How I Met Your Conductor
True story: A few years ago, Silent Creative Partner mocked up a silly matching-tile game app. (Think “Concentration”, if you’re old enough to think that.) Some time later, when we were looking for an excuse to learn iPhone programming, we glommed onto his mockups as a starter project: How the hell would be make this work?
Turned out, it wasn’t that hard — at least for an Obsessive Latent Geek. iPhone programming has an enormous learning curve, but once you reach the summit, it’s easy enough. Only took a couple weeks, and then we had a beta we could show off to clients. Look! We can do this! Pay us to do something else!
But one of our clients wanted that — the matching game. Only with client-specific graphics. “Reskinned”, as we say in the Geek Trade.
Oh, and could we add a virtual bobblehead?
So sure, we reskinned it, programmed a bobblehead, added a few other features. And then Silent Creative Partner looked at the result, decided it wasn’t classy enough, and redesigned the whole damn thing.
The client was the Oregon Bach Festival, and the app was intended as a fun going-away present for its German conductor, who’s retiring after four decades of stick-waving. And a few weeks ago, after quietly launching the app, back came a video from Germany: the conductor’s birthday party, friends and family seated around a festive table…
And everybody playing the app.
We’ve been working in public since high school, but that was a new one.
The rest of the story is yours to endure in the App Store. And, unlike the last app, this one’s free.
(That conductor bobblehead? Actually exists. Oregon’s a weird place.)