Site Navigation
| Next»
Social Media Network App Logo
Venteo are a social network start up focussed on event photographs. After their minimum viable product proved a success they set about the task of creating a stable, scalable mobile app around which to grow their business.

As an iOS Consultant tasked with designing the iOS application architecture I worked closely with the CTO spending time with everyone in the team from UX designers to backend developers. Happily Venteo were keen to use Swift and I designed and developed a multi-threaded MVVM based framework upon which the application is being built. I also produced an iOS application development production plan and schedule.

Visit their site.

European Patent Office Logo
Last year I was approached by the European Patent Office and asked whether I could help them with their plans to produce a mobile version of their Espacenet product. The proposal provides an interesting case study in the type of consultancy that precedes the production phase of enterprise grade mobile applications..

Read More »»

That's Advertainment17 November 2013

While I only have eyes for Crystal Palace someone I am friends with on Facebook is a Sunderland Football Club supporter. At the beginning of this season when Paolo Di Canio's position at the club was looking to be under threat, Sky Bet started offering odds that he would be the first manager of the season to go.

They posted the question on Facebook and when my friend interacted with the post it appeared on my timeline. At first I was curios, I am not connected to Sky Bet but how had this advert for one of their current bets appeared amongst the pictures of cats and babies that make up most of my Facebook content?

I started reading the comments and read the type of responses you would expect from a football topic. Opinions and the ability to express them ranged widely. I got drawn in, it was very entertaining and that in a nutshell, is Advertainment.

Facebook Ad

Read More »»

Raw Duck Incubator Logo
Two factor authentication is all the rage. Many banks have sent their customers tiny plastic devices, that look like calculators, to put their cards into when doing online banking, and Git has recently introduced it. Usually supplying a username and password is a single factor as these are things you know. By adding in a second factor, something you have, systems can be made much more secure. Recently I worked on a system that turns your mobile phone into the second factor, the thing you have. Great idea, you probably already have it with you.

2013-10-04-ios-authentication.png

Read More »»

App Prototype Developer

Going from prototype to market is a pain.

This article is aimed at product owners, project managers, budgets holders and business executives. Technical people are probably going to nod and repeat "Yes, I know" as they read it.

Whenever the intended audience want to create a large amount of emotional turmoil in the hearts and minds of technical folk they ask questions such like :

"Why is it that a prototype can be produced quickly and the first release to market takes exponentially more time?"

"Surely a good portion of the work was achieved creating the prototype?"


These sorts of questions are asked all the time and this thinking is quite often the seeds of later unhappiness. A clear majority of the time the prototype is used to create the first version, whether it is a minimum viable product (MVP) or not. Money and emotional investment has been spent creating a prototype and apparently an efficiency can be realised by using it as the start point for the next phase.

I propose the chances of easier early, and also sustained, success can be promoted instead by engaging with the exact opposite idea. Once the decision has been made to move forward throw the prototype away and create the first production version from scratch.

Read More »»

University of Kent logo
Earlier this year I gave a lecture at the University of Kent about native vs cross platform mobile development. It seemed go down well and I was happy to be back there to do another one. This time the subject was less technical but rather I was asked to share my experiences of working in the London digital production landscape over the last 11 years.

Read More »»

Xcode provides integration with Git which remains of the most popular distributed repository systems choice for developers. The only other one I have used recently is Mercurial, SVN seems to be fading into the background and as for CVS, I am probably just showing my age now. This tutorial will demonstrate how to back up the Xcode Git repository for your iOS project. This includes how to bundle up all of the Objective-C you have written, the Nib files and all the supporting files for your project and upload them from your machine on to an Amazon S3 bucket in two clicks.

20121013-backup-ios-projects-using-amazon-s3.jpg

Read More »»

University of Kent logo
Earlier this month I enjoyed one of the perks of being a member of the universities' Digital Media Industrial Panel and delivered a lecture to the students studying digital media. There was obviously only one thing for me to talk about ... Native vs Cross Platform Mobile Development.

Read More »»

Recently I have been looking into the popular choices, platforms and frameworks, currently used to develop mobile phone apps and I have collated my findings here. This post has a day to day production considerations, is reasonably technical and is aimed at decision makers, team leaders and senior developers. If you are a freelance mobile developer you may find this article a primer when deciding which mobile phone technology you feel is worth pursuing.

Read More »»

As a web developer who is interested in mobile phone development I thought the first part of my journey into learning what the new wonderful world of mobile is like would be to get this website, my portfolio, to render well on my phone.

Read More »»

| Next»