In so many ways Dieter Rams had it right with his 10 Principles of Good Design… and this weather app based on those principles gets a lot of things right too. Designed in the light, purposeful style of Rams’ work for Braun, the app features just the information you need and provides it all on one intuitive screen. With the white iPhone shown here, the clean aesthetic of the design is just gorgeous.
The app, designed by David Elgen and called WTHR, features an upper dial which displays the general state of the weather using bright and intuitive icons (or Climacons) designed by Adam Whitcroft. The 7 day forecast bar at the bottom features the daily minimum and maximum temperatures, along with the day of the week and the daily “Climacons”. The bridge between serves to connect the two readouts providing the current state of the weather.
When it comes to controls and options, the app keeps it simple: a refresh button and a switch for Celsius and Fahrenheit temperatures are the only main controls. To further keep things simple the app finds its location using a global geo-location weather API. This makes the app specifically useful for on the spot, current location weather… so you aren’t going to look up the weather 4 towns over, but that’s part of its charm. Interested in checking out WTHR? You can find it in the Apple App Store for just $0.99.