Project background

The Retrospecs iOS app provides the ability to transform images and video clips so they appear as if they were displayed on a variety of home computers and consoles from the 80’s and 90’s. Additionally, you can also create your own custom emulations, palettes and character sets, hence providing the capability to transform images in a nearly infinite number of ways.

Now in its sixth year of development, Retrospecs has been favourably reviewed in a wide variety of magazines and online articles as well as being featured by Apple in the App Store on multiple occasions.

My responsibilities

I’m responsible for every aspect of Retrospecs from the original concept through to the development, marketing and on-going maintenance of the app. The exception to this rule is some of the custom character set and palettes available in the various editors - permission for which was kindly granted by the original creators. Additionally, the Japanese, French and Latin American Spanish localisation text was all provided by 3rd parties, as detailed within the credits section of the website.

However, as with all such long term projects, if I was to start Retrospecs from scratch again I’d certainly do things differently, especially as the original user interface has been somewhat stretched to the limit as various new features have been added over the years.

Key skills

  • iOS
  • Cocoa
  • Objective-C
  • Image processing & manipulation