Jordi Manuel is the co-founder and Mobile Product Designer at LaTroupe Studios. The company, founded in 2012 by himself, Jordi Escrichs and Carles García is located in Barcelona and employs 5 people. As a graphic designer, Jordi has worked with several advertising agencies since 2009 and is specialized in design of computer interfaces. Along with LaTroupe, he also co-founded ecco. Mobile Design and Development. Here’s what Jordi had to say about his work, the company and the mobile world:
What do you do?
At Latroupe we develop educational games for mobile devices. With our other brand, ecco. Mobile Design and Development, we provide design and development of third party apps for both iOS and Android.
Which would you say are the best apps you have developed and why?
Right now we have 3 applications published in the stores and I think all are good. If I have to highlight one, I think our second game, World of Puzzles, was where we apply all the knowledge we had acquired after developing Board Games. Although at first it may seem like a simple game, we did a lot of research with Educational Psychologists to confirm that the gameplay, difficulty, elements on screens, graphics and sound details were suitable for the age range we wanted to launch the game for. We took a step forward in the ambience of each puzzle, including music and sound effects specific to each puzzle, visual effects… I am very happy because it was a very compact product.
Which apps would you have loved to develop and why?
I like what I call “conceptual apps”, apps that don’t follow Apple guidelines but meet the usability principles, interaction, etc. One of my favorite apps is Spark Camera created by IDEO. It is an app that lets you record videos of 45 seconds. To record, tap on any part of the screen. Each cut of the video has an identifying color and allows you to delete each cut separately. It also includes filters for video, share on social networks … The app is extremely beautiful, thin, minimalist… If you want to try something different, I recommend it.
Which are the 5 apps you use the most on a daily basis?
Tweetbot (Twitter client), App Annie (App stats), LiveView, Pages of Facebook, Pinterest and now I’m playing Hitman Go and Icebreaker.
Which mobile device is the best in the market right now?
I’m an “Apple lover” and I have an iPhone 5. I think that, with all it offers -especially the apps-, it is the best device. But I think devices like the Nexus 5 and new Motorola G have great features. In the case of Motorola G, a more than affordable price.
What kind of device/platform will be the next big thing?
With the new Apple Watch a new market is opened for developers. Although it just came out and we still don’t have all the specifics, I think the connection between mobile and watch is what’s next. In our particular case, we are working on a new line of educational games very different from what we had done. We believe that educational games will be coming strong as well.
Why is AppFutura useful to you?
In a globalized sector, having a point of reference to find developers or customers is key, and I think AppFutura fulfills that role. Each month we receive numerous newsletters with app development projects by just having our profile on Appfutura. It is highly recommended.
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