I am in the process of doing something quite a bit scary, and wanted to share it with you.
I have been working on this for what feels like years now, but have only recently taken the concrete steps to make it happen – and that is to develop a Packabook iPad App.
My dream is, that when you are out and about with your iPad, you can find the locations near to you that are featured in great novels. Or if you are heading to Paris, and you are staying in a particular area, you can choose some novels right near where you are staying. Eventually, the app will be a travel app as much as a book app, in that it will be recommending plenty of things for you to do in that area as well.
But it’s early days.
First I wanted to share with you a couple of screen shots of the design. I have spent FOREVER working on this, as I tried to come up with something that reflects the glamor of travel’s glory days – which in my head is somewhere around the 1940s. This was when people (with money!) had beautiful luggage, and engaged in long train or ship journeys. They spent time writing in their travel journals or conversing with their fellow passengers over gins and tonic, and could afford to travel for months on end. Travel these days is often about cramming as much as you can into carry-on bags, hours and hours at airport security, and paying for over-priced food on budget airlines. But – there’s no reason why we shouldn’t imagine what life was like in years gone by. And that’s what I’m hoping the design of this app will conjure up for you.
It’s very un-Apple like – especially as Apple has now moved to flat, clean lines for apps – but so be it. The Packabook App is for those who appreciate a different kind of life.
See what you think!
Right now the very basic, free version of the app is with the developer. This is the bit that scares me, because I really don’t know what those guys do. I pay them some money and they say they can make my app. I can only cross my fingers and hope I’ve managed to explain to them what I want to achieve. I’m not sure how long it will take or even whether Apple will accept me into the App Store – it is a leap of faith. And then of course, maybe it will just disappear into the app black hole where something like one million apps already live. How will people find my brave little adventurer?
I will keep you updated…and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments,