Jeff Croft

I’m a product designer in Seattle, WA. I recently worked at Simply Measured, and previously co-founded Lendle.

Some of my past clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and the University of Washington.

I’ve authored two books on web and interactive design and spoken at dozens of conferences around the world.

I’m currently accepting contract work and considering full-time opportunities.

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  • Photo // 02.18.2006 // 2:27 PM // flickr

    The new toy

  • Photo // 02.18.2006 // 2:27 PM // flickr

    The new toy

  • Blog entry // 08.30.2005 // 1:55 PM // 29 Comments

    Sept. 7th Apple Event: My money’s on video.

    I know the word on the street is that Apple plans to introduce the iTunes-compatible phone (reportedly manufactured by Motorola and sold by Cingular) — and they might. but I’m inclined to think Apple has something bigger up their sleeve. Consider:

    • The invite to the upcoming event says, “1000 songs in your pocket changed everything. Here we go again.” Would Apple really remind us that we had 1000 songs in our pocket a few years back when the iPod came out and then introduce a phone that holds only around 100 songs?
    • The iTunes-compatiable phone is said to be a Motorola product, not an Apple one (Apple only made some software for it). I find it hard to believe Apple would be holding a huge event to intro someone else’s product.
    • The hints that Apple is dropping suggests they feel they have a pretty revolutionary product on their hands. Is an iTunes-compatible phone such a thing? It doesn’t seem like it to me. iTunes on a phone seems like a natural evolution of an existing successful product. I think this event is more likley to intro an all-new product or product line.

    My best guess is we’re finally going to see a video-capable iPod. You heard it here first. :)

  • Photo // 08.22.2005 // 6:36 PM // flickr

    Home Office

  • Blog entry // 06.12.2005 // 3:09 PM // 0 Comments

    MS to give away WMA versions of iTunes-bought songs?

    Microsoft is planning to bolster its own online song store with a new subscription service later this year as well as is considering a more direct attack on Apple, seeking rights from copyright holders to give subscribers a Microsoft-formatted version of any song purchased from iTunes so they can be played on devices other than an iPod.

    If this is accurate, then right about now might be the time to license FairPlay. With Microsoft’s hype machine, this sort of thing could be exactly what it needs to lower the boom on Apple and iTunes. MS also plans to include “advanced community aspects and playlist-sharing.” As I said when Yahoo’s offering come out, this is an area that iTunes is sorely lacking in — Apple needs to get with the game, here.

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