Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Coming soon: Countdone for iOS

Posted on 21 February 2013 9 comments

Just before Christmas I had one of those moments where you wake up in the middle of the night and you have an idea for an app. I’d always assumed that these moments were mere myths, but there I was, experiencing one for myself. I went back to sleep and when I got up in the morning, I fired up Photoshop and started mocking up what I’d seen in my head. Later that day I asked Sarah for an iOS developer recommendation and just a few days later the app build was underway.

Fast-forward to now and my very first iPhone / iPod Touch app is almost complete. The last few bugs are being ironed out. I’m putting together the last few assets. Soon — very soon — we (Viewport Industries) will be submitting it to the App Store.

So I thought it was time for a sneak peek: a genuine photo of the app running on my iPod Touch. Say hello to Countdone for iOS!

Sneak peek of Countdone for iOS

And that’s all I’m going to give away for now. If you’d like to be the first to hear about the app’s release, simply sign up to the Viewport Industries newsletter!


  1. Chris Shiflett

    Chris Shiflett

    21 February 2013 @ 02:48PM #

    “I went back to sleep, and when I got up in the morning, I fired up Photoshop…”

    I’ve had similar experiences, but they usually go something like this:

    “I went back to sleep, and when I got up in the morning, I had forgotten what it was.”

  2. David Beesley

    David Beesley

    21 February 2013 @ 09:01PM #

    Ditto what Chris said. Had one of those moments a few weeks ago. Really should keep a notepad by the bed.

    The name says to me a time management app, something like the pomodoro technique.

  3. Si


    21 February 2013 @ 09:18PM #

    Curiouser and curiouser.

    On the point of remembering midnight brainwaves, I tend to just grab my alarm clock- ahem, iPhone – and make a few notes that I email myself. Best way to preserve those moments of inspiration for when you’re less hazy.

  4. Tim Smith

    Tim Smith

    21 February 2013 @ 09:30PM #

    This is so exciting! Congrats and I can’t wait to know more.

  5. Pete


    25 February 2013 @ 01:46PM #

    Intriguing… Initially it looks like something I really need. good luck.

  6. Paul


    27 February 2013 @ 10:41AM #

    Is this Teux Deux crossed with some kind of time challenge????

  7. Marc


    27 February 2013 @ 02:41PM #

    Makes mental note to ask Keir or Sarah for the iOS dev contact to bring my own iOS app ideas to life rather than send them back to sleep AGAIN

  8. Simon


    03 March 2013 @ 11:34PM #

    Hi Elliot, I came across your page in Issue 239 of .net magazine. I’m a freelancer and thought it would be an awesome tool to have! Are there any plans for an Android version?

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