letter.ly

letter.ly is a simple way to publish a subscription email newsletters. Consider me intrigued.

(via Michael Galpert)

Hover States

Hover States features new and interesting examples of movement in interaction design, curated by Chambers Judd.

(via Ginlane)

Squarespace Note

Squarespace Note is a clean, minimalist, note-taking application that can push your thoughts to email, Evernote, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, and, yes, Squarespace. Note is unique from most existing note applications in that it’s not used as a database, but a passthrough. It becomes the first place you go to push text to various services.

I constantly send myself email notes on the go, the Note App will make this process so much smoother.

(via Techcrunch)

Soulver

Soulver is faster than a spreadsheet and easier to use than a calculator. With Soulver you can use words alongside your numbers to give them context. Looking back later, your math actually makes sense. For example: Type “35% off 300K” and Soulver instantly displays the answer: 195,000.

This app is for me!

(via this fantastic list of productivity apps put together by Shopify)

How do they make money?

A site offering an overview of top tech companies and their revenue models across ads, subscriptions, affiliates, data, freemium, and royalties.

(via Amrit)

Creative Market

Creative Market is a new online store for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world. You can buy various templates ranging from websites to flyers, business cards, invitations, presentations, typefaces to app add-ons like brushes and so on.

This. Is. Fantastic.

Branch

Branch wants to bring the intimacy of a dinner conversation to the internet. The service was originally called Roundtable. I am impressed by how far the team of 8 has pushed the idea of virtual conversations.

Have you had some meaningful conversations on Branch? What are your thoughts?

Calm.com

When you need to take a calming break at the office and can’t just go for a walk: Calm.com.

(via coudal)

Feedly

I have been trying to find the ideal way to browse my Google Reader RSS Feed and while I like Reeder, Feedly has been taking pole position lately. Here’s a video that explains (rather dry, but worth it) how to personalize your Feedly experience:

Feedly also offers an app for iOS and Android. Check it out here.

#BrooklynBeta

The third Brooklyn Beta, organized by my studiomates Cameron and Chris, is currently happening three blocks away from my apartment. This morning, on my way to get coffee, I bumped into several familiar faces that I usually only see virtually on the various social media channels. Quite Surreal! Brooklyn Beta feels as if my Twitter stream has come to life. Look, real people, not pixels!

If you want to follow the #BrooklynBeta Hashtag for the remaining 1.5 days of the conference, you should check out this tagboard page. It aggregates all content hashtagged #BrooklynBeta from Twitter, Instagram, App Net and Facebook. Nifty!

Also, if you’re in NYC but didn’t get tickets to the actual conference, check out the Beyond Beta schedule. So much good stuff happening!

Pixel Ruler

Pixel Ruler, the ultimate tool for responsive screen size sketching. Heavy-duty gauge stainless steel ruler with pixel increments. Markers for mobile, tablet and widescreen (laptop) sizing. Brilliant and oh so nerdy!

Office Life Jargon

The Ridiculous Business Jargon Dictionary made me laugh. Just what I needed on this Monday morning! Now, go think outside the box while working on your next low decision latitude action item.

(via Gray)

Minimal WordPress Themes

Earlier today I asked my Twitter Followers if they knew of any hidden gems for minimal, clean WordPress Themes. Here are some of the responses I got so far:

pagelines.com (thank you Bianca)

themezilla.com (thank you Anna)

wpshower.com (thank you Chesley)

thethemefoundry.com (thank you @3thriftyguys)

themecobra.com (thanks Rob)

madebyraygun.com (thank you Dave)

themefurnace.com (Thank you Justin)

manifest (thank you WITphotography)

dessign.net (thank you Marios)

standardtheme.com (thank you Joel)

Thanks for everyone that chimed in. And feel free to leave more suggestions in a comment below. I will pick the best ones and suggest them to my friend who is looking to start a blog!

PadMapper

Are you currently apartment hunting? You might want to try PadMapper! It plots the apartments on a big map, and lets you filter for exactly what you want. There are also neat overlays to help you learn about the different areas.

Great apartment deals can be gone within a matter of hours. So set your filters and map area, then choose the “Get Email Alerts for this Search” option to get alerts on new listings that match.

If you zoom in far enough, a bar at the bottom of the screen will let you map out the nearby grocery stores, gyms, bars, restaurants, and more.

Congrats to Eric, the force behind PadMapper.

The Internet Map

The Internet Map is a bi-dimensional presentation of links between websites on the Internet. Every site is a circle on the map, and its size is determined by website traffic, the larger the amount of traffic, the bigger the circle. Users’ switching between websites forms links, and the stronger the link, the closer the websites tend to arrange themselves to each other.

It encompasses over 350 thousand websites from 196 countries and all domain zones. Information about more than 2 million links between the websites has joined some of them together into topical clusters.

Happy to report, I was able to find myself on there! Yay!

(via @accordingtoaw)

Inbox Pause

With INBOX PAUSE, you can put incoming email messages on hold, so they won’t appear in your Inbox until you are ready for them.

(Haven’t tried it yet, but will!)

(via @startupcfo)

Exobrain

Exobrain is a Brainstorming tool and interactive web application that lets you visualize your thoughts, finds unique connections between words, and pushes past obvious ideas.

Reminds me of my Visual Thesaurus days when I was the Design Director at Thinkmap.

Uses This

Uses This is a collection of nerdy interviews asking people from all walks of life what they use to get the job done. The interviews are neatly organized into categories so you can quickly find what’s of your interest.

(via ericaheinz)

Grid

Grid lets you create and organize visual spreadsheets. YES!

(thank you Amrit)

SaneBox

I just signed up for Sanebox, which aims to fix email overload. It moves unimportant email out of your Inbox into the SaneLater folder to stop unwanted interruptions, like a fabulous secretary that doesn’t allow just anyone to bother you in your office. Some of the features that convinced me to sign up are the SaneBlackHole, and the fact that you can defer emails.

I am strangely hopeful that SaneBox will deliver much needed sanity for my inbox. Want to try it yourself? Use this invitation code.

(via Mashable)

Folio

Folio is a NYC based startup that tries to reshape how you sell and find digital content. Definitely keeping this on my radar, curious to see what they’ll make of it.

(thanks for the reminder, Amrit)

Kippt

My lovely studio-mate Amrit pointed me to Kippt, a new way to collect and discover bookmarks. You can use it just by yourself or collaborate on lists with other users. Bonus: Their search functionality searches within articles as well as titles and user added descriptions, making it an powerful research tool.

Smallknot – Invest in a Small Local Business

Smallknot lets you invest in the small businesses in your community in exchange for goods, services, special perks and benefits.

Maybe your favorite coffee shop wants to build a new back patio, or your favorite pizza place needs a new oven. For a lot of local businesses, even very successful ones, projects like these get put on hold or never happen because of a lack of access to capital.

With Smallknot, you can invest in small businesses you love in your neighborhood.

I absolutely love this idea. Smallknot is still small, so why don’t you suggest a business that could use the help of one of their campaigns!

Findings

Oh my goodness, how did I not know about Findings? (she says, jumping up and down of excitement over this discovery!)

Findings let’s you collect, share and discuss your Kindle Highlights and snippets from any website on the internet.

I just imported some of my Kindle Highlights and am giddy over the fact that I can now easily access and share them, in a beautiful interface. Major hat tip to Betaworks who’s behind Findings. This has made my week!

UPDATE: Findings launched a new design about a week ago and I am heartbroken about it. In fact, I am so incredibly frustrated about the direction they are going I find it no longer useful. I have deleted my account and hope that someone else will build something similar to the old Findings again. (le sigh)