Eclipse Sketch

app development

Goal

To create a sketching prompt ideation tool that helps users generate ideas, brainstorm and overcome creative blocks.

SKETCHING PROMPT

This project started out as a question between a colleague and I on how to create a simple solution for overcoming artists block. Our inspiration came from complaints from those in our field on being unsure where to start  when sitting down to sketch. This idea morphed into an app as we developed our ideas further and further. With the endorsement from Advance Design Sketching, our app was able to reach creative minds from all over the globe. 

My partner in crime is Adam Smith. His portfolio can be viewed here.

Who's using the app?

Eclipse Sketch targets not only designers, but also enthusiasts and those just starting out. This tool is great for warming up, whether you're in a brainstorming session, sketching, or simply have a creative block.

how does this app work?

Unlike other drawing prompt methods, Eclipse Sketch generates three words - a product, a context and a descriptor - to create a wide variety of unique concepts! Just tap the circle and prompt words are generated. Every time you tap the circle, a new set of words appear.

DESIGN PROCESS

Coming up with the idea!

App Canvas

Rough Wire Sketching

Conceptual Design Animations

HTML Prototype & Unity Build

Advanced Design Sketch Endorsement

Currently, working on new updates and features.

TARGET

Artists

Designers

Casual Users

characteristics

 

•  generates drawing prompts

  sleek minimal UI (focus on the function)

•  challenges you creativity, pushes user's

    boundaries

  creates reference for artists

  usable anywhere (offline)

  good practice tool 

Vision

  not only designers using this - open ended

    to all types of artists

  app on market in a year

  social networking intergration/sister app

    within 2 years

Problem

 

It is difficult to come up with drawing prompts on your own. There are prompt generators but they can get too specific. It is also hard to keep track of good prompts that you don't have time to draw in the moment.

Concept

 

An app that generates simple, minimalistic drawing prompts. The app also assists in keeping track of the user's drawings, and stores yet-to-be-drawn prompts.

Core functions

GENERATES PROMPTS

KEEPS TRACK OF DRAWINGS

Discovery

  sell to friends and peers

  social media

    advertising (Instagram)

  discovery on app store

  forms (e.g. Reddit)

  portfolios

Discards

 

  inspiration sites such as Pinterest

  the need for coming up with prompts yourself

success factors

challenging   •   open-ended   •   simple

app canvas

The early stages of wire framing was very messy and most of the ideas weren’t implemented to the current model. We went through a repetitive and complicated process to find out what worked and what didn't. Even though this stage is tedious, it’s vital to the user experience and interaction of the final design. 

wire framing

prototyping

Our vision was initially prototyped by creating all the assets in Photoshop and then putting them in Premiere Pro to see how all the main functions tie together. The final design ended up being slightly different  from the animation shown here. There were features not implemented due to design changes. 

Scroll down to interact with our first HTML model!

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DEVELOPMENT

The gallery above illustrates the progression made on our Unity platform. There was more iterations, features, colour schemes and user testing involved.

an ongoing project

Since our launch on the app store, we've been getting great feedback from our users. The plan moving forward is to update and add more features! Listed below are some potential features that may be implemented in the future. Stay tuned! 

Queue

Lock-In Words

Timer

Personalization

Who else has been using Eclipse Sketch?

Find us on Instagram

Get the app!

Available on both Apple & Android platforms.

ECLIPSE

Monika Danh  © 2020