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Wow!

The Next Web published a piece highlighting five of the “most ridiculous iMessage sticker packs for iOS 10,” and I have the proud distinction of making the last pack mentioned on the list. Hey, any press is good press, so I’m thankful to the author for including me.

The sticker pack experiment has been a fun one; it’s a testament to Apple’s thought that “anyone” could make a sticker pack for sale in the App Store. I have very little programming background, I can basically only spell Xcode, and I have almost no artistic ability whatsoever, but I still managed to create a sticker pack, get over Apple’s somewhat arcane certification and version control hurdles, and get it uploaded for sale into the App Store. I call this a win for me personally (sales aren’t putting my kids through college, but they’ll get me a set of AirPods), and I think it’s a win for Apple too in that they have brought down the barrier to entry for real creatives to have a place to offer their works. I think anything that opens up channels for commerce for different types of people in different professions with different skill sets is a win for everyone, not just Apple.

My sticker pack called “Office Talk” is available here.