Design, Services, Tools, Useful Things, Websites by Richard

Finally, a web-based RSS reader that I’d actually use. A joint effort from Andrei Herasimchuk of Design by Fire and others at Involution Studios, Spivot mixes news, blogs, online video and more to make a cohesive whole that is much more than the sum of its parts.

It was initially conceived by Andrei because of a frustration with the way news is delivered online these days. He wanted something more like watching the morning news used to be. As far as features go: I especially like the video section on the side of the text. It’s context sensitive, similar to Google ads, and attempts to pull in video that is relevant to the topics you’re reading about. Great touch. Another thing I like is the Explore Related Media link at the bottom of each post, which does its best to drill down and get more information/media about a particular subject.

Oh, and it doesn’t drive me bananas (now I’m saying it too, Melissa!) like Google’s web interfaces (Gmail, Google Reader, etc). They may be great for a lot of people, but the design/navigation is just not for me. Spivot is actually well designed, and very functional, to boot. This’ll probably be my start page from now on.


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