Matt Gemmell

About Matt

My name is Matt Gemmell1, and I’m a writer. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland with my wife Lauren.

I’m @mattgemmell on Twitter, and also mattgemmell on App.Net. My email address is matt at this domain.

Matt Gemmell

I’ve written for (and been featured in) many magazines, mostly in the tech industry. I wrote a monthly column for every issue of Tap! magazine (December 2010 – July 2013), reviewed OS X Lion for The Guardian, and have contributed to MacUser UK, The Loop Magazine, .net magazine and more.

I’ve written over half a million words on this blog since September 2002. You can view a list of my own favourite articles. I’m currently working on a novel.


Formerly, I was a software engineer and usability consultant – and I’m still interested in technology and software development as a hobby.

I’m passionate about intuitive design, multi-touch interfaces, human-focused software, and accessibility. If you are too, you might enjoy this list of my favourite books on those topics.

I’ve released a large amount of iOS and Mac source code, which has been used in hundreds of apps.

I’ve also released a few apps of my own: Favorites for iPhone (speed-dial with style), Shady for Mac (dim your screen to soothe tired eyes), and Sticky Notifications for Mac (quick and easy on-screen reminders via Notification Center or Growl).


About this blog

This blog is built and published with Octopress. Every article (and indeed almost everything I write) is written in Markdown. My host is Linode. Comments are switched off.

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  1. My last name is pronounced “Geh-mul”, with a hard G like “golf”, not like “gemstone”. Emphasis is on the first syllable.