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Function over design

Posted on 20th February, 2014 in Design, Development

Carl passed around this article on insider intercom.io a few days ago.

Whilst I agree with the overall point made by the article, I found myself thinking more about the example which introduces the article; 8 screens grabs of weather apps, with the phrase “Only one of these weather apps is attempting to solve the real problem.”

I’m fairly sure the author was using the Apple weather app as the example of function over design. To me the phrase “You should take your umbrella today” invites more questions than it actually solves problems.

When is it going to rain today? How heavy is the rain likely to be? How cold or warm is it?

I’m fairly sure the author was using the Apple weather app as the example of function over design.

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The screenshot above is the Aix Weather Widget I use on my phone.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.veierland.aix&hl=en_GB

This answers all of those questions as well as any weather app or forecast I’ve ever come across.

Thanks to this, I don’t need to watch the local weather forecast in the morning anymore. This app has changed the way I consume a small, yet very important bit of content every day.

How many apps or websites can say that?

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