Chris Korhonen

I design & make awesome things, I’m British, and I live in Brooklyn. For the past decade I’ve been designing and developing web-based products and leading teams at large corporations and smaller startups. Currently I’m Head of Technology at Minibar Delivery, offering on-demand wine and liquor delivery in NYC.

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The Pig & Fig

Last week I made bacon-infused bourbon with this cocktail in mind - the Pig & Fig.

Originating from Boston, this sublime drink combines the savory and smokey flavors of bacon with a citrus zest and spicy sweetness of figs.

You’ll need:

  • Bacon-infused Bourbon
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Fig Puree
  • Orange Bitters
  • Orange & Bacon Salt to garnish

In the spirit of dog-fooding, all alcoholic ingredients were delivered in under an hour by Minibar.

To make, shake all of the ingredients with ice and strain. Garnish with the bacon salt on the rim, and an orange twist. If you are feeling especially porky, you can also use a stick of bacon here.

Awesome!

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Bacon-infused Bourbon

One of the fun things about working at Minibar Delivery, aside from the awesome team and product, is constantly learning about new things.

Every Friday we do cocktails and it provides a great window through which to explore the history of alcohol and how it has shaped the world around us. It also teaches us a little about mixology and crafting different flavors.

After a few weeks of fruity cocktails, I decided I wanted to try my hand at making something a bit more… savory. Of course bacon instinctively came to mind. I’ll post about the actual cocktail in a week or so, but I wanted to share one of the preparation steps - the creation of Bacon-infused Boubon!

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You are going to need a few things before you get started:

  • Bourbon. Fairly obvious. I decided to go with Bulleit for its smooth taste and smokey flavor. You can get away with pretty much any kind of bourbon, though obviously...

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Thoughts on Glass

For the past month I have been wearing the Explorer edition of Google Glass and I thought I’d share some thoughts as to the utility and future of the device and experiences wearing them.

Unlike most consumer electronics, even including Apple, the purchasing experience was something special. Glass Explorers were invited to Google’s offices in either New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to pick up the device, have them fitted and spend time learning how to use them. New York was the logical choice for me and I turned up, entourage in tow, to meet Margo, my “Glass Guide”.

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Google’s loft space at Chelsea Market was light and airy, with beautiful views of the city, fitting probably about a dozen people at a time. We were invited to relax, sip champagne and snack on cookies while the fitting took place. All in all I think we were there for an hour or so, talking to members of the Glass...

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Data Dead-ends

In my Mountain Lion Reminders post I touched upon the frustration I have with apps that can be described as data dead-ends. A data dead-end is any application or website which allows you to import, upload or create data, but then makes it hard or impossible to get it back out for the purposes of backup or interoperability. This is usually due to lack of export functionality, lack of connectivity options or undocumented file formats

Whilst data dead-ends have existed since the dawn of computing, in the age of web and mobile apps the inconvenience that they represent really starts to become apparent. On iOS there are a number of examples of excellent applications with one key deficiency - there is no way to transfer the data which you created to other applications or devices.

One example of this is Path, the beautifully designed “private social network” which allows you to share...

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Mountain Lion’s Killer App

In a few days time Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be released. With over 200 new features, it represents the latest evolution of OS X. Among the new features are enhancements to Safari and other stock applications, tighter integration with iCloud, and iOS-inspired features such as Notification Center.

With so many new features its hard to really know where to begin, so let me tell you about what I think is the killer feature of Mountain Lion after using the developer previews for the past few months - the Reminders application.

It may seem trivial but for many users, especially those who live in the Apple ecosystem and own an iPhone or iPad, Reminders will be a game changer thanks in no small part to its iCloud integration.

So why is it a killer app? For me it scratches a long standing itch, the need for organization.

THE BIG NAME PLAYERS The organization and task management space...

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Is Simple what we really need?

One startup that I have been following for some time is Simple (formerly BankSimple). It is always interesting to see someone try and disrupt the financial space - Mint did it superbly with financial planning and currently the payments landscape is being shaken up up Square.

Simple allows you to replace your bank, promising a modern online and mobile centric experience with a real-time insight into you finances. With convenient ways to pay friends and bills and the ability to track and organize your spending.

Obviously I was really excited when they opened their doors and offered me an account!

Initial Observations As a UX designer, I pay a lot of attention to the smaller details and Simple did not disappoint here. The initial sign-up process was one of the most well executed online forms that I have came across in a while, with just the right balance of design and utility. This...

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