ObjectiveSee’s interview with Steven Frank and The New Disruptors episode with John Gruber both mention how long it took to make what they’re known for now. For Panic, it was 18 months to build the first Transit app. For Daring Fireball, it was years before it made any money. I overlook that time too easily myself, and its good to think about how long that felt then for a process that seems so quick now.
[To ward off stuffed-up corporate pompous talk, I’ll post the rough notes of what I’ve been thinking about each week.]
- Making an app that lets users find each other in order to have a stranger for brunch.
- An art show dedicated to blandness and things transmuted to mundanity: a table of grey gravel, the entire MobileMe archives crunched into raw bytes and then displayed as greyscale pixels, show posters on printed in clear varnish on grey paper.
- A musical version of the Piet programming language.
- A social network with a pre-determined closure date, and if that would hinder or help expression.
- What metric Facebook is using to determine if ads are pushing away users, and what sort of warning displays they have in their office if it goes over the line.
Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla, talks about how he got suckered into competing against Foursquare and how it made the Gowalla team loose track of their real goals.
This little Branch chat has some first-hand opinions about how to choose between personal desires and market demands when making products.
There’s a new app under development at Zanopan, one that’s born out of a frustration I often have: forgetting about food and having it go all nasty. It’s good food, I just forgot to eat it, and now it’s wasted money. I’d like to share some of the development process as I go along, and I’ll have a gigantic amount to share at the end of it.
Above: the app icon, done by the talented Tanya Lam.