If you know anything about Dribbble, the entire theme of the site is basketball driven despite being a design site. The basketball terminology fits well and adds a unique spin unlike many similar sites of its ilk in the past. With that in mind, Balllin’ is a spin-off rather than an imitation of the style that Dan and Rich have set for Dribbble. It was really fun to “rebound” the mood of the site. Even with the name of the app, I threw around a few names like Disssh, Bouunce, but ultimately who could resist such a fun and go-lucky name as Balllin. Playing off the foundation set seemed natural. Even the name of this blog post wrote itself. I can’t go without mentioning the people who helped out on the project. Each individual party I worked with took their part of project a step farther in some way or another that really made the project special. I can’t credit them enough.
My wish for the app is to have built something that will excite the core audience. Something that will become an invaluable utility and change the way dribbblers interact with Dribbble. Even with a nice mobile web version of the site available, I hope Balllin’ once again proves that native apps provide the best experience for end users. As an iOS developer, if I can’t don’t that, I’ll need to reevaluate my livelihood.
If you’ve been counting thats two apps this summer. If feels good to ship. I’ve created the Kangaroo Bandit brand as a cheerful and fun way to put out fun little apps like this one. I don’t have any plans for other apps at the moment, but I do plan to continue to improve Balllin’. In fact, if you like the app and want certain features, please email Dan and Rich and urge them to continue to build out their API. Without the API, this app couldn’t exist.