Want to quickly check the weather on your iPhone? Want to have your eyes soothed by wonderful, minimal design at the same time as you’re informed of the temperature outside? Then you need WTHR, an iPhone app which could have been designed by Dieter Rams himself.
WTHR is as minimal as its vowel-free name suggests, and its designer David Elgena actually based it on Rams’ 10 Principles of Design. The app is so simple that it has just two buttons, only one of which needs to be used on a regular basis.
When firing up the app for the first time in a while, or hitting the round-arrow-shaped update button, the dial at the top of the screen wobbles and settles into place, much like the dial on a bathroom scale. On it are various weather conditions, and it settles on the current one (sunny here in Barcelona, predictably). At the bottom are ranged the conditions and temperature predictions for the coming week, along with a switch to choose the Fahrenheit or Celsius scales.
And that’s it. There is no more to this beautiful app, and I have taken to opening it up instead of the excellent WeatherPro when I just need to check how hot it will be tomorrow (answer: too hot, and sunny. Again).
If, back in the dark days before the iPhone existed, Elgena had offered this as an actual mechanical box, I would have bought it. As a $1 iPhone app, though, it took me about two seconds to decide to buy it after seeing the screenshots, or roughly the time it took me to find the App Store link.