iOS AND ANDROID
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I am proud to announce that Weatherwise and Photomash received honorable mentions in the annual Best App Ever Awards for 2011 in the following categories for Android devices:
Photomash: Best Photo Editing App
In its fourth year, 148Apps bestows the Best App Ever Awards to promote apps that are “truly the best, not just the best-selling,” as chosen by 148Apps readers.
At Local Wisdom, we strive to deliver great design utilizing the latest technology. Weatherwise and Photomash are certainly testaments to that mission. If you haven’t had the chance to download Photomash, visit the iTunes App Store or the Android Marketplace. The Weatherwise app for iOS and Android can be found there as well.
The Local Wisdom team is thrilled to announce the launch of its second mobile app in 2011, Photomash.
This unique photo app gives iPhone and Android users the ability to take pictures and turn them into fun, creative images. Users simply take a picture with their phone, erase portions of the image with their finger and replace those portions with new pictures. Each time an area is erased, images available within view of their phone’s camera show in the erased portion, allowing the user to add a picture within a picture.
Our team here at LW has used Photomash at parties, weddings, and even internal meetings and the Photomash challenges and templates provide a jump start for those who might need a little extra help getting their creative juices flowing. For examples of some inspirational Photomashes, check out the creations we’ve received so far.
Once you’ve finished perfecting your Photomash, you can share your creation with friends, family, even coworkers via Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Photomash, visit photomashapp.com, or peruse our Facebook page at Facebook.com/Photomashapp. To download Photomash for $0.99, visit the Apple App store on iTunes or the Android Marketplace.
Special thanks go to our R&D team:
When I first pitched photomash they either loved it or it was met with a “huh, you do what?.” Photomash lets an iOS or Android user take a photo and erase parts of the photo. After erasing a part of the photo you can see through the hole revealing what the camera sees. At that point you line up your shot again mashing the two photos together. You can keep erasing and mashing. It’s extremely simple yet a bit confusing to explain.
After getting the app prototyped it became obvious to me that some users needed some creative help to understand what was possible with Photomash. The idea of a tutorial seems kind of annoying. So, I had the idea of showcasing all the stupid and wacky things my colleagues and I came up with while testing the app. We built a system that solved two problems, making it social and teaching users how to use the app in creative ways.
The challenges ranges from simple things like replacing someone’s face with someone else’s, then sharing it. Others get crazier like creating a “Frankensteined” version of someone. Overall the challenges needed to be simple tasks that only took a minute or two.
Many of the challenges like teabaggin came from playful explorations. I stumble upon the teabaggin challenge while testing. I happened to take a picture looking down at my nethers while I was sitting. I erased a bit then pointed my phone at a developer and started to laugh uncontrollably. Slowly while testing challenges began to show themselves organically.
One night me and my fiancé were taking turns playing around with ideas. She ingenuously came up with my favorite, the lollipop head. Take a picture of someone, then erase a huge area where their head was and move closer to take a shot. The results are hilarious and super simple.
Another one of my favorites was inspired by people defacing signs and billboards. The sign anagram challenge introduces people to the idea of taking a picture of a word and erasing letters to make a new word.
“ Bubny loves fairies,
and him have that
in common ”
The icons for the challenges were inspired by xbox achivement icons. Conveying the challenge in the icon was pretty funny in a few instances like man baby and teabaggin. The icons also servers a purpose of letting users know which challenge they are on while taking photos.