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Letterpress Creator Loren Brichter Profiled By WSJ As 'High Priest Of App Design'

Letterpress Creator Loren Brichter Profiled By WSJ As 'High Priest Of App Design'

March 18, 2013
App developer extraordinaire Loren Brichter has just become the subject of a rather interesting profile in The Wall Street Journal. Titled "High Priest of App Design, at Home in Philly" and written by WSJ senior technology reporter Jessica E. Lessin, the profile speaks of Brichter's far-reaching influence in app design:
Loren Brichter isn't a household name. Nor are the mobile apps he has built, which include a Twitter client called Tweetie and a Boggle-like word game called Letterpress. But to developers, the 28-year-old is a high priest of app design and an increasingly influential tastemaker.
Brichter is credited for creating or popularizing some features that have become ubiquitous among iOS apps. Most notable of these is the pull-to-refresh mechanism, which has found its way to such high-profile apps as Apple's own Mail app and the official iOS apps of Facebook and Twitter. Brichter actually worked for a while at Twitter, which bought Tweetie in 2010. There he built the first version of Twitter's iPad app, which employed the sliding-panel interface feature now found in many other apps. But before Tweetie and way before Letterpress, which was released to much acclaim in October last year, Brichter worked at Apple from 2006 to 2007 on certain aspects of the original iPhone. Now he's busy with his own company, Atebits, which is set to release an arcade game next. Considering Brichter's impeccable approach to design, this upcoming arcade game should be quite good. Click here to read the profile in full, which is as much a celebration of innovation in general as it is a tribute to Brichter's creativity in particular. Image via: The Wall Street Journal

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