thermometr - A minimal weather app
So I've had this idea for a while. I wanted to create an extremely minimal android app. I was inspired by the Roboto font in ICS and up and just the sheer minimalism of Holo. The solid colors were a refreshing look after using iOS.
I started by looking at what already existed in the market. I looked in both the App Store and the Play Store. I noticed that many of these apps provided a lot of excess information for what they were intended for. Personally, I check the weather just by what the temperature is. The temperature outside is one of the most important things to know. The temperature can sometimes get drowned out by colors, icons, useless data that you don't care about, and you have to look for it rather than glance at it.
What I attempted to accomplish with thermometr is to remove all of the excess. I'm putting traditional weather apps on a diet to actually complete that New Year's resolution so to speak. I started from scratch. What did I want? An app that would easily display the information I needed as fast as possible. I took the information I needed, the temperature, and made it the main point.
I surrounded the temperature in a solid colored circle that would change its color depending on the temperature. This allows for the ability to glance and see, based on the color, what you need. In my own use, the temperature decides what I wear that day. It controls whether or not I bring a jacket with me, wear flip-flops, etc. By simply glancing and seeing that the color is red, I know to dress lightly, whereas if it's blue, I know to dress warmer. This feature allows for quicker use, and no distraction.
For the settings, it's very simple. The only things you can adjust are your current location and whether or not the degrees read in Fahrenheit or Celsius. While I am not happy with the settings page at the moment, it is a key feature of the app. By simply tapping the refresh button, the application finds your location and weather data and updates as needed. The Fahrenheit/Celsius toggle is a normal feature to change the information.
Wow that settings screen is godawful. It's too late tonight for me to mess with it, but I plan on updating it, it's hideous.
As much as I love this design I've created, I don't know a lick of Java, and I have no clue how to make apps, I just like designing stuff. If anyone wants to try and make it, just let me know, I'd be glad to work with you.
Thanks all for checking this out!