Snapchat
	by Snapchat, Inc.
	
	Snapchat is a photo sharing app for Android and iPhone. The images you take can be sent to friends, for whom they are displayed for only the time you allow. Images are not accessible after they’ve been viewed.

There are 2 main interactions to this app: sending and receiving. Depending on which side you’re on dictates certain aspects of the product - it’s a medium for communicating, but also a product to consume content created by your friends. I’m marking this one in the middle for the few traits where this create/consume dynamic exists.

From the project page:


  Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears.
  
  The allure of fleeting messages reminds us about the beauty of friendship - we don’t need a reason to stay in touch.


	
	
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	Is it a medium or a product?in the middle 
	Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f) 
	Is it for communication or control?Communication (f) 
	Does it have potential for creation or power?Creation (f) 
	Is it expressive or instrumental?Expressive (f) 
	What’s more important flexibility or speed?Speed (b) 
	Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Efficiency (b) 
	Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Sharing (f) Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?In the middle 
	Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?In the middle 
	Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f)

Snapchat

by Snapchat, Inc.

Snapchat is a photo sharing app for Android and iPhone. The images you take can be sent to friends, for whom they are displayed for only the time you allow. Images are not accessible after they’ve been viewed.

There are 2 main interactions to this app: sending and receiving. Depending on which side you’re on dictates certain aspects of the product - it’s a medium for communicating, but also a product to consume content created by your friends. I’m marking this one in the middle for the few traits where this create/consume dynamic exists.

From the project page:

Snapchat is a new way to share moments with friends. Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears.

The allure of fleeting messages reminds us about the beauty of friendship - we don’t need a reason to stay in touch.

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Vine
	by Vine Labs
	
	Vine is an iPhone app that allows the recording of 6 second videos, which can be shared across various social networks.

From the app page:


  Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.


From the project page:


  Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special.


	
	
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	Is it a medium or a product?Medium (f) 
	Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f), for video production and sharing 
	Is it for communication or control?Communication (f) 
	Does it have potential for creation or power?Creation (f) 
	Is it expressive or instrumental?Expressive (f) 
	What’s more important flexibility or speed?Speed (b) 
	Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?In the middle 
	Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Sharing (f) Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Consume (b) 
	Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?Exploring (f), the Vine feed allows you to see vines made by other users 
	Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f), within a framework provided by social media and your iPhone camera

Vine

by Vine Labs

Vine is an iPhone app that allows the recording of 6 second videos, which can be shared across various social networks.

From the app page:

Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.

From the project page:

Posts on Vine are about abbreviation — the shortened form of something larger. They’re little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life. They’re quirky, and we think that’s part of what makes them so special.

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I Wish This Was
by Candy Chang
Inspired by empty store fronts, Candy Chang created stickers to allow local residents of a neighborhood in New Orleans to voice their desire for new services in their community. It began as a part of a gallery exhibit, and now has spread across the world.
From the project page:

I Wish This Was was inspired by vacant storefronts. There are many where Candy lives in New Orleans. There are also many people who need and want things. Who knows a place better than the people who live and work there? We know what businesses and services we need, and we know what would make our neighborhoods more ours. What if we could easily voice what we want, where we want it?
As an experiment, Candy created fill-in-the-blank stickers that say “I wish this was ____.” She placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers and a permanent marker on vacant storefronts, so anyone walking by could fill one out. The stickers are vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property.

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Is it a medium or a product?Medium (f), for community residents to communicate.
Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f)
Is it for communication or control?Communication (f)
Does it have potential for creation or power?Creation (f)
Is it expressive or instrumental?Expressive (f)
What’s more important flexibility or speed?Flexibility (f)
Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Efficiency (b)
Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Sharing (f) 
Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Integrate (f)
Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?Exploiting (b), exploit is a bit harsh but it does make use of a resource provided by the community.
Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f)

I Wish This Was

by Candy Chang

Inspired by empty store fronts, Candy Chang created stickers to allow local residents of a neighborhood in New Orleans to voice their desire for new services in their community. It began as a part of a gallery exhibit, and now has spread across the world.

