• Little Cinna

    We got this little Maltese Shih Tzu from Monika’s Doggie Rescue in 2013 shortly after moving to Australia. Although she’s often mistaken for a puppy, she’s 13 years old now. She was given the name Cinnamon and we just shortened it to Cinna.


    • Faber Castell 9000 (2H, HB, 2B, 4B) with white gouache for the highlights in the eyes.
    • 15x15cm Fabriano Artistico extra white 140lb hot press paper.
    • Photo by darkeybear.
  • Introducing Arty

    Over the last year I’ve been trying to improve my drawing ability (specifically photo realism). In this time I’ve learned three main things:

    1. There’s no such thing as cheating in art (except stealing).
    2. A corollary to the first point: it’s OK to trace.
    3. All creations go through an “ugly phase”.

    To help me create better art and enjoy the process more, I’ve made an app called Arty.


    Briefly, Arty stays with you beyond just applying a filter. You can use it to create accurate line drawings, zoom in to details, pick out colours and even track how long you’ve been working on your project.

    Read more at https://arty.pics.

  • Introducing Mei Li

    Mei Li is a single-screen, message-based app that promotes frequent, but brief engagements. When you first launch the app you’ll meet Min Li and be given an introduction and onboarding, but it’s all in flow. Once you’re setup, Min will start teaching you, and quizzing you.

    Mei Li

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  • Two Random Apps

    How often have you heard someone say “it’s like Tinder, but for X”? I hear this both from people who use apps, and people who make them. I remember when I launched Coverless, someone once described it to me as “Tinder for books”.

    Tinder For books

    This got me thinking - what else could I make that is like Tinder, but for a different market? Or even more generally, if you took a mash-up of two different apps, what would you be inspired to build?

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  • Do We Rate Paid Apps Higher?

    As a developer, I’m interested in the marketing and psychology of pricing apps in the store. At the volumes that most of us sell, a $0.99 price tag is never going to allow us to quit the day job. However, does this token amount of money encourage higher App Store ratings? People who pay for an app are not merely kicking the tires - these downloads are carefully considered and are therefore less likely to disappoint.

    In an effort to understand if charging for an app benefits ratings, I sampled the current top 200 free and paid iOS apps in the UK store and checked the distribution of the ratings.

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