We’re announcing an exciting new partnership with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) today. Demibooks affiliate Stacey Williams-Ng just began teaching a class called “Designing Interactive Books on the iPad” using the Demibooks Composer software platform. The MIAD class is the first full semester course at an US Art and Design school to use Composer as the primary instructional platform.
Says Phil Belair, Chair of MIAD’s 2D/4D Design: “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. Thanks to the Composer software donated by Demibooks, this course will help to expose many additional possibilities for our design, illustration and animation students as potential digital storytellers.”
Last Friday, Rafiq and Natalie from the Demibooks team took a road trip to Milwaukee to visit the class, give the students a few pointers on using the software and to visit with MIAD administrators. The class is comprised of an eclectic group of designers, illustrators, and animators all interested in learning techniques for creating interactive books. Each student is provided an iPad to work with all semester to create his or her own book. Every student’s project is unique ranging from children’s books, to cookbooks, to stories of creation, and some students are even incorporating their projects into their senior thesis.
One of the first assignments Stacey gave to the class was to research and buy book apps that provided examples of good navigation and interactive elements. Each student went through and presented the book app they selected talking about the parts they thought were well done. Looking though apps that have been published is a great way for the students to get ideas and inspiration for common design elements to include in their own projects.
She then introduced the class to Demibooks Composer, and had each student upload a few sample files to begin playing around with on their iPad. By walking the students through some of the basic ideas of how to upload files through Dropbox, the students were then able to easily manipulate assets through simple if-then statements.
Demibooks supports the program by providing the school Composer Pro software, guidance and support and will be on the judges panel for the final competition. Winning projects will be published via our Printshop service. The students are all very excited about the class because they are competing for an opportunity to publish their own work to the App Store, and potentially to Demibooks Storytime, under Stacey’s new publishing press, Little Bahalia. Keep following our blog for more news on the class and updates on students and their projects!