Kick Apps: My Top 5 Apps of 2014

Apps are taking over. From food and fitness to games and banking, there truly is an app for everything. And fuck yeah I love getting turned on to a new one. It’s almost replaced the excitement I used to get around a new song or movie. Plus, it’s become one of my favorite questions to ask people, “Got any new apps that are blowing your mind?” Since the homescreen is the new holy grail, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of the top 5 kick apps that have taken up real estate on my phone. And like Apple now says, “Get it.”

 

Caviar

 

Caviar – recently acquired by Square, Caviar has replaced Seamless as my go-to food delivery app. They offer an amazing selection of premium restaurants and every dish is shot beautifully by (clearly) a food photographer. The UX is flawless and the Apple Pay integration makes ordering drop dead simple.

 

Reporter

 

 

Reporter – dubbed the app for understanding the things you care about, I’ve been hooked on Reporter all year. The design is stupid good and what’s great is the full-on personalization that allows you to jump head first into the quantified self movement.

 

Canopy

 

 

Canopy – Amazon Prime is a godsend but shopping the site is about as bad as finding shoes on Zappos. Thankfully, there’s Canopy, an app (with no affiliation to Amazon) that curates the very best of Amazon. It makes discovery super fun and I’ve become addicted to creating collections and following tastemakers. Plus, it’s opened up a whole new world of products I had no idea Amazon even carried. Canopy is proof that good design equals good business.

 

SportsCenter

 

 

SportsCenter – Sure, ESPN has had an app for a while but this year’s refresh was a game changer. Scores, news, highlights…they’ve got it all in a layout that makes my thumb very happy.

 

Flipboard

 

 

Flipboard – if there’s one app that’s truly dominated my home screen, it’s Flipboard. They’ve completely revolutionized how I consume content and there’s no turning back. Creating custom magazines is my jam and there isn’t a day I don’t check-in with Flipboard to read The Daily Edition.

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