Brian Gilham

Engineering leader, husband, and father

draftly

Draftly: Highlighted Description

One of the biggest omissions from v1.0.0 was the ability to read long Shot descriptions. I intentionally left it out – not many Shots had a truncated description, and there were higher priorities at the time.

I’m happy to say that v1.0.2 finally includes the ability to click on a description and read it in its entirety – in a modal view with a nice big font. It’s nice and simple, just the way I like it :-)


Draftly: Now Available!

Good morning, everyone! I’m happy to announce that Draftly, my new Dribbble client for Apple TV, is now available! To download it, head over to the App Store app on your Apple TV and search for “Draftly”. Once you find it, just click that big, beautiful pink icon 😀

Good morning, everyone! I’m happy to announce that Draftly, my new Dribbble client for Apple TV, is now available! To download it, head over to the App Store app on your Apple TV and search for “Draftly”. Once you find it, just click that big, beautiful pink icon 😀


Introducing Draftly

I love Dribbble. I don’t post regularly, but hardly a day goes by where I can’t be found browsing the latest and greatest from designers all over the world. I wouldn’t call myself a designer — more of a “design-minded engineer” — but Dribbble is a source of constant inspiration for me. I also love the latest Apple TV. It supports my extreme Netflix habit while offering a platform for tons of great apps and games.

I love Dribbble. I don’t post regularly, but hardly a day goes by where I can’t be found browsing the latest and greatest from designers all over the world. I wouldn’t call myself a designer — more of a “design-minded engineer” — but Dribbble is a source of constant inspiration for me.

I also love the latest Apple TV. It supports my extreme Netflix habit while offering a platform for tons of great apps and games. I’ll often fire it up when I have a spare 15–30 minutes and watch movie trailers, catch up with CBC News, or browse the latest cinemagraphs from the amazing Flixel community. To me, the Apple TV offers the perfect blend of entertainment, news, and utility.

Some of you might see where I’m going with this.

On February 28th, wanting to up my tvOS game, I started work on a Dribbble client for Apple TV. Today, I’m proud to announce that v1 is done. Say hello to Draftly.

A quick tour through some of the functionality offered in Draftly v1.

Draftly makes it easy to browse work from designers, illustrators, typographers, and artists around the world. Right from your couch. Optimized for the living room, Draftly omits unnecessary features and cluttered interfaces to keep the focus where it should be: browsing the best design work Dribbble has to offer.

My goal was to create a Dribbble client for Apple TV that was perfect for me. That meant stripping out a lot of stuff that, on a different platform, might be considered essential.

I spent _forever tweaking this screen. I think it was worth it._

Want to kick back and browse amazing work? Draftly has you covered. Want to read every comment on a Shot? Organize Shots into Buckets? Scroll through long lists of everyone who liked something? Sorry, Draftly ain’t for you. I know there are probably lots of people who want to replicate Dribbble’s web experience on their television screen. I’m just not one of them.

Instead, I tried to create a Dribbble client that felt at home on Apple TV.

Here’s some of what Draftly does offer:

Large Images + Animated GIF support

Perfect for browsing from the comfort of your couch.

Draftly has ’em all.

Top Shelf Support

Popular Shots, right on your Apple TV’s home screen.

This might be the feature I’m most proud of.

Full-Screen Mode

For when you really want to appreciate the little details.

Detail Views

Views, likes, comments, tags, description, and more.

Profile Views

Easily browse the profile for any user or team.

I’ve really enjoyed using Draftly on my Apple TV — and I hope lots of other people will, too. I’m happy to announce that Draftly will be available on the Apple TV App Store — completely free — on Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 9am EST.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank a few people:

  • My wife, Steph, for her support and understanding through some pretty late nights at my laptop.
  • The fine folks at TWG, for tons of encouragement, help, and advice.
  • Everyone who has helped beta test Draftly over the last three weeks. Their feedback helped improve the app immeasureably.

And this is just the beginning. I’m far from done. I already have a long list of improvements I’d like to make, and new features I’d like to add. I expect to be working on Draftly for a long time to come.

If you’d like to follow along, or learn more:

And, of course, you can get in touch with me at me@briangilham.com or on Twitter.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Want to try Draftly before the public launch? Here’s five promo codes. Redeem one on your laptop or iOS device, then check out the “Purchased” tab on the Apple TV App store to grab a copy.

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http://tokn.co/ed5kmzag
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Draftly: Instagram Promo

I pushed a little bit of Draftly promo to my Instagram feed with this image today. Loving the blurred shot of the bleachers/stands in the background. Having a bit of fun with the basketball metaphor :-)

I just posted a short video showing off Draftly last night as well: https://vimeo.com/162635938.


Draftly: Landing Page Redux

I took another crack at the landing page for Draftly. It’s launching soon – April 18th, to be specific. Check it out at http://getdraftly.com.


Draftly: Landing Page

I finally took some time and put together a very basic landing page for Draftly. I like that it shows the app in a \“real\” setting, rather than a bunch of screenshots. It’ll do, for now. You can check it out at http://getdraftly.com and follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/getdraftly.


Draftly: App Icon

A bit of a work-in-progress, but this is where I currently stand with the app icon for Draftly. There’s a sweet shadow effect on the text that is only visible when the icon is focused.


Draftly: User Profile

A quick shot of the user profile screen in Draftly, my new Dribbble client for the Apple TV/tvOS. This time I’m showing off some of the great work done by @matt-carlson.


Draftly: Shot Detail

I’ve been working on a new Dribbble client for the Apple TV/tvOS and I thought it was high time I start sharing. This is a small portion of the shot detail view, showing off a shot by the great @belinatti.