Words have many shades of meaning depending on the context and it can be hard to find the one that matches exactly what you want to say. Standard dictionary definitions are a good start, but are lacking more nuanced examples. For a writer this can be frustrating—the last thing you want to do is write imprecisely, or in clichés. At the same time, there is nothing more inspiring than seeing authentic examples of sentences written by great authors. We wanted to combine these two elements and create a dictionary app that would give you more context while also serving as an inspiration.
We think both pros and hobbyists will find Quillio useful. The app is probably most relevant to novelists at this stage but it should be helpful for others as well, for example bloggers who are trying to develop their voice. High school and college students who want to improve the stylistic value of their essays could benefit too.
In future we'd like to offer different genres and types of text, not just novels. For example, you could search in journalism, screenplay, poetry or scientific publications. We'd also love to help users save their favourite words and sentences to a personal word cloud. We can imagine that some people will end up wanting to read the complete books too, so we could create a service to provide full text for them as well.
Our solution is based on JS client for Pearson API. First queried word is passed to Longman API to get the left column, that is dictionary result with explanation of meaning. After successful result is found, we call to Penguin API in order to get paragraphs containing given word. Paragraphs are then shuffled, and word is highlighted in result text.
We met in high-school in 2002 and since 2012 have a small design / development studio, working predominantly on projects in edtech. Piotr is a UX designer with a background in marketing and consumer behavior, and Adam is a software engineer with a keen interest in gaming.