Day One Digital Journaling: Reviewed

The makers of Day One describe it as “a simple way to journal,” and that’s simply what it is.

Purpose & Functionality

Day One Journal from Day One on Vimeo.

Day One is a journaling app for Mac, iPad, & iPhone. It helps me to journal more consistently, because I always have it with me. The iPhone version enables me to write quick thoughts while I’m out or to compose entries while I’m laying in bed about to fall asleep. The iPad version is useful when I’m out at a bookstore or coffee shop reading, and the desktop version works best when I want to write a longer entry. Day One supports sync with either Dropbox or iCloud, and if you like the idea of context added to your writing, you can allow Day One to save the location and weather of each journal entry. These are just a few of the many features that I enjoy.

Rating: simplicity, usefulness, beauty and necessity

  • Simplicity. (9/10) Day One exudes simplicity. It’s layout and navigation are intuitive and encourage the user to start journaling.
  • Usefulness. (8/10) Journaling is a beneficial habit for anyone, but I’m not here to talk you into journaling. If you journal or wish you did, this app is a useful tool.
  • Beauty. (9/10) Day One is consistently impressive. Its typography & layout are clean, and the transition between iPhone, iPad, & Mac is seamless. Their attention to detail is refreshing.
  • Necessity. (7/10) Journaling apps aren’t necessary for everyone. For many who journal, pen & paper are the perfect tools. For me that just isn’t true, and if you are like me, Day One may be exactly what you need.
  • Stickiness. (9/10) Once you start using Day One, I don’t think you will want to stop.


Day One is available for iOS in the Apple App Store and for Mac in the Mac App Store.

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