Spring Partners

Web 2.0 and 3.0 sites generate ever more powerful, entertaining and useful content and tools — each wonderful on its own, but sometimes not so easy to put together.... Until now, that is. Spring Partners' springpad integrates services, tools and expert advice to keep yourself organized, focused and really productive.

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springpad is a web-based personal productivity platform that combines custom templates and tools with live connections to favorite web content and resources — everything you need to stay organized, in one place.

Like many, we have a Love / Hate relationship with the content and tools that keep emerging and transforming the web (and, increasingly, our smart mobile phones):

  • the Love: individually, each blog post, news story, photo stream, video, tweet, feed, user review site, map mash-up, ecommerce site, restaurant reservation system, flight and hotel aggregator, music service, etc. can be fun, entertaining, enlightening, even inspiring and empowering
  • the Hate: remembering and tracking of where we've found great ideas, keeping up with real time changes, organizing and sharing all this great stuff with others is not always so fun and entertaining.

Which is why were so excited when Spring Partners first approached us to help with the visual and functional design of springpad, their personal productivity site. Filament Group worked with Spring Partners to refine its identity, and to develop the visual, functional and interaction style for the components and widgets that make up its platform. We also delivered a set of HTML templates and stylesheets, and worked with the Spring development team to customize them to work with their UI and back-end systems.

With springpad, bloggers, publishers and organizations with expertise about anything from exotic travel, to recipes, to kid's activities can create custom templates which their readers can "spring" into a personal organizer, enter a few key pieces of data, and immediately get more organized.

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The meal planner, a springpad template, lets users plan weekly menus, find recipes from popular sites, and auto-generate shopping lists to print or access on a smart mobile phone.

And individuals can quickly build a highly-customized personal organizer that draws from its suite of custom tools (task lists, calendars with reminders by email and sms, trip planners, shopping lists, budget planners, and the like) and its many built-in connections to live data feeds — including Google contacts and maps; restaurant reservations through OpenTable and reviews at Yelp; customized meal planners with recipes from popular publications and blogs; gift planner tools linked to product and ecommerce sites, to name just a few.

Springpad is live, open to the public, and adding new features, content and tools all the time. Try if for yourself at springpadit.com