Best Free iPad App of the Week: artCircles

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is artCircles – which offers to help you discover classic and current artwork in a whole new way.

The app has an innovative and attractive UI which, as the app’s name might suggest, is based around circles. You spin your way through circles called collection wheeels that are centered around individual curators, colors, or words – and then dive into the collections that strike your fancy.

artCircles iPad app

You can create your own collection of favorites and share them via Facebook and email. Prints of the artwork contained in the app are available for In-App purchase.

All of the ways to browse through and enjoy the artworks are a lot of fun. If you choose the Curators wheel you’ll get lots of insight about each collection via voiceovers from the curators themselves as you view a slideshow of images. And in some cases the curator is the artist – as with David Garibaldi and his Rhythm, Color, Culture, Energy collection.

artCircles iPad app

artCircles iPad app

Browsing through by colors was more enjoyable than I expected. I love the first image chosen for the Cerulean collection:

artCircles iPad app

I especially enjoy exploring the Words collection wheel. It’s hard to resist when the wheel is full of words like quirky, sublime, nostalgic, and wanderlust that are so full of promise. Here are some favorite examples for some of these, starting with sublime:

artCircles iPad app
Here are a couple from the Nostalgic collection:

artCircles iPad app

Nostalgia Looney Tunes

And this one from the Wanderlust collection is very striking:

Wanderlust Zen Pebbles

I’m no artist, but still find myself struck and inspired by the wonderful artwork contained in this app – and just find it a real pleasure spending time with it because of the simple, fun interface of artCircles. I have to imagine that if you’re a creative type, this app could serve as a great source of inspiration.

Here’s an App Store link for artCircles.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.


Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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