Design is about Decisions

Sales are slacking, and your current customers are asking for new features. You scramble to add as much to the product as you can, but nothing seems to help. The product is trying to make too many people happy, rather than focusing on what it does best.

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever struggled to make the best choices for your products and customers? Is fear driving the conversation? Are you too close to your products to see the optimal path to success?

Breakpoint Studio can help you make these difficult decisions.

Rational, objective choices will drive you to the best outcomes. I’ve spent the better part of two decades working with clients and teams to craft the best products possible, whether with web site design and production, app development, visual design, user interface design, music, audio, or video production. I've teamed up with Breakpoint Studio to help folks like you build the best possible products. If you have creative needs, we can help you directly, or assemble a team for you.

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Setlists

Setlists

Singers who perform on stage have a lot on their minds. With repertoires that can reach into the hundreds of songs, many keep large "books" of lyrics for quick reference. Setlists, developed by Bombing Brain Interactive, brings the lyric book to iPad and iPhone. Designing the experience to meet the specific needs of performers was a challenge aided by decades of experience I've had performing on stage. Live performers need an app that never gets in the way and never lets them down. We built a fully functional band organizer that I use myself on a regular basis, and that has been quite successful on the App Store as well. All elements of visual design, the hand-coded web site, the application, and icon were just a small part of my involvement on this project. I've also been responsible for interaction design, user interface, and marketing efforts as well.

Release Notes

Release Notes

Release Notes began as a weekly podcast discussing various business-related topics for indies. The show has fostered a community of listeners which gathers yearly in Indianapolis for a conference of the same name. I have been responsible for all branding elements, as well as the WordPress backed web site and visuals for printed conference materials. I also edit the weekly podcast audio, composed and performed the theme song, and act as cohost. Thousands of listeners tune in every week to catch the latest conversations on business for small independent developers.

x2y Aspect Ratio Calculator

x2y

Calculating accurate aspect ratios for image resizing in web and video projects is simple, but critical. Designers need to do it so often that it makes sense to put this functionality into a standalone application. I built x2y myself, handling all aspects of not just design, but development as well. I also built the hand-coded web site.

Clickarus

Clickarus

There are hundreds of metronome apps on the App Store. But surprisingly, none of them met the simple need of establishing a list of individual songs with custom tempo information for each, which could be quickly arranged into a set and then played one after another with a single tap. Clickarus was conceived with this simple goal in mind. It's a perfect example of solving a simple need with technology without giving into the temptation of overloading the product with unnecessary cruft. The app was designed by me in collaboration with Dave Wiskus of Airplane Mode, with all of the development handled by me. It is available for free to download and try on iOS.

NextPage

NextPage

OnStage Technologies approached me to create a new app icon and to help with visual and user interface design throughout this page-turning application for musicians. Recently, we've collaborated again on a new version, with updated visuals and tons of new features.

Bombing Brain Interactive

BBI

Bombing Brain Interactive is a small independent app development company. With them, I have designed the highly successful Teleprompt+ app for iOS and OS X. I have also been responsible for the company web site and other marketing materials.