Home Screens - John Chandler

This edition of the Home Screens series features John Chandler (twitter), publisher the delightful site, the Creativityist. John also has a new project, 501 Words, that looks really intriguing . I plan on actively participating just as soon as I dig out of the hole I currently find myself in. John is a fantastic designer and writer and today he is sharing his home screen.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

I don’t know that you will see anything out of the norm here. The applications I find the iPad most useful for are consistent with most users I talk to…all of us with our own nuances of course. In general, I use my home screen either for quick reference apps like weather or my calendar, or for productive apps. I push entertainment apps like Netflix, etc. back to screen 2.

What is your favorite app?

InstaSimplePaperNote. Instapaper is my own custom magazine, and SimpleNote is not only a personal reference library, it’s where I draft most of my writing of late. I’m using it right now in fact!

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

The App Store. I open it a couple of times a day. I don’t download that much, and I mostly see the same things, but I keep going back. And I love it when that little red circle appears on the update icon.

Oh, and MLB At Bat. Though, if the Angels don’t start doing better, I’m going to bill them for my $15 investment.

How many screens have you filled?

Four screens, though they all still have a few open spots. Screen 3 is a bunch of “keep it handy just in case” apps, and screen 4 is a few of the Dr. Seuss books and other games/educational apps for my kids.

What is the app you are still missing?

OmniFocus…kind of. We’ll see what kind of functionality the iPad version has, but right now, I find it just as easy to have OmniFocus handy on my iPhone, almost as sidekick display for the iPad.

How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPad?

More than I expected! I start my day with the iPad, usually not even touching my laptop for the first few hours. I read, write drafts, and catch up on email without the distractions that lie only a keystroke away on my MacBook Pro.

And, of course, I usually end my day with the iPad as well, keeping it close by as my wife and I wind down in the family room after the kids are in bed.

What is your favorite feature?

The lack of multitasking…like I said above.

Anything else you’d like to share?

My early critique was that the iPad was going to be great for consuming content, but not for creating it. What I’m finding is that It is also fantastic for beginning to shape content — keeping a catalog of ideas, rough drafts or sketches to be refined later on my laptop.

Thanks for inviting me to be part of the series. I’ve enjoyed peeking over the shoulder of others who have been part of the series, and glad I can offer others a peek over my shoulder too. Just don’t hover, please!

Thanks John