Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Introducing Circa

A brand new news app from a brand new team:

Instead of articles, Circa presents news as a collection of details about a story: the facts, stats, quotes, pictures, maps, and more. These are the full stories, not summaries; summaries tend to compress stories and therefore lose details. Instead, each story on Circa has the same details you’d find in traditional articles, but broken down into individual chunks of information that are much easier to consume. It’s the facts, without the fluff.

It’s presenting complex information as flash cards, which is an interesting approach. I feel, however, that this loses the critical function of good journalism: the ability to put these facts, quotations, statistics, and ideas into context. This app and service provides plenty of information, but misses the human element.