Well it’s been almost a year since our last update, however I can assure you my silence is not synonymous with being idle. In fact it’s been the exact opposite. Following the release of “Around the world in 5 differences” I started to think about the future and what Front Row should do next. Front Row’s Apps reaching the 75,000 download mark all with positive reviews demanded a more ambitious project. I also wanted to work on something completely different. Having BizSpark and Microsoft’s MSDN subscription provided a wide scope of opportunities, and I wanted to make sure Front Row took full advantage of it. Read more
Since its launch in 2008, more than half a million apps have been submitted to the App Store. So naturally there is a very good chance, your idea has already been done. And when it comes to such a saturated market place, one has to wonder “how can I stand out”. How to present something that can be successful. Before going forward, I should tell you something. I am new to this. I have not submitted anything that has been featured by Apple or have made it big on the App Store (yet). So for the most part I’m probably where you are. And since we share that same mutual position, I figured I share my perspective and approach to having to compete with half a million other apps on the App Store… So here is my experience: Read more
I came across an interesting article on Linkedin awhile ago. Initially I was surprised it wasn’t somehow Facebook related but then I found it intriguing enough to actually write about it. It was from Business Insider titled “The End Of Smart Phone Era Is Coming,” Which you can read here. The overall premise of the article is that Google and Microsoft’s recent focus on augmented reality, is going to bring about the end of Smart Phones. If you don’t know what Google Glass is, here is a quick demo of it in action. After reading the article and spending some time thinking about it, I decided to focus on on what I believe are flaws in the its premise and predictions.
Four months ago I started researching for my first title. As I was browsing through the App Store I came up with a set of requirements that formed my overall framework going forward. Some of these requirements were based on the fact that I had a limited budget and other were based on what I had seen on the App Store and what I believed would be recipe for a successful title:
It’s been awhile since there’s been an update so I thought I’ll do a quick post. I’ve been super busy working on project in5differences. In all honestly most of my time is spent on making sure the product looks good and the UI is intuitive rather than getting the functionalities up. I mean it’s not that difficult to make things work, the project itself is not too technically challenging, however making everything look as polished as possible is taking most of my time. I actually find myself spending more time behind Photoshop and Illustrator than xcode. Read more
If you ask me, I would say the perfect place for arts and sciences to converge is within the realms of computer science. I don’t think any other discipline combines the two more beautifully. But then again, I may be a little biased in my analysis. This reminds of the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”. I don’t remember it too well but I remember one of the characters kept linking all sorts of trivial things to the Greeks, explaining how everything is derived from their culture and history. So it might be my computer science pride peaking through, but I’m going to try to explain why computer science manages to combine art and sciences better than any other discipline. And perhaps link it to the interface (UI) design and the challenges I faced while working on “Project Mastan”
It’s easy to come up with ideas. That’s what your brain’s meant to do. To come up with ideas is to take common patterns from your everyday experiences and morph them into new patterns. This is why I believe it’s important to commit to an idea as soon as possible. Now what does it mean to commit? I’m not a big fan of sitting down and designing a complete road map of what needs to be done. But I do believe it’s important to create some sort of physical representation of the idea. 40 thousand dollars and five years of earning a computer science degree has made it somewhat easier for me to accomplish this. I like to think that I’m trained to see things in abstractions. This somewhat helps with translating ideas from a concept in your head into something meaningful on paper/screen. When I decided to take on Project Mastan the first thing I did was I mapped how I would like the user interface to look like. This is before writing any code or even thinking about how I would solve the challenges I had ahead of me. This step brought the idea, from my head into the physical world. I was seeing it on a piece of paper. That which existed as neuron connections in my brain, was now in the physical world. This first step, was not only motivating but also extremely helpful on collaborating my subsequent millstones.
So I suggest, whenever you take on a task, be it related to software development or real life: try to move it from your brain in to the physical word in some shape or form. If you’re planning on losing weight, write down the steps you want to take. If you’re thinking of redecorating your house, draw out where you want your furniture. There is something about having your idea take form in the physical world that not only motivates you, it commits you to doing it.
You know what always comes up when you discuss a specific idea with friends and families? I am asking this, because over and over again, people talk about how it’s important to always be on the lookout for that one great idea. The one that no one else has thought of. To focus and think hard to find something that hasn’t been done before and monopolize that idea for yourself. This conversation also tends to come up when you discuss your ideas. If you have an idea, and it just so happens that you bring it up in a conversation. One of the first things that tends to come up is, “Oh you’re doing so and so, you know X and Y have already done it?” Read more