This week we are starting a series on iPad apps that we find both incredibly useful and well designed.
I’ll get it started today, not with the apps, but with my folders. Now that the iPad ios has merged back with the iPhone ios, the device has inherited the multi-tasking and folder features that the iPhone has had since the summer. I played around with the folders a bit, trying to be aware of when something didn’t make sense, or when I only had a single app in a folder.
Folders on the iPad
Listening - Any audio based app such as iPod, MLB, Pandora, NPR, or ESPN Radio.
Reading - Reeder, Instapaper, iBooks, Kindle, Stanza.
Writing - Several apps here, though over time I will pare down as I see which I am using versus others that will stagnate. As of now I have Simplenote, Notebooks, Edito, Express, Wordpress, Markdown, SoundNote, Pages, TextExpander, Pingle and Pastebot.
Learning - The Elements, Solar System, Observatory, Virtuoso, Inkling.
Cooking - Hope to add more here, right now I just have Pocket Cocktails and Epicurious.
Playing 1 and 2 - Two folders worth of games.
Design - Sketchy, Omnigraffle, iBrainstorm, SketchBook, UI Sketcher, like the writing folder, there is some duplication of apps here, at some point I will cut some apps out.
Productivity - A bit of a catch-all but centered around work. Dropbox, Zosh, AirDispaly, LogMeIn, Meeting MNGR, Keynote, Contacts, Fuze Meeting.
Shopping - App Store, Amazon, Apple Store, iTunes.
Tools - Like productivity, another catch-all including UConvertPro, Notes, Find iPhone, some of my account apps like banking, 1Password, First Aid, and Night Stand.
Travel - Tripit, FlightTrack Pro, Maps, Boingo, OpenTable, and WeatherBug.
Viewing - YouTube, Videos, Photos, Netflix, TED, IMDB, ScoreCenterXL.
Home screen, no folders - OmniFocus, Remote
TaskBar - Settings, Calendar, Mail, Twitter (to be replaced by Osfoora HD), Friendly, Safari.
As we develop this series, I’ll pick a handful apps from each folder and how/why I use the app, as well as what makes it good design. I hope you’ll enjoy
Oh, the background is a picture of The Cloisters in New York, one of my favorite places from a family vacation in the spring of 2010.