What’s the most important element of a well designed iPhoneography app?
I think there are many important elements: But allowing the user to express himself in his own style is the most important. I want each creator to have the chance to differentiate, to create something personal and unique.
The second most important is the flow experience: there should not be any kind of obstruction while users are engaged in their creative process (this includes a very simple and powerful user interface)
Which role do the users of iColorama have in the development of the app?
I have direct contact with many users and periodically receive suggestions to improve the app. I respect and value these suggestions and contact very much!
I post almost daily at the community page, featuring new effects or the best artworks by users. I read every comment and I check every piece published at Instagram with the #icolorama tag.
There is a flow of inspiration coming back to me from the users' creations: very often presets and effects are directly inspired from their fantastic pieces of art.
Lately some users are starting to publish their own tutorials on their blogs, I don’t have enough words of gratitude for that, it's a service highly valued by the community and they can count on me for spreading and advertising their tutorials.
And finally the nice user reviews: The latest version of iColorama version 3.1 has only 5 star reviews in USA, 5 stars 27 times! That is probably the best way to support and encourage me to continue the app development.
What would be your advice to someone who's just starting out using iColorama?
A good start is to read the very short user guide; then search the web for tutorials and inspiration. e.g. by checking at Instagram the #icolorama tag, visit the community page at FB or just contact me directly if you need it, I’m daily available online.
What do you find to be the greatest challenges and rewards of developing your own iPhoneography app?
The greatest challenges are in the areas of performance and user interface. These are very complicated areas when going mobile; as the devices are limited in graphic power and screen size.
The biggest rewards received are the friendship with many amazing creators and the absolute joy of looking at what they are creating.