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To-do list apps are chairs

There is a new to-do list app that everyone loves. permalink

Clear executed a usable to-do list app without any buttons. Instead it relies on intuitive gestures and color to achieve basic list management functions. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread. permalink

This is what the internet tells me anyway. I haven't used it. permalink

To-do list apps are the software equivalent of a physical designer's obsession with the common chair. permalink

Designers continually try to re-imagine the chair. permalink

Software developers continually try to re-imagine the to-do list application. permalink

They both try to simplify the already simple. Designers take advantage of ergonomics. Clear leans on gestures. Something old is new again. permalink

To-do list apps don't interest me. I have never been able to consistently use one. It has nothing to do with the apps: I just prefer a pen and paper at the desk.  permalink

I only keep lists (in any form) if I am working towards a major milestone on a personal side project. Otherwise I don't actively take any notes on anything at all. That's just me though. permalink

I don't even use a chair most of the time. I have a standing desk. permalink

So go forth designer and to-do list app maker. Keep designing and redesigning the things I don't use because I don't even fucking SIT DOWN. permalink