Hours Beta

January 17th, 2014 Christain Christain

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Time for a little Hours update. We have been working really hard and Hours is coming along beautifully (I know some have been begging us to get it done a little faster, sorry!) We are finishing up adding some features and of course putting the “Tapity polish” on the app. This will be our first app with sounds and we are also doing some interesting things with animation and dynamics that we can’t wait to show you.

I have been trying out different variations of the icon. Please let us know what you think of the latest iteration.

Now, the beta. We have seen a lot of interest in Hours…

…and would like to open up a beta to get some quality feedback. If you would like to try it out please signup to our Testflight and we will get back to your later this month.

We can’t wait to finally get to start showing this thing off and getting your feedback.

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Speaking of feedback, one thing we want to try with this beta is to use a new SDK called Lookback.io so that instead of just reading your comments, we can watch you use the app so and can gather invaluable usability insights as well.

And if you haven’t signed up for the Hours mailing list yet, you can sign up here.

$36,297 in 24 hours

November 11th, 2013 Jeremy Jeremy

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Nathan and I are completely blown away with the response to The App Design Handbook, iOS 7 Edition. Not only have some of our top heroes in the iOS app community strongly endorsed it but the book has been both Nathan and I’s biggest product launch ever, business wise.

In the first 24-hours Nathan and I sold 548 copies of The App Design Handbook for $36,297 in gross revenue.

Who says you can’t make money on a book.

Nathan wrote a great post about the whole experience.

Thanks everyone, you rock.

My book is here

November 6th, 2013 Jeremy Jeremy

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After a hectic few days with little sleep, The App Design Handbook, iOS 7 Edition is finally here.

We are running a 24 hour sale. After that the prices will go up so now is a great time to buy it and share it with your friends or convince your boss to get the team license ($200 off right now).

Get it now >>

I promise that this book, which I co-authored with Nathan Barry, is the very best book on iOS 7 app design there is… Though I admit that it is the only iOS 7 app design book there is right now so that isn’t quite as bold as it sounds.

But I can definitely say this is my most comprehensive work of teaching I’ve ever done and I am really excited to finally get it into your hands.

We have been absolutely blown away from the response from the community. Here are a few examples:

“Concrete guide to fantastic software design.”

- Loren Brichter, Tweetie and Letterpress

“I read the whole book last night – I liked it a lot! I am thrilled that there is finally a definitive guide for crafting excellent iOS user experiences, and it’s now up to date for iOS 7. Excellent work on this. I am excited to recommend it.”

- Joel Levin, Storehouse (formerly Apple)

“Lots of people ask me how they can get started building iOS apps. Start here.”

- Seth Clifford, Nickelfish

“Great resource.”

- Justin Williams, Second Gear

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I couldn’t be more flattered. I owe it to all the fine folks who helped out on the book including Nathan Barry (for being an incredible co-author and self-publishing genius), my dad Todd (editing), Nathan’s mom (editing), Christain Billings (graphics and web), my sister Sarah (video editing), and my dear wife Mindy (videography and photography).

And also I wanted to extend a huge thanks to all the amazing folks who gave me so much of their valuable time to be interviewed by me and share their incredible insights:

  • Mark Kawano—Former Senior Designer and User Experience Evangelist at Apple, founder at Storehouse
  • Rene Ritchie— Editor-in-chief, iMore.com
  • Marc Edwards—Founder and Lead Designer at Bjango (iStat, Skala)
  • Ellis Hamburger—Reporter at the Verge
  • Michael Flarup—Founder and Lead Designer at Robocat (Haze, Thermo, Outside)
  • Julian Walker—Director of Software Engineering and Co-Founder at FiftyThree
  • (Paper)
  • Harold Emsheimer—Co-Founder and Interface Designer at Overcommitted (Recall, Entries)
  • Shane Crawford—Founder of Blue Lightning Labs (Mathemagics)
  • Denys Zhadanov—Marketing Director at Readdle (Calendars, Printer Pro, PDF Expert)

Interview with Michael Flarup

November 4th, 2013 Jeremy Jeremy

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Michael Flarup, co-founder of Robocat, is one of the coolest designers in the app industry. He is known for gorgeous apps like Haze, Thermo, and Outside.

This summer I had the pleasure of extracting 30 minutes of excellent insights into how to design and market great apps and I think you are really going to enjoy it.

This is just one of nine interviews included with The App Design Handbook, iOS 7 Edition (coming out on November 6th—that is this Wednesday!) Here’s the full list of interviews:

  • Mark Kawano—Former Senior Designer and User Experience Evangelist at Apple, founder at Storehouse
  • Rene Ritchie— Editor-in-chief, iMore.com
  • Marc Edwards—Founder and Lead Designer at Bjango (iStat, Skala)
  • Ellis Hamburger—Reporter at the Verge
  • Michael Flarup—Founder and Lead Designer at Robocat (Haze, Thermo, Outside)
  • Julian Walker—Director of Software Engineering and Co-Founder at FiftyThree
  • (Paper)
  • Harold Emsheimer—Co-Founder and Interface Designer at Overcommitted (Recall, Entries)
  • Shane Crawford—Founder of Blue Lightning Labs (Mathemagics)
  • Denys Zhadanov—Marketing Director at Readdle (Calendars, Printer Pro, PDF Expert)

As a taste of what’s to come later this week, enjoy the full interview with Michael:

If you haven’t already, sign up below for more updates and a special discount when the book comes out:


Grades for iOS 7 update

October 24th, 2013 Christain Christain

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Grades for iOS 7 design is underway and we are still determined to find a balance between the iOS 6 and iOS 7 version of Grades.

After our last iteration we got lots of great feedback, including a great Dribbble rebound from Bill Labus.

As of now, we really like the direction it is going (I say “as of now” because Jeremy is a iteration-aholic and loves to iterate like crazy. Don’t tell him I said that!).

You can check out the latest design here or on Dribbble for a more detailed view.

-Christain