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Comments (17) Posted 10.18.10 | PERMALINK | PRINT

The Editors

Design Observer Launches iPhone App


The Design Observer iPhone App, now available for FREE to all users on the App Store, offers a quick way to survey what's new every day at the world's leading online design journal. It provides a superior mobile reading experience for all articles and allows readers to easily browse a wealth of DO content by channel, by author or by topic. Our special Mondrian view offers users an innovative, immersive interface for visually exploring articles by key images.

iPhone App screenshots
Left: Design Observer iPhone App: most recent posts. Right: Mondrian view to visually browse posts

iPhone App screenshots
Design Observer iPhone App offers a variety of ways to find articles by channel (left) or author (right), as well as by topic, and you can easily save your favorite posts

The app was designed and developed by Small Planet Digital, a mobile application developer based in Brooklyn, NY. "It was a pleasure partnering with the Design Observer team on the project" said Small Planet CEO Gavin Fraser, "and we're quite happy with the results, especially with the implementation of the 'Mondrian' visual browser. We hope the good folks in the Design Observer reader community like using the app as much as we loved making it!"

Design Observer also gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Khoi Vinh, who advised on this project.

About Small Planet Digital:
Small Planet Digital is a professional services firm that specializes in game and application development for mobile devices, with a particular focus on the iPhone and iPad platforms. In addition to Design Observer, Small Planet's clients include Disney Publishing, General Motors, Paramount Pictures, Hearst Magazines, R/GA and others. Happily based in Brooklyn, NY, Small Planet offers full application planning, design and development services, in addition to application marketing services. For more information, feel free to reach out via email to info@smallplanet.com.
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Oops. You forgot a link to the app.
Stephen Coles
10.18.10 at 03:19

Stephen, the App is available at the iTunes Store. Just search Design Observer in Apps. Here is direct link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/design-observer/id394896830?mt=8
William Drenttel
10.18.10 at 08:03

Looks great, any plans for an Android app?
Hunter
10.18.10 at 10:37

Looking forward to exploring this app further, but why so much Arial? :)
Mjayasek
10.18.10 at 10:58

Hooray! but Android app please.
fontburger
10.18.10 at 02:34

I don't get this Android me too thing…

You know, the iPhone has been out for years. It's available all over the Americas, most of Asia, Australia/NZ, and even parts of Africa and the Middle East now. I think the N. American market share is near 50% followed by RIM then Nokia - but I could not find recent data. Probably higher. Oh, and what about the iPad? Another big market and growing.

Android phones have been out for, how long? A year? Last time I looked, it was 15% of the market (all users, Android OS is used for other devices too.)

Android early adopters… worse than Apple fan boys…
Mike
10.18.10 at 05:27

@Mike, Android is currently outselling iPhones
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/techchron/detail?entry_id=73855

Android is relevant. Now — what mobile OS to designers (the audience of this app) use? I don't know. I imagine it would skew more Apple.

But your argument that Android is insignificant doesn't hold water anymore. ——

Congrats on the app guys/gals!
Ricky Salsberry
10.18.10 at 08:04

Lovely work! Particularly like the scrolling on the nav down the bottom! Thanks for putting it together!
Nathanael Jeannneret
10.19.10 at 12:49

Yeah, where's the link? :)
ruthersish
10.19.10 at 03:04

Loving the app. One thing I'd like to see improved though is the 'share' option. When i tapped 'Twitter' I expected it to at least allow me to edit what the tweet said, but instead it just automatically tweeted the long URL with a standard (and therefore, unusefully vague) bit of text.
Daniel
10.19.10 at 05:10

On the Android front the issues for developers are many. First, the proliferation of devices makes it challenging to design for a standard screen size. Second, same reason, all the devices make it hard from a developer standpoint, whereas Apple is one size fits all. So while we know and respect there is another community out there, Apple has made it a much more developer friendly ecosystem. Hope that makes sense!

JR.
jeremy
10.19.10 at 10:18

Any chance of an iPad app?
Ps: please moderate the iPhone/Android bashing, it's not relevant.
Dave
10.20.10 at 05:30

Very well done! I would say it even surpasses the website. Thanks for this.
Peter
10.21.10 at 02:03

You have done a marvelous job! I am really inspired with your work.
saim
10.21.10 at 02:28

I'm currently exploring the app, which looks great and functions nicely. One thing I miss: an option to share via Instapaper.

Any hope of future implementation of that?
Nipperkin
10.22.10 at 12:56

Great App, I'm already a fan of the image surch - Mondrian, great aesthetics and fabulous idea.
Denise Cadete
10.25.10 at 09:29

So this info is only available thru iphone app?
Sandy Olson
10.25.10 at 03:11


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