The TV recap
Yesterday in Design Envy—The Appedition, we revealed The Hype Machine app as a delightful piece of Internet-in-your-pocket that has survived my Zen renunciation streak (and streaking) with its endearing color selection, its Freudian (or Jungian) use of face photography and its sheer utility. Feel free to read The Hype Machine review before you venture on to today’s Design Envy—The Appedition feature-length written word article with accompanying screenshots.
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Let’s face it, we all need a good soundboard in our lives. And bonus points if it just looks, well, cute, lovely, cuddly, fun… but, most of all, cute. Enter Keezy—a sweet, sweet and cute soundboard.
If you haven’t used one before (just think of Reggie Watts), a soundboard is futuristic technology that helps you record individual sounds (including music-like sounds) so you can then replay them at your leisure, sequencing them into brilliant performance art. Perhaps you’ll perform them wearing an over-sized mouse head or a space helmet, or pull out your A.D.I.D.A.S and really throw down. Whatever your vague artist reference, Keezy is mad fun. Really mad fun—like a cray crayfish from St Mary Cray (it’s a place on Wikipedia).
THE BRAIN ANALYSIS OF THE EYE STIMULUS
There is not a lot to analyze here and that’s why Keezy is so beautiful. The color selection is on-trend (something I take seriously when selecting an app for my pocket mobile). The typography and iconography are both young and playful. But ultimately it’s useful, fun and simple to use. The design system reinforces the affable nature of the futuristic phone app in a wonderful way.
The only two things that feel a little off are the microphone icon (it feels waaaaay too serious for my solo fun times) and the board title typography (for the same reason).
A quick walk-through
After the app loads, you are taken to a working soundboard and can start playing immediately. The black circle button takes you to the menu where you can then + (add a soundboard), X (delete stuff), = (access existing soundboards). The black circle is so cheeky—if you don’t quite thumb it right, it just bounces like a puppy dog waiting for you on the other side of the door of your undersized D.U.M.B.O. apartment. I don’t live in D.U.M.B.O. nor do I own a puppy but if both things were true it would really be like that.
There are eight pre-programmed soundboards and you can create your own. I’m yet to master this but have definitely had some strange nights in.
The worst thing about Keezy is that when I’ve worked out a good flow on my go-to, pre-programmed “Friends” soundboard, the kids make too much noise so I can’t hear the dopeness and then they try to throw me off by putting their fingers all over the keyboard. No amount of Naughty Corner time is able to cure this.
My hope for the future of Keezy is to see a Bop It! version where they get you to tap out a track. A training-wheels version would be cute. So would an Extreme Keezy Winner-Takes-All Battle Of The Universes event (why battle for one universe when you could win them all?).
Keezy is a ton of fun and shows the power of design in bringing to life a very playful experience with tight, music-like constraints.
Enjoy and report back.
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More in Design Envy—The Appedition: The Hype Machine iOS app.