Our Windows Phone app, Rhythmatic, wins at the Fast Track to the Mobile App Design Challenge
Microsoft Windows Phone and Core77, an industrial design magazine, recently held the Fast Track to the Mobile App contest. The international competition asked designers to come up with business-focused apps specifically tailored for Windows Phone.
On a personal level, this was a particularly rewarding contest to win. As a high school student who got accepted into Ontario College of Art's Industrial Design program, but never went (I instead chose a completely different post-secondary path), this specific area of design has always been important to me and very much a part of who I am. If you could look back through all of my childhood drawing books, you'd see them jam-packed full of industrial design-type illustrations for sports equipment, clothing, footwear, technology and all sorts of other everyday items. I guess, in some ways, this is my interest coming full circle.
Now, what was appealing to us about this contest is that it wasn't just asking for design concepts and leaving them as just that: ideas. The Windows Phone design team and Core77 actually want to see the apps created by designers be turned into functional, sellable apps in the Windows Phone Store. And then, after they are in the Marketplace, completed apps are going to be eligible to receive additional marketing and promotion from Microsoft, the App Hub, Core77 and at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
So, we decided to enter. Our idea was Rhythmatic: a dynamic, intelligent business cash-flow management app that leveraged some of the big features of Windows Phone, namely integration with Office Mobile and Live Tiles. After some time spent sketching, talking about and sitting down to design several of the individual screens for our app, we submitted Rhythmatic (as in the rhythm of running a business) to the contest website. And waited.
What's next for Rhythmatic? We get to actually build it. The goal is for the app to be available in the Windows Store in early 2012 with help and guidance from appointed senior Windows Phone designers. That's admittedly not a lot of time, but we've got plenty of experience building stuff fast. Really fast. So we're taking it upon ourselves to make this happen and we couldn't be more excited.
Stay tuned for updates on Rhythmatic as they come. Core77 has also assigned a writer to the development story who will be documenting our experience over the coming weeks and months. So that's now also official: we've become own reality show.
Off we go...
Wow! Congratulations. I love a reality show, especially when it involves someone we know!
Well done, an awesome accomplishment and congratulations on the award level achieved, most impressive..
Dad & Mom
Great stuff Geoff.
All the Traffords
I love these online family moments. You guys are the best.
Congratulations Geof! Maybe there will now be new directions for you to explore! Keep us informed.
Thanks, that's the goal. It's going to be a tough, yet short, road ahead getting our app built and into the Windows Marketplace, but if anybody can make it happen, it's Mike.
Congratulations Geoff. Well done! Your hard work has paid off, and this is the start of what could be a very exciting journey.
I am really overwhelmed by your activity in this contest.
To think it was narrowed down to 5 ,showing you were
one of the 5 top. It justifies my faith as your Grandfather
in your ability to be a success. God Bless