Author Archives: normalkid

App Icons are Itty Bitty Banner Ads

An old blog post I wrote last year about a decades old humor article on icon design is actually remarkably relevant to today’s App Store market. Years ago, Apple published a developer magazine. I don’t even remember the name of … Continue reading

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Followup on Another Quitting Story

A couple of months ago I mentioned a husband and wife team that made up Imangi Studios who I met at GDC. Keith had quit his full time job a year prior while his wife Natalia had just given notice … Continue reading

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A Year Later…

So, it’s already been a year since I quit my job and dedicated myself to web projects, and it’s gone really quickly. I’ve kept myself very busy during that time, probably a bit too busy. I have absolutely no regrets … Continue reading

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Followup on the State of iPhone Gaming: The $0.99 Economy

A couple of months ago, I wrote about how the state of iPhone gaming was changing with an influx in bigger studios with smaller and smaller pricing margins. Things have gotten even more competitive since with Gameloft and other studios … Continue reading

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The State (and Growth) of the iPhone Gaming Market

Apple’s App Store is growing leaps and bounds with over 1 billion apps downloaded and the single largest app category is games. While Apple has not broken down the # of downloads per category, based on a quick look at … Continue reading

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The Risk and Economics of Quitting

This year, I traveled to the Game Developers Conference (GDC) for the first time. It was a really great time and I met a number of iPhone gaming developers — many who I’d known online for many months. Despite my … Continue reading

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Online vs Print, and the Evolution of Media

Here are a few random thoughts I’ve had recently about blogging, online media and traditional print media. Online Ads vs Newspaper Ads Here’s a promising chart for all online-media folk published by Alley Insider. Newspaper ads dropping, online ads keep … Continue reading

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