Guest post: Dave Windass on The Gift

Dave Windass is a Hull-based playwright with a background in journalism for The Stage, the Hull Daily Mail and the Big Issue in the North – where he worked with our Marketing & PR Manager Sean Smith.

These days, Dave spends his time writing plays like Sully and Thinspiration for Hull Truck Theatre and is currently developing a piece about the life of the British film mogul J Arthur Rank. He also spends a lot of time reading to his four-year-old son Finn.

Dave downloaded The Gift and gave us some lovely feedback through Twitter and iTunes so we asked him to tell us more. Over to Dave:

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What people are saying about The Gift

The Gift has been in the App Store and iTunes for just under a week and the response has been little short of overwhelming – people seem to like it. A lot.

We’ve already had a number of brilliant reviews and we’re expecting more to follow in the coming days and weeks.

We’ve been deeply touched by the warmth that has greeted The Gift. It’s been lovely to read the perceptive comments and complimentary words of people who clearly have a good understanding of the love and care that has gone into The Gift’s production.

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Soundtracking The Gift

One of the most striking features of our picture book app The Gift – and there are many – is the beautiful music which accompanies each scene, all of which was put together by the wonderful Alexander and J Johnston at the CMI Music Group in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Here’s a short film where Alex and J talk about their work on The Gift. It’s a little rough and ready at the moment (our Marketing & PR Manager Sean Smith insists his Flip camera produces “broadcast quality footage”. We’re not so sure) but we hope you’ll get some idea of the effort these two talented and lovely people put in on our behalf.

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Stephen Nuttall Q&A

Stephen Nuttall is the typographer and illustrator behind the logo, lettering and even the typeface of our first picture book app The Gift. Stephen lives and works in Manchester and likes watching live music in tiny pubs.

Could you explain what you did on The Gift? How long have you been working on the project?

Stephen Nuttall: “I came up with the typographic logo for The Gift, as well as an original typeface for the app, which has been named Persian Gift. I’ve been working on the project in my spare time for the past four months.”

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How to get a copy of The Gift for free

If you could describe anything as a labour of love, it’s our first picture book app, The Gift. It’s taken us an entire year to put it together, but we’re finally satisfied that it’s as good as it could possibly be and now we simply can’t wait to find out what you think.

We’re pretty confident that you’re going to like it a lot.

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Nick Hughes Q&A

Nick Hughes is an actor, writer and voiceover artist who lives in London and worked with Persian Cat Press on our first picture book app, The Gift.

Could you explain what you did on The Gift? How long did you work on the project?

Nick Hughes: “I was asked to do the voice – the narration – for The Gift. I worked on the project for just a short time: two days preparing, and one day in recording studio.”

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Life is what happens when you’re making other plans

When you’re working on so many complex projects at the same time, events don’t always go exactly to plan.

At the start of this week, during final testing of The Gift before submission to Apple, we found that under certain conditions a relatively small but important part of the app experience wouldn’t perform exactly as we designed it to.

We’re dyed-in-the-wool perfectionists at Persian Cat Press, there’s no point in denying it. We take pride in what we do and we care passionately about the fine detail of all our apps. Every single element of them is vitally important, and the idea of a less-than-perfect app going out with our name on it fills us with horror.

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