Friday, January 4th, 2013
Have You Seen The Sun?
I don’t know about you, but where I live, I haven’t seen the sun in days. In those dark and rainy days of winter, I like to look at other things that inspire me.
Geroldsee near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany
Everybody who knows me at least one bit, might have realized that I’m a design nut. I love icon design, user interfaces, conceptual navigation and generally lust after some perfectly crafted pixels. So this post will be dedicated to one of my favorite web apps that just recently received a major update and boasts one of the most stunning implementations of Adam Whitcroft’s (@adamwhitcroft) Climacons.
Sun is a beautiful weather app designed by Jakob Henner. The previous version was powered by Google’s weather API, which since has been retired. The new Sun rises (mind the pun!) through weather data provided by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and offers a brand new forecast view, some easy-to-learn gestures, several color themes, sounds and animations.
What I probably love the most about the app, besides the beautiful, hand-crafted pixels, is the fact that depending on the color theme you’ve chosen, the app icon on the homescreen changes its colors too. Loading the new colors takes a little but on those dull, drizzly days, I enjoy those 3 extra seconds to switch from a stunning blue with hints of orange to a bright and sunny egg-yolk.
The forecast view, like the rest of the app, is drop-dead gorgeous. Very subtle gradients, a beautiful grid pattern and a detailed forecast with temperatures and wind speeds for the next couple of days, all revealed with a simple tap.
To install the app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, simply browse to: pattern.dk/sun/ on your iDevice and add it to your homescreen. You won’t regret it.
What is your favorite web app?
Where do you find inspiration?
Let me know in the comments.
P.S. Don’t forget the #blackjanuarysale on prints, framed prints and gallery wraps!