App Design

Sumhold, a Better Way To Add.

SumholdIcon-1024-400x400As an artist and designer I’m not supposed to be good at, or like Math. While I’m no mathematician I can hold my own and try not to use a calculator for basic math like addition, subtraction, multiplication  and division. I actually don’t mind doing math, it keeps your brain sharp, and as I get older I need a sharp brain.

Designer Chad Voss has created a new iPhone calculator app that I really like, and if I have to use a calculator, I think I’ll be choosing this. “Sumhold” not only looks great, it does something that other calculators don’t. It shows you the equation, and visually holds it so you can see what your last function was.

Math done simply. Designed in the Swiss style, Sumhold is a calculator that instantly calculates and stores numbers with a fiercely reductive interface and simple swipe gesture.

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Unlike most basic calculators, Sumhold keeps a running tally of your current calculation at the top and, when calculations become complex, automatically inserts parentheses to keep everything clearly readable. There is no need for an “=” button because it calculates as you type.


Frost, Partly Cloudy.

A little overs month ago I posted about David Elgena’s WTHR app that featured a beautiful, minimalist UI that Dieter Rams would swoon over. The app looks beautiful, but provides limited data, that isn’t much better than stepping outside and looking around. A little bit more, would have been a whole lot better. This is where Berlin design firm frost comes in.

Frost has launched a weather app that is based on infographics generated from live data. It’s simple and easy to use, but provides additional information. In other words it lets you know if you should pack an umbrella for later in the day. Some of the primary features are:

– Temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius

– Wind speed

– Weather forecast (sunny, raining, snow…)

– Predictions for precipitation times

– Current, hourly, and 7 day forecast

It’s all wrapped up in a beautiful easy to read package.