Don’t neglect doing some free, purposeless creative work. This is key! I know you’re busy, but when something turns you on, make sure you create the time to play with it, explore it, and see where it leads you.


The making of App Space:
  1. The idea <-you are here
  2. The prototype
  3. The Default Space[coming soon]
  4. The Visual Style [coming soon]
  5. The Gallery [coming soon]
  6. Conclusion [coming soon]

 
So proud to share with you the process of making my first Android app, App Space! A lot of people are developing mobile apps these days, or have plans to; if you’re one of them, I hope this will help you with the process of the making your own app.

First, here’s what you need to know about App Space:

If you have an android phone, go ahead and try App Space now. It’s free!

promotion The making of App Space | The idea

Get it on Google Play

The Idea

I did this drawing a few weeks ago, just to express how much fun I was having using my new tablet. Even as I was drawing it, I was already thinking to myself: wouldn’t that make a great app launcher?

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App Space

I got really excited about the idea, and as soon as I was done with the drawing I contacted an Android programmer I was once introduced to (he wishes to remain behind the scenes, BTW). I showed him the original picture, and the quickly Photoshoped visual concept you see below. He liked the idea, and we agreed to start working on it immediately.

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In the next post, I’ll share the next stage of the process: converting the raw idea into an exciting, detailed vision! Stay tuned…

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Takeaways

A few notes you might want to keep in mind about the process of making an app (or any personal creative project, for that matter):

  • Spend time with stuff that excites you. Don’t neglect doing some free, purposeless creative work. This is key! I know you’re busy, but when something turns you on, make sure you create the time to play with it, explore it, and see where it leads you.
  • Act FAST. As soon as I knew for sure that I wanted to go for it, I immediately contacted the programmer. When I say immediately I mean right on the spot! I didn’t even wait till I get to a computer: I texted him on my way to work. Looking back on it, it seems to me that taking this prompt and decisive action was important. It gave the project a sense of practical determination that made the whole thing happen for real.
  • Don’t work alone. If you’re anything like me, you crave full control. You want to do everything by yourself. I regret to say that I’ve lost many great ideas to this fallacy. If App Space taught me anything, it’s that working with a partner means more commitment for deadlines, better ideas, more focus, and a lot of extra creative energy.
  • Try partnering with a [recommended] stranger. I’ve started several projects with old-time friends over the years, but none of them ever got finished. I think working with someone who wasn’t a friend gave App Space an air of professionalism that made me takes it more seriously. It also allowed me more choice in picking the best partner for the job.

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