From the project page:

I Wish This Was was inspired by vacant storefronts. There are many where Candy lives in New Orleans. There are also many people who need and want things. Who knows a place better than the people who live and work there? We know what businesses and services we need, and we know what would make our neighborhoods more ours. What if we could easily voice what we want, where we want it?

As an experiment, Candy created fill-in-the-blank stickers that say “I wish this was ____.” She placed boxes of free stickers in businesses around the city and posted grids of blank stickers and a permanent marker on vacant storefronts, so anyone walking by could fill one out. The stickers are vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property.

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#stickers #public #space #community #femme #large

Moves
	by ProtoGeo
	
	Moves is an iPhone app that passively tracks your exercise throughout the day. The timeline based interface emphasizes clarity, and the data display allows you to read your data via values such as time spent, steps walked, distance covered.

From the project page:


  Effortless
  
  Moves automatically records any walking, cycling and running you do. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag.
  
  Storyline
  
  Moves is an automatic diary of your life. Your daily storyline and maps show where, when and how much you move.


	
	
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	Is it a medium or a product?Medium (f), , acts as an intermediary, making exercise visible 
	Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f) 
	Is it for communication or control?Communication (f), , it imparts information 
	Does it have potential for creation or power?Power (b), , to change exercise habits  
	Is it expressive or instrumental?Instrumental (b) 
	What’s more important flexibility or speed?Flexibility (f) 
	Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Effectiveness (f) 
	Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?In the middle Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Integrate (f) 
	Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?Exploring (f) 
	Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f)

Moves

by ProtoGeo

Moves is an iPhone app that passively tracks your exercise throughout the day. The timeline based interface emphasizes clarity, and the data display allows you to read your data via values such as time spent, steps walked, distance covered.

From the project page:

Effortless

Moves automatically records any walking, cycling and running you do. The app is always on, so there’s no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag.

Storyline

Moves is an automatic diary of your life. Your daily storyline and maps show where, when and how much you move.

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#exercise #quantified self #femme

Exit Strategy
	by Jonathan and Ashley Wegener
	
	Exit Strategy NYC is a mobile app designed to help you navigate the MTA system. 
It includes exit information for each stop in the system, so that you can plan where to stand to get to your destination as quickly as possible. It also includes a variety of subway, bus, and neighborhood maps. 

TW: I love this app, been using it since it first came out. 

	
	
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	Is it a medium or a product?Product (b) 
	Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f) 
	Is it for communication or control?Control (b), your use of time in the subway. 
	Does it have potential for creation or power?Power (b), again to have more control over your time 
	Is it expressive or instrumental?Instrumental (b) 
	What’s more important flexibility or speed?Speed (b) 
	Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Efficiency (b) 
	Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Autonomy (b) Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Integrate (f) 
	Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?In the middle 
	Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f)

Exit Strategy

by Jonathan and Ashley Wegener

Exit Strategy NYC is a mobile app designed to help you navigate the MTA system. It includes exit information for each stop in the system, so that you can plan where to stand to get to your destination as quickly as possible. It also includes a variety of subway, bus, and neighborhood maps.

TW: I love this app, been using it since it first came out.

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#app #mta #nyc #butch

Sleep Time
by Azumio
Sleep Time is an app for iPhone + Android.
From the project page:

Sleep Time by Azumio is an alarm clock that monitors and analyzes your sleep cycles to wake you up in the lightest sleep phase, allowing you to wake feeling rested and relaxed. Utilizing the iPhones accelerometer, Sleep Time by Azumio, senses your subtle movements throughout the night and graphs your sleep cycles.

Everyone goes through a number of deep sleep and light sleep phases during the night. Depending on the phase you are in when you are woken, you either feel relaxed and rested or tired and irritable. Sleep Time by Azumio monitors your sleep phases and will alert you during a 30- minute window that you define at your lightest sleep cycle ensuring you feel great every morning.

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Is it a medium or a product?Product (b)
Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f)
Is it for communication or control?Control (b)
Does it have potential for creation or power?Power (b)
Is it expressive or instrumental?Instrumental (b)
What’s more important flexibility or speed?Flexibility (f)
Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Effectiveness (f)
Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Autonomy (b)
Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Integrate (f)
Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?Exploiting (b)
Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Empower (f)

Sleep Time

by Azumio

Sleep Time is an app for iPhone + Android.

