Simple family fun
Cute Faces is a simple and fun app that draws from the ever popular tradition of kids costumes and face painting activities. The app lets users take a picture, select a predefined costume or face paint and apply it on top of the original picture for a fun transformation.
Taking a picture
Since the app is aimed at children and family, a top concern was to make the app highly intuitive and simple to use. Creating a costume or face paint composition simply starts with taking a portrait-style picture.
Predefined costumes and face paints
In addition to developing the app, this project was also a lot of fun for the opportunity to design and create all the costumes, face paints, mockups and interface elements. At launch the app featured 20 predefined faces to choose from.
Once a face has been selected, users navigate to a new screen where individual elements are overlayed on top of the picture taken earlier. Each of those components can be individually moved, resized and rotated for optimal fit.
Saving and sharing
The resulting composition can then be saved to a photo album.
My first personal app development project to make it to public release, Cute Faces was developed for iOS with XCode and initially released on the App Store in October 2015.
Taking a picture
Applying a costume or face paint
A predefined face is made up of individual components that can be individually adjusted (resized, rotated and moved) using common multitouch gestures for optimal fit on the photograph. Fine-tuning a composition is as simple as dragging, pinching and rotating.
The minimalist interface makes saving a composition to the device photo library a breeze. Because young children may be using the app under the supervision of their parents or older siblings, functionality to directly share to social networks or via email was deliberately left out. Sharing is still possible from the photo library app.