Composite lets you remix your environment to create artistic compositions. Inspired by the collages of Robert Rauschenberg it’s the brainchild of interactive artist James Alliban.
Having previously worked with Matchbox Mobile on the Kinect-based art installation “Cell”, James, in partnership with Microsoft UK, engaged us to design and build Composite for Windows Phone and subsequently Windows 8.
The Mango update to Windows Phone opened up the ability to work with the live camera feed, which allowed us to focus on translating the experience to Windows Phone.
Although the app already existed on iPad, we had to re-design it entirely to fit the Windows Phone paradigms and form factor. We needed to give fast access to the many image effects and painting options without impinging on the screen painting area. In order to do this we identified the most important use cases and created custom controls that mimicked the Metro look-and-feel.
The result is a lightweight, elegant and responsive app that allows full immersion in the Composite painting experience.
“It was a pleasure to work with Matchbox Mobile again,” said James Alliban, the artist and visionary behind Composite, “it was great to see Composite adapted for the Metro design language”. We look forward to seeing your creations, and you can send your work to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in the Composite gallery on Flickr.