An app is never finished. Just when you thought you could tear yourself away from it and do something normal you realize it needs another touch.
My beautiful fully-functional music reading trainer app looked terrific for a while. Now I know it has to be in colour. All black and white is too austere. I have to become a painter too.
So I’ve started to put colours in where I can for the next edition and it does look different – more appealing, more familiar, more like a game.
There will also be progress rewards – You’re halfway through the course so your Status is Skilled and your Rating is Three Star. Am I pandering? is this over-kill? Won’t my valued customers feel condescended to?
Knowledge of coding – or of music for that matter – melts into insignificance in comparison with knowledge of people. What are the triggers to their dedicated interest? What do they seek besides the offered musical skill – that elusive something which must be present for them to proceed to check-out? Is it all swipes and beeps and simple repetitive challenges?
Do all apps have to provide escapism? Actually, I hope so as my next one is on the way – a DIY karaoke app with all the bells and whistles, cute little features and hours of fun. I hope. Will I have got the people-watching right with this one?