrote Sofa 2018: Year In Review. In… Read more

  • Making it Easy to Leave Sofa

    December 5, 2019 by

    The experience of leaving a product is just as important as when you start using it. I just implemented the ability to export your data in Sofa. It’s a feature that probably should’ve been there earlier, but, you know, that’s life. If you’ve been on the fence because of this, worry no more. Try it… Read more

  • Updates for iOS 13

    October 16, 2019 by

    There are a bunch of new features in iOS 13. To bring Sofa up to date, I focused on three things: dark mode, context menus, and bug fixes.

  • Implementing iOS 13 Dark Mode Settings in Sofa

    September 7, 2019 by

    In iOS 13, people will be able to choose a light or dark “theme” that will apply system wide. Regardless of what you think about dark mode, apps that don’t adopt this will stick out like a sore thumb. Luckily, Sofa already has a dark mode, but I needed to integrate it into these new… Read more

  • How to Make Expandable Elements Less Confusing

    September 1, 2019 by

    Expandable elements are extremely common across desktop and mobile apps. So common in fact that you might be wondering why I’m spending time writing about this. Things that are common are not always well understood. A well-designed expandable element comes down to the placement and rotation of the caret (the little arrow). There is more… Read more

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