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Sexy image by Apple

This is an analysis of the new Apple Card onboarding experience in iOS Wallet app. I wrote it primarily for my work colleagues, since at Persistent we do a lot of stuff with financial industry and all our customers are trying to be digital. I thought it may find its worth in the waking world, so I’m dropping it on Medium instead of making an internal presentation.


The financial industry is on a bumpy journey of transforming itself to stay relevant in increasingly digital lifestyles. It means focus on human, which is a bit of a foreign concept for the…

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From left: Beyerdynamic Xelento, Noble Audio Kaiser Encore, Campfire Audio Solaris and Shure SE-846.

I spent quite a bit of time stuck on a chair in the air this year. Music is important to me, so I’ve been traveling with Oppo PM-3 — a wonderful planar magnetic, over-hear, closed-back headphone. Sound-wise, it does everything just right for me: it’s musical, accurate, doesn’t emphasize anything and has reasonable punch. Maybe a bit boring due to trying to be so even across the board, but I let it slide.

Unfortunately, the form factor has proven to be too cumbersome for travel: I found myself listening to music less and less. They’re too large and fiddly. I…

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Note: this review was originally written sometime in 2014. I’m posting it here to inspire myself to write more about audio gear and music.

I have had my pair of Audeze LCD-X for about a month now. Considering how few real world impressions of these seem to be available out there, I thought I’d scribble a few words about this rather interesting headphone. I have decided not to write a review immediately after purchase, hoping time would alleviate the wallet-hole-induced-praise mechanism. Let’s see if it worked!


What you’re about to read is a set of entirely subjective opinions, rather clumsily…

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Stavrialena Gontzou

This is part two of my musings about the identity of artificial intelligence in general public perception. You can catch up on part one over here.

TL;DR: I proposed that we should stop trying to build artificial intelligence into our image and allow it to develop its own identity. Otherwise its growth will be hampered and we will end up building a fundamentally flawed technology.

The misguided founding premise of AI development contributes to its heated and emotional public perception: what is it, what it can do and what we should expect of it.

The scourge of failed expectations

If you tell an average person…

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Ida Kammerloch

How to make friends with AI? Don’t even try.

I’ve been dying to write about AI and chatbots, but couldn’t figure out how to avoid fluff and platitudes. I’ve been passionate about the topic since the moment about ten years ago when I read about an AI which had a Swiss citizenship in “Neuromancer”, and it blew my mind.

And then, while talking through it with Mark, it struck me: I’d like to write about how our attempts to create a positive and familiar experience with AI are limiting its growth.

We live in extremely exciting times: we are witnessing…

How American corporate culture struggles with the idea of self-improvement

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Steve Harvey

This post is a continuation of my story about the Chief Innovation Officer summit in San Francisco I attended a couple weeks ago. Last time I wrote about the strange (and fun!) phenomenon of innovation. Today, I’d like to elaborate on the even more ambiguous concept of failure in the American corporate culture.

Risk, yikes!

At the conference, I had a lot of fun watching businesspeople talk about risk. I loved how everyone danced around the concept, trying to lull the attendees into a sense of fatalistic acceptance:

You need to throw money into the fire to appease the unnamed innovation gods…

Earlier this week, I attended the Chief Innovation Officer Summit in San Francisco. I’d like to thank Innovation Enterprise for inviting us.

I admit I was skeptical about the event. It wasn't my crowd, to be honest. Despite several years of interacting with it, I still find myself at odds with the American corporate culture. And so I was relieved when I managed to break through my silly cynicism and find curiosity to observe how the speakers understood innovation, and as an extension how it seems to be perceived in the American corporate culture. …

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This post is inspired by vas3k’s excellent tirade on how to make the Touch Bar actually useful by abandoning Apple’s guidelines.

I’ve been playing with BetterTouchTool ever since I got the new Macbook Pro and pretty quickly realized how inefficient and counterproductive Apple’s implementation of Touch Bar was. Sharing some of the internet outrage at a disappearing Escape key, contextual controls that are impossible to memorize, no haptic feedback or disrupted line of sight, I started treating Touch Bar as a replacement for Ubersicht: a platform to build widgets!

This post was originally published on my website on 2/19/2015.

A throwback to the ancient history of UI customization, part two: circa 2005, my so-called career as a designer received a huge boost when Phill Ryu asked me to participate in the Shapeshifter theme contest, organized to celebrate the re-opening of MacThemes forum. If you joined the party after 2008, most likely none of these things mean anything to you. A quick history lesson then:

Hello world,

This is my first Medium post. What took me so long?

I‘ve been looking for a writing topic that I’m passionate about and I actually know something about. Whilst on that quest, I’ve been practicing my usual art of procrastination: spending silly amount of time customizing, tweaking and poking at my work environment. Dang, that’s it. I’m starting a series of posts about my adventures with Applescript, BetterTouchTool, Alfred, IFTTT, Workflow and God knows what else I can find to shove my ugly scripts into.

Here goes, creation number one!

Week in Music for Workflow

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My last week’s listening. Not enough Meshuggah.

Today, I present to you Week in Music…

Piotr Gajos

Product designer, Apple Design Award winner, mountain biking and violent music aficionado.

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