From the project page:

Sleep Time by Azumio is an alarm clock that monitors and analyzes your sleep cycles to wake you up in the lightest sleep phase, allowing you to wake feeling rested and relaxed. Utilizing the iPhones accelerometer, Sleep Time by Azumio, senses your subtle movements throughout the night and graphs your sleep cycles.
Everyone goes through a number of deep sleep and light sleep phases during the night. Depending on the phase you are in when you are woken, you either feel relaxed and rested or tired and irritable. Sleep Time by Azumio monitors your sleep phases and will alert you during a 30- minute window that you define at your lightest sleep cycle ensuring you feel great every morning.

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Interaction Design Awards 2013
by IXDA
The Interaction Design Awards are a showcase of the discipline of Interaction Design. While looking through projects to post on this site, I found their categories interesting in the way they line up with traits I’m using to describe projects here.
So, I thought I’d categorize their categories. Seems like the awards skew femme, which may just be true of Interaction Design as a whole, but still represents a couple of butch characteristics.
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ConnectingFacilitating communication between people and communities.- femme, as it relations to communication and sharing
DisruptingRe-imagining completely an existing product or service by creating new behaviors, usages or markets.- butch, as it relates to transcending current norms and frameworks
EmpoweringHelping people to do things they otherwise couldn’t do.- femme, helping/empowering people through/with technology
EngagingCapturing attention, creating delight and delivering meaning.- femme, the projects in this category lean towards shared experience
ExpressingEnabling self expression and/or creativity.- femme, concerned with expression and creation
OptimizingMaking daily activities more efficient.- butch, promotes efficiency 

Interaction Design Awards 2013

by IXDA

The Interaction Design Awards are a showcase of the discipline of Interaction Design. While looking through projects to post on this site, I found their categories interesting in the way they line up with traits I’m using to describe projects here.

So, I thought I’d categorize their categories. Seems like the awards skew femme, which may just be true of Interaction Design as a whole, but still represents a couple of butch characteristics.

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#ixda #awards #categories #balanced

21 Balancoires

by Daily tous les jours

From the project page:

An exercise in musical cooperation.

21 Balançoires is a giant collective instrument, a game where together we achieve better things than separately.

When in motion, each of the 21 swings in the series triggers different notes and, when used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.

This project won Best in Show at the 2013 IXDA awards. The video above highlights members of the jury discussing some of the ways the IXDA believes that this project best represents interaction design as it stands today. 

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Paper


by FiftyThree

Paper by FiftyThree is a drawing application for the iPad. Recently, it won Best in Category: Expressing at the IXDA 2013 awards.

From their website:

Paper was designed from the ground up for touch and creating on the go. It keeps you in the flow with no fussy buttons, settings or other distractions. Paper works the way you think, like a familiar notebook or journal. Have all of your ideas with you in one place.’

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#drawing #app #expression #creation #femme

Dark Sky
by The Dark Sky Company
Dark sky is a weather app for iPhone + iPad.
It features up-to-the minute weather information communicated via color-considered radar animations and simple messaging.
Full disclosure: I use this app nearly every day, its so precise [most days]!
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Is it a medium or a product?Product (b)
Is it a tool or a weapon?Tool (f)
Is it for communication or control?In the middle
Does it have potential for creation or power?Power (b), knowledge = power.
Is it expressive or instrumental?Expressive (f), the graphics express the makers understanding of information design.
What’s more important flexibility or speed?Speed (b)
Is it concerned with effectiveness or efficiency?Effectiveness (f), a lot of time and energy was spent to convey short-term information very well.
Does it facilitate sharing or grant autonomy?Autonomy (b)
Is it meant to integrated with life or to be consumed?Consume (b), weather information
Is it for exploring the world or or exploiting potential?Exploiting (b), of weather satellites
Does it empower a user within a framework or transcend above one? Transcend (b)

Dark Sky

by The Dark Sky Company

Dark sky is a weather app for iPhone + iPad.

It features up-to-the minute weather information communicated via color-considered radar animations and simple messaging.

Full disclosure: I use this app nearly every day, its so precise [most days]!

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#weather #app #data viz #butch