This is a really unique and interesting app, very cool - definitely enjoying the look and feel. Going to give this a try with some personal projects, congrats!
Love the concept of this, but holy crap... seeing a countdown on what's left of your life is pretty sobering. (Screenshot)
Thanks Joshua :)
Don't waste it. Go live out your dreams!
In response to Raffaelo, here's the process I went through for the design for the design and development of the app. I apologize ahead of time for it being fairly colloquial.
Idea: I originally wanted to call the app Lifetime. It was meant to capture all the important moments, and help people realize their dreams.
"Lifetime" invoked the image of something light, such as a bird or butterfly -- fluttering through life if you will. The butterfly was too fragile and perhaps capricious. I went with a hummingbird for the logo.
In terms of color, I liked some of the Japanese style art I've seen before and the color was often bold surrounded by negative white space. I tried to replicate that.
Design-wise, I really tried to keep it as simple as possible. One of the things I try to avoid was to include things purely for aesthetic purposes. Rather, I went usability first. If it didn't serve a function, I took it out.
Development was very bootstrapped. The code was bare minimum -- namespaces were not as precise as they could have been, functions were duplicated over multiple controllers, architecture was largely neglected. I reasoned if the app wasn't valuable to people, any effort in pre-optimization would be wasted.
I went through 2 small iterations. My biggest whim is building in too many features, so I limited myself to 3 views and just honed them.
The whole thing took a week and a half from ideation to finished product. However, there were several 18+ hour days, as I was constantly thinking about it (and neglecting my hygiene in the process!)
Really good job! It'd be great if you could write down your process behind the design and development of this app.
Thanks Raffaelo! I included a brief write-up in the comment section of this post.
Congrats on getting something out. I'll give it a download.
Thanks Kype, would love to hear what you think when you do.
This is great! The first screen looks very impactful and I wish I could see this screen at random times of the day or week. The calendar needs further thought though. I wasn't able to use it. You might want to have a look at Moleskine Timepage for how you can make the calendar more usable.
Thanks for the input, really valuable. I'll definitely take a look at Moleskin.
app looks clean! congrats on getting your work out there!
Awesome, I love the idea! Gonna take it for a spin.
Thanks Justin, would love to hear your thoughts when you get a chance to try it out.
I like this idea, and it's impressive what you've achieved in short time. Nice work!
Now for a little (friendly) criticism.
I think it would be worth revisiting the colour contrast throughout. The type throughout is very small and has quite low contrast against the white. That's fine for people with perfect vision, not so much for everyone else. I feel like this could actually hurt the UX quite significantly because you've obviously spent time to give the app a calming zen-like tone – but if people are struggling to read the text it will wind up having the exact opposite effect.
On a similar note, the texture in the app icon is so subtle that it almost looks like low res noise or JPEG artefacts. Which is a shame, because the texture is actually quite lovely, but it's just too fiddly and subtle in such a small area. The bird icon is quite lovely – if you removed the texture and the drop shadow behind it I think it would actually have more impact.
Just my 2c.