Digital Team

27th May 2016

TEN THINGS TEVIOT: Apps

by Kirsten Murray, Senior Designer

With a choice of over 1.6 million apps to download, there’s no shortage of apps to help you take up all the precious storage space on your phone. In the first of our new series ‘Ten Things Teviot’, we take a look at the apps we can’t live without.

1. Airbnb – Kirsten Murray, Senior Designer

Airbnb

One minute you’re sleeping in a tree house in the Costa Rican rainforest; the next you’re arriving at your yurt on a Californian farm – all booked with a few clicks on your phone. In-app features such as the ability to download your itinerary, create lists of favorite abodes, and message hosts, makes it a dream to use. Thanks to Airbnb, anyone can turn any space into bookable accommodation for travellers, which has revolutionised the travel accommodation industry. And who better to demonstrate this than the agency behind Airbnb’s rebrand? DesignStudio turned part of their office space into an Airbnb listing to help them win the business. Well played DesignStudio, well played.

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2. Overcast – Andy Jamieson, Designer

Overcast Logo

I listen to tons of podcasts and the best app for them is Overcast. It’s got a clean, simple, and tasteful design that’s easy to use and never gets in the way of the listening experience. Even better, it has some really nice features, such as Smart Speed, which gets rid of silent moments and dead air in your podcasts. Another feature, Voice Boost, normalises the volume on both ends of a conversation so no one is too loud or too quiet. Another top feature for me is the web interface so I can listen on my computer while working away.

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3. Paper Camera – Steve Christie, Agency Development Director

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I love photography and I’ve got various digi and lomo cameras at home but I love the effects you can get on smartphones as well and Paper Camera is one of my favourites. The filters work with still images and video and there are quite a few, of the kind you don’t get on more standard platforms such as Instagram. If you loved the sketch style of A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ video (and frankly, why wouldn’t you?) or see what your world would look like if it’s a bit more ‘Sin City’, this is the app for you. It’s not perfect, it’s a bit clunky in places but it’s good fun.

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4. Pinterest – Kat Summers, Designer

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I love Pinterest! For on the go inspiration and ideas on anything that pops to mind when I’m on the commute, it’s great having it all there, typography, fashion ideas, recipes. Before, I would have folders and folders of ‘inspiration’ on my desktop and it wasn’t a very easy way of finding stuff – it’s so good having it all categorised online. It can sometimes be overwhelming though and I’m sure I could spend whole evenings on it if I didn’t stop myself!

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5. Spotify – Chris Muir, Senior Designer

Spotify

Anything you ever wanted to listen to whenever and wherever you want it, does it get better than that? I use this a lot. On my cycle commute everyday, in the car, at home plugged into earphones or through speakers. It’s with me everywhere. The user experience is good and simple considering the vastness of the content. The filtering and recommendation features are pretty accurate. I love it.

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6. Strava – Ed Vickers, Senior Agency Director 

Strava

As well as a pretty serious cyclist I’m a bit of a stats geek too. Where would I be without Strava? No only does it keep track of all my data from rides, the usual, distance time elevation etc., but paired with my Garmin bike computer a whole world of other data is available to you including Heart Rate, Power Output and a plethora of training tools. Add in segments (parts of your routes ridden or ran by others) to compete for the fastest time, or just beat your own PB’s and you have everything you’ll ever need to improve your fitness and have some fun at the same time.

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7. Wunderlist – Ross McAulay, Designer

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At the moment my life would fail to work if it wasn’t for simple to-do-lists and Wunderlist ticks all the boxes (no pun intended) and then some. Currently living in different cities 5 days a week while we relocate, my wife and I use Wunderlist religiously for everything and anything – shopping, general day-to-day, DIY tasks, kids social lives, etc. It was a huge game changer while we were planning for our recent wedding, with its shared lists and folder interface. It is extremely easy to use and above all else; there is something extremely satisfying about ticking the box once a task is completed.

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8. Audio Recorder – Kristian Labak, Creative Director

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I’m a big fan of single action apps – the one I use most being the in-built ‘Audio Recorder’ on Android. I’m a songwriter so when inspiration strikes (sometimes in the most inappropriate of places) and I want something quick to record an idea, I can hit simply open and click the big red record button, then whisper a cringe-worthy off-key melody down the phone in a public toilet or on a busy tram. Cue weird looks.

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9. FitBit – Vicki Baty, Digital Account Manager

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I recently decided to buy a FitBit to try and coax myself into doing more exercise and, now that I’m getting married next year, there is even more reason to get the steps up to fit into that perfect dress! I have been really impressed with the FitBit app and have found it super useful. I often have trouble sleeping and the ability to monitor your sleep is particularly interesting. It also integrates well with other apps such as myfitness pal, so if you are logging your calories it will pull it into the FitBit app and can keep track of everything in one place. You can also add a bit of a competitive edge to your workouts and challenge your friends, which really helps to give that little bit of extra motivation!

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10. Adobe Color – Jim Ramsay, Senior Designer

AdobeKuler

I just love this easy to use, yet highly intuitive app. Simply snap a pic and the app creates an instant colour palette (including HEX codes and RGB breakdowns). Even better, the palette is automatically synced to your Creative Cloud – allowing you to save it for future use in Photoshop, Illustrator and, of course, InDesign. So the next time you see a gorgeous sunset or walk through an autumnal landscape and think ‘wouldn’t that make an ace colourway’ just point, snap and you’ve got it! Download these colourtastic little beauty for free!

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Kirsten Murray, Senior Designer

TEN THINGS TEVIOT: Apps

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