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November 27, 2013
Software design combines a wide variety of disciplines. Typography, user interface, user experience, graphic design, color theory and so on. There are seemingly infinite choices one can make while making a piece of software or an app. Luckily there are guidelines available for app designers from the operating system in which apps live.Read more
November 25, 2013
The first question we ask while trying to review an app for the site is whether this app is well designed. What separates good design from bad design? Some notable designers have tried to distill their knowledge of design into a few principles. These principles helped them in their own work while also giving a framework to think about design problems. We believe these principles are as applicable to app design as they were in their original context.Read more
Though you need a paid account to get over the 3-article a day limit, the NYTimes app is still a pleasure to browse. The app retains the feel of the website while following the Android guidelines for the UI. The big dropdown menu in the action bar is used for primay navigation - unlike the slide out navigation panel which we see in most apps.
August 31, 2013
Google Keep is a note taking app with a few features which set it apart from similar apps. Notes are arranged in a Pinterest-esque layout. You can swipe to archive your notes, set reminders or color code them. Swiping seems to be emerging as the default pattern to remove content which you are no longer interested in. Keep for now looks like a much smoother alternative to Evernote which is getting more and more bloated with every version.
August 28, 2013
Vine let's you take short 6-second videos. The best thing about Vine is it's capture mechanism. Instead of continuously taking a video, you can pause and resume at will. The app is quite colorful, opting for different themes set according to the category you are browsing.
August 27, 2013
Fitocracy is a fitness social network app that helps you track your workouts and interact with other users on the platform to help you keep motivated. You gain points by finishing workouts and keep levelling up in the process. The app starts off with a tutorial and then you have to sign up. You can create your own routine or choose from an existing set. The graphics are well done but sometimes I found the app to be cluttered with too much info and not very apparent hit areas. One jarring element in the action bar is the touching-the-edges loader indicator. This will be a great app with a little more polish.
April 21, 2013
Expense Manager is a clean app for doing what the title says. The app is neatly laid out and follows Holo guidelines. Data entry is more focused on the amount than what the expense was about. This would help in getting the expense recorded faster. In case there are no records, the app has instructions to get started. More features are available as an in-app purchase.
April 2, 2013
Even though the chances of me skiing are quite remote, AllSnow would be the app I would be using if I was doing that. The app is well designed and follows Holo guidelines. The Conditions page for a mountain looks very neat. Sign up is not mandatory but if you wish to sign up, it's not a pain. The Trail Map loaded an image instead of showing it as a detailed overlay on Google Maps itself. This felt a little weird and something which might change with the new Google Maps SDK.
March 25, 2013
Timer is a slick little app that is really good at reminding you of stuff. You can start a timer right away or save it and start later. The interface for selecting the timer duration is pretty cool though I felt the need for a separate dialog for setting the timer label was unnecessary. Running timers are also visible as a persistent notification in Android 4.1+.
March 24, 2013