We have been working on a beautiful interactive book application for over a year now, before we ever knew of Disney’s new Oz the Great and Powerful. You can imagine what a terrific coincidence this was for us when we did learn of the new movie’s release though.
Well, not really. But one of our favorite apps we worked on with Discovery Communications is, Ultimate Sharks. The app was highlighted in a recent commercial for Apple’s iPad.
Creating a definitive application on sharks was no easy feat, but when MyDiscovery asks you to be their partner on the endeavor, you know it will be a very deep dive into treacherous waters to bring these creatures to life on the iPad, and that’s exactly what we did, right in time for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.
Last month I had the opportunity to join a panel at this year’s Digital Book World Conference & Expo that focused on “Gamifying” children’s reading experiences in digital. It’s a heated subject and one that has vocal proponents and opponents, each with valid opinions and questions. I shared the stage with a very smart group of executives from Penguin, Disney, and Nosy Crow that are in the trenches creating interactive storybook experiences that include light-to-medium gamification elements. It was a good conversation that probably warranted a longer session time, which is why I’ve extended it into this blog post.
Based on conversations we’ve had this year with brands and companies, we believe 2013 will be the year a lot of cool things happen in digital. Many technologies have been tested and experimented with in the past year or so and next year we’ll begin to see them implemented. We’re pretty excited to see things come into fruition, so we put together this list on what to expect in the New Year. Continue reading →