In its recent review of Day One, Macworld has this to say:
I’ve kept paper journals in the past, but never stuck with them. Filling those blank pages felt too much like a chore. Bloom Built’s superb Day One makes keeping a journal easier than ever, thanks to smart features and a beautiful, welcoming interface. —Nathan Alderman, Macworld
Yesterday, Day One was awarded an Apple Design Award at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference. We venerate Apple as a design and technology leader, and to be given this recognition is tremendously gratifying. We wish to thank all of Day One’s customers—your stories about Day One inspire and encourage us!
Ellis Hamburger reporting from the popular tech news website, The Verge recently interviewed Paul for the ‘5 Minutes on the Verge‘ section.
People have been creating digital journals for years, but Day One feels different. What’s the most important thing that contributes to its success?
I think the idea of micro-blogging or short status updates based on popular social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, allows users to easily grasp the concept of Day One. It’s capturing personal thoughts and ideas in a way people are already familiar with, without having to share these writings publicly. It’s focused, it’s designed in a way that’s clean and not overwhelming, and it’s easily accessible in a way that makes the idea and motivation of keeping a journal fun.
It’s almost like it’s a word processor that is designed around the idea of writing something every day, or writing something according to a calendar. Because the central user interface is indeed what looks like a hipper version of iCal.
Day One is by far the best journal app on both App Stores (iTunes and Mac App Store). Its interface is beautiful and it’s obvious that the creator has a thing for design. Not only is the app on the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac, but they all integrate seamlessly. “Day One is designed and focused to encourage you to write more,” says Mayne. “Using the Menu Bar quick entry, Reminder system, Calendar view and inspirational messages, your memories and thoughts will be preserved. Dropbox sync allows easy backup and syncing with the both Day One iPhone and iPad applications.”
This is a really simple journaling app by a good friend, Paul Mayne. It syncs with Dropbox and makes journaling as easy as tweeting. Consequently, on a day like today — Japan, the first day of SXSW, etc — it seems an appropriate time to start using Day One. (Mac, iPad, iPhone)