HIGH POINT, N.C., April 30, 2015 – For up-and-coming music artists, or just friends who enjoy seeing each other on the cover of the “next hot album,” High Point University junior Nick Zayatz has an app for you.
His new app called Album Pop helps users create an album cover in three easy steps. After uploading a photo, adding a filter and entering custom text, the creation can be used as art for an album or mix tape, or it can be shared through social media.
Zayatz, a computer science and mathematics major from Columbia, Maryland, collaborated on the app with his friend Terrance Diggs, who is a junior graphic design major at Towson University. He says he created the app as a way to learn Swift, Apple’s new programming language. It also provides a solution he couldn’t find elsewhere on the app store.
“Album Pop is different because it provides a very easy way for people to create an album cover without using complex photo editing software,” Zayatz says. “It’s great for new music artists who don’t have enough money to pay a graphic designer or learn how to use a large photo editor. The app allows them to do it themselves quickly.”
Available for free on the Apple App Store, Album Pop has already been downloaded 5,000 times since its launch in March. While this was the first app Zayatz has created, he says it was great experience since he plans to pursue a career in iOS development. While the app was a personal project, his classes at HPU provided the foundation for success.
“My software engineering class at HPU was very helpful in preparing me to make this app,” says Zayatz. “It helped me establish some good practices for working on large projects, making my app more sustainable and flexible for updates.”