iPad app Icons – The Portrait Photography of Curtis Knapp

Late last year I was lucky enough to be asked to design an iPad app collecting the work of Curtis Knapp.

Although the name sounded familiar, I couldn’t place him until I saw the images – then I realised that, as a music fan, I’d been familiar with his work for years. There’s a fantastic selection of music and movie icons on display here including Madonna, Andy Warhol, REM, Slash, Debbie Harry and many, many more.

As well as the photos there’s also a bit about each of the stars themselves and some more in-depth pieces about the actual shoot, many accompanied by Curtis’ own narration.

The challenge when working with such fantastic imagery is to not let the user interface interfere too much, so I decided to keep it as minimal as possible: simple grey and white text with the occasional splash of orange to highlight important things.

I’m delighted with how the app turned out – a true digital coffee table book. The app is available in the App Store now and is published by iEnglish.com

  1. Dave
    Curtis Knapp Photographer here

    Are you the DH who designed my portrait app?
    If so it looks killer & many thanks,


  2. Thanks Curtis – it was a pleasure :)

    It was a fantastic project to work on – it’s not often I get to work with such beautiful images

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