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Peek Calendar

For all the time we spending using calendars, todo lists, and organization tools both digital and analog. It is very apparent that most of them force the user to bend to the will of the program and its capabilities. Peek offers a “more human” approach that includes smile intuitive touch interactions paired with fun sounds and a shake for a recommendation of sorts that is the delight calendars have been missing. Some of the things that a user may encounter could help make you a better friend or make you enjoy life a little more fully. Kudos to the folks at Peek for taking a different approach to a, usually mundane digital product. Pop over to the App Store and give it a try.


For urban dwellers space is always a precious commodity. Despite that using self-storage always seems like a serious hassle. Hurray the internet has swooped in to simplify and improve another space. Enter MakeSpace, a new way to do storage with a streamlined pick and drop off system which can be accessed from your computer or smartphone. You can also quickly access your storage inventory on the go and request a delivery of a bin or item. This should hopefully free up some extra square footage for New Yorkers.

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Pencil Stylus by 53

FiftyThree has had such a great trajectory and continued success since they launched Paper, which was their first product. It went on to be named App of the Year by Apple and even lead to a collaboration with Moleskine to deliver their second product ‘Book’. Now in a way they are trying to complete the circle or at the very least round out their product offering with the beautifully crafted wooden styles. Simply called Pencil Stylus. The implement both improves the user experience of the Paper app and makes the tactility of using the app far more pleasing. Not to mention the Pencil Stylus is made of a beautiful wood with a very visible grain and a rich dark varnish. Also make sure to watch the video after the jump.

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Paper App + Moleskine

I have been a huge fan of the Paper iPad App since it was launched, but now I think I just became an even big fan. They have teamed up with another paper and drawing related favorite of mine. Together Moleskine and Fifty Three will allow you to layout, edit and print custom books directly from your drawings in the Paper App. I have to say that is completely ingenious as is this very cute little promo video they have put together. Checkout a sample book here.

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Meet Weathertron. Ok, so the name really bums me out, but I have been waiting for a weather app like this for such a long time. The name makes sense since it aggregates real time data from 16 different sources. The data is then composed into an infographic of the days weather.

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The always inspiring guys over at Teehan+Lax have a new self initiated project that stemmed from one of their motion designers. The resulting project, Google Street View Hyperlapse is a user interface for creating your own hyper-lapse with Google’s Street View data. They have kept the sites settings low on purpose to make it more accessible, but have also made all the source code available through Github for anyone who wants to experiment with it or dig deeper.


The local food movement has been growing rapidly, but it can sometimes still be difficult to figure out what to buy an where to buy it. Farmstand is an iPhone app whose purpose is to connect you to with great local food, help you find out where to purchase it, and in turn help the movement itself. Farmstand was made right here in New York City, Brooklyn specifically by Josh Stewart, John Ford, and Glenn Sidney.

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Neux TeuxDeux

Having been an avid TeuxDeux user since it launched it makes me very happy to hear they are taking it to the next level. Sure this means they are going to start charging a subscription fee, but they aren’t just starting to charge for an already existing product. The whole TeuxDeux team worked over the last few months to rebuild the entire app from the ground up and make an entirely new iPhone app. It is one of the greatest apps available and is run by super talented and amazing group of individuals right here in Brooklyn.

Petting Zoo App

Christoph Niemann is by far one of my favorite illustrators. The simplicity and ingenuity that his work overflows with is always fascinating and inspiring. When I bumped into this Petting Zoo picture book app he created for the Design Indaba I was of course immediately engrossed. Each animal has a few different gestures which provoke interesting movement, sound and transfiguration in to the cute little critters. It is a $1.99 so for those of you who aren’t overly enthused you may want to just settle for watching the video.

The Extra Mile

The internet is a constant deluge of content, updates, and information. Once in a while these rare people and sites part the waters and distinguish themselves by doing outright good. Matt Dimmer is one such web prophet. Dimmer recently launched The Extra Mile a nonprofit, which allows people to donate their frequent flyer miles to people who need to visit terminally ill loved ones with cancer. Check it out and if you have a few or even a bunch of excess miles, share the love.

The Maker Map

More often than not I find the simplest ideas to be the best. They seem to cut through all the misconceptions of what a website or web application need to be. The Maker Map is a most prime example. It is an open source mapping project with the goal of creating a comprehensive database of the “makers” of the world. A maker can be anyone from a fabricator to an architect and everyone in between, next to or near.

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Mailbox App

When it comes to interfaces and interactions we can all agree that IDEO can often be accredited with some of the more delicate and user centered advances. Their new app Mailbox aims to clear the clunky and overwhelming nature of email. With some really great little details this app allows users to make it to the refreshing island of inbox zero on a daily basis. Also it integrates a way to differ messages until a later date so you can keep them off your mind until they need to be addressed.

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WWF Together

I find myself coming across great design for nonprofits ever more frequently these days. Together is a new iPad application launched by World Wildlife Fund. Designed by the talented folks over at AKQA the app allows users to explore images and interesting facts about the most rare and endangered animals on earth. In addition to the app interface being completely outstanding it is made even better by the stunning photography of Morten Koldby.

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Touch interface is no longer a fresh new thing. However interaction designers and product designers are coming up with fun and captivating ways to employ it for interacting and manipulating things. SphereTones is a great example of this. It is certainly not the first or even in the first dozen touch interface music applications. But the way users tweak and alter different spheres is a nice playful interaction, which allows them to change the tempo and sound created by each sphere. Currently only available on the Android platform, you can get your hands on SphereTones over on Google Play.

Done Not Done

The amazing gents of Fictive Kin launched Done Not Done the newest addition to their suite of web applications. I have been looking for a social list making tool that would allow me to track things I have done along with things I want to do. Thank you Fictive Kin for continuing to make the internet a better place. Go get the app here.

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Squarespace Note

Squarespace has helped to redefine how small display and consumer oriented websites can be built, implemented, and maintained. Their product is simple, beautiful, and easy to use. So of course anything else they launch would by proxy share these sensibilities, right? Surprisingly they were even able to simplify functionality and goals of their new app further. Squarespace Note is a beautifully elegant way to record ideas. Open the app type in an idea and swipe to send it to your email, Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, or Twitter. Definitely me new favorite app download for my iPhone.

Chameleon Clock

Chameleon Clock is a cool new iOS app that turns the iPad into an environment aware clock. The app utilizes the built in camera to show whatever scene is beyond it.

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Mikael Eidenberg’s Synth App

There are a few music editing and related apps for tablets, mainly the iPad currently available that feature decent design. However, there is nothing that even comes close to this concept designed by Mikael Eidenberg. His designs feature a dark ultra realistic approach, which feels very in sync with what we expect from music electronics. I whole heartedly agree with Beamer’s statement on iso50, if this project hits Kickstarter I am sure it will be an instant success.

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Binary Thumb beta-launched its new spreadsheet app called Grid last week. A app that aims to simplify and redefine how spreadsheets can be used. Easily allowing users to integrate maps, images, numbers and other data. Grid edges more towards a simplistic tool for making info graphics than a spreadsheet application, which is definitely what will really set them apart.

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Wim Crouwel – A Graphic Odyssey

Wim Crouwel is one of the most prodigious graphic designers in the history of the profession. So when I heard of the digital catalogue being put out by Unit Editions to accompany the recent exhibition of his work at the Design Museum in London of course I was ecstatic. Designed by Spin and edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy the catalogue is available for download from the Apple iTunes Store.

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