building the App Store version of crowds after getting great feedback from our beta users !
I built this lamp by designing the pieces in Illustrator and getting them printed out on wood with a laser cuter. I wrote a small web app thing that would create nice animated gradients and color fields. If you run the app on the phone, someone can just drop their phone into the lamp and their phone is suddenly transformed into a piece of real furniture that bares no connection any of the smart phone’s conventional function. Someone could mount the lamp on the wall and mute the phone’s distractions and just enjoy it as an aesthetically pleasing accent to a home or office. I didn’t have time to perfect the laser cuts, but the general idea is there and definitely worth exploring.. I want see what other kind of of products I could make with this idea of completely disguising the smart phone. Before year is out I plan to perfect the cuts and work with Zak on some packaging. The result would be an inexpensive lamp that you could just put together with no tools or glue that uses your phone as its light source.
I’ve been brainstorming a line of pieces that work in the home as pieces of furniture that completely transforms the iPhone so that is essentially another object —so that it takes on a completely new function and takes on a new aesthetic. I’ll upload some pictures of what I’m thinking about later.
Our Design and Development Stacks
A few people have asked how we made sendasock and crowds so I thought I would just share:
PHP and MySQL backed with UrbanAirship for push notifications.
-native objective c/cocoa touch for the app itself
-Parse client and cloud framework for users, relational data, cloud storage for profile pictures, analytics, and pretty much everything else. Parse is the shit.
As for programs, I use Coda for web design, and the Xcode suit for iOS/objective C programming. Zak almost exclusively uses Illustrator for design and building the UI and photoshop when only painfully necessary.
Today I wanted to share a little tidbit. Everyone secretly wants to know who that person was that just unfollowed them, or if a follow is still mutual after a while — or atleast I do lol. So, I programmed in this that will clearly tell you if the person is following you back. #thelittlethings
today is the end of #crowdsweek - 6 days of non stop brainstorming, designing, and software engineering with @zakcrap We hope crowds is an app that builds communities, makes friendships, encourages spontaneity, and puts being actually social back into social networking. Those who’ve already reserved usernames will be given the beta first. There are 80 beta copies.