Solar: A perfect weather app for visually oriented people

Solar: A perfect weather app for visually oriented people

Solar: A perfect weather app for visually oriented people

For the last couple weeks I’ve been using this new weather app called Solar from Hollr, Inc. As weather apps go, I have to say that this might be the perfect weather app for me.

Solar is a hyper-sensorial, interactive display of the day’s weather, rendered in dazzling, Rothko-esque colorscapes. A graphicist’s dream. No vector polygons, no dew point calibration and it won’t remind you to wear a jacket. It is, very simply, an exquisitely designed weather forecast app – a modern accessory for the aesthetically-inspired, new-fashioned adventurer.

Ok, that’s kind of a fluffy, hype-driven PR snippet, but it’s mostly true. What you get with Solar is what I’m guessing most people really are looking for in a weather app. You’ve got the time, the date, the conditions, your temperature and location, just so you know it’s accurate. All of this info is laid out in white over a beautiful gradient which does different things. Today in Los Angeles it’s really sun, so the gradient is pulsing sun rays. For rain and other weather conditions the app responds appropriately, rain drops and lightning flashes in full effect.

They’ve also created a really unique gesture, where you drag your finger up towards the top of your screen and you’ll start to get a 24 hour forecast, minute by minute, hour by hour. It’s such a brilliant way of communicating the data on a touch screen, I’m sure the feature will be copied soon enough. Trust me on this one, ditch your overly complicated weather app and grab Solar.

Bobby Solomon

July 30, 2012 / By

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