OPPORTUNITY: Using the iPad as not only the end reader, but also content creation device
STUDENT LEARNINGS: – skills to create an entire book, app, and more using just the iPad – best practices for interactive elements in eBooks – introduction into the career of a digital storyteller
EXAMPLE BOOKS: The Box Answer This
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any US Art and Design school to use Demibooks Composer as the primary instructional platform. “We are thrilled to be offering this new design elective, which not only utilizes the iPad as a reader, but also as a content creation device,” said Phil Belair, professor and former Chair of MIAD’s 2D/4D Design. “…this course will help to expose many additional possibilities for our design, illustration and animation students as potential digital storytellers.” Under the guidance of Stacey Williams-Ng, an eclectic class of designers, illustrators, and animators learned the skills to create their own interactive books. Projects ranged from children’s books, to cookbooks, to stories of creation — even portions of a senior thesis. Students first researched and purchased book apps that provided examples of good navigation and interactive elements. Each student then presented their selection, describing how each element was effective, getting ideas and inspiration for common design elements to include in their own projects. Next Williams-Ng introduced the group to Demibooks Composer. And the rest is history. More than a dozen apps have been created from the classes. Each semester, these apps are entered into a competition for consideration to be published to the App Store and/or Demibooks Storytime under Stacey’s new publishing press, Little Bahalia. Outside of the course, those who create projects in Composer always have the option of publishing to the App Store or Demibooks Storytime via the Demibooks Printshop service.