10,000 Mobile Apps and What We Learned

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Image by Link Texting

TL;DR: We downloaded 10,000 mobile apps this year and we’re sharing insights on how we found them, examined them, lessons we learned about building apps, and a heuristic checklist for how not to screw up your own mobile app dev.

—Thanks to Mike Townson


‘Minority Report’-esque Office Chair Makes Computers Body-Controlled

Creatures with creations and their segregation of joy‘ is the title of a design research on how to embed movement related to expression and emotional release in a daily life. Due to multi functionality of computers and their expansion most people spend their working hours while siting behind a computer. By making an office chair based on the dynamics of the body and linking these body movements to the control of the interface, work can become dynamic and expressive again. An attempt on integrating joy.

Govert Flint designed the Dynamic Chair to facilitate movement in all directions, then worked with programmer Sami Sabik to translate the motions made by the sitter into actions on-screen. “I started to think about how we make chairs that are disconnected from their activity. Working in the office is an activity we sit for. From then on I tried to design a chair based on body movements.”

Although the technology currently only allows for the operation of a cursor, the designer hopes to extend the idea so it works with the full computer interface.

The prototyping of the chair was done in collaboration with Sami Sabik.

—Thanks to Oscar Tellez


Apple on the “Hamburger Menu”

Image by Mike Stern

Image by Mike Stern

Apple details to developers (and designers) how they feel about the stacked menu and why it’s lazy—no cupboard stays free of clutter. Thinking about content strategy and information architecture will be of much better benefit than a catch-all menu in the corner that people wish not to interact with.

—Thanks to William Yarbrough


Google’s New Mail App

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Image by Gigaom

Google is finally taking a stab at reducing Gmail clutter with its brand-new app, Inbox. The app uses context and its considerable smarts to automatically group and tag similar items, serve up location-sensitive reminders, and snooze messages to be answered later. It’s more or less the Google Now of mail.

—Thanks to Chip Wilson and Alan Koda


Aesop’s Fables with Google Fonts

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Image by 25×52

Using hand-picked fonts from the Google Font project with text from Aesop’s fables showcases beautiful type design (that’s free) with great wisdom (that’s public domain). Go Webtype!

—Thanks to William Yarbrough


Yes, We’re Finally Getting Hoverboards

Photo by Hendo

Photo by Hendo

It seems like it might finally be the future—hoverboards are real. Hendo has created a Kickstarter for both their hoverboard and their more stripped-down developer kits, and are well past their initial goal of $250,000. Set to go to market on October 21, 2015—just in time.

—Thanks to Alan Koda