Tyler Martin

I tell computers what to do and most of the time they do it.


A video game for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

A one-person project, I designed, programmed, did sound design, and marketed this procedurally generated puzzle game. Key design imperatives were a gradual difficulty curve and puzzles that challenged the player to find solutions that weren’t immediately obvious. The game uses a custom engine written in C++ utilizing OpenGL and OpenAL.

The level generator was perhaps the greatest challenge, and went through many complete rewrites before I was satisfied with the results. Originally conceived as an Apple TV exclusive, an early design requirement was a input mechanism simple enough for the new-at-the-time Siri Remote.


Arcade-puzzle game for iOS

My first one-person project, I conceptualized the unique multi-touch dependent gameplay, designed the look and feel and created the art assets, programmed it from scratch in Objective-C/C using OpenGL, wrote the music, created the sound effects, and wrote all the content and marketing materials.

Key challenges included coping with drastic changes to the input mechanism when the original concept was deemed “not fun” by myself and playtesters. It was also challenging dealing with speed optimizations in my custom-built OpenGL wrapper classes.

Nike Prototypes

Various motion and UI prototypes for Nike’s iOS apps

I worked on a small team of developers and designers that helped create and work through some design challenges in Nike’s iOS apps. Written in Swift.

Key challenges included rapid prototyping of concepts with a prioritization of putting many variations and ideas in front of the client.

Starbucks Physics Simulation

Physics simulation for the rewards section of the Starbuck iOS and Android apps

I created a physics simulation in C++ and Box2D for the iOS version of the Starbucks App, with the intent of utilizing that C++ code in Android’s Native Kit. However, due to client requirements it was necessary to port the whole simulation to Java.

Key challenges included pivoting languages mid-project, and maintaining the ongoing adjustments and requests from the client in two codebases.

National Geographic World Atlas

Redsign of Nat Geo’s iconic atlas app

I created many of the key animations including zooming into the world on selecting of a region, saved pins, and daily facts.

National Geographic City Guides

An iOS app that serves as a tour guide for some of the world’s best cities to see

As a key member of a small team, I was the primary developer of the weather, statistics, itineraries, favorites and settings sections. I also contributed significantly to several other sections.

My primary challenges were coming up with creative programmatic motion for some of the flashier portions of the app—primarily weather and statistics—and also a custom "swipe for context menu" system in several of the table-based views.

National Geographic National Parks

An iOS app that helps you plan and navigate your visits to the US national parks

As a supporting developer, I programmed the key functionality behind the itineraries section, and contributed to a few other miscellaneous features.

The app won a 2012 Apple Design Award, and was featured as Apple’s Editors Choice for both the iPhone and iPad versions.


Nickelodeon’s primary iOS app

I was a key member of this fairly large development team for about 6 months. I was primarily responsible for visual layout and motion, though only for certain sections of the app. I also did some OpenGL 3D effects for some of the paper folding visuals.

Some of my work didn’t make the final release, like a 2D liquid simulator which was interactive through both touch and accelerometer input.

LEGO Photo

LEGO's first iPhone app, a playful photo manipulation tool

I was lead developer and programmed the key functionality for this app, which was the #4 free app in the US, #2 in the UK and #1 in Japan. It had over 2 million unique installs within the first few months.

A key challenge was writing a custom image parsing algorithm to convert full-color photographs into recognizable, low-resolution, limited palette LEGO representations. Another challenge was optimizing 2400 unique simultaneous sprite animations.