Matthew Tischeler has a fantastic series of shots taken of people through screens (with the focus on the screens, people being in blur). Some of the screens are wet which adds another dimension to the effect.
The screens are pixelating the images in a fascinating way.
New Macs’ resolutions
I haven’t gone to see the new MacBook Airs at the Apple store yet, I will tomorrow, but this article is stating what I feared on reading the technical specs of both the 11″ model and the 13″ model: The screen resolution is so high that they’ve shrunk everything making it difficult to read.
On a 11″ MacBook Air, a 72-pixel line—which would measure 1 inch long against an onscreen ruler—is just 0.53 physical inches long. On a 21.5″ iMac, that same line is 0.70 inches long. User interface items, like buttons, menu items, and scroll bars are 30% bigger on the iMac than on the Air.
I’ll look at both the two Air screens, a MacBook screen, an iPad screen and an iMac screen. Readability is important to me, even knowing that I can increase the size of text on a browser. I like to keep text size as the web designer set it so that all elements look right next to one another.
I have to say, readability trumps having a hardware keyboard.
[via Daring Fireball]
Derek Powazek has issues with the glossy screens on the new MacBook Pros: Reflections on the new MacBook Pro.
This is not great news for me because I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel the same way when I see one this Thursday. There’s really no way to tell for sure until one gets the machine home and uses it in one’s own environment but one can get a sense and my sense is this is going to be a problem.
It could be that Apple is pushing those of us who have this problem to get a large screen monitor but there too, Apple’s latest entry in this area is a glossy screen.
If there is enough whining from the design community Apple will surely take note. What they do about it is anyone’s guess.