rimr is a light-hearted social competition. It allows users to log in through the Twitter API to tally their Tim Hortons “Roll Up the Rim” rolls and winnings, and compare them to everyone else’s results. I created the site when a few friends started using Twitter to tally their rolls.
While creating the site, I ran into a quandry: by making the site, am I helping my friends have fun, or am I encouraging polution? Tim Hortons’ cups are made from brand new paper only (recycled paper is too weak to contain hot liquids), they’re only recyclable in a handful of places in Canada, and are the most common litter item in the country. The only way to play Roll Up the Rim is to get a special RUtR cup. This means, to play, customers can’t use in-store mugs or their own travel mugs. Hopefully they’ll come up with a different means of running the contest very soon.
Despite this, I made the site, as I didn’t expect it to become popular. It was a great experiment in using the Twitter API and using a small, quick database. I also got to adapt another company’s design elements to suit my own needs.
Tminus is Cumulonimbus’ second app, a countdown timer with the aim of customization. We found, as many have, that the Android market is riddled with really ugly apps, disproportionately so compared to the iPhone market. With Tminus, and all of our apps, we’re trying to change that, to make apps as aesthetically pleasing as they are useful.
Tminus is designed to work with themes, so that you can choose a look that’s appropriate to the event you’re counting down to, to add to the excitement of the experience. We’ll feature themes and widgets created by myself as well as other designers.
If you have an Android device you can get Tminus on Google Play.
Cumulonimbus’ flagship app, pressureNET, is a mapped network of barometric readings from Android devices. The goal is to record pressure readings en masse and detect trends.
Designing pressureNET involved both the app and the widget. The app is primarily a map, with readings plotted all over, so I made the best of the room I had to make it look great.
Our users repeatedly told us there was a satisfaction to simply hitting the submit reading button in the widget, so we made the widget even better looking, as well as more responsive to touch. We also added pressure trending indication to the widget.
If you have an Android device you can get pressureNET on Google Play.