I had the honor to meet Toca Boca co-founder Björn Jeffery yesterday. If you have little children and don’t know about Toca Boca listen up: They make the most amazing, well designed and fun iPhone and iPad games for children. My kids (and myself) are obsessed with them. My favorite is the Toca Hair Salon. My son’s current favorite is the Toca Kitchen and my daughter can’t stop playing with the Toca Store.
During our meeting yesterday Björn gave me a sneak peek of their latest game Toca House which is supposed to be ready at the end of this month. It’s going to get the kids excited about cleaning! YES!
Congrats to the folks over at Toca Boca for having created a brand that I love and don’t think twice about downloading new apps.
Are you a lover of letterpress? Or do you simply want to teach your children the concept of it? Then you should check out LetterMpress, an app that lets you experience the art and craft of letterpress. Check out the tour or the video above and you’ll get the idea.
LetterMpress is available on the Mac Store and as an iPad App. (The iPad is 50% off for the month of december) Besides the use of a mouse and keyboard, the most significant feature of the Mac version is the high resolution that can be output, depending on your graphics card. Prints can be created as high as 8192 pixels in the longest dimension—that’s over 26” at 300 DPI.
Check out some of the designs users have shared on Flickr.
Copy Paste Character let’s you copy the ‘hidden’ characters that come with the computer’s typefaces, so you can paste them into emails, tweets, text documents, forums and whatever else you might need to spice up with an extra ♔, ฿ or, ❒.
Now here’s an iPad Game that made me chuckle: Toca Hair Salon. It let’s your kids step into the shoes of a hairdresser. Cut, color, comb and blow-dry lifelike hair on four different cute characters. Using your fingers you can make any hair style you want! And of course – take a snapshot and save your creations! Quite amusing. I just played with it for 15minutes. Yep. I did.
It looks as the Déjà Vu is the app I was missing in my life! I keep using my iPhone camera as a memory device, snapping photos of business cards, wine labels, books, products I want to buy etc. But I usually end up having a hard time finding them again in my overflowing photo album.
This is where Déjà Vu comes in. The app helps you remember things visually. Use the iPhone app to snap visual memos on the go. A simple interface and image recognition support you in organizing your visual memos. I am definitely giving this a try!
OLO is a super minimal touch-screen game that made me look. It is an experiment using latest features of CSS3 and HTML5. OLO has been developed for iPad & iPhone by Sennep, a London based interactive design studio.
You can play the game by visiting ologame.com on your iPad or iPhone (they’re also working on an Android version, soon to be released).
FontBook, the world’s most comprehensive typographical reference guide, is now available on iPad. If typography were a religion, this would be the Bible. FontBook™ is the world’s most comprehensive typographic reference tool, containing 110 typefoundries and featuring over 620,000 typeface specimens. Use the FontBook app to look up and view fonts by name, style category, typographical subclassification, designer name, foundry name, year of publication, or by similarity of design. Compile your own list of favorite fonts, and use the “compare” tool to test-drive fonts. Specially designed for fast, easy navigation and also works as a fun playground for finding inspiration.
Can’t wait to download this tonight when I get home!
I just discovered this adorable looking app called Plic Ploc Wiz and will most definitely download it tonight when I get home. It allows your kids to arrange and play with shapes. We shall see if Ella (5/yo) approves!
I just downloaded William Joyce’s “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”, an interactive narrative experience for the iPad. The app impressively blurs the line between picture books and animated film. I kept flipping pages in sheer amazement. If only I could look at it with the eyes of a kid. Magical!
I just got a good chuckle out of this iphone app called AntiMosquito Fumigator. The app claims to keep mosquitos away as long as you keep it running in the background. It emits a high-pitched sound that humans don’t hear but mosquitos do and not appreciate. I’ll gladly give it a try this coming weekend, but I admit, I am not too hopeful.