This is an idea that I teamed up with some amazing people to build over the last 6 months.
It started as a conversation in a bar. How many times have we heard that story? Bars are amazing.
Curtis Miller of Flatterline was interested in developing a few iOS apps in the coming year. His goal was to produce useful tools for people that had smart phones. The kind of stuff that really changes your habits and maybe your life. Control is one of those types of apps. I have long used a cash budget system for my spending but I hated carrying all that money around. When I searched for apps that would keep track of my spending they were all way more complicated than I really needed. I wasn’t going to train my phone, I didn’t want it to link to my bank account, I definitely didn’t want to categorize every transaction. I simply wanted to open the app and see how much money I had right then and when I spent something I wanted it to be easy to enter that amount.
There were many late nights, many arguments about functionality or design or what word to use on the settings page buttons or a million other details that go into making something that is seamless for the user.
Co+Hoots coworking in Phoenix, Arizona was our go to place for most of our development and I couldn’t recommend a better place for inspiration and environment. Curtis was amazing at coding the abstraction that we had talked about and I couldn’t be happier with the app, it is exactly what I wanted. Ross Loftin did the final design, though we talked to many designers along the way what Ross did was really well done and he delivered under the pressure of a short deadline. For that I’m really grateful I worked with Ross and amazed at the polish he gave to the design of Control.
I guess I’m not just a pretty face. ;) I’m actually building stuff all the time and have plans to build more in the future. Thanks for all your support here on Tumblr, you all are amazing.