Test Pattern: A free iPhone and iPod Touch app that helps you discover colors.
October 14, 2010 3:44 PM   Subscribe

Test Pattern: A free iPhone and iPod Touch app that helps you discover colors.
It's an app that generates pairs of colors at random, then puts them in a pattern, then lets you adjust and save those colors.

While I was working on something related, Metroid Baby said this kind of app might be useful to knitters and other creative types that do a lot with two-color schemes. In large part, however, I made it because I get this inchoate aesthetic satisfaction from these randomly generated color patterns. And I hope someone else does, too! (Web site for a bit more about the app.)
posted by ignignokt (11 comments total)

Well I downloaded it and tested it on the ol' iPhone 4 - good job!

It would be more intuitive if the shuffle menu dropped down from the shuffle button, instead of coming up from the bottom (a good menu example is the PS Express one).

The other thing that would really lift the app is refining the icons - they seem to be unpolished.
posted by gomichild at 5:55 PM on October 14, 2010


Unpolished as in 2x resolution? Or as in more gradients and what not?
posted by ignignokt at 6:04 PM on October 14, 2010

Yeah as in the need to be more styled - whether it's refining the shapes and adding gradients or subtle highlights.
posted by gomichild at 6:48 PM on October 14, 2010

Ah. Yeah, I'm working on my Illustratoring! Sadly, just the mail and shuffle icon took me quite a while to do, so I just went the simple route for the rest of them. But I'm getting better, and I'll take a shot at more physically-grounded-looking icons for the next release.
posted by ignignokt at 8:41 PM on October 14, 2010

Look forward to seeing (^_^)!
posted by gomichild at 10:27 PM on October 14, 2010 [1 favorite]

I'm not sure if I'm actually allowed to vote for this, seeing as I had a hand in it.

My interest in this app came from a knitting project I was planning that involved holding two different colors of yarn together, for an effect like this or this. I hadn't bought any of the yarn yet, and it was hard for me to visualize how two different colors looked together without actually knitting with them, so I couldn't figure out what colors I wanted to get.

Now that the app's out, I am going to finally figure out what colors of yarn I'm going to buy! Possibly all of them.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:54 AM on October 15, 2010

I would greedily like to be able to "shuffle both" at a single click.
posted by grobstein at 7:41 AM on October 16, 2010

You mean with a one-finger tap instead of the two-finger tap?
posted by ignignokt at 9:19 AM on October 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

posted by grobstein at 9:20 AM on October 16, 2010


that is fine actually, better than fine
posted by grobstein at 9:21 AM on October 16, 2010 [2 favorites]

Success! It's described in the help, but the help might be a little tl;dr.
posted by ignignokt at 9:46 AM on October 16, 2010

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