Patatap: a New Portable Animation and Sound App for Making Musical Graphics Anywhere

Curator: Leta Sobierajski
date: July 11, 2014
Categories: Design in Music, Entertainment Design, Experience Design
Tags: App, Design, mobile, music, user experience
Patatap is a portable animation and sound kit created by Jono Brandel and Lullatone. The concept is incredibly simple: press a key on your keyboard, and a colorful animation appears on your screen. There are different color palettes, each with their own unique set of sounds, that resemble a visual drum pad with versatile melodies and colorful geometric graphics. Even better, Patatapis now an iOS app, so you can create music even if you aren’t at your computer.

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Fuse: Skout

Curator: Katie Dill
date: June 27, 2014
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: App, Digital Design, ux
Despite all of the other chat apps out there, this is my favorite at the moment. It’s not Yo, it’s not Slingshot, it's not SnapChat—it’s Fuse! Fuse uses the contact list on your phone and it lets you make groups where you can share posts and comments. The magic is that you can give every post a “fuse”, a timer of ten, five or three mins. Once the timer ends, the image disappears forever. It creates a playful sense of urgency, delight and mystery.
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The Appedition: Kickstarter

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 28, 2014
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app
The app that makes ideas like yours happen—Kickstarter.
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The Appedition: Headspace

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 25, 2014
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app

Mindfulness is so hot right now. Mind you, reading recent research and diving into the multi-thousand year thinking on the matter, it’s a wonder why it wasn’t always so hot right now. The dark ages lasted a long time.


There are many yoga, meditation and Zen apps but Headspace does one of the best jobs of easing someone into a new meditation practice. And if you work in a similar industry to me then a little mind chill-time every day is critical. I’m nearly a year into almost-daily meditation. It doesn’t make you crazy-proof (New York winters, pitches and pitches during New York winters are tough adversaries) but you’ll develop very useful skills—you’ll better catch yourself when you’re judging or telling yourself stories or comparing or worrying or not listening properly.

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The Appedition: Zite

Curator: Mark Pollard
date: February 20, 2014
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: App, mobile app, mobile website app
Zite is the Giant App Slayer. It will change your life. And, by “it will change your life,” I mean it made a slight difference to mine but in the tradition of dramatic, first-person writing I will project myself onto you and then get all hyperbolic about it.
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