Sky Arts: Inspiration Everywhere is a fun iPhone app that helps you to discover moments of creative inspiration while out and about. The app was created by the team at the OTHER media for BSkyB. I was the sole iOS developer working on the project and built the app.
The app works in conjunction with a bespoke backend service built by my colleague Mateusz Stawecki that takes articles on the Sky Arts website and finds related geotagged pages on Wikipedia to identify relevant culture points of interest. The app uses background location services to monitor the users location and looks for moments of inspiration nearby. When the user passes a place that is connected to an artist, actor, director, author or band or a painting, film, play, book or song they’ve created – they receive a notification. When they open the app the app shows how the location is connected to the artist or a work of art along with an exclusive video from Sky Arts.
The app makes use of Core Location for background location monitoring, Core Data for data storage along with Core Graphics and Core Animation for the really cool concertina effect when expanding the moment cards.