We’ve been making great progress from both design and development on our four core utilities for Ubuntu on phones so, while we are iterating these concepts, we thought this was a good time to share more of the inspiration behind the apps designs. This helps us keep our goals in sight, not only on the design side but throughout development.
It’s morning. An alarm sounds. I turn over. I look at the clock. It’s going to be a busy day. I get out of bed.
I shower. I finish showering. I wonder what I should wear. I wonder what I will I do at the weekend. I check the weather.
It’s lunch time. We go to a restaurant. We pay. We work out the bill.
It’s evening. I check my todo list. I check my calendar. I’ve got a date. I send a message.
It’s night. I check the weather. I check my calendar. I check the time.
Without something to support these daily routines we think we’d be lost entirely, and we don’t think we’re alone in that!
The opportunity with the Clock, Weather, Calculator and Calendar apps on the Ubuntu phone is to create a consistent experience which impacts the daily lives of our users. A suite of apps that are used as part of a daily ritual; sophisticated, consistent and content focussed.
An alarm sounds. I turn over. I look at the clock.
The Clock app
I wonder what I should wear.
The Weather app
We work out the bill.
The Calculator app
I check my todo list. I check my calendar.
The Calendar app
When we design and build an app, we always have a key story in mind. Whenever we think “oh it’d be really cool if…” we remind ourselves of this story; therefore it helps us to produce an app that is simple, streamlined and delightful to use.
“Ubuntu rituals” inspired the concept of these four apps and we will use this to guide us through further iterations of both design and development.
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