The Breakroom

Sweet Pea Mobile App

December 13, 2016

Michael Bruch, founder of Peas and Love Corporation, partnered with us earlier this year to create a new dating app focused on healthy relationships. His thesis was that a more humanized and enjoyable online dating experience would be possible if a platform focused on enabling self expression, encouraged interesting conversation, and fostered empathy between strangers. While lots of […]

We’re proud to announce the immediate availability of a book that has literally been years in the making: Making Sense of Color Management. As I outlined previously in Looking at the Future, there are significant changes with today’s display technology. The goal of this book is to help you navigate this new environment whether you’re […]

Last month we partnered with Twitter to publish an update to their Twemoji suite that covers a new set of expanded occupational and gender-based emoji. These additions were first suggested by Google to Unicode back in May of 2016 and since then they have been on track to be released with the official Emoji 4.0 […]

Stuck on Stickers

September 1, 2016

You’ve heard of Emoji and use them every day, right? Even an old fuddy-duddy like me has swapped out :-) for 😀. Something just as big is about to happen on iOS and they’re called “stickers.” When Apple touts them in the first sentence of the press release, it’s a pretty good sign of things […]

We’ll admit it, we’re addicted to the new mobile game which seems to have the entire world caught in its tantalizing glow – Pokémon GO. We’ve been waiting patiently for Nintendo to get into the App Store for years hoping that when they did, they’d make a splash – what we got was a tsunami! […]

Twitter has published an update to their custom suite of emoji – Twemoji – that covers over 70 new icons from the Unicode 9.0 specification. The Iconfactory was pleased to once again help Twitter bring these new additions to the social networking service. The update covers a wide range of subjects including an expanded set […]

There’s no denying that emoji are all the rage these days. That’s why we were excited when the producers behind Food Network’s hit reality baking competition, Cake Wars, invited us to fly to LA to help judge a special emoji-themed episode which airs nationally in the United States next week. It’s the most expressive episode […]

Behind the BitCam

June 29, 2016

The folks over at The Apple Google interviewed me about BitCam, how the app came about and what went into bringing it to the App Store. There’s some fun insights in the discussion that are worth checking out like the specific challenges we faced when developing the retro camera for your “mini pocket computer”: One […]

You have a great idea for an app that may be a unique twist on existing software or perhaps just building a better mobile mousetrap. One thing’s for sure – there’s nothing like it in the App Store but you wish there were. Where to begin? Everyday I talk to people that have really interesting […]

Facebook’s popular Messenger app launched an important update today that added, among other things, an all-new, custom suite of emoji for users to enjoy. We’re gratified to have been enlisted by the Messenger team at Facebook to help make this new icon collection a reality. This monumental effort spanned months of work and included everything […]