One Day

I hope one day I can speak freely, without any fear. Within my motherland.

Note8、Pixel2和Mix的设计失败

不论是小米Mix,三星的Note8还是Google Pixel 2/XL都不是好的全面屏设计,iPhone X的额头设计要先进很多。我这么说的原因是因为这三款手机并没有把手机设计推向极限。这么说并不是因为这些手机不好看,而恰恰是因为它们把“好看”当成了设计的第一要务。
通过把手机屏幕和手机的额头下巴设计成一体式来使得手机正面看起来只有屏幕,并将扬声器和摄像头放在额头和下巴里进行隐藏的设计并不是很新颖,同时这个设计很无聊。这个设计最大的问题是并没有最大化的利用可利用空间。可以是屏幕的地方并不是屏幕,而且只是用来隐藏扬声器和摄像头。这个设计在两个方面可以说得上是失败的设计。
首先当用户点亮屏幕的时候没有一个人会认为正面全是屏幕,用户既不会也不能骗过自己——一个毫无用处的额头和下巴。这个设计在尝试让产品比今天我们所拥有的技术看起来更漂亮,但是并没有成功。今天的技术并不能让摄像头、话筒、扬声器和其他传感器真正“隐形”,在这种情况下iPhone X的额头设计不仅仅是对自己诚实,而且最大限度的利用了正面空间。不论是小米还是三星、Google都有机会设计一部面积更小或者屏幕更大的手机,但是它们都主动选择了不去利用可利用空间。
第二,可以说在选择了有额头和下巴的设计时手机设计的目标就是设计一个好看的物品而不是全面屏手机。几乎所有的设计师在有足够自由度的时候都可以设计出好看的物品。但是正如Steve Jobs 所说,设计是整个产品而不仅仅是外观和感觉(Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.)。全面屏手机的第一目标并不是好看,而是正面全是屏幕。现代设计的理念是”外观追随功能(form follows function)“。在这一点上Google Pixel 2/XL,三星Note8和小米Mix的设计都没有遵循这样的设计原则,在开始设计之初就破坏了它们设计的初衷——让手机正面尽可能多的全是屏幕。压缩屏幕占比来让手机更好看不是全面屏,更不是手机发展的目标。
当然iPhone X的设计我也不会叫它是真正的全面屏手机,它是今天技术所能制造的最接近全面屏的手机。iPhone未来的设计很清楚,就是在技术进步的条件下把尽可能多的传感器、摄像头和扬声器放到屏幕之下。被今天技术所限制而不能做到真正的全面屏,但是至少让我们看到了一个尽可能扩大屏幕面积、压缩非屏幕空间的设计,这样的设计比类似传统设计的屏幕同宽额头和下巴更好、更进步、更勇敢。

About Edge to Edge Screen

The notch on iPhone X is a better industrial design than Samsung Note 8 or Google Pixel 2 or Mi Mix. The top notch is giving the screen it can give, and being true to itself.
Try to hide speakers and camera with chin and forehead, and make it looks like a "all screen" phone isn't new, and that design looks boring and bad. The problem of the Google pixel 2 or Samsung note (so does Mi mix) design is they aren't utilizing the space they should have utilized. The chin and forehead's existence is purely try to hide speakers and front facing camera to make the phone looks like the front is entirely screen. That design failed in two ways.
First when the screen light up, no user will or can fool themselves. It's empty space rather than screen. They are try to make the product looks better than the technology we have today. The top notch design is being honest to today's technology. With no ability to hide speakers, camera, and other censers, it gives you a notch on the top of the screen, rather than have chin and forehead. Second Google or Samsung could have gave more screen space or made the phone smaller, but they choose not to. Compare to the top notch design, they only tried to make the phone looks all screen rather than make the phone actually all screen.
The design choice of Pixel 2 and Note 8 aren't to be a "all screen" phone, it's design to be a good looking object. Any designer could design a beautiful object, but only being a nice looking object is not a great design. The design aren't fulfill their goal which is a "all screen" phone. They choose to make it looks better rather than make it more usable. Steve Jobs once said "Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works." Modern design has one principle, form follows function. The Google Pixel 2, Samsung Note 8, or Mi Mix are all failed to the principle, their design is breaking their first purpose, being all screen on the front, of the device.
I wouldn't call the top notch design a true edge to edge or "all screen" phone either, it's a edge to edge screen of today's technology, rather than real edge to edge screen. But still it's a better design.

Peter Thiel vs Gawker

Peter Thiel and Gawker

Peter Thiel, co-founder of paypal and one of the early and significante investor of Facebook, is revealed that is having a war against a media, Gawker. If you havn’t heard of this story, I encourge you to read the background story. This is a very intense story especially among people related to media and tech. Gawker revealed that Peter Thiel is a gay, which is true, but Peter Thiel didn’t come out at the point, and not willing to reveal it. In this very special case, Peter Thiel is hurted deeply, and the amount of demage is only determained by Mr. Thiel himself, it’s more about his own feeling, not that much how the story influenced the rest of the world. Among media, people tende to critisize Peter Thiel about the revenge, cause they might be the next one in the court. I feel different from common media. Mr. Thiel have the right to fight this war, and the reason is adujested. Unveal stuff that’s totally privacy doesn’t benifit any people except the media itself, medias should aim to look after government or other institute, rathe than individuals. Mr. Thiel isn’t a celebrity or public figure, he should have his privacy kept safely. Peter Thiel describe Gawker as bully and terrorists, I agree, their action is aimed at individuals, looking after those individuals’ privacy, publish them. It could hurt people deeply, not everyone are celebrities, not a lot people really want to be celebrities. Their privacy are privacy, not news, and shouldn’t be published. Gawker’s action could totally demage a people, or even kill someone. Luckily that Mr. Thiel is strong enough to revenge. I think a lot of medias has been on a bad tract too far, to attract people’s eye without any think, the privacy stuff do attract people’s eye, but that shouldn’t be what media do all day long. Gawker’s lawsuit may push them to a dead end, bankrupcy, but this may bring more thought into this industry. Reporters and editors would seriously think about their publication and publish more in public interest side reather than publish more in the interesting side.
In addition: I do have concern about this war, what if some billionaires that do revenge media over political scandal in the future. I think there could be ways to prevent that happens, but I’m not confident enough to say that will be prevented. I’m only on the Peter Thiel side for this case cause Gawker is out of its way and could continue hurt other people, they deserve punishment.

About Rough Draft

What is it

I tried Rough Draft for a small writing, and it's a interesting text editor. I can see how it's attractive to some people. It's try to make the first draft writing more solid by mimic paper writing, all deletes are strike throughs rather than normal delete. That requires more focus on first draft, and possiblly the first draft would be more readalbe than normal.

Not for me

I do feel it's a great try and would be fitful for a lot of people, unfortunately it's not for me. It doesn't fit in my writing process. If I'm writing a long essay, I usually write directly in Ulysses, for a short piece, I write in iA Writer. After I write anything, I rethink about the topic and try to argue with myself, if I find something that not solid in the writing, it would end up rewrite some of the writing. Fishing the rethink, I would also check my language, since I'm not a native speaker, and usually I use iA Writer to do this step with its focus mode function. That's very helpful for me. I would say it's still worth a try for most people, and probablly end up useful for a lot of people. You should try it for free in the Mac App Store