A straw poll, generally speaking, is a vote with non mandatory results. In this case, it’s the name of an online app that lets you create tiny daily polls in 140 characters or less, using your own Twitter account.
The nice thing about this app it’s that you can vote but also add your motivation: we’re beginning to feel kind of bored with anonymous polls.
It’s beautiful when background images help you to make out the meaning of websites you’re visiting, creating a nice visual experience but also providing you an information. In this case the many coloured threads woven in a tidy rope perfectly highlight the mission of FeedStitch, an online application that lets you
pull data feeds from all over the web & stitch them into a single feed of awesome.
Your Flowing Data is a great online app that lets you record personal data using Twitter’s direct messagge.
The project scope is simple: if you start collecting and registering tiny facts of your life every day, later you will be able to analyze the choices and behaviours your data will reveal. There are different kinds of visualizations available: Calendar, Tree map, Cloud, Time Series.
Connect-A-Sketch is a design tool that lets you create clickable prototypes from your wireframes and sketches. Its website displays a compact, streamlined, inspirational sign-in form: all the fields are incorporated in a gray arrow element laying on a textile pattern background. The log-in button, arrow-shaped too, stands out in the whole composition and enhances the feel of dynamism inherent to the whole log in box.
Unfortunately Connect-A-Sketch is currently in closed Beta: hope the open sign-up will come very soon.
Thumbtack is an online marketplace for local services,
a free way to find new clients and manage the ones you already have. Just post your service once, and we’ll take care of the rest. Your service page will go live on Thumbtack instantly.
I love the double-decker search form that allows one to switch from the services offering to the wanted ads view in a simply, intuitive way. Fields and labels are cut to the minimum so that the result is at most readable, while a vast range of choiches are given to those who want to refine their search results.
Round-edged textfields and pleasantly colourful tabs convey a soft, good, warm feel.
Since I’m blogging, my Twitter’s contacts are growing in a freakish way. In a while, using Peepnote, an online application developed to keep your peeps (which is this app’s lingo for Twitter’s following) organized, will be more necessary than useful.
I love the interface’s vibrant colors and the warm appeal of the whole design, but what I really think work fine in Peepnote it’s the sign-in button.
The way my brain processed the button’s visual presence might have been, more or less, the following:
- it’s clearly the biggest button on the scene so its size tells me, even before reading anything, that’s the one that makes the whole thing going;
- it displays Twitter’s logo so this stuff is evidently Twitter related
- Am I a Twitter interested person? Sure I am. So, let’s see what it’s all about.
So here you are the true story about how I’ve got hooked into using Peepnotes.
To be true, we should rename this category “menu & navigation systems“, so don’t worry if you find this post slightly off-topic.
For now, I just want to show you this clever navigation system implemented by OnTheRoad.
OnTheRoad is essentially an online travel journal that lets you to keep trace of your trips uploading, via mobile or email, your journey’s memories, photos, vids as soon as you write/shoot them . So you can share your experiences immediately with your friends and they’ll be able to track your route all over the world. A smart nice app, isn’t it?
What I like the most is the single trip menu navigation.
You can start by clicking one of the pins on the map that will pulse gently while contents in the right frame scroll down untill they reach the corresponding journey step. Or you can opt for scanning the chronological list of events using the arrows on the top left corner or the marks on the top page slider (every single mark stands for a single stage and the length of the following segment is proportional to the time spent thereby). Regardless of your choice, all the navigation tools will update in sync at every interaction in a smart way.
Zcope is an online tool for tasks and projects management. The navigation menu is a variation on the classic “buttons menu”; in this case an arrow connects the selected item to the contents and leads user’s look downward.
Intervals is an online tool for project management and time tracking. The price of the product is a quite simple table, but with a very useful mouse over that highlights both rows and columns and thus greatly facilitates the reading of data.
The button to activate Babel With Me (a beautiful and useful chat service that allows simultaneous translation in 45 different languages) is huge and clearly stands out.
Color Hunter is a very useful application that lets you search palette and colors from an image or a hexadecimal code. Useful in the initial stage of product concept.
After defining your palette, you can use Checkmycolours to analyze the color contrast of your web page according to W3C specification.