Hi! My name is Cédric Bozzi, I make websites and iOS apps, and this is my blog about technology (mostly a Twitter archive, really).

7 April 2010

“Exclusive: The Making of The Elements, One of the iPad’s Most Magical Apps”

I wanted to make Harry Potter’s magic books a reality, and do it in 60 days flat. Here’s how we pulled it off.

With all the hype about the Elements app on iPad, I didn’t realize it was essentially the work of a single geek. A lunatic who managed the whole thing in Mathematica, even. And all in the little two-month window that us small developers had to deal with.

I had always assumed (naively?) it was a big production by a publishing house. This 2GB e-book suddenly looks several orders of magnitude cooler.