Great typography, smart usage of color, a bold presence and intuitive gesture-controls: when you combine all of these essential ingredients you get the very simple and awe inspiring alarm clock app for the iPhone. Rise has a very simple task, provide usage for a single alarm that you can have set off once or once a day. That’s it. A small task but an important one.
It may not be the app packed with hundreds of features, but it doesn’t have to be for it to be successful. We all use an alarm clock everyday, its one of those things that can be super annoying or it could turn to be something we enjoy. Rise makes it a joy to wake up.
Once you launch Rise your introduced to the apps calming gradient scheme for the current time, but the interface is focused on the alarm time you’re planning to set. It becomes evident right away that a lot of time and attention has gone to ensure every element of the app has a fine-tuned user experiences for ease of use. Slide the time up and down the screen to set it and tap on top or bottom to adjust, as you need. As you alter possible alarm times, the gradient design alters as well to represent different times in the day.
The intelligent use of deep-dark-blue-black for midnight to the white-blue of the afternoon, the gradients sparkle and warm you based on the time at hand. The effect is beautiful to look at and gives a visual to time that is usually lost in alarm clock apps. The developers at Simplebots must be applauded for an exquisite achievement in app design.
If you’re in need of a new alarm clock, Rise is one you should definitely take a peek at. However, do note that if you’re a hater of notifications and set your phone to Do Not Disturb at night, this app won’t trigger an audible alarm, due to Apple’s rules. A pretty hurtful problem to an otherwise elegantly produced app.