As a collector would, today’s digital asset owner could take time and caress the beloved possessions that are always by his or her side. Dust the edges of these precious impalpable “things”, re-order them on the shelves, take a long contended look and immerse into the fact that so many possibilities are at his/her fingertips.
The beauty of digital devices has always been here, never to be fully understood. Commercials remember to put the spotlight on it – and all the designers, perhaps, let out a sigh of gratitude.
How about the beauty of the applications? Their visuals – you might wonder. Yes, and besides this we also have the mathematical beauty of all the functionalities active beneath what we can see, the almost artistic beauty of configuring the settings, of adding the right sounds and images to “our” app.
There is a reason we used the commas above. Any out-of-the-box app is not yet ours – it comes with a default set of settings, it looks and behaves just like any of its off-the-shelf instances found in the phones of millions of users. Yet it holds the potential of becoming ours, via finely tuned details – and here is where each person who employs an application becomes a secret artist of sorts.
It’s – in a way – an extremely sad and unrecognized form of modern art. We put our soul and personality, bits of it, into personalizing our apps. Yet there are no contests or prized that would appreciate this particular craftsmanship. If you like, it resembles daydreaming in that it is only known to us.
Some say that we shifted a whole part of our creative potential onto interacting with digital products – and they might be true. However, since fighting it seems impossible (see the concept of digital detox and its transience), at least we could manage to admit it, and power through it.
Do you enjoy setting up and configuring your OS, your software and your apps? Perhaps it is unclear, when asked like that. OK then – how much do you dislike it when some updates reset your configuration? Oh, well… this is probably the main cause of user annoyance whenever software owners perform changes. So, it is only logical that the answer is YES. We do like to personalize our digital tools – and make them “ours”.
From the corner of your eye to full-on spotlight
Once admitting we all spent a certain amount of time leaving our mark upon any digital tool we employ, we could go from reluctantly doing so to proudly doing so. No guilt about it, no “I could be doing something better right now”. Just take a reasonable amount of time and explore your tools, appreciate them, see if you haven’t missed any features, set up the way they look to be most enjoyable, and so on.
After all, this is personal time. And, to be honest, you aren’t going to use it to paint, sing or compose anything remarkable – or at least most of us won’t. Sad as it may sound, creativity did not skyrocket in the digital era, nevertheless, instead of poking it permanently, we may as well accept the phenomena and enjoy our everyday, not-so-creative actions. Such as personalizing our apps, visually and functionally.
Do we become the actions that take the most of our time – in a continuous manner? Not necessarily, but yes, it’s the simplest way things happen. In an effortless way, if we spend most of our day on the phone, at work, making small talk with others, or feeding ourselves with a mixed stream of information we become average people, in tune with the general trends, mildly aware of what’s going on in the world, mildly informed upon a variety of topics.
Why not use our digital tools as a convenient shield, fighting in a peaceful manner to regain our individuality? Personalizing them thoroughly- here’s the first step.
Apps to shield us from the shock of big data
Like infinite swarms of bees, data are roaming around in the digital space. And it’s not yet at its fullest – as its squared or cubed dimensions are yet to come. What can the mere human do in order to make sense of what he or she needs from this big data, whilst keeping at bay the things that act as disturbances?
Pick up the right types of software, apps included (or, if you’d like) primarily apps, to set them as guardians of his privacy, of his personal time, and in the end, allowing ourselves to exaggerate a bit – of his sanity.
Apps to tame other apps, apps to tame data – set them up and let them take care of various functionalities or social areas. Regain your life, breathe!
Canvy, the contact management app for you
Perhaps you already are at that point where you understand the importance of safeguarding your private moments. Be it for loading your batteries or just for allowing the relaxed vibe to make you feel better and see things in a new perspective, being able to create and protect your own time in a hectic environment is sometimes critical.
Canvy is a contact management app that – once configured – lets you organize your contacts, connect on various channels and also set a visually pleasing UI in accordance with your preferences. We did not take things in a hurry – beneath its smooth interface Canvy sums up a lot of work hours, complex app development, testing and meditating upon the best solutions.
We are also up for improving, (although we do love our product as it is), that is why we are happy to hear from those who use our app – inquiries, suggestions, feedback of any kind is welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Since the main functionality – of a friendly, centralized tool that takes the dissipated “connectivity” load from your phone and organizes it in accordance with a set of settings you configure – depends on the number of contacts you have, each instance of Canvy is unique.
Let us know what you think of it! And remember, take your time to properly set up Canvy and explore it, to save precious time from that moment on, by allowing it to become a loyal friend which helps you stay in touch with your contacts in exactly the amount you want to.