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We spent last week deep in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. The city proper has a population of 10 million, but the metropolitan area houses 25 million – that’s half of all South Koreans. Flying into Gimpo International was unlike anything I’d seen before – buildings stacked on top of one another as far as the eye can see. …

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I’m in the middle of exploring Asia with Joel – today we left Tokyo and continued our journey into South Korea. This trip has been a great opportunity to practice taking photos; this post is a collection of some of my favorite shots from Tokyo.

If you want to follow along on this trip, I’m sharing photos on Instagram!

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2015 Goals

I’ve never set any public goals, but with the New Years spirit still lingering, it feels more appropriate than ever. This list is mostly a checklist for myself, although the public accountability will certainly be motivating! In no particular order, here are my goals for 2015…

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Exploring Asia

Lots of folks that follow the Design Details series and Buffer are from the cities where we’ll be staying, so I wanted to just put our itinerary out there! If you have any recommendations of must-see spots, or want to meet for a coffee, give a shout on Twitter!

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I Wish

I wish now, looking back, that I hadn’t been so closed-minded about the definition of value. Sometimes sharing your personal victories or a new milestone in a side project can be immensely meaningful – even if it’s only to you.

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Things are ramping up for the Design Details Podcast! The past few weeks we’ve been getting organized, testing our equipment, scheduling with guests, enabling our feeds and prepping the website for launch.

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Design Details: Android Lollipop Pt. 1

I missed some of the awkward “coming-of-age” years on the Android platform with Honeycomb (3.0), Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.1 – 4.3). My first true experience with Android was earlier this year on KitKat 4.4. The OS was nice, and not too jarring of a change from iOS 7 (at the time), but several quirks in the …

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The Design Details Podcast

It’s been a fun ride since I started publishing the Design Details posts back in February of this year. So far there have been 14 posts published which have reached readers in all corners of the world – thank you so much to everyone who has read, shared and enjoyed this series!

I’m excited to announce that in January of 2015, …

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Design Details: Square Order for iOS

I’ve admired the design work at Square for years. They have a striking aesthetic which allows their hardware and software to stand out in marvelous ways. Square’s products can now be found almost anywhere – surely, a large number of readers here have seen the beautiful Square Stand, or used the Square card reader at some point.

Square made its big …

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Design Details: Inbox by Google

It’s always big news when the Google machine unveils a new product. This week that something new is called Inbox, and it’s a slick rethinking of how we interact and handle an ever-increasing volume of emails.

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iPhone 6

The iPhone 6. This is the best iPhone that Apple has made, there’s no doubt in my mind.

A new form-factor combined with a larger, more brilliant display, come together to create a product that feels truly extraordinary. I find myself constantly running my finger across the edge of the new curved display, trying to find the impossibly-small seam between glass …

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Design Details: Hyperlapse for iOS

In this post I will explore the wonderful level of polish and style that Instagram’s designers have poured into Hyperlapse. The app is beautifully simple – almost to the point of confusion, where one might ask themselves: “Is this it?”

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Buffer’s CSS

This post takes a closer look at how we approach CSS at Buffer. While this post aims to highlight some of the tools and techniques we use to write CSS, it also serves a secondary purpose of highlighting where we can improve and optimize.

I’ve intentionally included some of our shortcomings here to provide a benchmark upon which we can compare ourselves down the road.

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Design Details: Pinterest for iOS

Pinterest, in addition to being a wonderful utility for so many people, is shipping some of the best design in the world. They have a quiet, soft and unassuming interface across web and iOS that remains out of the way and lets people focus on their own individual needs. In this Design Details post I’ll explore a few of the wonderful interactions in Pinterest for iOS – enjoy!

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Design Details: Foursquare for iOS

Foursquare is entering a new era. The long-time check-in service has undergone a radical redesign and reposition with its 8.0 release for iOS. No longer is Foursquare an app to check in at your favorite places and keep tabs on your friends – no, it’s now attempting to become the de facto recommendation engine for food and entertainment. The Verge …

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Design Details: SoundCloud for iOS

I use SoundCloud…a lot. As in, all the time, every day. I’ve been using it to curate new music for a few years now, and it’s been so fun to watch the platform evolve with each passing week. I admire SoundCloud’s ability to ship new features and improvements so often, striving to make the site faster and easier to use …

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Design Details: Path for iOS

Path for iOS has long been associated with beautiful design and having an obsessive attention to detail. Despite slow adoption by the general public – which actually appears to have grown in recent months – I’ve found that Path has always been an under-appreciated and overlooked product. While I can’t call myself a heavy user, I’m a huge fan of …

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Design Details: Skype for iOS

Skype for iOS released their 5.0 update for iOS last week. As a heavy Google+ Hangouts/Facetime user, Skype has been outside of my product radar for quite some time. Despite my lack of familiarity, Skype’s update shows an incredible amount of polish and attention to detail that designers out there will enjoy!

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Design Details: Flickr for iOS

Flickr for iOS dropped a major update late last week. It’s an impressive redesign worthy of attention from photographers and designers alike. I’m excited about Yahoo’s renewed energy in the mobile space, and judging by the work that went into this update, it’s clear that their designers aren’t cutting any corners.

Follow me at @brian_lovin for tweets about design, startups and …

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Design Details: Sunrise for iOS

Sunrise for iOS recently replaced my stock iOS calendar app, and rightfully so. It’s a delightful piece of software that has so many neat little tricks – so many, in fact, that I’m sure this post will just scratch the surface.

Pierre Valade and Jeremy Le Van, the designers of this gorgeous app, packed several beautiful details into Sunrise with the …

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