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Kickstarting: AppSeed Turns Your Sketches Into Apps

THROUGH THE MAGIC OF COMPUTER VISION, THIS IPHONE TOOLKIT SOLVES THE DIGITAL DISCONNECT BETWEEN SKETCHING AN APP AND TURNING IT INTO A WORKING PROTOTYPE.

Digitizing an idea into an app can be a tricky, technically complicated process, but a new toolkit called AppSeed aims to change all of that, bringing your sketches to life by turning drawings into functional apps.

Created by Adam Leon and Greg Goralski, AppSeed was born out of a frustration. While traditional pen-and-paper brainstorming process is a fluid and dynamic way to sketch out an app, there’s no equally fluid way to make a functional prototype. “Sketching is simply the fastest way to test ideas and visually brainstorm, but even so, it’s difficult to get a sense of the app experience,” Goralski tells Co.Design. “What’s missing from a sketch is a sense of context and behavior.”

via Co.Design | business + design.

Shadow: A Beautiful App That Tracks Your Dreams

Shadow is an app that helps you record and remember your dreams. At its most basic level, Shadow is an alarm clock that gradually wakes users up by increasing the volume and vibration. This allows users to gently rise from sleep, which increases the likelihood of them remembering their dreams.

It’s a morning ritual: The alarm goes off, we groggily open our eyes, and promptly forget everything that passed through our brains during the night. It’s estimated that we forget 95 percent of our dreams within five minutes of waking up, meaning we lose the bulk of the the weird and potentially insightful stuff we think about while asleep. There are ways to abate that, but none are ideal. Dream journals are high-maintenance and just a little too new age, and the apps available leave much to be desired from an interaction and design standpoint. But Shadow, a new app recently launched on Kickstarter for funding, could be a convenient and beautifully designed solution to the problem of forgetting our dreams.

via Wired Design.