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The Sunday Times Apps List

In this weekends Sunday Times is ‘The App List’ the first installment of a 2 part supplement detailing 500 of the worlds finest applications. The categories inside part 1 include Social Networking, News, Business, Sport, Cars, Games, Fashion and Beauty, Shopping and Weddings, Food, Drink, Reference, Personal Finance, Babies and Families.

The article begins by announcing the winner of the 10 billionth app download… Gail Davis from Orpington, Kent who downloaded the app ‘Paper Glider’ and bagged herself £10,000 to spend on iTunes. Then goes on to talk about the astonishing speed at which Apple has reached that point, having only launched the apple apps platform in July 2008. Revenue generated this year from the sale of apps is estimated to be over $15 billion and the market is set to just keep growing and growing.

A couple of favorites from the list that we haven’t already downloaded include; ‘Camera Alert’ a speed camera warning device, ‘Parkdroid’ an app that stores your parking space on GPS so you know where you have parked.

What we would like to see on the market in the near future is a banking app from HSBC and a Barclay Card one too that’s as good as their website.

Here at Lucid we have a number of very exciting apps projects in development, look out for more on this soon.

The Sunday Times Online – Goes Alone

So the Sunday Times has gone solo and now has its own web presence entirely separate from the Times and which can only be viewed fully if you are a subscribing member. Yet another nod to the movement of the digital age and a world of iPad filled train carriages and departures lounges.

From a design point of view though, the new Sunday Times site is safe. Its a very well structured, white space content portal style site. White is quite rightly the chosen color for content rich websites that people are going to be spending a lot of time reading and so is naturally what you would assume the Times to use on this newly launched site. I mean when was the last time you picked up a book that was black with white writing in….. exactly. However on the other hand, where the user is not reading why not be more daring, make more of the imagery and move away from white space?

I think the graphic design department at The Times is great and they produce some really good quality work. But I would like to see some engaging solutions used throughout websites like this in the near future. Especially in areas such as photography, the Sunday Times Magazine always has a great world photography section. A digital archive of all the photography ever featured would be great to see.