Today is a great day! Today Make It Pop has been released in the app store and I can finally blog about it!
Earlier this summer, I started Tryangle Labs with three friends—two designers and a programmer—so that together we could create quality, well designed educational apps for children. Make It Pop is the first of what we hope to be MANY apps!
I cannot tell you how much fun it has been creating this app, in all aspects. I wish that I had video of when our programmer Darren first showed us how, without any graphics, he programmed one of the app’s games (popping bubbles) to work. It was just a bunch of circles that generated from a corner of the screen, and if you touched the circles they disappeared. Well, to us non-programmer designers, this was ABSOLUTE MAGIC. The mere fact that we could have ideas, and a programmer could make them work, and all we had to do was create the graphics to make them look good opened a whole new world to us! Creating the graphics for this has also been an incredibly rewarding experience. I don’t know if I can describe how cool it is to draw/design a girl, and then actually be able to interact with her, popping her bubble gum!
It has also been rewarding to watch our own children play with this app. Our kids are below the age where they can understand, “Mommy and Daddy made this!” So to see them choose this app among all the many choices they have (Oliver is very picky when it comes to which apps he’s going to play), and then consistently come back to it again and again over the course of months shows us that we’re doing something right! (Also the fact that Oliver knows what a pentagon and a hexagon is!!)
I really couldn’t be happier today. HUGE thanks to the Tryangle Labs team, Darren, Angie, and Melanie. Melanie lives about 10 minutes away from me, but Darren is in Texas and Angie is in New York, which makes it really hard and not very fun to have a proper launch party (Melanie and I are getting together in an hour to shoot some footage of our kids playing with the app for a little promo video… does that count?).
Make It Pop is a great app for preschoolers that teaches numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and sizes. Check it out!