iPad App

iPad App

In late 2011, my dad Robert Thompson and I developed an iPad Christmas Advent Calendar App. I did all of the artwork and Photoshop work for the app, and my dad handled all of the coding, which was done in Adobe Flash. The app gained a significant amount of attention at the time, and the GeekDad blog on the website for WIRED Magazine wrote an article about, which you can click here to read. As well as WIRED there were reviews written by iPad Application Reviews and AppAdvice, and the HomeSchool Post gave away some free codes for the app through their Twitter Account. iPad Application Review doesn’t exist anymore as far as I can tell, but click here for the article on AppAdvice. I was only 11 when this project was done, and I posted an article describing the app and process we went through to make it. Here is a description of the app from the article I wrote:
 

My dad and I have been working on an iPad app for the last month. The app is an interactive advent calendar. I drew two characters that live in an igloo. Every day, starting December 1, users can open up a new present every day for the characters to interact with. I drew all the artwork on paper, then I colored all of it in Photoshop. I learned a lot of Photoshop features that I didn’t know about before. I also created some frame based animation for the different items. I’ve created some games on my own before this, but this is the first time I ever worked on one so detailed. My dad taught me some programming basics like functions, event listeners, arrays, objects and other geeky stuff. My little sister helped with the sound effects.

We also worked on a video that gave more detail about the app:
 

 
Unfortunately the app is no longer in the iTunes Store, but it was a really exciting project my dad and I did together. To read all of the articles I wrote about the app click here. Also, here is some of the artwork I did for this project, which I drew, scanned in, and edited in Photoshop: