I was googling away trying to find the best solution on how to create a demo video of an iPhone App. Until it occured to me, that my new desk neighbor, iPhone Ninja Larry Legend might know the answer. I asked and BOOM, there it was:

Use SimFinger. SimFinger itself is composed of two parts. One is a fake “frame” that sits ontop of the simulator. It adds some shine and gives it an iPhone 3G-look. Clicking anywhere on it will just click-through to whatever is below. The other part is a little nub that follows around your cursor. It “indents” when you press down with your mouse, indicating what would be a “touch” on the phone.

The idea is to position iPhone Simulator below this facade and do a screencapture of just this area. You’ll need a good screencapture tool. (iShowYou?) It has to have the option to capture just some sub-region of your screen, and also the option to not capture the mouse pointer (which you should use, unless you want to ruin the illusion).

With SimFinger running, go to the Control menu and select “Set Fake Carrier Text…”. Enter the text “ATT” then, relaunch the iPhone Simulator. You’ll notice the (dead-givaway) “Carrier” is replaced by “ATT”. Do the same for the “Fake Time Text”. Apple typically uses “9:42 AM”, I do the same for my screencasts.

The last step to the puzzle is to give your app some friends. SimFinger comes bundled with “Fake Apps” that mimic Apple’s built-in apps. In SimFinger, goto Control – Install Fake Apps…, then restart the iPhone Simulator one more time. You’ll see a ton of stuff was installed, but it’s probably in the wrong order. Go ahead and re-order the icons to match the screenshot below (the “official” order).

See a sample video done with SimFingers.

Download a copy of SimFingers.
Please make sure to make a donation for the creator of SimFingers.

Google Cheat Sheet

How handy is this Google Cheat Sheet!? Fantastic!

(via shiflett)

Your Portfolio on LinkedIn

Finally: Linkedin now let’s you display your portfolio.

It seems that all of us, and every designer we know, is on LinkedIn. Why? Its the defacto professional directory, and its where our peers, big companies, agencies, and clients connect with us.

But there has never been a way to showcase our portfolio work on our LinkedIn profiles.

For over a year, Behance has been working with the LinkedIn folks to develop a special application within LinkedIn that allows ANY creative professional to showcase their multi-media portfolio.

The new “Portfolio Display” application allows anyone to create a free portfolio, display it on LinkedIn, and keep it in sync across other sites like AIGA, the Art Director’s Club Young Guns site, and the Behance Network. (YAY!)

You can create unlimited projects (with unlimited images, videos, multimedia) and upload them, via the Behance Network, to display on their LinkedIn profiles.

The application allows the 70+ million LinkedIn members – as well as hundreds of millions of visitors – to ACTUALLY SEE your creative work (rather than just read your resume).

If you are a creative professional on LinkedIn, you should join the Behance Network and then sync your portfolio with LinkedIn.

If you are already a member of the Behance Network, simply install the Creative Portfolio Display application on your LinkedIn Profile.

This is fantastic! Hat tip to Mattias and Scott of Behance.


AIGA Metro-North’s reSPECt is a civilized dialog between advocates and opponents of speculative branding and design work.

Is speculative (spec) work productive and fair? Can it enable clients to achieve goals that are not possible with traditional work-for hire practices? Does it advance the fortunes of some at the expense of others? What are the rewards and perils of speculative work?

Once a rare practice, spec, or “try before you buy”, work is being requested a growing number of businesses-startups to global organizations. Many believe that the call for unpaid work is being fueled by changing mores, new forms of crowd-sourcing, and economic stress–but whatever the cause, spec work has the potential to upend the economic model of the industry.

Moderated by New York State Supreme Court Justice Colleen D. Duffy, our diverse panel explored if, why, and how spec work has a rightful place in the way projects are structured. The evening’s goal was to outline a way forward that meets the functional, economic, and ethical needs of clients and practitioners.

The panel included:

• Ric Grefé, Executive Director, AIGA
• Brendán Murphy, Senior Partner, Lippincott
• Jerry Kathman, President & CEO, LPK
• John Gleason, Founder & President, A Better View

Held June 24th, 2010 at the The Ossining Public Library’s Camille Budarz Theater.

reSPECt (an AIGA Metro-North Event) from Scott Lerman on Vimeo.


ManageFlitter is a useful tool to manage your Twitter account. It let’s you clean up and manage who you follow, find out who isn’t following you back, find out which inactive accounts you follow and let’s you easily search inside your Twitter stream.

(via amritrichmond)

Bounce App

All of you webdesigners and developers, listen up, here’s a fabulous little app that will make your life easier. Bounce is little app from ZURB that let’s people quickly add feedback to any webpage and toss that back and forth with other people. This is fantastic. #yay

To see a quick example I just created, visit this link.


My studio mate Erica just told me about Notable, a nifty way of providing feedback for website projects. Notable allows you to quickly and easily give feedback on design, content, and code on any page of a website or application without leaving your browser. Bonus: It works on iPhone, too!

Demo of Notable from Bryan Zmijewski on Vimeo.


Here’s a nifty little app called urlist, which let’s you create lists of links that you then can share easily. This is excellent for project research. Your client can send you a list of links of sites he likes. Or you can work on a research list together with your collegues. Or let’s say, you are in the market for a new dining room table and you want to have a joint list of bookmarks with you husband. Love it.

(thank you daniele)

Guest Post by Scott Belsky

I asked Scott Belsky, who’s work and efforts I admire, to write a post for swissmiss. I was thrilled that he agreed. So here it is, the very first Guest Post on swissmiss:

In his article below, Scott will give you a personal introduction to some of the concepts in his new book, Making Ideas Happen, which comes out April 15th. The book breaks down the best practices on creative execution and pushing ideas forward. It’s simple, pragmatic, and an essential for any creative’s bookshelf.

If you’re not familiar with Scott, he’s the guy behind the Behance Creative Network and The 99%. (The 99% Conference last year, has been hands-down the most inspiring one-day conference I have ever attended. I am thrilled to be part of this years 99% this coming thursday).

Finishing Creative Projects & Other Lessons From Making Ideas Happen, by Scott Belsky

About 5 years ago, I set out to write a book about how the most productive people and teams in the creative world execute their ideas, time and time again. Along the way, our team at Behance grew to 15 people with a passion for organizing creative people, teams, and networks. The process of writing a book about MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN alongside building Behance as a company has caused a great deal of introspective moments.

It also yielded a number of realizations that have transformed the way we work as individuals, and as a team. Here are three of the biggest:

We’ve entered an era of reactionary workflow.
Without realizing it, most of us live a life of “reactionary workflow.” Endless emails, texts, tweets, messages on social networks, phone calls, instant messages… the list goes on. Rather than be proactive with our energy, we have become reactive – living at the mercy of the most recent incoming messages and requests. We’ve become overwhelmed by an endless stream of minute actions that don’t get us any closer to making an impact in what matters most to us.

The outcome? Bold, long-term ideas suffer as we lose our ability to prioritize. Luckily, some creative leaders have found ways to combat reactionary workflow. Whether through creating “windows of non-stimulation,” unique approaches to allocating energy, or rethinking the way you manage communications, you can develop tactics to accomplish major feats by being proactive with your energy.

Great ideas die in isolation.
Whether on our own or with a team, we rarely give new ideas a proper chance to gain traction. It turns out that the myth of the lone creative genius is just that: a myth. The constituents of your idea – those who make up your community – play a critical role in making ideas happen.

The first set of communal forces are of the “pull” variety, resources that you must PULL from those around you to boost accountability and help refine ideas. The second set is all about the PUSH, notably what and how you project your ideas to adequately engage others. The bottom line: The destiny of your ideas depends on how well you engage the energy and enthusiasm of those around you.

Creative process is really just about surviving the project plateau.
Everyone has their own approach to idea generation. There’s no “best way” to be creative. But when it comes to the process of executing an idea, there’s a common challenge that we all face: sticking with it. Most ideas are abandoned on what I’ve come to call the “project plateau” – the point at which creative excitement wanes and the pain of deadlines and project management becomes extremely burdensome.

To escape the pain, we generate a new idea (and thus abandon the one we were working on). This process can easily repeat itself ad infinitum, without us ever finishing anything meaningful. In MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN, I delve into how admired creative leaders conquer the project plateau and finish. It takes a new approach to projects, tweaking how you manage your energy, and rethinking the old-school reward system that keeps us all pushing forward.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that writing this book afforded me. It provided the rare chance to interview some prolific creative minds – people like RISD president John Maeda, IDEO partner Diego Rodriguez, Google Creative Director Ji Lee, and hundreds of other productive designers, authors, and entrepreneurs that consistently make ideas happen.

Needless to say, MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN has had a huge impact on our team at Behance.

I hope it does the same for you in your creative pursuits.

Purchase Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
More Info & Early Reviews

A big thank you to Scott Belsky for this Guest Post.

Rent a desk next door!

WORKSHOP, our fabulous new office neighbors built out their breathtaking studio space and are now ready to fill it with 4 more creative peeps! You?

Renting one of their desks means you will have the most jaw-dropping view of the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge e-v-e-r and you will be part of a cool group of creatives here on the 6th floor of 10 Jay Street!

By becoming part of Suite606 for $500/month, you’ll get unlimited positive vibes and…

– Your own desk (approximately 6 feet long, which can seat two if you have someone working with you for a day)
– Your own window with your own incredible view
– Your own snazzy white chair
– Your own cabinet cubby
– Wifi
– Laser printer access
– Refrigerator/freezer access
– Vermi-compost bin access (should you want to feed our worms)
– A collaborative work environment with the socially responsible design team, WORKSHOP
– Next door neighbordom with studio612a (swissmiss studio)

Want to become our next door neighbor? Yes? Email WORKSHOP! (Yes, the images above are for real!)

Career Advice

Career advice from Charlie Hoehn:

Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.

(via kottke)



Here’s a fantastic Vendors list that Rob Giampietro compiled and recommends. The list is powered by Delicious using their Linkroll bookmarklet and will be ever-growing, decidedly unofficial, and ad-hoc. If you’ve got someone you’d like to share, by all means let Rob know.

Clients From Hell

clients from hell

Clients From Hell is a collection of anonymously contributed client horror stories from designers. Made me laugh.

(via @hellomuller)

What Startups Are Really Like

Build the absolute smallest thing that can be considered a complete application and ship it.

What Startups Are Really Like, by Paul Graham

(via chrisglass, who should just move to brooklyn)

The Perfect Brief


Possibly the best Client Letter Ever.

(via @hellomuller)

Work Shticks


We so totally need these Work Shticks in our studio!

Book an appointment with Setster


I just learned about a fantastic new service called Setster which is targeted at service providers, consultants, and freelancers. (= People like me!) Setster allows you to list your availability in an online overlay widget on your site and allows customers to book appointments, pay for services etc. (I love to hear hat Setster integrates with Freshbooks, to allow service providers the ability to invoice from within the Setster Application. Yes, I am a Freshbooks Fan!)

You can see what a sample/pretend Setster widget overlay on swissmiss would look like by clicking here. It is a free service with upgrade options, clean UI and very designer friendly, non intrusive button that follows users around the site until they decide they want to book 60 minutes of your time for a gazillion dollars.

They just launched the widget so they do not have too many sample sites but check out this Designer’s Site with the Setster widget installed.


we are colorblind screenshot

We Are Colorblind is a pattern library for design around color blindness. About 8% of the male population has some sort of color blindness. The color blind have the inability to clearly distinguish different colors of the spectrum, they tend to see colors in a limited range of hues. Because of this, the color blind have trouble with a lot of websites.

Good manners never go out of style

Some of the most well known people I know never assume people they talk to know who they are. Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha, for example, introduces himself to me every time I see him, and asks if now is a good time to talk. I’ve known him since 2006, and it’s far from necessary. But I always appreciate how polite he is. Want to be like Roelof someday? A good start is basic business etiquette. Just because someone can’t register your face, name and workplace in less than the second it takes for you to say hello to them doesn’t mean they don’t want to help you out. Just help to avoid that awkward moment by giving them all the information they need. And then watch body language for your cue to wrap things up.

Excellent article by Michael Arrington on how good manners never go out of style: Greetings!

(via @mikemcderment)

Inflatable Boxing Gloves

inflatable boxing gloves
I think I might need these inflatable boxing gloves to fight off scope creep with clients. :)

Beware of Reactionary Workflow

reactionary workflow

In an era of mobile devices, instant connectivity, and automated mailing lists and notifications, it is all too easy for people to contact us. As a consequence, we live our lives just trying to keep our heads above water. Our ability to prioritize and control our focus is crippled by an unyielding flow of incoming communication: email, texts, tweets, facebook messages, phone calls, and so on (and on).

Article by Scott Belsky: Beware of Reactionary Workflow

Design Pricing Formula


David Airey has an interesting post about the much talked and agonized about topic on how much should design cost. He came up with a Design Pricing Formula.

He also lists a few interesting links to articles about Design Pricing:

12 Realities of Pricing Design Services, by Steven Snell
Nine Factors to Consider When Determining Your Price, by Collis Ta’eed
Is Charging More the Right Thing to Do? on Men With Pens
The Subtle Effects of Pricing on the Mentality of Clients, on FreelanceSwitch

On Clients and Saying ‘No’

Instead of seeking clients we will selectively and respectfully pursue ‘perfect fits’ – those targeted organizations that we can best help. We will say ‘no’ early and often, weeding out those that would be better served by others and those that cannot afford us. By using ‘no’ we will give power and credibility to our ‘yes’.

A Call to Arms: Twelve Proclamations of a Win Without Pitching Agency


doodle screenshot

Doodle is an app that is wildly popular in Switzerland, according to my sister. It helps you schedule an event, such as a board meeting, business lunch, conference call, family reunion, movie night, or any other group event. Or it helps you make a choice among movies, menus, travel destinations, or among any other selection. Smart!

(thank you sorella)