Minimal Stopwatch

A beautifully designed, and very easy to use stopwatch. No more, no less.

About this project.

I'm a designer by heart - And I'm also falling for code and new challenges. After a very long period of prototyping in Xcode with basic Swift and Objective-C, I wanted to dive deeper into code and not only be able to write front end- & UI code. Because I'm still learning, the app should be fairly simple to code and reach a broad audience.

That's how I ended up developing this stopwatch app. It is a great learning exercise and a proof of concept. It was not as simple as the interface presumes, as reducing the components from fade-in two clutter and redundancy was challenging. Yes, developing a stopwatch app with a great experience and minimalistic, but powerful design, is rather challenging.

The problem

For 99% of the stopwatch apps I downloaded on the App Store, even Apple's own stopwatch app, the following was true: Small digits, a small start button, a small stop button, a reset button, and, if it's sophisticated, a small lap button.

Usually, the main use case for any stopwatch app is to track something, that does not take place on the screen but in the users surroundings. So why should anyone need to find teeny tiny buttons on a screen to control time?

The solution

The solution is rather simple - Focus on what's most important - The time. Turn the whole screen into a touch area for start & stop, give visually distinct guidance on the current state with contrasting colors, so that even when you're not paying close attention - you see if it's running, or not - Plus, you can tap anywhere to start or stop the time.

Minimal Stopwatch

A beautifully designed, and very easy to use stopwatch. No more, no less.

Mobile Product Designer

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