Dunk for iPhone [rating: 5/5]
Dribbble is a “show and tell” web site for designers and other creative types. The idea behind it being that you share sneak peaks of your current projects. Your peers will then give you feedback on your work, and you can respond in kind. Being invitation only Dribbble is chock full of arty people who want to be there, care passionately about design, and strive to produce work of quality.
Dunk is an iPhone based client which allows you to surf the timeline of recent Dribbble shots. You can also customise your feed so that you keep tabs on your favourite designers.
Being an app designed to showcase design, and good design at that, Dunk needs to work well and look good. So does it?
When a Dribbble user wants to show something off they produce a “shot”, which is a small screen image of their work. Typically a 400 x 300 pixels in size. Other users can then comment on that work, or fire a “rebound” back, which is another “shot” they created and is inspired by that idea. Yeah, you got it, the terminology is basketball based.
If you want to know more about Dribbble then you can visit their faq, here
But we are here to talk about Dunk…
In a word, the user interface of Dunk is beautiful. Its the kind of app Steve Jobs might use to demonstrate how good a GUI can be on the iPhone.
Dunk does all the things that you expect from a well rounded iOS app. Touch controls are intuitive, and tab and navigation bars drift in and out when needed. If you want to glide through Dribbble user’s shots then you are one tap away after app launch.
The entire Dribbble time line can be scrolled through by swiping from page to page, whilst artwork loads on the fly. It works in exactly the way that Apple’s own Photo app allows you to view images, but these are pieces of artwork loaded from the web.
To read comments, or find out other related info on the design on screen, you simply tap the bottom of the image and that info all scrolls up. It’s seamless. To keep moving just swipe forwards or backwards.
I have to admit to being quite professionally jealous of how well rounded Dunk’s UI by robocat is. Nice work guys.
You don’t need a Dribbble account to use Dunk, so if you are interested in the community and the concept give Dunk a whirl today. Its probably a must have app for designers on the move to keep in touch with a vibrant and growing community.
Touch Reviews highly recommends Dunk for iPhone.
- The entire user interface just flows.
- Feels like an app an arty person would use. So matches its demographic perfectly.
- I don’t have an invite to Dribble yet!
- A very small niggle : Initially tab bars and navigation controls disappearing can make you feel a little lost for the first 5 minutes of using the app. Once you learn it it rocks though.
Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Released: Aug 06, 2010
Size: 12.2 MB
Copyright © 2010 Robocat
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.