Friday 25th Jul 2014

As the fantastic update is launched, how we ended up working on award winning Wreck This App with Penguin Books US by Creative Director Steve Donovan. 

So way back 2010 Chris (Citrus Suite director / designer) was in Urban Outfitters in Liverpool city centre and he noticed a crowd of teenagers stood at a book stand, laughing and pointing. Chris, not one to being left out, went over to look at what the kids were gathered around. The book was Wreck This Journal, by Keri Smith, an author he knew from the brilliant activity book How To Be an Explorer of the World.

Chris went home, wrote an email to Keri, gave a little background to our new creative studio Citrus Suite, stated her books would make great apps. Chris wrote that he wanted the next collaborative project we worked on to be remarkable. And fun for all involved.

The email connected with Keri who wrote back that evening. She and all of us at Citrus, believe the universe brought us together. At that time Keri’s publisher were looking to a large digital agency in the States to come up with a creative vision for the app version of Wreck This Journal, but Wreck This App was born as ‘Team Keri’ came together.  Citrus were introduced to the fabulous gang at Penguin Books US – Katherine, Meg and Meredith – and then then co-creation began.

It was the start of a great relationship with Penguin US and not only did we go on to create ‘Wreck this App’,  ‘This Is Not An App’ and ‘Pocket Scavenger ‘ for Tem Keri but also other award nominated & award winning apps, such as Chopsticks.

Right from the start we understood that Wreck This App had to give the users a unique and playful digital experience, to measure up to the book. We worked very closely over the next couple of months with Keri and the Penguin team, delivering the app ahead of schedule.  When Wreck This App was originally released in June 2011 we were thrilled with how well received it was and happy for its success for Keri and Penguin.

Since 2011 there have been a few changes on Team Keri; Katherine moved on and John became our lead point of contact with Molly also doing a great job.

In early 2014 Citrus had just completed Colouring for Grown-ups and John from Penguin gave us a call. Keri was releasing another book (insert her latest book title) and wouldn’t it be great if we did an update to Wreck This App.

We had talked about this a couple of times; we had done a minor update, included some new pages from Keri and added a few minor features. When we had talked previously we had all agreed that unless there was a substantial update there’d be no point because it was pretty much a great app already.  We started throwing around a couple of ideas during the call and we realised that the stuff that was being mentioned was quite a substantial update. And we were completely sold on the idea. We couldn’t wait to get started.

As always we worked closely with the guys in the US, Molly being our lead contact. We were soon throwing ideas around for new tools, new user interface and enhanced user experience with more emphasis on sharing.

When creating the update we were also very aware of not upsetting existing fans of the app by making changes  just for changes sake.  So we decided early on all changes had to be improvements.

So what’s in the app?  A selection of new tools including the fantastic Distort tool, I’m not going to give anything away here but just try it and you’ll love it. A new revised user experience which gives easy access to the full tool set at one simple touch, a new colour palette that you can save and store custom colours and, last but not least, special emphasis was given to all the share functionality… and if that wasn’t enough Keri supplied us with new prompts as well.

I think we have achieved our goal of making Wreck This App better for the users.  Only time will tell but everybody Is really excited about the update and I can’t wait for the fans to get hold of it and look forward to seeing what new images are created with our little app.

Wreck This App is out now and available here 

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Tuesday 1st Jul 2014

-Guest blog post by work experience student Melissa Groves.
-Photography by Chris from The Hatch (currently making a documentary with the Innovate Dementia team).

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Dementia is a major issue facing our society, with over 800,000 people living with the condition in the UK alone. Liverpool based design studio, Citrus Suite, decided it was time to take action and try to find a way to help people living with dementia and their carers.  I spoke with Citrus Suite directors about the new app that is currently in development, trying to find out a brief outline of the app and the ongoing design process.

Steve Donovan, Citrus Suite’s Creative Director, informed me that the features of the app are confidential right now but they are designing alongside people who have dementia of different stages, which is giving Citrus a better idea on app functionality.

“We are fortunate to be working with Innovate Dementia and a great group of people who are dealing with the effects of dementia on a daily basis. The co-creation sessions have been invaluable and will allow us to create a great app” Steve told me.

Citrus Suite’s Managing Director, Chris Morland said, “We’ve really tried to give the end users of the app a voice in the design process and have tried understand how technology can have a positive impact on their lives.”  

The Citrus directors explained that development is due to start soon. Citrus Suite are going to test the app with our team, as development proceeds, to see if any improvements can be made prior to release.

The app is coming this year, allowing people living with dementia and their support network the opportunity to trial this software.

Please contact Citrus Suite to find out more…
Hello@CitrusSuite.com

About Innovate Dementia

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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’).

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Friday 23rd May 2014


Click here to download Coloring for Grown-Ups, published by Penguin Group USA.
From the authors of the darkly humorous Coloring for Grown-Ups book series comes a new way to procrastinate: The Coloring for Grown-Ups app, featuring a variety of offbeat coloring pages, mazes, and connect-the-dots from all three books, plus new, exclusive pages created just for the app. Design your own ironic holiday sweater, escape a toxic relationship, figure out who farted in the elevator, and more.

Use crayons, markers, and more, plus the ability to make your own colors, to fill in witty illustrations of modern adulthood, from the confusion of a one-night stand to the urge to look at your phone during a holiday meal. If you’re up for a challenge, you can also attempt to stay inside the lines in Drunk Mode. When you’re finished, share your hilarious handiwork online.

The Coloring for Grown-Ups app features:
· Dozens of coloring pages, mazes, and other activities from Coloring for Grown-Ups, the Coloring for Grown-Ups Holiday Fun Book, and the new Coloring for Grown-Ups College Companion
· Exclusive pages created just for this app
· A variety of nostalgic drawing tools for creating your masterpiece
· Drunk Mode, for when you’re tired of coloring sober
· Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and more

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