Ohm Reinvents the iPod

A preview of a music app being released soon on Android and iPhone. A lot of hard work has gone into completely changing the way that we enjoy music, and the time is near. To join the beta email [email protected] or visit htpp://beta.ohmmusic.com

Ohm Labs Inc
The World's Smartest Media Player 
As lead graphic designer for this interface my goal was to use contrast to train motions that the user will ultimately become accustomed to using. The best part about this project (and the reason that the core team has remained so dedicated over the course of the past year) is that we are simply just building something that we want for ourselves. I spend over two hours on most days on the train to work or school and am listening to music the entire way. 
As we make baby steps in developing the app I am constantly inspired by the improvements and features that bring me closer to my music listening experience. Our efforts have been directed towards making this as simple as possible, while finding ways to allow the many complex functions that a great media player must provide. Therein lies one of the greatest design and user interface challenges that anyone on our team had ever tackled, and we'd like to believe that we made some creative choices to overcome those challenges.

This app should be in the App Store within the next month, but if you are very eager to give it a try visit: beta.ohmmusic.com

Much credit is due to the rest of the product team:
Chris Bennett (UX/iOS)
Jon Latterner (U/Android)
If this project interests you and you have skills in iPhone, Android or mobile web development please be in touch!

Perhaps the earliest improvement that we envisioned for a new media player would be gesture based controls. There were quite a few apps on the market offering the function but none had truly committed to using gestures throughout the app. Committing to gestures has allowed us to dramatically reduce button clutter.
The screen that has endured the most prototyping is the music screen (which we internally refer to as "The Gallery"). This screen accomplishes what the iPod does in several screens in one display. With experience it is actually quicker at accessing songs than the iPod.
One shortcoming that always stood out about the iPod was how impersonal and bland playlists were represented. So we set out to liven up your playlist collection by including playlist artwork within our app. Eventually we plan to expand this feature to include many content sources and even associated photo albums.

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