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The App Store is currently on a fantastic trajectory, it’s becoming ever more a wonderfully self sustaining and profitable marketplace for entrepreneurial developers. One of the best things about the App Store in its current form is how remarkably easy it is for passionate developers to make a mark.

If you have a truly great idea, there’s a good chance you can succeed!

App Cooker is aiming to be the single, all encompassing, tool for designing and mocking up apps – helping you to plan and assess the viability of your idea. Now comes the real question; is it any good?


The computer is, according to the traditional mindset, largely a proxy device. There is little to no direct input from the user; every action is interpreted through either the keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Because of these proxy input methods, we’ve developed a sort of digital mindset; we think of a file as something to be clicked on, we interpret each click of the mouse as being our real, natural input.

What, then, happens when a device comes along without a physical keyboard or mouse? This question has become more pronounced throughout the introduction of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and (more recently) the iPad.

Much of Apple’s marketing around the iPad has been that ‘it just works’ or that being able to touch the application, or the application’s interface, is ‘magical’. I’m inclined to agree; the iPad is changing, and will continue to change, the way that we think about computers and how we interact with them. Through one simple, basic concept; touch.

The entire computing world has been flipped on its head and forced to answer some hard questions.


It’s no secret that iOS has a very high quality of design. There are countless stunning apps which make the most of the iPad’s 9.7” screen. But how often do you stop and consider who makes these interfaces?

It doesn’t just happen by accident -there are designers who spend countless hours perfecting every tiny element of an app to make it effortless for the user to interact with.

Today, we’ll be talking to Dan V Peterson, the Michigan-based designer who has created the interface for the excellent (and beautiful) 1Password. We’ll be finding out his methods, inspiration, favourite iPad apps, and much, much more.


Following on from the roundup last week of beautifully designed iPad app icons I’m going to have an opinionated look at what can make, or break, an app icon.

Why are you writing about icons, you say, surely it hardly matters what an app’s icon looks like? If these were questions that sprung to mind when you read the heading, then think again!

Icons are very very important.


There always seems to be another use for the iPad. When it first came out, I figured that it was a great place to showcase my photography work; I could just use the built-in Photo app and flick through to my heart’s content.

The problem is that, although Photos is great, it’s just not classy enough to really feel impressive in your hand. Give your iPad to a client, for example, and watch them accidentally stumble into your personal picture collection – which could be quite embarrassing…

If only there was a dedicated app that looked great and turned your iPad into the perfect portable portfolio. There is, and it’s called Minimal Folio. Could this dramatically change the way you showcase your work?


One of the most compelling and immersive things about the iPad is, without a doubt, the gorgeous screen. If you’re like me then when you’re holding it you become completely enthralled and oblivious to the outside world.

What better for refreshing your enjoyment of your iPad than giving your lock screen and home screen an overhaul?

Today we’ll be looking at 60 examples of beautiful wallpaper design, from landscapes to abstract art, each tussling for the chance to make their debut on your iPad!


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