Locative Narrative Apps
A series of iPhone apps produced in conjunction with Emma Whittaker that use location technologies to deliver interactive narratives. The first of these was Cold Case 1866, which used GPS to provide an interactive audio drama to users as they explored physical locations in town of Totnes, Devon, UK. This led to the development of a more ambitious project, The Letters that utilises three-dimensional spatial sound recordings in conjunction with content from the Dartington Hall Trust archives. A third project, The Lost Index uses iBeacons for indoor navigation, along with hypnotic induction and other techniques, to create a series of playable experiences within Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. I designed the interfaces and developed the apps using Xcode/Objective-C.
- Article – Designing Visual Feedback in Locative Narrative Apps
- Article – Adventures with iBeacons
- Lost Index – The Turning on the iOS App Store
- The Letters on the iOS app store
- Cold Case 1866 on the iOS app store
iPad Publishing Research
Ongoing explorations into app book/magazine interaction design, looking in particular at the use of the iPad’s built in compass, accelerometer and gyroscope to determine graphic narrative trajectories. I spoke on this subject at the 2nd Message Symposium in April 2012, and wrote a paper for the Varoom! journal in October 2012 that I presented at the Boundaries symposium the following month. I will continue to list my findings here as they develop.
Twitter Graphic Narratives
The creation of a visually focussed Twitter web app that can display multilinear graphic narratives using the popular microblogging platform. First use for this was a project run in conjunction with poet Lytton Smith and students on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Plymouth University in 2013 called The Repurposed Magical Tent.