As well as make cool software I also do icon, web and application design, with a focus on the Mac and iOS software market. For a bespoke quote get in touch and tell me what you need. I’m happy to offer discounts to students, hobbyists and non-profits.
As the first point of contact between your software and your customers, an application’s icon is an important part of the user experience. For many indie developers their application’s icon is also the most important part of their branding. With an ever more competitive landscape, it’s crucial to stand out and try to convey as much of your application’s identity and quality as possible.
Icons also play a key role within applications and their quality can have a large impact on the usability of your software. Is their meaning concise? Do they use sensible metaphors? Are the colours consistent and meaningful?
With years of experience in designing icons for both my own applications and my clients, I can help deliver you an excellent Mac or iOS icon, toolbar and button icons and other application graphics.
The recent “flat style” trend kicked off by Microsoft with their Metro design language and later adopted by Apple in iOS 7, means many developers are looking to update their icons to remove unnecessary elements and textures. Getting the balance right between detail and minimalism isn’t always easy but we believe the middle-road as exemplified by our iKanji touch and iKana touch icons is the right approach for most applications. Retaining familiarity and friendliness while looking at home on iOS 7.
With over a decade of experience in building software on Apple’s platforms, you can be sure you’re putting your iOS or Mac development project into a safe pair of hands.
As one of the rare people in the world that is equally at home designing in Photoshop as coding in XCode, I can offer you a unique, holistic skill set that encompasses the entire process of designing and building a piece of software. If you want to see examples of such work just take a look at any of the software on this website, it’s all entirely built and designed by me.
Where this approach is particularly beneficial is when it comes to turning designs into real software. It’s not that hard to create amazing looking mockups in Photoshop for any competent designer, but designers often aren’t experts in user experience and don’t deeply understand the relationship between their design and the complexity of the code that will be required to achieve it. This is where my mixed skill set can be an invaluable asset and it’s what’s allowed me to build and maintain my own apps for the last decade without requiring outside assistance.
Of course if you already have a good design or have a designer on-staff you’d like me to work with, I’m happy to collaborate. I have experience in picking up existing apps and even doing complete rewrites while keeping the end user experience identical.
Building an app is a big job and a major time commitment for me so it has to be a good fit, as such I will only take on projects I personally find interesting. If you have an exciting project in mind, why not get in touch and let’s see if we can build something awesome together?
I’m often asked what is involved in designing an icon or website so here is a run down of the process.
Here are just a few of the clients I’ve worked with:
Advanced Power – website
Dusk to Dawn Software – icons
ImageBrief – iOS app maintenance
IOSPIRIT – icons
MK&C – icons & UI design
Occam HR – website
Nisus Software – icons
Reilly Technologies – icons
Snowdonia National Park – iOS app redevelopment
Syntori Software – icons
WerYoo – iOS app design consultation
Yahoo! – Mac app design consultation