Recently, AMT-Lab contributor Vicki Peng caught up with David Boyle, Executive Vice President of Insight at BBC Worldwide to talk about his favorite apps.
David Boyle leads the work of the Insight team at BBC Worldwide. His job is to bring consumer insight into decision-making by using data. Before joining BBC, he worked as SVP Insight at HarperCollins Publishers and EMI Music.
Vicky: What are the apps you use every day and why do you like them?
David: Dark Sky - Warns me when it's going to rain with a push notification.
Instagram - Looking: for moments of beauty in the middle of stressful days. Posting: to force me to look for and notice all the cool things in the world.
Inbox - Takes email management to a whole new level.
Feedly - My personally curated stream of news.
VP: Is there an app you think developers should be working on?
DB: Scheduling - Why is it still so difficult to schedule meetings? Why does it still take so many emails?
VP: Is there an app that surprised you with its usefulness?
DB: I thought Twitter was just silly. For years. Then I realised: you have to pick people to follow based on what they post, not based on who hey are. Now I couldn't live without it. (Same experience and lesson applies to Instagram).
VP: If you could recommend one app for every arts manager, what would it be?
DB: Paper - There is nothing quite like a sketchbook for capturing ideas if you're a creative person. And this is the best equivalent on your phone.