Steve here, one half of the design team at Wildcard working with Khoi and the rest of the team here in New York. Anyways, I am proud to say that we just released a brand new version of our app—our 2.0 version if you will—to the App Store. This is the culmination of over 6-months of hard work, lots of design thinking, prototyping and genuine hustle.
In short, Wildcard lets you know whats happening each day without all of the chatter and noise. Our collections give you a truly unique, well rounded, look into a story—articles from top publishers, videos from YouTube, Tweet cards, stock cards and more. Here is an example of a collection on the web, speaking of which, we also designed cards for the web :)
You can authenticate with Twitter to pull in cards from those you follow, personalizing your experience even more. We designed the app with our card technology, to deliver what we believe is the fastest and smoothest news experiences for your iPhone.
We worked hard to design interactions and animations that direct you through the experience—lots of Pixate, Form, QC/Origami here. More on this soon!
I'm here to answer any questions or on Twitter @stephenmeszaros! Let me know what you think.
Thanks Steve, the app has been scratching an itch!
Awesome, glad to hear that Rob. Scratch away!
Amazing app, congratulations!
Thank you Pablo!!
Thanks for posting Steve. If anyone has any questions or comments, we're here to answer. Also, I wrote about some of the design ideas that went into this latest release in this blog post.
Hey Marcel, I apologize. To be honest we are not in the German App Store due to some content issues that we are working through. I'll be sure to let you know when we are live. For what it's worth, we are also not in the App Store's for Spain and Belgium—for the same reasons.
Well... at least I don't feel alone anymore. Hi people from Spain and Belgium!
I've been using the beta for the past couple weeks. Huge step up from v1, really great job!
Congrats Steve and team, looks awesome!
How does this stack up to Circa? I've been using NYT Now as a replacement, but I don't like it too much.
Great question Alex.
I'd say we took some hints from Circa, for instance if you opt-in to notifications, you'll receive a notification if there is an update to a story you've read. Think of their "Follow" mechanic, more to come in this space.
Though we are not re-writing the news, our CEO Jordan said it well over on Product Hunt.
We don't write or rewrite news...for us it's about an incredible discovery, browse, and read/watch/listen experience for users. I don't think anyone has really applied this level of design and technology thought to the space...
In short, we are not re-writing stories in Wildcard. We curate stories from thousands of publishers—using our card technology—to deliver articles, videos, etc. in a native card format. There are many more card types to come in the not-so-distant future :)
Hopefully this helps shed a bit more light into how we think about Wildcard when compared to other news apps.
A lovely app! Great work Wildcard!
Thanks Mike, much appreciated! Let me know if you have any questions.
Amazing work guys. Congrats.
Thanks Al! Hope you're enjoying it.
The interaction is awesome. I have one question. How the engineer to build the animation, do they used the animation code generated from QC/Origami？
Hi Allen. All of the animations were done from scratch in code—just the way our engineers preferred it. We spent some time working on the translation of Origami/Pixate to Xcode to make for a clear line of communication from design-to-engineering. Hope that helps answer your question.
To expand however, I'd say that as a team we worked hard to make sure that our designs were shipped very close to spec. There is much to be done to clean up many of the animations, to be sure, however communicating regularly with our engineering partners was paramount.
Thanks to reply me:) I noticed that Pixate would release a new version can export to Xcode very soon. In prototyping tools area, Origami already support this function, but i don't know, actually wonder does any real product that shipped to App Store really use the animations code generated by prototyping tools.