Spectrum is a toolkit we developed to support us in our daily work as designers, product strategists and managers.
We realised that in our current toolset there is no nice, accessible and effective way to organise, cluster, prioritise and share insights, ideas, concepts, or other content on screen. Spectrum tries to address this with an on-screen environment that enables quick visualisation and organisation of your thoughts with cards, in a 2-dimensional canvas. Once mapped, automatically detected clusters and other insights can be exported with a few clicks, as image sets, to Powerpoint, Excel or other apps and services.
Spectrum has been created for designers, cinematographers, chefs, ethnographers, product managers and anyone else who needs to organise their thoughts while creating products, services and content.
Use Spectrum's iOS app to capture images and contextual metadata straight to your project canvas. Great when you're doing field research. Research on the web is made easier by automatically capturing the URL and other metadata of the page you're looking at, in case you want to check out the original source later.
One of the core design principles, Spectrum allows you to be lightning fast when creating content. Especially when used in meetings and workshops, this allows for a quick capture of insights and ideas while people are talking.
We deal with a lot of confidential client content, which is why we designed Spectrum with local storage in mind. It supports cloud-based storage, and we'll be adding Dropbox and iCloud options, but it will only use these when you tell it to.
It's easy to create beautiful looking canvases, no need to learn complex design tools, or searching for hours to find the right templates. Just drag content from your Mac or websites onto a canvas to create cards.
Spectrum of content from a variety of services and content sources, and exports to a similar amount. Hide the canvas to use Spectrum side-by-side with other apps, whether you're doing web research in Safari, or creating mood boards using Pinterest.
Spectrum has been developed using the latest macOS and web technologies and is compatible with the newly announced macOS Sierra (currently in beta). We also like our side projects to be a good challenge, and building a Core Data-backed native application for the Mac provided just that.
Spectrum is currently in active development and running as a private beta. Send us a message if you are interested in using it, or want to contribute to its development.