The 21 Best-Designed Apps Of 2013

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There were 50 bajillion apps released last year, at least according to Apple. Buried in that pile of steaming, microtransaction-driven zombie-laden garbage, we found a few stellar pieces of software that question the limitations of user interface as we know it. These are the lovingly designed apps that are pushing the entire medium forward, raising the bar for what software can be.

 

So please, explore the gallery above to see our picks for the best apps of the year. As with any roundup, we’ve undoubtedly made some oversights. So we encourage all of you to share your favorite apps of 2013 in the comments.

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Wednesday Round-up

December 18th

Alright if you’ve never read a wednesday round- up before here’s the situation: a lot of stuff is going on on the internet. We know it, you know it, that guy over there knows it; but don’t worry we’re here for you. We’ve searched and stumbled and clicked and skipped so you don’t have to.

Enjoy what we deem the best things this week!

Everything (well most things) that happened in 2013 packed into one pop culture-tastic image by illustrator, Mario Zucca.

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From Doctor Who next to a ‘will filibuster for food’ sign to the rise of the Netflix original shows surrounding Edward Snowden and new Pope. This illustration shows the political issues (Obama and the ever present 404 error) and the entertainment phenomena (note pacific rim taking over most of the background). If we had to cram everything that happened this year into a pretty small illustration we would say this one is pretty freaking good.

To see how it got made check out Mario’s blog

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Apple’s new Mac Pro comes out tomorrow, December 19th.

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Apple has always targeted those who need computers for creative purposes, but the new Mac Pro is taking it a step further. Apple boasts about the amazing things this new CPU will be able to achieve with video editing, animation and 3D modeling, photography, design and layout, as well as audio. This new computer is all creative all the time, we will just have to wait and see if its cylindrical shape lives up to the hype.

check it out all the details

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Sprint uses James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell ‘to honor the important things you do’ in their new campaign and we can’t tell you how many times conversations like these are overheard in our office.

Weird Accent Wednesday might be changing to Dramatic Reading Wednesday.

Get a look behind the scenes with AdWeek

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LightFog, a Bangkok based company, has created a bike that is also a pollen fighting machine (now this is something we can get on board with. Not saying the tennessee has a lot of pollen… but it does) Using a filter system the bike takes the pollen, dust, and C02 and turns it into clean air.

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Check out more with The Atlantic

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Alright we know the holidays are coming up and we are going to be those people.

Please don’t drink and drive.

Wednesday Round Up

 

December 4th

We hope everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving and start to the holiday season! We’ve been pretty busy here at The Bingham Group, but we haven’t forgot about giving you guys the bite size weekly round ups that you love so much.

Here is what you need to know this week (and last month, but who is really keeping track).

 

What are the biggest game changers in the digital space? Digiday wants to let you know (and so do we).

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With voice recognition in most smart phones these days Google took the first step to hands free computer searches with ‘OK Google’.

Now you don’t even need to type to learn anything about everything with the power of Google.

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This organization is bringing a reality check to the retail industry.

“It was Junot Diaz who said, “If you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves.” So Pro Infirmis, a European advocacy organization for the disabled, has created a series of mannequins to provide those reflections in the image-obsessed world of retail.”

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And this last one is from all the designers here at The Bingham Group.

Recently Mashable created a list of the best font games. We tried them out and narrowed the list of 18 down to our top 3.

3. Coming in third place is a printable game that is great to have around the office. Font Spotter is a flash card-esque game that the whole office can participate in and trust us… it gets heated!

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For the downloadable or on screen versions visit: http://fontspotting.org/

2. In second place we have Type Connection- the dating game for fonts. Learn a little about type history and which fonts pair the best through this fontastic matching game.

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Pair up fonts at: http://www.typeconnection.com/

1. And in first place we have Shape Type. This game isn’t particularly hard at first, but trust us it gets intense. (and is by far the most addictive game on the list.)

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Using designated points on the screen you try to create a font shape as similar to the original as possible.

To try your eye: http://shape.method.ac/