Tap On



Interface design


Gamification – “If you really want something, keep tapping on it.

Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 14.22.16

The evil cycle

Demo Video


Tap On is an iOS application for users to win free products by tapping the screen while watching advertisements.

I originally got this concept from the movie Hands on a Hard Body, which documents a yearly competition happened in Texas, where twenty-four contestants match against each other to see who can keep their hand on a pickup truck for the longest amount of time. Whoever endures the longest wins the truck. I was interested by the mechanics behind this activity. I think while this business promotion is absurd, it can be a smart sales strategy. So I wanted to play and move this mechanics onto the digital screen.

Along with other studies I did about branding, brand loyalty, and gamification, I created this straightforward iOS application, which is almost like an idle game. In this application, player’s tap count was turned into a competitive point scoring. The motivation are driven by both the user’s possessive desire for certain product and the comparison with the other users’ scores.  I hope to implement the most basic interactions to enforce the big satire.

Obviously, Tap On is supposed to be a critical design, but it does look bigger than itself.

This App is entirely written in Swift programming language.

View code on Github: https://github.com/yishixie/TapOn