Like many, I jumped on the new iPhone the morning Apple opened up pre-ordering. After some consideration, I chose to go with the larger 6 plus model. I placed my order and didn't give it much more thought until I actually saw one in-person at the Apple store a couple weeks later. Woah! The sucker's huge! I also started seeing my friends' Facebook posts joking about the enormous plus-sized phone and I began to worry about whether I made the wrong decision.
Last Friday it arrived. I pulled it from the box and listened to my kids' reaction: "How are you going to carry that around in your pocket? It's a surf board." I had to admit, I wasn't 100% certain I made the right choice. I played with it for the evening, even considered driving to the Apple Store and trading it in for it's younger sibling, but ultimately decided to keep it and withhold any further judgment until I lived with it for a full week.
What a difference a week makes! I'm so glad I gave it a chance. Since I'm neither young enough nor hip enough, I don't wear skinny jeans and it actually fits in my front pocket pretty well. If it were much bigger, I would say it was too big for the pocket but after a week of carrying it around, I'm very satisfied with the size. As far as "bend gate" goes, I've owned several iPhones and have never subjected them to the stress that would come from sitting on my beloved device, this will be no exception. It's lose enough in my front pocket that i can sit without putting any pressure on it at all.
The 5.5" screen is AMAZING! As a designer I carry my portfolio with me everywhere I go on my iPad. The size of the screen on the iPhone 6 is actually large enough for me to show my work when I've left my bag behind.
The larger battery capacity is worth the upgrade as well. I get a full day of use on a single charge--something I haven't achieved with previous models.
Even with the smaller iPhone 5, I never found myself typing with one thumb, so the two-thumbed typing thing isn't an issue for me either. I actually like the larger keypad. I've noticed far fewer errors when it comes to hitting the wrong keys.
If you think you'll look like an idiot holding it to your head to take a call, you get over it pretty quickly. After using it for a few days the size factor becomes very familiar. I did pick up a bluetooth earbud set (Plantronics Backbeat GO 2) which allows me to take calls when I'd rather leave the phone on my desk or in my bag. I'm very happy with the quality of the earbuds--they sound pretty amazing when listening to music as well.
If you are on the fence, I highly recommend the new 6 plus with one caveat--if you like the tight jeans and plan to carry your phone in your pocket (ladies, hipsters) you should definitely stick with the smaller model. Either way, you can't go wrong, Apple designed a worthy upgrade in both cases.
Join us October 23 for the Columbus Design Summit.
2014 CSCA Design Summit
SMALL SHOPS BIG POTENTIAL
It's something many of us dream about, but few actually attempt: creating an agency from scratch. Most people shy away from that kind of risk, but this month's speakers did it anyway. And it's working.
Our third-annual Design Summit welcomes the founders of some of the hottest small agencies in Columbus (Old Machine, Black Letter, TreeTree, and Bonfire Red) to tell us when they decided to take the plunge and how they've managed to make it work. Then we'll open it up to YOUR questions, so you can take a closer look before you leap.
This is the final event of 2014 before Creative Best. Don't miss it!
Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201
Social Hour 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Presentation 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Get here early and join us upstairs in the Gateway's second floor lobby. Grab some munchies, enjoy the cash bar, and be social.
Parking is easy and costs $1 in the garage right next to the cinema when you validate your ticket inside the Gateway Film Center.
I'm excited for Eric and Beth Bean and the team at CBC as they acquire their new, much larger location. They have been beyond capacity at their existing location and the move will allow them to meet and even exceed demand; allowing them to move into new markets.
Way to go CBC!
Eric Bean and the team at Columbus Brewing Co. made our city proud once again by bringing home two awards at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.
Imperial India Pale Ale – 135 entries
Gold: Columbus Brewing Co., Creeper
American-Style India Pale Ale – 279 Entries
Bronze: Bodhi, Columbus Brewing Co., Columbus, OH
It's been five years since we started and it's been quite a ride! 2014 has been incredibly full and rewarding. So many fun projects and new clients and partners. I am truly blessed to work with the best. It's about time for a new website with updated work. So here it is, in all of its (finally mobile responsive) glory. Enjoy!
Congratulations Columbus Crew for a well designed and much-neded update to their logo. I'm really happy to see the "construction crew" go away. While some have been critical of the new design, I'm embracing it. American sports franchises like NFL, NHL, MLB and NBA are easy for us to critique, but soccer is an international sport with traditions and emblems most Americans are unfamiliar with. The new Crew badge does a great job bridging the gap and bringing a modern, American spin to an international soccer style. Spacejunk Media did a killer job with their "Badge of Honor" animation for the public unveiling of the logo.
Slagle Design is proud to work with Wendy and Letha at Bake Me Happy, an amazing new bakery in Merion Village (that just happens to be gluten-free). Be sure to stop in for some goodies and coffee at their beautiful new location in Merion Village at 116 E Moler Street, Columbus, OH 43207.
Here are a few articles about their new venture:
Please come out this weekend and join the fun! 30 local artists will be displaying and selling limited edition, traditionally printed art...all inspired by the bicycle. Each print costs ony $30!
There are events Friday evening and all day Saturday. You can get more info at www.pinchflatcolumbus.com
So excited to report that New York based retailer of gourmet and specialty foods, Dean & Deluca just picked up three brands that we designed/redesigned over the past year: Brezel, Luna Burger, and Ganola. They will be featured in their retail stores and eventually on their website and upcoming catalogs in 2014!
Thanks to my creative partner, Christine Myers, who wrote all of the strategy, copy and creative briefs which all had significant impact on the design. These brands would not be what they are without her partnership. Thanks Chris!
Last week I had the opportunity to hang with Rocky and Courntney Shanower, Owners of Park Street Pizza in Sugarcreek, Ohio, as we spent the day visiting local farmers and producers to shoot pictures for their upcoming website and branding (can't show you that yet but it's really exciting). It's no surprise we had a great time. Thanks to the crew at Park Street for allowing me to be in their way all day as I documented their work.
I'm excited to be speaking to the students at the School of Advertising Arts next Wednesday. I visited there nearly 20 years ago while applying to schools and they were my top pick. I have a feeling a lot has changed since then. Can't wait to check it out and hang with the students for the afternoon.