Interviews,  On My Radar

On My Radar – Eight Apps for a Desert Island with WiFi by Deborah McMillion from the United States

We have another brand new section here at TheAppWhisperer called ‘On My Radar’ and this time we are asking a selection of highly talented mobile photographers and artists, which apps they would take with them on a unique desert island, that has wifi! We want to know exactly what apps are really on their radar and why. As well as eight apps, we have also allowed each artist to select a book and a luxury object on this luxury journey. Kicking us off with our fifth issue of this section, is non other than the highly talented Deborah McMillion from the United States.

To read the others in this series, please go here.

Book: Paris Out of Hand by Elizabeth Karen Gordon

This not a travel guide and if you read the reviews a lot of people don’t understand that, to various degrees of hilarity.  Its a surrealist guide and that means every single page has reviews, bits of poetry, peculiar translations, letters, you name it. It is illustrated profusely with drawings, engravings and collage. Every time I read a page it changes. It’s a book that I actually take down from the bookcase and use. Often. And for various reasons!  I always keep used copies on hand when someone is going to Paris and will understand the need for this Guide ($5 used on Amazon). This is not your well-thumbed Baedeker but it will be well thumbed.


Luxury Item

iPad Pro and Pencil. -starting with the 3G phone and Zeusdraw mobile I went from sending little paintings to friends  to making it my studio. I do believe what is loaded on purchase includes Safari, Pages, etc. (heehee).

The Apps


Sketchbook this is where everything comes together, blends, modes, tints, colors. It’s my box of paints all scarred and covered with vintage flamingoes.


Effects and filters like hot wax and plaster effect amongst othersTo make my paper dolls and their stuff.


Perhaps only 1 layer, perhaps all. I’ll choose toon because the Detailing works magic.

Bamboo Paper

BAMBOO let’s you choose 2line titles, textured and coloured covers. Lined, storyboard, etc. insides. Similar to Moleskin notebooks. You can import images, draw on or around them and import type. And you can send a 20 page pdf. booklet.


I need stars, moons, flashes of light, lightning, rings,  many atmospheric effects , everything but birds. Those I photograph myself.

Pow! Strip Designer

It looks like a comic book layout and that is what it started out as, but it’s my favorite layout or collage app. Layout comics, ‘Zines, artwork grids, this is high Rez, the borders and text can be coloured, textured, aged, it has warped and 3d text, In short if you don’t know it-Trade you ‘Zines?

Contact Details

Hello again…please donate

TheAppWhisperer has always had a dual mission: to promote the most talented mobile artists of the day and to support ambitious, inquisitive viewers the world over. As the years passTheAppWhisperer has gained readers and viewers and found new venues for that exchange.

All this work thrives with the support of our community.

Please consider making a donation to TheAppWhisperer as this New Year commences because your support helps protect our independence and it means we can keep delivering the promotion of mobile artists that’s open for everyone around the world. Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable for our future.

click here to help us

One Comment

  • Carol Wiebe

    I have a real problem with Deborah McMillion. When I read an interview, like this one, I get so fascinated by her facts that I run to the Net to look things up, and then forget to comment and thank her! I adore Deborah’s work. She is intelligent, hilarious, and the fact that she draws over, onto, into and around photos makes me spellbound. Everything she posts is part art, part puzzle.

    I got distracted a few times, but remembered to come back! And I am going to take Deborah up on her challenge and try to create a Zine I can trade with her!