TickTalk

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TickTalk is a metronome to help people speed or or slow down their speech patterns. Why? Cause, I speak fast. I mean, really, really fast. So quick that I was really trying to figure out a way to help me slow the hell down. Searching the App Store, I discovered that all of the metronome apps wouldn't let me set the speed low enough. After chatting with my dev department, they built me a proof of concept with a little slider that I could move up and down! It was great! Our former President/Chief Marketing Officer Michael Manning came up with the awesome name TickTalk. 
In the early days of apps, skeumorphism was vital to help people understand how to use these new fangled contraptions. People knew what to do with buttons that looked like buttons. Steve Jobs recommended this approach. As someone whose industrial design dreams were dashed by carpal tunnel syndrome, I was enamored with the idea of single-use apps that literally transformed the iPhone into a stand-alone device. Following Job's influence, I created my own little version of the celebrated clickwheel to help users go between speeds like Texan to Auctioneer, depending on what their needs were. I love this stupid little app so much. In fact, it's something I've been toying with bringing to the Apple Watch sometime in the future. We'll see. 

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