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Look inside the art for the Gail Carriger iPhone App!

You’d think I’d be happy (and quite busy enough) worrying over the Orbit bookcovers, but I’m one of those designers that wants to try her hand at everything. Websites, branding, invites, and now, apps! I love working with Orbit because I really do get a chance to be there for the beginning of a project and say “hey, I can totally design an author app” and they believe me! Of course, then I need to go back to my desk and figure out how to actually do it, but that’s the fun part. And let me tell you, I had a hell of a lot of fun with this one.

It certainly wasn’t cool enough to have an author app that was just about books and excerpts (which, of course, are awesome, and included), we wanted to make a cool functional app that the fans of The Parasol Protectorate series (and any steampunk fans, really) would love and use everyday. So after brainstorming a lot of ideas, we came up with the idea of doing a super intricate interactive clock app that has the functionality of the standard apple clock, but is way way cooler. A Steampunk clock app.

As you can see in the screenshots below, we’ve got 3 clock skins: A Mechanical Clock with cool brass cogs and gears (and rotating cephalopods), a ¬†Steam-Powered Clock run by octopus power, and (my personal fave) a Tea Time Clock with drag-able teabags and spoons that develop your custom cup of tea, while letting you set a Tea Timer!

It’s free to and live now in the apple store, so go download and enjoy now!


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  1. Julia L

    July 9, 2012
    at 12:09 pm

    Is there any chance of an Android based version of this app? I love steampunk/Gail Carriger.

    • Laura Fitzgerald

      July 9, 2012
      at 4:31 pm

      The app is only available for the iPhone for now.

      • Sally Wright

        July 9, 2012
        at 10:13 pm

        Bummer about no Android. I can’t wait for it to come for us though! :)

  2. DH

    July 9, 2012
    at 1:22 pm

    Is it available for Android?

  3. Valerie

    July 9, 2012
    at 6:37 pm

    THIS is fabulous…I couldn’t download the app fast enough!!!

  4. Lisa Kemp

    July 9, 2012
    at 7:31 pm

    I love the concept of this! I don’t own an iPhone, but if you put this app on the Android Market, I will definitely get it.

  5. Lisa Mayfield

    July 9, 2012
    at 8:02 pm

    And, of course, you know I want the Android version, too…. :)

  6. Rebecca

    July 9, 2012
    at 8:21 pm

    Oh, this is so cute! I love it! Unfortunately, I also use an Android phone. :-/ If you decide to take up Android apps too, I can promise there will be at least a couple takers. (My mom also thinks it’s a cute app, and would use the tea timer, but also has an Android phone.)

  7. Mag Zilla

    July 10, 2012
    at 2:37 am

    Will it be available for the android/blackberry market in the future, for those of us who are opposed to buttonless phones? And is there someone specific we should ask about making it available to the other markets?

  8. kitgibbs

    July 10, 2012
    at 7:16 pm

    What a pity it is only for the Iphones!But I am sure you genius will figure out how to make it run for other OS too. It would be great if it would be available for Blackberry OS or Android. (And I would like to have it. Uhm…pretty please?)

  9. Lee

    July 23, 2012
    at 1:34 pm

    Very nice design Laura. Did you use any specific websites as references?

  10. Deb

    July 26, 2012
    at 4:09 pm

    One more hand raise for the android version — and for future phone stuff, it might be good to poll the fan base to find out which phone they use.

    Me, I refuse to touch Apple stuff. How many mythologies & stories in our world have a warning *not* to take the apple/fruit? ^_^

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