Monthly Archives: June 2012

Just Doodle While You Work…

I was mindlessly doodling while installing a few computer programs today and this sweet little moment appeared on my paper…



Without sharing too much information, I am currently working on my first iPad/iPhone/Android app and the topic DOES involve pregnancy… this sketch might have to make it into the project somehow.

I have been wanting to get involved in app development for a couple years now. I am a bit of a geek when it comes to computers and I love a good challenge. I’ve taught myself how to do HTML and CSS programming, as well as a bit of JavaScript, so I’m hopeful that learning to code apps won’t be too great a leap. I know there are some great drag-and-drop options out there, but from my experience with web development I think it is always a good idea to have a clear understanding of the framework behind a build before you go that route. Otherwise, you don’t ever really know how much better your project could have been with a little more knowledge and flexibility.

That said, I did a bit of research this week and decided to start with using the Appcelerator Titanium Studio. I chose to use it for a number of reasons. It’s free, it came highly recommended from another friend, has great reviews online and allows you to create iPad/iPhone apps and Android apps from the same code (with a bit of tweaking). However, the biggest reason that I chose it was because it supports HMTL5, CSS3, and Javascript coding… which I am already familiar with.



My first snag came when I learned that you can only do iPad / iPhone development on a Mac running Snow Leopard or later (though I wasn’t really surprised). Currently I am working on a Sony laptop… despite my love of all things Apple. This discovery lead to an impromptu Ebay purchase of a suitable Mac Mini. My goal is to upgrade to the Mac Pro soon… but the budget didn’t allow for that just yet. Rather than wait for the Mini to arrive next week, I decided to install Titanium on my PC and start learning how to use it under the Android platform for now.

I eagerly downloaded everything that the program requires and started watching the online videos provided by Appcelerator. They weren’t very helpful so I ended up purchasing the Appcelerator Titanium Smartphone App Development Cookbook for Kindle from Amazon. I sat down to follow along with Chapter 1 and quickly learned that I hadn’t installed everything I needed yet.

Once again I CAREFULLY read through and followed the steps in the online installation guide HERE. (This is one good example of where following directions the first time could have saved me a lot of trouble… so take your time.) After a couple google searches to correct minor error messages, I was finally able to open my first blank project. Ahhh… progress.

Tonight I’ll be working my way through Chapter 1 (at least). Hopefully I won’t run into too many snags from here forward.

I plan to document my experience with Titanium for those of you who are interested in learning about development. I’m sure I will stumble a lot along the way but I am up for the challenge. None of us can deny the effect that technology is having on the publishing industry… and I’m really excited to be in the middle of it all.

Back in the studio… finally!

Many of you have been wondering where I’ve ran off to. Even more of you have been asking what I am working on and how the progress is coming on my book dummy.

For the past 4 years I have dealt with a lot of digestive health issues. I had self-diagnosed the problem as gallbladder disease and finally found a surgeon who agreed with me. He removed the offensive organ 6 weeks ago… and now I am feeling better than I have in years! It’s amazing what your body adapts itself to. Now, living pain free I feel totally motivated and recharged. I’m happy to say that I am back and will be putting my “seat back in the saddle” over the next few days.

I haven’t been a total slacker though. After a couple weeks of recovery I’ve had to catch up on some design projects and freelance work that had been simmering on my back burner. Most recently I have been working on a Shopify website for a cute little retail boutique in Carl Junction, MO called Vintage Vogue. She sells beautiful things and it has been a fun challenge to try and capture the essence of her retail store in an online one. You can check it out at www.shopvintagevogue.com.



 

I hope to find time to do Illustration Friday this week and I will be putting some time into research for my “super-secret” app idea… my next big project. Will look forward to bringing all of you along for the ride. I have a lot of catching up to do… so expect quite a few posts over the next few weeks!