cappchur, data capture app

October 31st, 2015

cappchur - customer data capture app

cappchur is a simple data capture app for tablet and mobile, aimed primarily at the exhibition, trade show and retail markets. The project is a collaboration with Paul Pike.

The app launched this week and is available for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for FREE in the App Store, and for Android tablets and phones here on Google Play.

cappchur has been designed to be simple and intuitive without any complicated set up process. Once you’ve installed the app you can start using it straight away, with no need to register up-front. You can also use it completely offline.

If you or someone you know is running a stall or exhibiting at an event please give our app a try and let us know what you think: cappchur.com.

New Twitter.com features

April 23rd, 2014

Twitter finally updated my profile to the new display format – several weeks after they upgraded my cat. Here’s an almost pointless blog post about what I like and dislike about the new profile design:

  • Overall appearance: Like
  • Massive font size for just certain tweets apparently selected at random: Dislike
  • Front-end build details, particularly the way the profile photo slides up out of the way as you scroll down, to be replaced by the compact in-nav-bar version: Like
  • Pinned tweets: Dislike (because it reduces the beautiful simplicity of Twitter… but I’ll probably use it to promote something)
  • Not showing replies by default: Like
  • Showing non-tweet-based activity in my timeline such as who I followed: Dislike (I think).

That’s it. You don’t care. Good.

New sort-of-site

June 17th, 2013

aderowbotham.com.2013

Having left my big important position of responsibility in London I still need to take stock of all the work that I’m proud of from the past few years and put it together as a new portfolio. However, I’ve been pretty much flat out since the day I left Pirata, and I’m currently juggling three projects among other things, so it’s going to be a little while yet. It’s a truism that your own website can be the hardest thing to get round to when paid work is vying for your time.

I bought a new laptop the other day and it has one of those ultra-high-resolution displays. It’s a lovely bit of kit but (as is well documented) old software and old websites now look terrible on it, the graphics being either pixellated or blurred as they’re scaled up. The newest of my personal sites was created in 2007, and looked particularly outdated on the new laptop so I decided that – at the very least – aderowbotham.com needed a quick and dirty makeover.

The old site was just the front and back of my business card from 2007:
aderowbotham.com.2008

The new site doesn’t contain a whole lot more, but here are some of its key features:

  • Pretentious introductory ‘mission statement’ (in lieu of having some actual work to show)
  • Works on mobile (obv.)
  • Big silly tooltips
  • Shows off a few of my best photographs in high resolution
  • Some technical stuff that means it’s quick

Anyway, not much to see really. This post is mostly for myself, Google and of course The NSA. My website is at http://aderowbotham.com.

Next-up: a new CV.

Farewell Pirata

March 28th, 2013

Pirata logo

After four years at Pirata I have very recently departed in order to pursue some personal ventures and to spend more time with my family. It’s been an incredible four years during which we created a bounty of outstanding and beautiful work, took on some brave challenges and had a lot of fun together.

For me as Technical Partner the biggest satisfactions came from putting together a great team of talented and creative developers, and from overseeing the evolution of our capabilities as we went from building Flash microsites for ad campaigns to creating high profile high capacity dot-com sites in the contemporary world of HTML5, mobile and ‘The Cloud’.

Much credit must of course also go to the design team which contains some remarkably talented individuals; Pirata’s design prowess has always been second to none under the creative direction of Eduardo, Stuart and David. And I’ll get in trouble now if I don’t also include a nod to the producers. Of course nothing would have ever launched without you.

The key to great digital design is Agile integration with the development process – something we achieved more consistently than anywhere I’ve worked before, particularly so in the last year. We’ve always ensured that designers and developers sit and work together, and the quality of the work really shows for it.

Among the work I’m most proud of is the that which we’ve been doing for Team GB, not least teamgb.com itself which was a roaring success during London 2012. And more recently Pirata has re-designed and re-built the McLaren Formula 1 team’s website from the ground up for the 2013 season. It still has McLaren Live during every Grand Prix, but it works better than ever before and looks fantastic.

I’d like to thank everyone past and present at Pirata for making it a brilliant four years, I’m going to miss everyone greatly and I wish you all the very best of luck! And likewise to all the splendid clients I’ve been fortunate enough to work with.

What now? Well I’m interested in talking to anyone about projets that lie anywhere around the cross section of technology and creativity. I have a lot of experience to bring to the table and would love to work with small teams of talented people to create tools, apps and games.

And in the short term I’d better get on because I have some websites to make. I still love doing that too.

Doing things right

June 11th, 2012

MacBook battery compartment

Steve Jobs on attention to detail:

‘It was important, his father said, to craft the backs of cabinets and fences properly, even though they were hidden. “He loved doing things right. He even cared about the look of the parts you couldn’t see.” ’

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson