A brief history of my experience with iOS (part 1)

I started designing web apps for the iPhone shortly after the initial launch in 2007. This was before native apps were possible and my first app was a simple grocery list app, I was having fun and it wasn’t my serious focus at the time but that all changed later. Note: At this point, total sales of the iPhone were somewhat slow, according to Wikipedia they were just over 1 million units sold (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone)

Following the release of the SDK for iPhone I started dabbling a bit more with a small team I was working with at the time. I worked on the initial product design for an app that was released shortly after that allowed users to display photo streams, weather the time and other rss information on their iPhone. At the time of release I was no longer with this team but overall the app was well received by a small number of users but didn’t attract enough attention to warrant any additional focus. The iTunes App Store was still a small ecosystem with a small market.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I joined an agency that my thoughts about the power of the iTunes App Store started to change. At the time I was working with Apple exclusively through an agency on many projects that I’m not allowed to disclose but I can say that the most enjoyable aspects of the work we collaborated with Apple on was related to the iPhone.

Fast forward to 2012, I started sketching my first iPhone app that was released 2 months later in the App Store, the app is called Relax Sounds and it is still available today. Since then I’ve been immersed in iOS design and have had the opportunity to work exclusively on helping other startups and companies design and launch apps for the iPhone.

A few companies I’ve had the privilege to work with include:

  • Apple
  • Cisco – Jabber for iPad, Cisco Spark
  • Blackberry
  • Microsoft
  • Zillow
  • Expedia
  • Planzio
  • Pocketsuite
  • Wyshme
  • Chairish
  • Instaviser (currently working with them to launch their first iPhone app MVP)
  • And others

Apps that I’ve launched with my consulting and product company Brighten Studios (www.brightenstudios.com)

  • Relax Sounds
  • Relax Baby
  • Relax Sleep
  • Relax White Noise
  • Relax Rain

Notice a theme? It’s no secret that I like sounds, now only if I could do something with smells. Another interest of mine 🙂

In part 2 of this post I’ll be talking a bit more about the apps I’ve launched through Brighten as well as my work with a few of the companies listed above, stay tuned.