Unlike most chat applications, Hereby does not require usernames, or passwords. Because each device speaks directly with the group of other devices nearby, it shines in environments with limited network connectivity. Hereby’s peer-to-peer, anonymous nature lends itself extremely well to citizen journalism applications.
You might use Hereby to find candid session recommendations at your next conference, or take the pulse of the audience at your band's next live gig. But please, don't call us when you're caught cheating at pub trivia night.
Hereby's spacious design focuses attention on the messages, where a bright palette contrasts sharply with ample whitespace, and few controls. And it's quick, too—you'll be up and chatting with a single tap of the Hereby icon.
Hereby is available for free in the Apple App Store.
Jason LaRivière is a designer and photographer. He was recently the Creative Director at one of Vancouver's hottest startups. You can find him on Twitter @jasonlariviere.
Hereby is the fledgling outfit's first release, and the pair have begun work on follow-up products, including a second iPhone app, and workshop and consultation packages for iOS teams of all experience levels. They encourage you to get in touch, even if it is only to tell them how you're using Hereby.