Some of the most popular apps designed for smart phones and tablets come from the team at Hitcents, a tech company based in Bowling Green. The firm received attention earlier this year when it unveiled an iPad app called Hanx Writer that simulated a vintage typewriter.
Now, they’ve customized the app for the smaller screen of the iPhone.
Hitcents Graphic designer Ava Oliver says scaling down the design was a difficult task.
“I guess the biggest struggle is that the iPad was more the size of a typewriter – similar. And then, the iPhone [is] much smaller,” said Oliver. “It was kind of interesting to make those keys small, still beautiful, and yet functional.”
Art director Joe Tudor and says the project was challenging, but rewarding.
“iPads are fun and interesting but they aren’t very portable,” said Tudor. “Everyone has a phone and a device and it really serves as an extension of the app to get it in more people’s hands. So we’re really excited about the opportunity to let more people experience the app and experience the ‘typewriter feel’.”
The iPad app proved popular when it was released this summer. The design for the app is based on vintage typewriters from Tom Hanks’ personal collection.