The Maker Map is an open source project aiming to create a global database of maker resources – from workspaces to incubators – powered by the maker community and easily searchable on any device. Come on, let’s add resources everyone!
Was It Worth It is an iPhone app that lets you quickly assess whether projects you’ve done were worth doing or not according to how much Fun, Knowledge or Money you’ve gained from them. It’s always a good idea to reflect on projects, not sure if you need an app for it, but I definitely like the idea.
Outbox is a fascinating new service that helps you manage your postal mail like email. Here’s how it works: They pick up your mail from your mailbox three days a week, take it to their secure warehouse, open, scan and store your mail. You then can access your mail anywhere on your iPad or the web. If you click “request” on any piece of mail, they’ll deliver any requested mail in a beautiful package right to your front door or front desk twice a week. And they shred and recycle any unrequested mail after 30 days.
I am definitely intrigued by the idea of accessing all my mail digitally. But am not ready, adventurous enough to sign up for this yet.
Koken is brand new, offering photographers, designers and artists a new kind of publishing platform. Koken focuses primarily on images, can be used on your own web server, and offers publishing tools for web sites. It is interestingly enough completely free. Having experienced the free model myself with TeuxDeux, I can honestly say I have become wary of using services that don’t charge. Yes, I had a complete change of heart. Why? Hosting and upkeep of a web service is expensive. With so many services shutting down or being aquired these days, I am afraid of investing time in a service that might not exist in a year or so.
In this blog post the Koken founders explain why they want to keep it free. I hope they can make it work.
Hooray! Mailbox is now live in the App Store and reservations are being filled on a first-come, first served basis. (They’re using a reservation system to scale the Mailbox service gracefully.)
Currently for iPhone + Gmail, the app is available to download for free. If you’ve already reserved your Mailbox, download the app and enter your reservation info. If you don’t have a reservation, download the app to get your place in line. Everyone can watch the line move in real-time from inside the app.
I know a few very smart folks that have started using it and they all said it revolutionized the way they deal with email. Promising!
“Everyone has a way of dealing with their email inbox. Even if you dont deal with it, thats your way of dealing with it. No system is perfect.”
– Michael Galpert
Michael Galpert wrote an interesting post about how Mailbox + Sanebox help him with email management.
My studiomates at FictiveKin just launched a new project I have been itching to share: Done Not Done. It’s a to-do list for things you want to do, not the things you have to do. (We already have an app for that.)
How many times do you email yourself a title of a book or a movie that you eventually want to read or watch when you have time? And then it gets lost in your inbox and it never happens. Well, no longer. Done Not Done will help you jot these things down, on the go, and then when you are looking for a good book, music or movie idea, it’s right there, ready to be tapped into. (They started out with movies, books and music and will be adding more categories such as restaurants and places.)
Also, love how they created a /purpose page. Every service/company should have this. Taking note!
So, what are you going to add to your not done list? Here’s mine.
Have you ever interviewed someone and knew within the first 20 seconds that the meeting was a complete waste of time? And then you had to spend another painful 29 minutes making small talk? Ziggeo (currently in Beta) tries to solve that problem by letting you screen candidates by watching their videos before you meet. Candidates simply click on a link we send you and record themselves for two minutes (answering questions you pose). The videos are then submitted directly to your private screening room. Love this!
Outgrow.me is the first marketplace for successfully funded Kickstarter & Indiegogo projects. What a fantastic way to spotlight product designers post-Kickstarter.
(Thank you Sam)
I am all kinds of excited to get my hands on the Mailbox app once it gets released. Watch the video and see what I mean. I am especially excited for the ability to quickly swipe messages to your archive or trash. And the ability to snooze emails until later with the tap of a button. Well done, Mailbox Team!
Atlas Obscura is the a guide to the world’s most wondrous and curious places. In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, Atlas Obscura celebrates a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.
A wonderful project by Joshua Foer. Excited to seeing this database grow.
Have you ever toyed with the idea of making a product but then abandoned the idea immediately after trying to source a manufacturer? If the answer is yes, then you should read on. Maker’s Row is a brand new site by 3 young, smart New Yorkers trying to demystify the process of manufacturing products in the US. Their goal is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, Maker’s Row provides unparalleled access
to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.
I can’t applaud the team behind Maker’s Row enough and am impatiently anticipating categories beyond apparel. We produce Tattlys (and everything that goes along with it in the US) and we had our fair share of searching to do ourselves. We can’t wait to share the resources we found!
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.