Day Late & Dollar Short
Inventing apps for iOS, Mac, ... and you!
Love, Apptually App of Love
The Astrology.com folks wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day with an app highlighting their romance-specific horoscopes and promoting their "Cosmos Gal" videoscopes; essentially: remove the non-romantic stuff from the existing iScopes app, throw in a video "play" button, and perhaps heart-up the imagery. Or something.
I chose "or something". The result is one of my favorite apps to date: App of Love, a virtual chocolate box with a high degree of what I call thing-ness.
- As the app launches, the box's cover "lifts off" as rose petals scatter.
- Inside, a sliding row of astro-treats replace the iScopes sign selection wheel, and each chocolate pops up (with a satisfying paper-rustling sound) when touched.
- The cardboard "back of the box" includes a traditional flavor guide, here indicating how the color and texture of a chocolate represent the element (eg, fire) and quality (eg, mutable) associated with each astrological sign.
- Shaking the device reveals the zodiac names and dates written on the bottom of each chocolate's cubby.
- Importantly, we do Cosmos Gal justice.
Fun Fact: App of Love features the first use of my "horizontal table" trick, the elegance of which earned much praise from colleagues at Cocoa Coders, an Austin-based iPhone developers group.
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