Inspiration Archive

January 26, 2024

  • Midnight A remarkably well-designed alarms app for iOS. Supports Critical Alerts (so it’s guaranteed to ring regardless of Focus mode, and an awesome “Wake-up mission” feature to make it that much harder to silence for heavy snoozers.
  • Copilot Perhaps I was one of the few people still using Mint when Intuit announced they’re killing the product this year, but the truth is I’ve disliked Mint for years and only used it out of inertia. When I went looking for a modern alternative, Copilot was highly recommended and for good reason. It’s native on both iOS and macOS, the user experience attention to deal is top-notch, and it’s a delight to use.
  • Infinite Mac “A collection of classic Macintosh system releases and software, all easily accessible from the comfort of a (modern) web browser."
  • Viewfinder “Challenge perception, redefine reality, and reshape the world around you with an instant camera.” One of the more jaw-dropping game mechanics of recent years, and so much fun to play.

January 26, 2023

  • Ivory by Tapbots The seminal third-party Twitter app, transformed and improved, ready to be your mobile client of choice as you migrate to the better place, Mastodon. macOS version coming soon, too!
  • Mac 30th Anniversary Icons SVG icons extracted from the 30th Anniversary Mac Font. Now you can finally create a nice icon header for your personal weblog all about the PowerBook Duo 210 from 1992.
  • The Last of Us One of the best video game series in recent memory, now on the not-so-small screen. Seems incredibly faithful and well-written. Very hopeful they keep the quality level as high as the pilot throughout the remainder of the first season, and that we get to see Part Two soon after.
  • Echo Wolf Synthwave music and vibes from designer Trent Walton. His new track, Protoblade, drops 1/27/23. Trent also also released lots of great music over the years eponimously on Spotify.
  • Chronophoto Try to guess which year photos were taken. It’s a fun little game, but also an amazing time capsule of photography from the past 120 years. My personal high score is 4003.

November 29, 2022

  • Introducing Inspiration, a new feature on Karbon Based
    In which we relive the heyday of blogging with a more-regularly-updated linked list of interesting things I’ve found or enjoyed. The focus of Karbon Based will remain long-form writing (something I’ve completely failed to do for three years), but inspirations in this space will be constant and fleeting, then moved to the archive for perpetuity.

  • akinterest Joshua Blankenship compiles another chapter of his visual inspiration board. I highly recommend traversing back through the previous chapters as well, there’s so much to take in.

  • glyphs A simple but beautifully rendered list of common unicode glpyhs for easy clipboard copying. I’ve found myself using this a lot over the past few weeks. traf makes Framer look more and more viable as a way to make modern websites.

  • Warp “A blazingly fast, Rust-based terminal reimagined from the ground up to work like a modern app.” I use a terminal every day, and didn’t realize just how much I wanted an AI command search and command-based navigation.

  • 1899 I absolutely loved Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar’s previous Netflix series Dark, so I’m very excited to dig into their new series about an immigrant ship headed for New York.

Karbon Based is the internet home of Garrett Murray.

Garrett is the Founder & Managing Director of Karbon, a mobile apps design and development agency located in Portland, Oregon. His current interests include mechanical keyboards, video games, technology and photography. He lives with his wife, two children, and three pets.