As we work on a new project here for the first time in a decade I am thriving off some simple restrictions we put in place and causing me to be more creative. Those restrictions:
- Should adjust naturally to screen size changes
- Should be easily portable to other operating systems
These two issues have become major stumbling blocks for powerOne. powerOne is highly dependent on the screen dimensions of the device because of the calculator and the editors. It also takes a lot of work — 9 months to a year — to move it to a new operating system and device. Both of these issues make us slow moving in a market that is moving ridiculously fast.
This new project, which will remain nameless for at least another couple of weeks, is designed from the beginning to be a lot more portable. We have leveraged some existing code and existing iOS experience. We are about to enter a final testing phase with the product just three months after starting.
I like putting artificial limits on products, bounding the box with which I work. Creating restrictions forces creativity to flow in alternative directions and I hope, once I start showing the new app, that you’ll agree that boxes were placed in the right spots.