Home Screens – Jory Raphael

This week’s home screen features Jory Raphael (Twitter). Jory is the genius behind all of the 5by5 artwork, including the latest iteration of Daren Rolfe’s excellent Mac Power User’s logo. Jory is super-talented and a really nice guy. You can learn more about Jory’s work at Sensibleworld. So Jory, show us your home screen.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

I think they’re all interesting!  The one app I use in an unexpected way is probably Adobe Ideas.  It’s replaced the notepad on my nightstand, as an easy way sketch ideas I have during the night.  That said, decoding those ideas in the morning can sometimes be a little tough!  Interaction with the iPhone and iPad touch screen is fantastic, but my finger can be cumbersome when trying to sketch a specific idea.  I’m definitely looking forward to the arrival of my More/Real stylus cap.

What is your favorite app?

The app I use the most is Tweetbot, followed closely by Reeder and Camera+.  I love the design of all of the Tapbots apps, and Tweetbot is no exception.  I’ve gotten so used to it’s features and layout that I feel a bit lost now when using pretty much any other Twitter app, iOS based or not.  Reeder is a definite must for keep up with RSS feeds, and Camera+ has proven invaluable to quickly capture important moments and milestone’s in my kids’ lives.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

Instacast.  It’s invaluable as a way to easily keep up with podcasts.  I’d call it a guilty pleasure because it prominently showcases podcast artwork.  The majority of the shows I listen to are on 5by5, so I get to see my artwork full screen when I’m listening. Sparkynote: I love Instacast too.

What is the app you are still missing?

There is one app missing from my iPhone.  One astronomically fantastic app.  A real game changer.  It’s completely and totally amazing. Epic. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.  That is to say, I have an idea for an app that I have yet to design.

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

iPhone: Constantly.  iPad: On average once a day.  More if I’m out on the road meeting with clients.

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPad?

The camera on the iPhone 4.  And, perhaps oddly, I love being able to easily access the display brightness on the iPad by double-clicking home and flicking right.  I tend to read on the iPad at night and quick brightness adjustment is key.

If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?

Wait, is there an opening?

Anything else you’d like to share?

I’ve recently jumped into UI design for iOS, so have been studying apps (and their icons) non-stop.  I’m also currently working on the next (free) update to my Symbolicons vector icon set to include optimized icons specifically for iOS design and retina displays.

Thanks Jory.

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