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 illusionary playable experiences within Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and the National Museum of Denmark. I designed the interfaces and developed the apps using Xcode/Objective-C.
- Article – Designing Visual Feedback in Locative Narrative Apps
- Article – Adventures with iBeacons
- More about the apps
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 an article for the Association of Illustrators journal Varoom! the following October. Many of my findings have been used to inform my undergraduate teaching on the Graphic Communication with Typography course that I run at Plymouth University. Text excerpt shown above by Liam Harkin.
Twitter Graphic Narratives
Explorations into the use of Twitter as a graphic storytelling medium. This so far has culminated in a project run in conjunction with the poet Lytton Smith and students on the BA(Hons) Illustration course at Plymouth University in 2013 called The Repurposed Magical Tent. Using a custom web-app, If This Then That and Google Calendar, it aggregates infinitely looping fictional narratives generated by multiple Twitter accounts and enables the user to weave them together. Illustration shown above by Jamie Bradford. Tweet text by Lytton Smith.