Minimalist design environments: Byword

Even more than visual design, writing text can easily be interrupted by clutter and screen distractions. Yesterday’s launch of iA Writer for Mac prompted me to have a look around for minimalist word processing tools. This review in The Next Web led me to Byword, which I am using right now to write this blog post.

It is a liberating experience, especially now that I do not have worry about the HTML formatting of my text that up until now destroyed all sense of lay out in my blog posts.

I am waiting for the day that a similar tool will appear for slide design as well, but I guess it will be a bigger challenge since visual design requires a much broader set of tools than simply writing text.