Friday 19th Dec 2014



Client Apps
We’ve worked on more than 20 apps this year. We loved working on the major Wreck This App update and Coloring For Grown Ups for Penguin Books in the US. We need to update our client list because it’s excellent with apps produced for for Penguin Books, Tata Steel, Medicash, BBC, Bauer Media Group, HarperCollins, Littlewoods and loads of others.

Awards
This year saw us winning Best Non-Fiction Award for ‘Pocket Scavenger’ at the Digital Book awards in New York.

Citrus Apps
As a company Citrus Suite has become known for the creative apps we make for our clients. We love what we do and our clients appreciate the tenderness with which we handle their babies, sticking to core principles and adding a little bit of Citrus magic and know how.

As a company we have always had a road map of where we want to be and how to get there. To make things clear, we are never going to stop doing our client work… we value and respect our long-standing partners but we also understand that as a company we need to grow and nurture our own babies.

We’re made great progress this year. Nurturing our own ideas, producing apps for us that we feel answer societal needs and possible change people’s lives for the better.

Remind Me – Memory Enabling Technology
We were determined to get an idea off the ground, we pitched it to Innovate Dementia UK and a great journey began. Remind Me is memory enabling technology co-designed with service users who are living well with dementia and their family & carers. The app prototype is ready thanks to great support from our friends at Innovate Dementia

Interest in this app and funding from OpenLabs saw us journey to Stockholm, winning 1 of 5 places to go to the Digital Health Conference 2014 in Sweden and demonstrate the app.

We entered and won OpenLabs Digital Maze competition and then won a trip to China to take part in the Health Conference out there and talk about our Dementia App which was supported by the Academic Health Science Network in Yorkshire & Humber (AHSN_YandH) and Bradford University. We met a lot of great people who are really excited about ReMind Me and fantastic contacts who will be key when we look to do business in China next year.

We’ve got big things planned for Remind Me in 2015.

Fee Fi Fo Fit
From 138 ideas, entered from across Europe, we won Health X award from Public Health England with an app that engages and gets young families active.
Fee Fi Fo Fit will now be part of the Change for Life campaign in summer 2015, it’s coming together really well, could this be our 4th number one hit app?

Mobile Health Platform
Helping us along this path were Creative England awarding us funding for some specific mobile health development work which we will be talking more about in 2015.

We Think – Visualisation Tool
Closer to home we have produced a prototype of ‘We Think’ with our Baltic Creative neighbours So Mo.

So there you have it; a year of change for us! Along with clients work we have produced four of our own products which will be going to market in 2015, supported by our partners and friends.

Further Citrus Suite news below.

Email us… Hello@CitrusSuite.com
Call us… +44 (0)151 345 1979

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Thursday 16th Oct 2014

A blog post by Citrus Suite’s Creative Director, Steve Donovan.

Over the past couple of weeks Chris (AKA Chris Morland, Citrus Suite, Managing Director) and I have been out and about, either presenting at, or taking part in events around the city.

A theme which has been popping up time and time again is collaboration and what collaboration means to us at Citrus Suite. But what does collaboration actually mean for an app development company?

We come up with brand new ideas for some clients and other clients have clear objectives for their apps. We use our expertise to make these ideas a reality. We shape these apps, producing consistently great results (please see our award winning portfolio!). Ultimately, the intention of the final app is to give ‘added value’ to organisation or customers.

That’s just one form of collaboration that we’re used to. But on our latest app we were given the chance to practice another form of collaboration – one which we talk about all the time.

First, a bit of background info. Although we are the app dev company who do the creative book apps – Wreck This App, Chopsticks, Pocket Scavenger and Colouring for Grown Ups etc.; over the last few years we’ve been working with various health agencies to create apps for carer’s of people with ALS and young people with ADHD to name but two.

Our current project sees us working with Denise, Jill and Lisa (from Innovate Dementia) and our design team to create a new app for people living with dementia. What’s so different about that? The design team itself is made up of people living with dementia and their carers.

So where do you start designing an app with service users? By listening and understanding. Take all your preconceived ideas of design, that you’ve learnt from working for 20 plus years in the creative industry, and chuck it out the window. Start from scratch. Before you can contemplate ‘the design’ you need an understanding of the end user.

There is a lot of opening yourself up to understand what our team live with on a daily basis, asking questions like; “So what do you guys think of this?” and “What would make it better?” Or even, on a bad design day; “So what do you guys think would make it usable?” It’s not as cut and dry as ‘this is the way this is, this is how that works”. It’s so much more meaningful and relevant than that. It’s a true collaboration.

Working with the design team, our target audience, to create an app that makes a positive and meaningful impact to their lives has been a truly delightful and enlightening experience. It’s made us question what we know about design and made us think about the user experience from a different perspective. It’s humbling to think that an app created to aid and support people living with dementia has been created by people living with dementia.

We’re just coming to the end of the first design period and we’re starting to head towards the first real usable version of the app. I’m looking forward to our team getting their hands on the app and seeing what they’ve created coming to life. It’s still just the start of a long collaborative process, but their input and knowledge is vital for us along every step of the way.

To read the first blog post about the project please click here

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ABOUT CITRUS SUITE

Citrus Suite is a creative design studio producing award winning mobile apps for globally known clients. We are making an impact, having seen THREE apps reach number one in various App Store charts (including US and UK).

We’re seriously good. But don’t just take our word for it, people seem to like the apps we’ve produced: ‘App of the Year 2012’ from Apps Magazine; ‘Best Gamification’ award win for an mHealth app commissioned by a major pharmaceutical firm; ‘The Drum Marketing Awards 2013‘ development duties on winning app; ‘Best App‘ at Digital Book Awards 2014 (in the category ‘Adult Non-Fiction’).

More about Citrus Suite

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Call us… +44 (0)151 345 1979
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About Innovate Dementia

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Wednesday 13th Aug 2014

 

Fee Fi Fo Fit: An intervention to promote positive changes in young people using a gamified reward system.

“For simple, clever & visual design with appeal to families & clear product roadmap, Fee Fi Fo Fit by Citrus Suite is our first Health X winner” Public Health England, August 2014.

A blog post by Creative Director Steve Donovan. 

PHE launched Health X to identify and support the latest applications and utilities  to make a difference to people’s lifestyles. The mission to get people moving and improving their eating habits – a collaboration between the best emerging software applications aligned Public Health England’s scale and resource.

Response to the initiative was strong, with a total of 138 ideas being entered from developers across Europe. The winners will be rewarded with promotional support through PHE’s Change4Life campaign, presence on the NHS Choices website and help with product development.

We heard about the event by chance from our friend Jason from Open Labs. Open Labs provides a brokerage service for businesses to access the specialist expertise and facilities available within Liverpool John Moores University.

We were up for the challenge. Being a creative digital agency we already had some outline ideas around the themes that interested Health X. Chris and I decided to get away from the office and have a really good brainstorm.

The idea actually came about quickly. We had some cool little characters that were looking for a home. I’d been using Moves to track my walks and just loved the simplicity of the app. Chris had been going out with his family and tracking their activity of a weekend; he and Claire, his wife, were always looking to keep their children active.

So “Fee Fi Fo Fit” was born. We wanted an app that would engage all the family especially the kids and give collectable rewards. The app would be time based so would work with or without GPS or 3G/4G  and allows parents or kids to track their walks and set goals. The rewards being the little cool characters I’d drawn and that Chris has named the Outsidelians. And the most important point – the app would be very accessible and easy to use. Click and go almost.

Chris went home and told the kids what we were doing. James, his 7 year old, jumped right on it. He thought it sounded cool and started to come up with loads of ideas for what you could do with the characters, like keeping them in a trophy cabinet, and the more you walked the fitter and  stronger the characters would get. You could also collect power-ups for the characters as you walked and eventually you could play against other characters. All these ideas were good and so we included them. So thanks James our honorary Citrus suite designer.

We submitted the idea and got a call from Alex Johnson. The panel loved Fee Fi Fo Fit and we were shortlisted for the prize from 138 companies, down to 10 and could we come down to London for the final and pitch to the panel, which would be made up of representatives from Public Health England, The Daily Telegraph, Entrepreneur First, Health Box, Delta Partners and Tech City.

Unfortunately when the call came I was in Barcelona and Chris was in Turkey, so when we arrived back in the UK we were delighted to be greeted with that bit of good news, already buzzing we’d been shortlisted.

The day of the pitch came. We been preparing for a 5 minute pitch followed by 5 minutes Q&A. We had decided that Chris was going to go in. Health X had already received the slideshow and everything was set. As Chris walked through the door to pitch he was told that the pitch time had been cut down from 5 minutes to 2 minutes with questions to follow.

Chris not being one to be thrown, improvised and cut the pitch down to 2 minutes and got the basic concept across, the story behind the app and James’ role as well. He came out shaking his head, not really sure how he performed.

After the last company had pitched, while the panel deliberated, we all had a drink in the bar and no one really knew which way it would go. During this networking Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England came out and chatted to all the contestants. I imagine he’s a really good poker player because he gave nothing away, no matter how much I asked!

The call then came to go to the auditorium and we filed nervously downstairs, still unsure who had won; hopeful that we’d get the chance to launch our product with the backing of PHE and all that they could bring to the app – a marketing database (3.2 million users), the On Demand Portal and the NHS Choice website (10 million visitors a week).

The moment came and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England made the announcement. There would be three winners and in no particular order the first winner was “Fee Fi Fo Fit”.

We couldn’t believe it – completely delighted. We were ecstatic and selfies populated Twitter and Facebook for the rest of the evening. We also got an award to take away. Normally our publishers keep these so it was a nice first. The other winners were FoodSwitch UK and VisualDNA, who – along with the other finalists – had some brilliant ideas.

So we’re about to start developing Fee Fi Fo Fit. But what does it mean to us as a company? In everything we do, we like to think that we can impact people’s lives, from the app for young people living with ADHD to the Innovate Dementia project, we feel we’re adding great social value with our work.

For us it was never about the prize money. It’s about the opportunity to work with Public Health England and the expertise that they offer, the endorsement for Fee Fi Fo Fit as it goes out into the public domain is second to none.

Read more: It’s Liverpool

 

About Health X: The Telegraph 

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ABOUT CITRUS SUITE

Citrus Suite is a creative design studio producing award winning mobile apps for globally known clients. We are making an impact, having seen THREE apps reach number one in various App Store charts in 2011 and 2012 (including US and UK).

We’re seriously good. But don’t just take our word for it, people seem to like the apps we’ve produced: ‘App of the Year 2012’ from Apps Magazine; ‘Best Gamification’ award win for an mHealth app commissioned by a major pharmaceutical firm; ‘The Drum Marketing Awards 2013‘ development duties on winning app; ‘Best App‘ at Digital Book Awards 2014 (in the category ‘Adult Non-Fiction’).

More about Citrus Suite

Further Citrus Suite news below.

Email us… Hello@CitrusSuite.com
Call us… +44 (0)151 345 1979

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