As a fan of Joost Elffers‘ Play Food, I was drawn immediately to Faces iMake – Right Brain Creativity. The app is a partnership between developer iMagine Machine and artist/educator Hanoch Piven. Sold separately for the iPhone/iPod touch, Faces iMake brings Piven’s playful creative tool box to the iPad where kids (and adults!) can make a face comprising everything from a fried egg to ric rac.
Faces iMake celebrates the unexpected. Why yes, a plastic whistle can make an excellent mouth, nose, or even an eye. There isn’t another app quite like it among the almost 700K apps currently available for download in the App Store.
Though the user begins with a blank digital canvas, it will soon be filled with a one-of-a-kind creation. Users can start by picking a background color or face shape, or dive right in to the different troves of images to get started.
Face makers can choose from Food, Toys, Music, Candy, Kitchen, Tools, School, Buttons, and Letters to adorn their designs. The images found in each category are colorful, playful, and stimulate even the most reluctant artist’s creative impulses.
Users can even take a photo with the iPad camera, or load an image from the device’s library. Save finished faces in the app’s gallery and share by email or to Facebook. Want to bring your work outside the iPad? Order a jigsaw puzzle from Tap2Print with a few taps, or export work as a .jpg from Photo Stream and make practically anything out of it.
Though it is regularly priced at $2.99, face-makers-in-training can download Faces iMake for iPad for the summer sale price of $0.99.
What I liked: Faces iMake is the rare app that is both relaxing and challenging to use.
What I didn’t like: Though it’s aimed at children between 5 and 8 years of age, some children may find the controls challenging to use. However, parents (or teachers) can use the app together with a child who finds working with multiple digital layers frustrating.
To buy or not to buy: At its current summer sale price of $0.99, Faces iMake deserves a place on every family iPad.
- App Name Faces iMake – Right Brain Creativity
- Version Reviewed: 2.04
- Category: Education
- Developer: iMagine Machine and Hanoch Piven
- Price: $0.99