Fresh Comics in the Age of Flat Design

Fresh Comics in the Age of Flat Design

September 13, 2013

I wanted to share my plans for Fresh Comic's migration to the new look and feel that will be deployed Apple mobile devices in the next week. For those not paying attention to shifts in the mobile tech realm, Apple drastically overhauled their look and feel with iOS 7 in order to refresh the platform and bring it more in line with modern design principles.

I'm planning on spending a significant amount of time this fall refreshing Fresh Comics to take full advantage of this new design as well as rewriting the app so that it functions as a first-class citizen on tablets. I completed the look-and-feel and tablet migration on the Android platform earlier this year, and it's time for the iOS app to get an update.

Currently, my plan is to start development on the new version of the app toward the beginning of October. This will give me sufficient time to immerse myself in the new design and come up with a structure for the new app. Barring any unforeseen issues, the new iOS 7 version of Fresh Comics should be ready around the beginning of November.

In terms of deploying the new app, my plan is to make it a totally new app, and rebrand the current version of Fresh Comics as "Fresh Comics Classic". When I replaced the app wholesale on the Android platform, the drastic shift caught many users off-guard and I want to avoid that abrupt transition with this revision. This will also allow me to focus my efforts on the new interface while leaving folks on devices that won't run iOS 7 an option for their weekly comic releases.

In addition to the new interface, this revision will incorporate all of the new functionality that I've been building out on the Fresh Comics backend: larger cover images, better cover galleries, a searchable back catalog, conventions & events, and more. There's going to be a lot of new functionality in the new app and it will generally follow what's already available in the Android application.

If you're interested in getting your hands on an early build of the new app, please e-mail beta-test@freshcomics.us and I'll add you to my beta tester list. Beta testers will receive early access to the app in return for helping me ferret out bugs and layout issues before the public release of the new app.

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