Data + Design Project

WTHR: Smart Weather App in the Style of Dieter Rams

Thursday 06.28.2012 , Posted by

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. [Read more…]

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Ourcast: App Predicts Weather to the Minute

Monday 04.16.2012 , Posted by

If you have a football game to play Saturday, it’s not too hard to find out what the forecast will look like… just head to one of the many popular weather sites or apps and you’ll see if it’s going to be a perfect day or a mud bath. But, what if that game was in 2 hours? That becomes far more challenging to predict, especially down to your specific location.

Enter Ourcast, a free app launching April 18th, which is designed to accurately predict rain and snow in real-time up to 2-hours in the future. Why just two hours? Instead of focusing on what is easy to find – predicting if it will rain today – the app helps you know if that game, run or wedding in 2 hours is going to require a rain jacket or if your kids should walk to school. It’s just the useful and timely information you need when going outside… and it’s provided by people in your own community. [Read more…]

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The World Gets Swirly: Tracking Wind Data in Real-Time

Thursday 03.29.2012 , Posted by

It’s hard to imaging a visualization more beautiful than this new animated map of wind speeds across the continental U.S. Individual lines delicately weave their way across the land in Vincent van Gogh like fashion, tracing near real-time wind forecasts around the nation and giving us a mesmerizing view of everything from breezes to gales. [Read more…]

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