October 2017 — UX/UI Design, iOS Native Development
A customisable emoji keyboard for iOS. There are thousands of emojis but you only use a few everyday. Fixmoji lets you select your favourite emojis and place them on a fixed position on the keyboard. With its minimal design, it almost mimics the default emoji keyboard. No more scrolling through pages of useless emojis to find the one you want. You can select as many emojis as you like and also re-arrange them on the keyboard itself.
Envisioned the 21st century restaurant menu in 2016. Post COVID19, digital menus are more relevant than ever - but with dishnary, we envisioned this early on. 'dishnary' is a visual and digital restaurant menu platform that allows diners to decipher dishes using high quality visuals along with contextual menu data. With an integrated in-restaurant ordering system, the user can discover, decide, order and pay from a single app. Part of co-founding the startup, I crafted the native apps for iOS and Android. Understanding user behaviour and creating a fluid dining experience using a modern and simple interface.
April 2016 — UX/UI Design, iBeacon, Digitalisation
UoL Attend is an automated student attendance monitoring system. Instead of a totally paper-based system, this project envisioned the future of lecture rooms. Using iBeacons and native mobile apps, the student simply needs to be present for a class — everything else is taken care of.
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July 2015 — UX/UI Design, Speed Messaging, iOS Widget
Written is a simple solution to save time while sending messages. This handy widget lets you pick your most frequent messages along with your favourite contacts. After setting up, you can simply swipe down the notification center and choose the message that you would like to send — just after a few taps, your pre-defined message will be sent in seconds. This will not only save your time but it will also make you more productive. No more typing the same messages again and again.
March 2014 & March 2015 — UX/UI Design, Speed Dialing, iOS Widget
Addial brings the 'phone' to the iPhone. The most essential phone features like dialing a number or adding a new contact have been inaccessible from other parts of the OS. Imagine if you need to quickly dial a phone number — unlock your phone, exit your last opened app, open the ‘Phone’ app and finally find the dialler. With Addial, you can dial a number or add a new contact from anywhere. Simply swipe to the Notification Center and access the full dialler from anywhere on your device.
Addial has been downloaded over 200k times and was built for iOS 8 and previous versions.
July 2014 — UX/UI Design, Covert Photography, Native iOS App
A covert photography tool for the masses. Solve is a camera app without a preview. It does not show you what you’re about to capture — this allows you to capture moments where you do not want others around to know that a camera is being used. Get creative.
March 2013 & March 2014 — UX/UI Design, Native Shortcut Widget, Jailbreak
Compose allowed users to quickly create messages, emails, events and more — right from the Notification Center or Control Center. This handy widget was created long before the influx of third party iOS widgets.
The original version of Compose and the re-designed flat version for iOS 7 and beyond have been downloaded more than 150k times.
May 2013 & February 2014 — UX/UI Design, Native Shortcut Widget, Jailbreak
Define made it immensely easy to lookup words in the dictionary — right from the Notification Center or the Control Center. It reprioritised the native dictionary UI to be easily accessible system-wide. This made third party dictionary apps impractical and laborious to use.
The original version of Define and the re-designed flat version for iOS 7 and beyond have been downloaded more than 50k times.
April 2013 & January 2014 — UX Design, Music, Jailbreak
Pluck has been the most widely popular iOS UX tweaks in the jailbreak community. Before the introduction of Touch ID and Face ID, unlocking an iPhone with a passcode was an arduous task. More specifically — let’s imagine you were walking somewhere while listening to music on your phone. You want to play a specific track from the library. You ‘slide to unlock’, enter your passcode, exit the last opened app, open the music app, choose the playlist, pick the song, lock your phone. Why was the process so lengthy?
Pluck solved this by simply adding a music picker in the lock-screen. Right next to the media controls, you have a button that brings up your entire music library. You just choose the song and it starts playing.
Pluck was featured on dozens of tech sites like Lifehacker or Cult of Mac. The original version of Pluck and the re-designed flat version for iOS 7 and beyond have been downloaded more than 400k times.
February 2013 — UX/UI Design, Native Shortcut Widget, Jailbreak
A handy iOS widget to instantly open the camera app with selfie mode or rear camera mode. Kamera reduced the number of steps to launch the camera app in your desired mode. Later in 2015 with the iPhone 6S, Apple implemented a similar system with 3D Touch on the Camera icon.
Prime was another widely popular iOS UX tweak in the jailbreak community. By default, your recent calls are color coded in black or red. Black for incoming and outgoing, red for missed calls. The only thing that differentiates incoming and outgoing calls is a tiny icon with an arrow pointing in or out. To make it even simpler and quicker to differentiate these calls — Prime color coded incoming calls to blue and outgoing calls to green.
Prime has been downloaded more than 150k times and was co-created with Adam Demasi (@hbkirb).
Some features and shortcuts that we take for granted today were not part of the iOS experience before jailbreak tweak developers contributed their ideas. Privata is a classic example. When private browsing was introduced to Safari on iOS — the only way to toggle it was from the Settings app under the ‘Safari’ cell. Privata simply brought this toggle to the Safari app itself. A tiny improvement that made it so simple and coherent. Naturally, Apple implemented the same with later versions of iOS.
When you find yourself in a dark environment, you instantly pull out your phone from the pocket and turn on the flashlight. It wasn’t this simple until the iPhone 5s was released. For previous generation iPhones and other smartphones, accessing the flashlight was a task. Wake the phone, put-in the passcode, unlock, find the flashlight app and then finally turn it on. In 2012, I came up with a simple idea. To put the toggle on the lock-screen. No more unlocking, finding the app and hunting for the right button. The flashlight should be handy and available without a procedure.
Torch was a big hit, with more than 200k users in a few months — it became a necessity for iPhone users. It was featured by dozens of websites and reviewers including iDownloadblog and Brandon Butch. Later on, Apple implemented the same idea with iOS 7 in 2013. Torch and its extension 'TorchNC' have been downloaded more than 300k times.