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Wake Up, powered by Rdio – alarm clock app

by admin on April 5, 2013, no comments

Last night I got to press the button for a big update (v2.0) for Wake Up, powered by Rdio, an alarm clock iPhone app originally conceived by David Brunow. I've designed a handful of apps, but this was my first independent one. I had found the Wake Up app randomly in the app store out of curiosity, to see if there were any apps that did anything interesting with Rdio. I loved the idea of it but I could tell that the developer, David Brunow, had done this all on his own. By that I mean, I could tell he did the graphics on his own. Which to me looked like an opportunity for me to do a fun side project. I found his contact info and wrote him an email. I had to try, he could ignore me, but I really wanted to do this.
Subject: Love your app Hey David, I'm a big Rdio user and I don't keeps music on my phone, yet I use it as an alarm. So I'm really glad to finally be able to wake up to music. So thanks for your app! I was also wondering if you wanted any help with the UI art? I'm a UI designer and I thought it might be a fun interface to design for. I'm not looking for any payment, as I'm sure this is just a side project for you. I've designed a bunch of iPhone apps, so I'm very familiar with designing for the phone. I just really like your app and I thought I would just ask! You can view my portfolio at thoughtbrain.com Happy Wednesday!
David replied. And then I noticed we both lived in Dallas! (How crazy is that?) So we decided to meet for coffee and talk. We seemed to hit it off but I could tell he was a little weary, as this was his baby and I wanted to respect that. We decided that I would design a screen or two and then he would decide from there if he wanted to go forward, no pressure. Thankfully he decided that this was a good idea and we spent our free time changing a few features and redesigning the app. I wanted to keep some of the original pieces of the app, so I kept the purple color scheme and the original icon. The rest I had fun playing with. David always asked me why I designed something the way I did. It was a great exercise for me as I really had to think about my reasoning. One thing that we really tried to keep in mind was that the most people were going to be using this at night, so I kept the UI pretty dark and even designed alot of it in the dark to make sure it wouldn't hurt your eyes before bed. The Wake Up app was a really fun project and David was really great to work with. I'm really glad he took a chance on me.