The Breakroom

Head and Shoulders

May 31, 2019

By Ged Maheux

The Iconfactory's Craig Hockenberry towers at Apple's WWDC conference in 2009

I’ve been privileged to know and work with many talented people over the years. People with a drive to succeed and a flare for thinking differently. People who genuinely care about making the lives of other people better, while at the same time pushing you to be better, too. My friend Craig Hockenberry is one such person. Craig’s been a driving force here at the Iconfactory since almost the beginning, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

That’s why I was so pleased when Apple chose Craig for their spotlight series on key developers in the macOS community. Apple’s piece in the Mac App Store touches on the genesis of our flagship Twitter client, Twitterrific, his important contributions to the Twitterverse, and more. Craig would be the first to say that developing an app like Twitterrific is a team effort, so I think it’s also important to give shout-outs to Sean Heber, who has deftly helmed Twitterrific’s development for many years, David Lanham, the talented artist and designer who gave birth to Ollie, Tyler Anderson, who cut his coding teeth on Twitterrific and helped keep Sean sane, and finally Anthony Piraino, whose iconic and design sensibilities put Twitterrific in a class of its own.

On the eve of the launch of Twitterrific 6 for iOS, I’m proud Apple has decided to feature my friend Craig and our small company. It’s taken years of dedication and hard work not only to stay afloat in the wide, vast sea of the App Store, but to succeed where so many others have failed. That’s in no small part due to the amazing talent and experience of our beloved CHOCK. Congrats, Craig!