Sony PSP Software Interface Design
The Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) was released in North America on March 24, 2005. Within a few short months a community of homebrew developers had formed to create software that had not originally shipped for the device. PSPRadio is a MP3 player that was launched initially with a text-only interface.
In early 2005 I didn’t have any experience developing interfaces for portable devices so I decided to learn how graphics are manipulated and displayed by the PSP. I developed the alternate graphic interface for PSPRadio, a forum board signature graphic, and a PSP Eboot background and launcher icon. RAF, the initial developer, received much praise from gaming sites and homebrew enthusiasts around the world for his software. Working on PSPRadio allowed me to learn about graphics optimization for portables, implementing monospace fonts, and the use of bitmap files. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the project.