Sunday 13 February 2011

Single Purpose Apps

Single Purpose

I was reading a blog post by Lee Simpson a few days ago on the subject of simpler UI design and it got me thinking. Recently I’ve been really impressed with some of the new apps ( mobile & web ) that are coming into usage and there seems to be a trend. The trend seems to focus around doing a very particular task. Here’s four examples that spring to mind ( If you can think of anymore, I’d love to know about them in comments )

  • - Sharing application with a rather nice twist. No upload dialogue, just drag and drop files into the browser.
  • Teux Deux - Todo application that is minimal. List thing todo on day or someday.
  • Letterly - Publish a newsletter and charge people to subscribe to it.
  • Readability - Save things to read for later in a way that makes sense to you
  • Droplr - Share files from a mac by dropping onto an icon
  • About.Me - An about me page

It would have been easy to for anyone of these ideas to be part of a larger app, but they’re not. They exist in isolation doing one thing and doing them well. It makes me re-think a few things, especially one personal project that’s been lying around for a while -