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CB Widget Pageant 2005


With the advent of OS X 10.4, people have been introduced to the concept of widgets as an extra layer of GUI goodness on top of the normal OS. Freed from the Aqua design constraints, these widgets are allowing people to alter the interface to fit the purpose and style of the widget. From the ridiculous (we're looking at you Dancing Homer) to the utterly useful (WidgetMail) there seems to be a growing momentum to build new funsize applications which do increasingly cool things in new ways.

So to salute this new sexiness we've decided to hold a beauty pageant of sorts here on creativebits for the widgets. Leaving the borrowed hairdryers and bitchy comments to one side, we want to find out what widget the CB community thinks is the finest example of design currently in circulation. Unlike those normal beauty contests, we're not remotely interested if the widget wants world peace or a career feeding orphans; we're just after looks. So brains are out and superficial, surface sexiness is in.....

The Process
1. Find a widget that gets you hot under the collar, graphics wise. You can shamelessly plug your own widget or submit something that makes your hand clammy everytime you reach for the F12 key. Whatever widget you think has been planned and executed to perfection, with little finishing touches that Apple would be proud of.
2. Post a link to it in the comments section of this post. Just a link will suffice at the moment.
3. After a week, we'll do a poll on the nominated widgets and put up a page featuring the graphic goddesses.
4. The winners get a gold, silver and bronze award for display on their site. And the warm feeling from knowing that theirs is the hottest widget in Dashboard Land.

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Ivan's picture

Gmail Widget
I like that it's so simple, sharp and gives you a visual feedback if new mail is waiting. Besides it's a unique opportunity that Queen Elizabeth could participate in a beauty pageant.

buckleypeter's picture
4 pencils

Hi, ,
For me the most beautifull is the Weather Widget, She looks good in all kinds of weather!
IF you like to play with her try this ,
http://daringfireball.net/2005/06/weather_widget_hacking
And to see her in her beauty,
http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/dashboard/

dhayn's picture
179 pencils

flip a coin
http://members.chello.nl/j.magis1/Flip_a_Coin/

what too simple? less is more people.
(ps, the coin told me not to post it here, but who listens to coins)

Josh's picture
151 pencils

I don't use or have this widget, but find it to be a very good visual design.

Very metaphorical. See it here: http://www.mathgamehouse.com/wm/widget_imgs/ftpdrop.big.png

More about it here: http://www.widgetmachine.com

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webdav@creativebits.org's picture
4 pencils

http://www.keeganjones.com/widgets/shortstat/

The Neubix fellas did a great job with this. I love it, and use at least two instances of it every day a few times a day.

Jammo's picture
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http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/games/creaturesinmyheadwidget.html

not a useful widget, but makes my boring days a lot happier :)
also i love the look of the widget, makes a nice change from the aqua appearance.

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JimD's picture
2626 pencils

They're all beautiful, if not overpriced and marginally useful.

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Jammo's picture
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Cian - Great work with the artwork there! I wish I had your talents ^_^

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jasongraphix's picture
26 pencils

The SysStat Widget is extremely handy. Before I switched jobs, I spent most of my time on a PC, and had a customizable widget program called Samurize to monitor system info. Although, it could be a lot prettier, SysStat is now a permanent member of my dashboard.

ozskry's picture
61 pencils

I vote for Wimic. Wimic is a Dashboard widget that streams comics. You have a bunch of comics to choose in. I like the way the main interface is built. It has a calendar and a drop-down list in comics balloons and the interface adapts itself to the lenght of the comic. Very clean and cool.

http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/data/43/Wimic-2p01f.png

SMQT's picture
8 pencils

for plugging my Flip a Coin widget :)

I love the Transmit widget.
http://www.panic.com/transmit/ for use with their FTP application.
Well executed and purdy.

Slow Motion, Quick Thinking

Josh's picture
151 pencils

That is a cool one for sure. I like the animation.

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dhayn's picture
179 pencils

must have been the crew's plan for getting more users here :)

well enjoy your stay

Ivan's picture

afterglow, we're busted! :D

phillryu's picture
1 pencil

I nominate our widget, VoiceNotes.

In addition, to clarify, a user above nominated another of our widgets, FTP Drop.

Jammo's picture
-4 pencils

hehe - Im just kidding. Voice notes is a great widget

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Ivan's picture

You can even create a Widget that does nothing but looks cool and nominate it. :)

dhayn's picture
179 pencils

side note, your web site is impressive, everybody should be checking that out.

Jammo's picture
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My nomination:

wikipedia widget - simply the most useful widget for me!

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Dulcepixels's picture
12 pencils

Conchology Widget and PoppeImages Widget.

Hehehe... shameless plug.

dhayn's picture
179 pencils

found this today and was going to stick it in with the weblinks but forgot about this. simple and nice not have to start an app

http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/developer/colourmod.html

pedromperez80's picture
29 pencils

The best widget i've found, is FUNCIONAL, PRACTICAL, nice design

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