Leap into Something New

Do you know the feeling when you are not quite sure what is about to happen but you know it’ll most likely change the course of your life? This feeling might come when you graduate from high school, when you find your first job or when you move to another city. Basically, it’s always there when big changes happen. The feeling is exciting, overwhelming, and sometimes even scary.

Spinfy lives this kind moment right now. We know things are going to change and...

Does Spring Make Us Better App Developers?

Every year the first really sunny days lighten us up in Finland. The steps seem to be lighter, smile is wider and everything feels simply brighter. See, I’m even writing with rhymes! It’s amazing how people in the North quickly turn into happy human beings as soon as there’s enough light.

Think about what this annual change does for a working environment! I’ve paid attention and noticed a few things at our office. Programmers and graphic designers come earlier and earlier to the office, we all go out and have...

Free-to-read

Lately, we have been devoting time to study the free-to-play model that is used in the mobile gaming industry. When checking the App Store and Google Play grossing rankings it is easy to see which apps are making the best monetization. At the moment, they are all free-to-play apps.

We have started a couple of new projects in which one option is to utilize free-to-play monetization. Another of these new apps is a game and the other goes more into educational app category. Our biggest challenge is to understand how...

The Making of Moomin Costume Party, Part II

Last week I told you about the first steps in our app development process at Spinfy. Now I'll go through the rest.

Step four – Programming
Joni, our Software Designer, was the guy who made it all come alive. When I asked him to put into words what he did, he mentioned ”setting the pictures into the right places” and ”planning the logic behind the realization of the app”. I think that sounded way too simple...

The Making of Moomin Costume Party

This time I'll share with you some details of how we developed the interactive Moomin Costume Party kids app. Using a known brand like the Moomins means instant recognition from the existing fan base, but there's also more parties involved and a more complex decision-making process. I hope this post will give you some new insight on what happens in our office on a day-to-day basis.

Partners involved in the...

Too Embarrassed to Read Book Apps?

I recently read an article that children are too embarrassed to pick up books because they don’t want their friends to see it. I hope it’s just a phase at their age. Another study told that more than 70 % prefer regular books over e-books when they’re reading together with...

Rocking with the Heavysaurus App

Are you ready to rock with your iPad? You should be because a green heavy metal wave has hit the App Store! Heavysaurus has conquered a new frontier. Our new bright green friends, wearing black leather clothes, are now available as an interactive storybook for the first time.

Working together with a heavy metal band is so cool, but that’s not the only reason to make a Heavysaurus book app. We believe that interactive storybooks have great potential to bring music and literature together. Think about your own...

Why to Make Book Apps?

People have talked about the digital reading revolution for a long time. If you didn’t notice, it’s definitely here. More and more books are published and read as e-books and book apps. The simple reason for this? There’s a generation of readers that expects everything to be interactive. Check this video for proof.

All the benefits and possibilities of digital publishing have been known for a long time already. For example the copies are cheaper to produce...

Heavysaurus is Coming!

Lately we’ve given some little hints about our next book app. I’ve written in this blog that they’re green and they rock hard. Well, the title of this post already revealed that they are the Heavysaurus. The first impression of these long-haired reptiles dressed in spiked bracelets and black leather can be a bit dark, but that’s not the whole truth. They’re actually quite jolly personalities, so it’s no wonder that their fan base mainly consists of kids who enjoy four dinosaurs and a dragon rocking about homework and...

Kids and Book Apps

Hi, I'm Maja, a new trainee at Spinfy. I have two children that are thrilled about my new internship because they can test the latest interactive storybooks before they hit the App Store. Yesterday I borrowed one of the iPads and went home to spend some quality time with my family. We were all listening to The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My, and my three-year-old and her daddy got to look for hidden interactions. They both laughed and giggled and I had to patiently wait for my turn – that never came.

We...