Atomic Contacts. Another Brilliant Idea I Wish Had Been Mine.

I am always on the look out for new applications for my iPhone that honestly help me. That is why I am really digging the Atomic Contact application.

Atomic Contacts provides a simple and seamless solution for managing all of your contacts.  Rather than having to update your address book as your contacts change their personal contact information, The Atomic Contacts application automatically syncs your contacts information to your address book via the cloud.  Watch the video, below, for a better overview of how Atomic Contacts works with your phone and everyone elses.

Atomic Contacts is available here for the iPhone and here for your Blackberry or Android phone.

I have had to update so many contacts over the last year, and this is the kind of application that is a real time saver. I am recommending this to all of my friends, and I hope they recommend it as well. The application costs $2.99, but if it saves me from having to manually update my contact list ever again, it’s worth it.

My Company Missed the Boat.

I’m going to break some of my own blog rules. I am going to rant a bit about work. I’m going to do some minor self promotion of my own design ideas, and I am going to say the company I work for missed the boat. (I’m not going to mention them by name)

I work for a company that makes the majority of its profit from ink on paper printed materials. Like most industries that use physical mail services, the art of actually writing with a pen or pencil, envelopes, stamps, etc. they have felt the impact of email, digital connectivity, and the shift to a more paperless society.

This item has been popping up around the internet for about 3 days. Pretty much every design blog and site has piggybacked off each others posts for a number of reasons, the primary one being that this is a really solid piece of design work. Clever, and unique, drawing old world forms of communication, and new technologies together.

It’s relevant to me, because over a year ago I proposed a similar idea, centered not around Google, but around Twitter, and it was dismissed as impractical and having no relevance for our target audience. So I am a little torn here. Do I post about something that I feel would have been a smart move on my companies behalf, or do I just post this item and say, “Hey look, this concept is going viral on thee web, and we could have had something just as cool in the market place 6 months ago.”

I’ll stick with the latter. While my wise crack about what we could have done might get me in hot water at the office, posting visuals of my concept definitely would. None the less Google Envelopes is an awesome idea.

Designed by Rahul Mahtani & Yofred Moik from the Industrial Design program at Syracuse University, Google Envelopes allow some one to map the course  the mail, and how it can tell a story. All of this is linked back to Gmail itself tying snail mail and email directly together. This is just a concept, but a powerful one that people can immediately understand. I hope Google is smart enough to actually produce this, because I really think it has serious possibilities.

Now if anyone from my office actually reads this post and is interested in seeing the concept and mock-ups that I finished over a year ago, shoot me an email. I’ll send you the PDF file.  And  another thought, if these kids have graduated, we should hire them. They’re smart, and talented.