I realised at the beginning of last year that I had become too comfortable with my job and craved a new challenge, so in April I left Makeshift to become a freelancer again.
In 2014 I managed to mostly read books on a theme of making technology, and how it expresses our values.
Apple has released a new version of iOS, which includes the Health app. Health is meant to be a central place where you can get an overview of your health and fitness, with data provided either by third-party apps, the Health app itself, or manually by the user.
There has been a lot of discussion about corporate hack days, prompted by the Unilever hack day called Re.Hack with the tagline “reinventing Commerce”.
I don’t often have the opportunity to play with the latest browser technologies in client projects, unless they’re quick prototypes. When Artangel approached me about a project bringing Paul Pfeiffer’s work to the Space I realised that it would be best done using the Web Audio API. At the time, the Web Audio API was so new that the day I began building the prototype Mozilla shipped a way of inspecting the audio nodes in Firefox Aurora for the first time.
Stories of startups are most often told using superlatives. These are stories of founders dedicating themselves to a single idea, prepared to risk it all for a chance of success. Teams putting in extraordinary effort: their sweat, late nights, and swapping socialising outside of work for obsessively improving their products.
Chrome Canary introduced a new feature which obfuscates the website’s URL.
Last year began with the realisation that as a Polish citizen it was going to be very hard for me to get a US working visa. I missed out on participating in a great secret project, but was looking forward to taking the whole ofJanuary off to have some space to think about things. In the end I never did, because I got tempted to work with my favourite clients on fun projects. Taking holidays is hard when you’re your own boss.