4 years ago I uploaded a video of an animation creator website I was building called Brush Ninja. Then mostly forgot about it.
The project was too much for my knowledge at the time. I was planning to make a full social network with accounts, and forums, and badges and everything. I had neither the time, or the skills to do this well, and to be honest I still don’t.
Fast forward to now…
This February I remembered Brush Ninja and thought it would be a fun project to revisit. So I started coding and discovered that the old code wasn’t too bad and I would be able to work with it to make something new.
I had been thinking about how I could make the project sustainable and about a month in decided to create a premium desktop version that I could sell in the Mac App Store.
The Brush Ninja Mac App was finally launched last weekend.
MVP or MEP?
Throughout the whole process I have been trying to build the app as an MVP. Always going for the simplest thing that would work. But this didn’t quite ring true for me. So I decided I would focus on making an MEP – a Minimum Enjoyable Product.
Simplicity by Design
Brush Ninja is purposefully simple when it comes to features. I have tried to focus on making things that ‘just work’ keeping options to a minimum. There are only a few colours, and a handful of brushes – but this was intentional. I think that keeping options simple will encourage people to focus on the craft of animation.
When I was little I was always drawing, and my parents kept saying I should get a job at Disney. I’m nowhere near good enough for that. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy messing around with these types of things. Over the last few weeks I have made a few animations with Brush Ninja. Mostly to test the features, but also because it’s fun!
I’m currently posting them to Instagram on my Brush Ninja account – and you can see some examples throughout this article.
My goal is for Brush Ninja to empower artists to become true masters of the Ninja Brush by keeping tools simple and intuitive so that they can let their creativity flow.
Brush Ninja has so many possibilities, and I can’t wait to see what people make with it.