Wednesday, July 29th, 2015email
What makes New Internationalist Apps different?
We've demonstrated that even a very small independent media organisation like us - a not-for-profit fair trade organisation that's run as a co-operative - can produce quality Apps that make it convenient and pleasurable for our subscribers to read our content. Making great use of open-source tools enables us to get our quality journalism out to a new generation of readers.
What challenges did you face when you were developing and how did you overcome them?
Very limited - and shrinking - budget. We worked with an experienced programmer to pair-program around the more difficult software challenges.
We had to do crowd-funding to enable us to create our first mobile App for iOS devices.
I'm responsible for both design and tech development, including:
- website newint.com.au
- printed catalogues
- online shop newint.com.au/shop
so distractions from other duties are a challenge when writing code. We overcame this through great team-work among our small co-op of five people.
What platforms do you develop for?
What are you working on right now?
Having completed coding for the Android App, and integrating it with our online App, I'm now about to start work on our next print catalogue of fair trade goods - just for something completely different.
How has the rise of App Stores influenced your work?
The App Stores are both a huge benefit and a real pain for small independent companies like ours. The benefit is the well-organised framework for developers. The pain is the enormous challenge in being noticed among the vast number of available Apps. Fortunately income from digital subscriptions is the growth area for the New Internationalist magazine, so we must be doing something right.
What’s your favourite app that you didn’t create?
Orbot. Tor for mobile devices!
What phone do you use? Why?
iPhone 5 and Nexus 4. Both still very capable devices and still get the latest security updates. Being mindful of the resources that go into a phone, I don't always upgrade immediately.
What advice do you have for budding Aussie developers out there?
Don't be intimidated; just start building.
Who are you?
I'm @sighmon on the internet https://sighmon.com.
New Internationalist Publications Pty Ltd
The New Internationalist is an independent monthly not-for-profit magazine that reports on action for global justice. We believe in putting people before profit, in climate justice, tax justice, equality, social responsibility and human rights for all. We support minority groups and producers by selling their fair trade and organic products in our shop, and also like to blog and keep you in the loop via monthly email newsletters.
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