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E is for Experiment
Client: Personal Project
Added: March 31, 2010
Updated: October 08, 2013
APPRIL IS FOR FOOLS
After finally getting an iphone in January, I went through the usual battery of general interest apps—the news sites, the radio apps, and the games. Already being a long standing ipod addict, the joy from this new wonder was indescribable. A phone and a radio, an ipod and a camera, not to mention a compass??
Eventually, I settled into using some of the photo and photo filtering apps, and I was amazed at the ease at which one could create, alter and upload photos. There was no need to import the photos onto my laptop, no waiting for Photoshop to open, etc. Then a question occurred to me as to whether it was possible to simulate, if not potentially create the same for a design environment on the iphone. The possibility has eventually turned into a reality as I've dived into a few of the 150,000 apps out there, albeit with big caveats.
While the hacking aspect of this has been good fun, sometimes you have to move between three or four different apps to create something that ID or PS might have handled in one program, the comparable ease, speed and fluidity of working within a touch-based environment still surpasses a laptop/desktop based environment. These apps open instantaneously and any imaging/redrawing happens in real time. Outside of waiting for larger files to save, it's an incredibly fluid process. Fonts for now are limited to Apple OS, and actually using these creations for print projects is stymied by the resolutions possible, at least for now.
The comps that follow here have been generated entirely on an iphone using any number of painting, photo, and miscellaneous apps. All copy is fabricated, the designs are mostly pedestrian and patience with the resolution is required. My aim was to recreate the typical working process, and largely that alone.
More on the apps subject at http://danielrembert.com/blog/.
Flickr also has a nice collection of people that use iphone apps although, as a whole, in a more photographic or art-based way.