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David Elgena created this beautiful Braun/Dieter Rams inspired weather iphone app called Wthr. The app is very nicely done and I’d say it’s definitely worth downloading from the App Store.
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Skeuomorphism done right
Inspired by Braun / Dieter Rams on an entirely superficial level. What’s innovative, honest, or unobtrusive about this? To echo Rams’ famous principle: “good design is as little design as possible.”
It’s a shame there’s not a “Totally Fucking Scorching Hot” designation for the weather we’ll have in Chicago tomorrow. It’s supposed to be 103. Gross.
@MG33 Ha! The problem with this weather app in Portland is that it’ll always say its raining.
Inspired more by the products themselves, than the ethos behind them. But nonetheless really pretty; if you’re going to do skeuomorphism, do it like this.
Has anyone else experienced that this app will turn on…but never turn off your location services on the iphone?
Yes. I love the design but the app is useless since it’s written poorly and that location services bug is a huge oversight/failure.
“Good design is as little design as possible.” – exactly, and this is not as little design as possible. It is decorative design with skeuomorphic elements. The driver for this UI is a warm retro effect and slight resemblance with Braun devices. But these Braun products were physically implying what they were doing, not mimicking physical appearance under a glass surface.
Check out Solar, a weather app that has actually “as little design as possible”. I am not a fan of apps with invisible gestures you have to learn first. But in this case the gestures are intuitive and easy to adopt.
I am a developer of the iPhone productivity app Steps. We used the same principles of reduced design, without sacrificing usability by leaving away clues of the user interface.
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