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I sincerely hope you are reading this on your iPhone (no doubt during a break from playing Inkstrumental). If you’re anywhere near London (and if my ability to translate timezones is anywhere near correct), Jon and ustwo, creators of the doodlicious Inkstrumental app, are at the Apple Store RIGHT NOW. Says Jon:
Get over to the Apple Store, Regent Street, London for a special evening featuring myself and London design studio ustwo. We will talk about how we made the excellent iPhone and iPad app Inkstrumental and probably act all silly a bit too. I may do some digital doodling throughout.
From 7pm, at the Apple Store, 235 Regent Street, London.
Some of you have written to say you’d send pictures, so please do. For the rest of us who are on other continents, kindly content yourself with my Inksterview.
I just posted an interview with Jon and Mills (of ustwo), creators of Inkstrumental™ on the Neon Monster blog. Not coincidentally, Neon Monster’s blog is another example of the outstanding example of custom blog design by The Neon Hive, who are also responsible for the fantastic blog you are currently enjoying.
Hardcore readers of Doodlesplatter will recall an actual coincidence. I first posted about Inkstrumental™, almost exactly a year ago today. Here’s a starting teaser to the story:
Inkstrumental™ is a fun game where characters designed by Jon Burgerman each correspond to a sound. You assemble a ragtag band of 8 characters (out of a possible 30 + 1 wildcard where you can record your own vocal sample) and tap them to add their voices to one of 3 backing tracks. (Or you can just button mash.) When you’re satisfied with the result, save it and share it. Fun for the whole family! I recently took a break from playing Inkstrumental™ for a volley of virtual wordplay with Jon, the “professional doodler” and Mills, “the Willy Wonka of the app world”.
Hooked? Hope so. Please read the rest of the illuminating Inkterview™ here.
I got a message from Mills of ustwo™ on Saturday alerting me that the long-awaited Inkstrumental iPhone app was now available from the Apple store (try this link). I’ve been playing around with it in spare moments ever since. If you’d like to check out my first composition, there’s a screengrab above and a short embedded video below.
Mills also sent along a tidy zip file of 31 Inkstrumental wallpapers featuring all of Jon’s characters for Doodlesplatter readers. You can download those below. I’ve got much more to say about this, including an interview with Mills and Jon about the app, which will appear as a crossover with another blog in the next couple days. In the meantime, UK friends, please mark your calendars for May 20th from 7-8PM. There will be a special Inkstrumental event at the London Apple store on Regent Street. Details on all this to come. Now start making music and/or wallpaper!
Well isn’t this just like our friends over at ustwo™ who are constantly on the cusp of cutting edge app technology and living by nobody’s rules but their own. We’re halfway (Jon’s half) through an interview with them about the impending Inkstrumental release, and BAM, they drop this new Granimator app for the iPad! [Note: The app's own website says it is available for iPhone as well as iPad, but after upgrading iTunes, downloading the app and syncing my iPhone, I can't corroborate that. The Granimator app shows up as an iPad app and is not readable on my iPhone. That's a bummer.]
Granimator™ is a creative sound based wallpaper creator. A free-form, immersive touch and sound experience that allows you to become the artist and create the best wallpapers for your iPad or iPhone. Once you’ve created your masterpiece, save your creation or show them off to your friends through Flickr, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Granimator.com.
The Granimator™ offers an exquisite collection of ustwo™ designed packs which gives you access to multiple choices of graphical elements (styles, shapes and backgrounds) which you can touch, pinch and drag across the screen to create stunning compositions and soundscapes. Granimator will be among the first apps available when the iPad launches overseas next month.
“Granimator is the perfect blend of everything ustwo stands for: creativity, passion, motion, sound and style,” said Mills, co-founder of ustwo, which has spent £55,000 to date developing the app, with a further £75,000 set aside for further development. “This is an iPad app designed to enable users to create something beautiful, while being fully engaged with the creative process.”
The app itself is a free download and users will initially be able to access free artist packs from in-house designers BOBBYBOBSON, Gracie Miller, Laffers and Jason Gregory, as well as the eagerly anticipated Mentalism pack by our boy, Jon Burgerman. The next release planned for Granimator will be the Coolective Pack which will feature six more artists, including Pete Fowler! Make it for iPhones too! [Head's up via Saki, ustwo and Creative Review]
Doodlesplatter will be bringing you sneak peeks and exclusive info on Jon and ustwo’s upcoming iPhone app, Inkstrumental, as we count down to its release. The kind folks at ustwo have given us a hint at the characters to come, as seen below. Later this week, they will be releasing a panoply of character-based iPhone wallpapers on their blog, so tune in, or um, yes, we’ll probably remind you.
Inkstrumental™ is almost upon us. We’ll have something exclusive for you from ustwo shortly. In the meantime, turn up your speakers’ volume and enjoy a sneak peak at the iPhone app (below) as well as a bit of Inkstrumental™ CRAZO™ (the unreleased “lite” version, above) that ustwo released late last Fall.
Every couple months, there’s something new to post about inkstrumental, and we hear ustwo is getting close to releasing Jon’s iPhone app. Although it’s a bit like putting the cart in front of the horse, it’s great advertising and obviously, I’m a sucker for a JB wallpaper. I don’t see a way to link to the individual post on their tumblr site, but currently at the top of the page: four free colorful, virtual wallpaper downloads.
Remember Masher of the Universe? Jon’s graphic now finds its way into your iPhone courtesy of the creative minds at yellowapp.mobi. For 99 cents, you can download the opps! app, which combines a classic arcade game with backgrounds by modern artists. A quick, fun, little game. yellowapp.mobi is a digital agency dedicated to designing iPhone mobile strategies that deliver sustained brand integration.
ustwo just posted a little behind-the-scenes video of the making of Inkstrumental. Cool to see a glimpse of the developers and designers who are bringing Jon’s doodles to life. I’m looking forward to checking out this amusing iPhone app when they release it.