An Unhealthy Lust for Design

Mono: Beauty to your Growl notifications

Growl, the de facto notification system on the Mac, is loved by many a Mac user. Whether you like to be notified about little things going on with your Mac is a different matter. We’re here to pretty it up. Growl ships with a bunch of built in themes, most of which are well suited to the purpose. As it turns out however, there isn’t that big a skinning market when it comes to Growl themes. It’s there, but not...

Localhostr – File Hosting in a Tasty Widget

[tweetmeme]We’ve mentioned Upload Robots in the past, but what if you want something closer to home? Localhostr is a web based file hosting service, which has clients for the Mac and PC. When it comes to the Mac version, all you have to do is grab hold of the any file, invoke the dashboard, and let it go into the widget. After a quick upload, you’ll get a shorturl copied to your clipboard ready for sharing. If you have access...

Tripmix – Perfect Vintage Roadtrip feel

[tweetmeme] While futuristic user interfaces are well appreciated, here’s an app that goes back in time, way before I was even born to appreciate it. Tripmix from Overcommitted brings back the 1960s in a music player. Tripmix is a roadtrip companion that can very well serve as an office companion. As soon as you launch the app, it begins playing music from your iPod in an ultra retro interface. It’s so retro, that there’s a separate play and pause button!...

10 Wallpapers worthy of replacing Snow Leopard’s Aurora

[tweetmeme] It’s wallpaper time! What better way to change your desktop than to magically replace the majority of its pixels. The Mac has so far shipped with some really good wallpapers, and Snow Leopard’s Aurora is just a timeless work of art that you can never tire of. Well, tire of in the long run, but you do need some change in between. While some prefer to have a picture of a city, or some loved ones, I can’t resist...

Minutes widget: Good things come in small packages

The App Store has proven that to have something powerful, feature rich, and beautiful, doesn’t require the largest of landscapes. And this OS X Dashboard widget has been out to prove just that since March 2007. Minutes, by designer Kei Sasaki, is the smallest widget on my Dashboard. It’s so small, it makes the default clock look like it’s squandering pixels. It’s also one of the most feature rich widgets on my Dashboard. Minutes is a countdown timer that allows...

Momento – It’s Your Life’s story, Beautifully Told

The moment Momento’s splash screen shows up, you know you’re in for a treat. The noisy background reminds you of an old parchment, perfect for penning down your thoughts. Which is what Momento is, an app to write down a journal of daily events. Momento has got colours right. Right from the tab bar to the compose window. Rules lines with subtle crease shadows make the whole experience feel real. Considering it’s made by designers, I’m not surprised. Apart from...