When told that I'd be able to get a sneak peak at Timbre's new major update, a part of me worried that the the concert-finding app's signature design, its zen-like black-on-white color scheme, the second nature feel of its zoom/scroll movements, would be tinkered with, or worse, replaced.
I should have had more faith in the Intrepid Pursuits/Timbre design team.
Not only did Timbre keep many of the same UI/UX details that attracted so much attention when it initially launched last fall, but it has also added new features and even more ingenious designs. With the unveiling of the newest version of Timbre today, the app with one of the best UI/UX designs has unbelievably been improved upon. With the launch of iOS 7 on the horizon, the app has added social features, become more interactive, and infused some eye-catching design ideas.
As Andrea Garvey, Timbre/Intrepid's Director of Marketing said, "We've changed some simple things, keeping what makes the app great the same." She added, "We've also built a backend using Kinvey, giving Timbre many more capabilities."
One of the main updates has to do with the way the app behaves. It is far more interactive, remembering user's music tastes, giving recommendations, and letting you know when a band that you've "starred" or seen live is returning to town.
As Garvey said, "Timbre used to be an app that was useful actively, we are trying to build some passive functionality that its makes it a useful app even when its not running in your foreground." The new version of Timbre, for example, now has the ability to send push notifications if a favorite band is coming to town, as well as other interactive features.
The new features and menus, have been integrated into Timbre with the usual sleek design sensibilities. Check out the new slanted, scrollable menu, for instance, below:
On a separate page, all of a user's "starred" or favorite bands are listed featuring upcoming shows. The design team added parallax features which give the band banners an almost 3D-like quality. The app appears to be moving on top of another, set-in-place page.
Timbre is way ahead of the curve with their parallax innovations, as the next Apple mobile update will prominently feature the 3D, floating button sensation of parallax design.
As Garvey said, "[We were excited] when iOS 7 was announced, featuring parallax pretty prominently, because we had been working on that already, so Timbre will work really well with iOS 7."
The best new feature that Timbre added is its social "Friends" page. The app now allows users to connect, share concerts, and view each others favorite bands/concerts/venues.
"Concerts are better with friends," Garvey explained. "Whenever I used to see a concert I like, I would email friends. Timbre now allows me to tag them and say let's go to this."
The new version of the app launches today. If you have Timbre already, make sure to update as soon as possible to experience the new features for yourself. If you don't, download Timbre right away.
Dennis Keohane is a staff writer for VentureFizz. You can follow Dennis on Twitter (@DBKeohane) by clicking here.