Sam Ruston

UX Designer, Developer and Fun Guy 🍄

I'm focused on building kick-ass apps that delight users. I most notably produced Weather Timeline & Flamingo. I'm a top developer on the Play Store and was given a Material Design award by Google.

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Luci is a lucid dreaming companion based around a dream journal. The aim was to provide a welcoming experience to lucid dreaming that provided functionality for experts whilst remaining inviting to beginners.

Hurry is a complete re-imagining of a countdown app. It has a dark theme with striking gradients, gif backgrounds and animations that will keep you pumped for your favourite upcoming events. And if you just need to pass away the time it's got a mini-game inside.

Flamingo is a premium alternative to the Twitter app with increased customisability and functionality and is often rated by top Android blogs as one of the best Twitter clients.

Yet another take on a weather app. It removed the traditional approach of having separate screens for now, soon and later and condensed the info into a single timeline. It was picked for editor's choice and is one of the top weather apps on the Play Store, along with earning me a Material Design award.

This is an interaction design for a flight tracker for iOS. The aim was to give the user information regarding their flight as quickly as possible so they can read it in a rush. This is provided using clean and bold typography and consistent theming (red meaning the flight is late). Plus there's an easter egg to rewind/fast forward the plane along its flight path.

CoinCalc was one of the first currency converters to embrace material design on Android. It's a lean mean currency-converting machine with beautiful animations to boot.

Flush is an app that crowdsources public toilet locations so that when you need to go, you can. It has been publicised on radio, TV and numerous top blogs (such as

This app was designed to be minimal and to echo a lot of the design principles from iOS and Apple's health suite. It condenses a lot of complex information into a user friendly manner so the user doesn't feel like checking pollen is another chore.

Here are some prototypes that haven't hit production yet. Firstly, a crowdfunding app that visualises donations as balls. Second, using parallax to give the user a sense of depth over more conventional shadows.

This was an app that notified you when tickets became available instantly, so you could jump on them before others/bots. Unfortunately it was never released due to restrictions from ticket sellers websites.

Tippy was an anonymous social network to share lifehacks and tricks with other users to save money, time or just have fun.

Magic Ruler is a simple app that uses sensor data from your phone to measure distances. It was a fun project that gave surprisingly accurate answers.

Craft is a guide that provides recipes, enemy info and more for the widely popular game Minecraft. It has amassed over 1 million downloads and even has Android Wear support (you can ask your watch for a particular recipe in case you're currently battling a horde of Endermen)