Design Mess – A Photo Decorating App With a Unique Feature (iOS App Review)

designmess_iconDesign Mess is a photo editing tool that allows you to not only the way a photo looks, but also allows you to decorate your photos with text, shapes, and pre-designed artwork. Design Mess includes a large variety of photo filters, shape borders, creative fonts, and tons of vintage and retro artwork stamps.

One of the aspects I look for in a app is good user interface design. In the case of Design Mess, the layout of the app is good. It is very flat and minimalistic looking which fits in with the whole iOS7 theme. The app seems simple enough to use, but then you start running into some strange user interface quirks and design choices.

For starters, all the neat vintage and retro stickers can be edited by allowing you to change their size, opacity, and color. This is all well and good, but you can’t move them. They all sit squarely in the center of your photo which is quite strange and ends up blocking a lot of your photo. Also, you can only use 1 of these stickers per photo. You can however add multiple text elements to your photo, but are limited to just 2 sets of font types. The rest of the really good fonts must be purchased. Lastly, some of the user interface decisions feels clunky. There isn’t a back button for instance to take you back to a previous screen and the lack of an undo button means that if you screw up on something, you basically have to start all over.

Despite these issues, there is one really cool feature here. You can take a photo and chop it up into cells. You can then apply a different photo effects filter to each cell giving your photo a very unique look. In fact, the photo filters feature is probably the best aspect of this app and really the only reason I would use it.

Design Mess does however have potential. If they can just fix some of these little issues, this would be a really awesome app. Until then, it’s just a decent app with a few cool features you may or may not use. It is free though so I’d definitely check it out. Maybe you’ll like it.

App Store Link: Design Mess
Version: 1.0
Developer: Make A
Price: Free
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description

Ready to edit your photos with ease?
Since now you can do if off your photos through amazing ways on the iPhone.
Design Mess helps you decorate with a variety of font, shape and artwork.
Show it off your photos which were edited by yourself easily.

*Features

– Beautiful and vivid Artworks, shapes and Fonts.
– Export a photo to your photo library, Facebook, twitter, instagram and email.
– Simple touch gestures to rotate, resize, flick to delete freely.
– Easy color for the font & artwork & shape
– Change the font & artwork size & shape size
– 6 Film Filter.
– 6 Nostalgia Filter.
– 6 Black & White Filter.
– 6 Vintage Filter.
– 6 Street Filter.
– 6 Love Filter.
– 10 Doodle Font.
– 10 Bold Font.
– 10 Outline Font.
– 20 Basic Font.
– 50 Element Shape.
– 200 Vintage & Retro Artwork.

[via App Store]

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