Archives for Joel Unger

I reviewed OSX 10.10 over the weekend, and observed a new trend emerging on the design battlefield. It’s blurry, translucent, and vibrant. It’s also incredibly expensive and difficult to render. In OSX 10.10, dragging a translucent window makes the panel flicker, go completely black, and breaks blur effects. Resizing a window is incredibly slow and choppy. Developers have their work cut out for them to achieve decent performance by the end of the beta. Eventually, they’ll get it right, and Apple will be hailed as revolutionary once again.

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Redesigning an entire application is a formidable undertaking with many risks and possibilities for failure. Brian Nguyen, one of our developers, already covered the challenges of Bitbucket's redesign from a technical standpoint. Now, I'd like to share some of the challenges from the design angle, along with how we eventually overcame them.

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