iPhone App

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.

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Just In Time For Your Weekend, BlinkDrink.

It’s Friday, your weekend is about to begin, and for many people that means bars, nightclubs, and possibly drinking. To improve your overall bar/drinking experience Brad Simpson has created BlinkDrink. This iPhone app does one thing, it lights up your drink to the beat of the music you are listening to. You know you want it. So go get it here.

A Hiku For Your Fridge and Phone.

This is my Monday morning Kickstarter find, and something I am probably going to back. Hiku has been getting press lately from some heavy hitters like “AllThingsD” and “Fast Company’s Co.Design” with good reason. Good design is about solving problems with an intelligent, attractive solution that seamlessly blends with your life. Hiku does that.

The simple device is a wireless enable reminder service that is tied to your smartphone. It was created to help your shopping by sending reminders of items you’re out of to your phone. It uses both voice activation, or a scanner and connects directly to your Wi-Fi network at home.That way your phone doesn’t need to be with you to use it.

The device is small, simple, unobtrusive, and elegant, and it solves a problem. All the things good design should be.

WTHR, Inspired by Dieter Rams and Braun.

WTHR, you can get it here.

If you are an iPhone user that is crazy about clean design, beautiful simple user interfaces, and clean graphics this app is for you. If you are into design, love Dieter Rams designed pieces for Braun, this app is for you. If you are looking for a simpler wether application for your iPhone, this app is for you. It won’t show you storm track Doppler radar, but it will give you current conditions in a quick easy read.

Designed by David Elgena, this app just got purchased and moved to my iPhone’s home screen.

The Instagram 365 Project. 03/22/2011

I was going to get this posted yesterday, but WordPress was having technical difficulties and I couldn’t access my blog until this morning. So this is yesterday’s Instagram Project post, a day late, but not a dollar short.

I shot this from my car and assembled the images using Panolab for the iPhone yesterday afternoon. I like the David Hockney style assemblage that Panolab creates when you don’t use it in a traditional way.

“The Muybridgizer” for Your iPhone.

The Tate Museum in London is showing a new exhibit on Eadweard Muybridge from September 8th through January 16th 2011. In honor of the photographer that basically launched the film industry, The Tate Museum has launched a pretty cool iPhone app appropriately called the “The Muybridgizer“. The app is free on the iTunes store and is very easy to use. The photo sequences you shoot can be shared to Flickr, or emailed. The Muybridgizer allows you to record an image sequence with your iPhone camera in the style of Eadweard Muybridge’s motion capture experiments. After you have shot your sequence you can browse both as a static grid and also as frame by frame animation; speeding up, slowing down and reversing the direction of motion with swipes of your finger across the screen. It’s pretty cool, and it’s free.

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An Impressive Interactive iPhone Ad.

This is the kind of thing that gets me all excited. I love it when designers and agencies come up with a great way to combine content and technology that truly extends the user’s experience. Designed for Belgian insurance company AXA by Duval Guillaume, the application is quite simple. You place your iPhone on the designated spot with the AXA app running and it comes to life with video content. At the end of the video there is a simple call to action. This kind of content has so many possibilities (I’m thinking about the company that I work for here). The really nice part about this is that the iPhone content could be updated daily if AXA chose to do so, extending the experience even further.