The iPhone has become a ubiquitous tool these days, and I suppose there are two kinds of people using it: those who can pick it up and not have a problem understanding it, and those who require training or a manual. Drops First Aid appeals to both kinds of people, and quite honestly my knowledge of first aid has been lost along with my knowledge of maths. (I never really understood why I would want to use equations in my daily life anyway, just painful).
Drops First Aid was originally made for the Norwegian market, and the designer, Gjermund explained to me that it’s a tool initially envisioned by a nurse that was ”..fed up with crappy learning tools”. What was produced is a work of art, a masterful creation that leaves me wondering how they made something so beautiful.
This app makes it ever so easy for you to brush up on your understanding of what to do in the event of an accident. Obviously it’s one of those things you don’t want to happen, it’s also one of those situations that can be mitigated with the use of a tool like this.
Drops First Aid not only explains the steps required in an easy to read manner, it also provides video instructions under each accident type, as well as a Progress and Reminders page. This final feature really intrigues me, and it really made me want to complete all of the training tools. The option of directly calling emergency services from the app really helped too!
I think the options included within this app of either being able to watch a video or go through the instructions step by step really shows how much thought was put into Drops First Aid. The way it gives you short descriptions, images, and further options really gives you a solid understanding of what to do.
Aside from being beautifully design (the typography used is just gorgeous!
) there are a few
minor flaws found which hinder it somewhat. Flaws such as the emergency services number not being localised for your current location make it a little less useful for people outside of America. Other than that this is a fine example of an app that can really bring real world usage into an app store almost plagued by Productivity, Games and Social Media apps.
I just wish I was able to sit and pick the brains of these Norwegians, I don’t know how they manage such clean and simple designs!
Check this app out at Drops.no