For when you are exhausted from travelling and need a bigger push to wake-up in the morning.
Alarm clock Wake N Shake has recently updated with a completely redesigned interface to make it minimalist in-line with iOS7, and a pleasure to use and look at… while maintaining its evil, merciless way of waking people up. Animations like a starry night sky fade-in to help users doze off. They also added animated Zzz’s that float away randomly when users take a nap. Other subtleties like having the minutes digits “drain” as seconds go by.
You can’t snooze nor turn down the volume and you must shale your device to turn the alarm off. Likely quite effective as long as you don’t throw your iPhone across the room.
Flying is an iPhone app for all your air travel. The app allows you to keep track of all your flights and receive useful information such as the departure time, terminal and gate number, your airtime, and more. It also features an interesting social aspect where you can follow your friends’ flights and if you find yourselves in the same city have a meet-up. It looks quite promising, especially for the frequent flyer.
I think it’s a bit hard to read but my wife absolutely loves CloqWork, an illustrated clock app where the time is shown using animated flowers thrown by a small cute character at the bottom of the screen. She’s only had it a short time but the only time the app. hasn’t been running is the few times she has sent an email. Looks great. CloqWork iPhone Clock App.
Inspired by the wrist watch designs of Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs, D-Clock is an analogue watch with alarm and calendar, which maintains in software, the simplicity and function of the original designers work. It has all the usual alarm setting and sounds but I love how you set the clock and alarm by moving the hands. Very intuitive. I have a thing for clocks on the iPhone and this is thus far my favorite. D-Clock iPhone App.
Though Google maps is just about my favourite app in the world I am pretty excited to see the beautiful images that the new National Geographic’s World Atlas app has. Great fun viewing your location in antique view and sitting with the kids introducing them to various points around the world (things you used to do with a globe or print atlas).
The Atlas enables you to search the globe three ways: using the “antique” view, the classic ocean or political view, and the Satellite view which, working with Microsoft Bing mapping, enables you to zoom to street or backyard levels. The GPS functionality allows you to find your place with the map, and you can also use the built-in searchable index of over 6 million places to build customized maps with pins and photos.
Works with iPhone and iPod touch but requires OS 2.0.
In my work I derive huge satisfaction from creating discrete shape and color palettes and then writing algorithms that assemble the pieces into randomized, whole compositions. Chance is not always pretty, but it is fun. Take a walk, or rather design, in my shoes. -Joshua Davis
Create art that looks like what Joshua Davis would create. Reflect, an iPhone application released last year from one of the original web design rock stars Joshua Davis, encourages participants to explore the world of algorithmic art from the comfort of their iPhone. The app. gives you the ability to work with shapes and colors and then view them through a reflective kaleidoscopic. As each generated piece is relatively different, it effectively turns your iPhone into your own personal gallery of original art. This is a great way to exercise your creativity and/or pass some time with a fun activity during an idle moment. Reflect by Joshua Davis
iBonsai is one of the most beautiful iPhone applications I’ve come across. The app. simulates the art of growing Japanese Bonsai trees which when finished can be rotated in 3D and saved as your wallpaper. Simple. Coupled with the iBonsais’ ambient music this is a great way to capture 30 seconds of relaxation.
A delightful diversion while waiting to board.
Perfect for the traveling photographer and those seeking the sun, DaylightCal visualises the duration, angle and quality of sunlight wherever you are. Combining worldwide weather data and astronomical data, the application shows you how much daylight you will have on any given day in any location – and what quality it will have. I love the aesthetic. DaylightCal by Bureau for Visual Affairs
Finance apps. don’t get much more attractive than this. Moneybook for iPhone is a simple and intuitive way to track your finances. It features recurring monthly expenses, progress over the previous months, beautiful graphics and the ability to add notes for your expenses. It’s simplicity comes at the expense of some critical details, like multiple currency support and custom categories, which make it a no go for me. It you can live with it’s limited capabilities, it’s beautiful UI just might make managing your finances on the go fun.
Image is from the Paris soundwalk.
A unique location-based urban soundtrack offering a unique portrayal of Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Narration is provided by the three greatest icons of Chinese Cinema: Gong Li for Beijing, Shu Qi for Hong Kong and Joan Chen for Shanghai.
Soundwalk has taken the audio tour to it’s logical next step with it’s iPhone applications developed in collaboration with Clicmobile. They feature interactive maps using geo-localization, real time walking itinerary, practical information about the locations visited, and more as you explore the cityscape guided by the voice of an iconic figure from the neighborhood.
Though having Joan Chen show me Shanghai in person would be fantastic, these urban soundtracks are almost the next best thing and a fun way to explore a city. Louis Vuitton Soundwalk: Shanghai