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The second issue of VIEW, our independent iPad photo zine, is now available

Posted in iPad, Photography

We started working on the second issue of View shortly after launching the first issue, in March this year. The second issue went live yesterday and is available for free on the iTunes store. If you are an existing reader just update your View iPad app and launch the app to download the second issue. 

For View #2, we have assembled (in our continued theme of no themes) another remarkably good yet eclectic range of works spanning the globe. From the bold New York City street photography of Todd Gross; Mark Powell’s vibrant Mexico photos; Australian artist David Thomas’ series of painting on photos; through the wonderful work of underserved youth via the educational program of The Modern Story in India; to Satoshi Sakurai’s extremely sad and powerful photos of Fukushima, this issue of View is truly encompassing. 

View is a personal project of mine and as such I am trying to keep the publication a free download for as long as I can. This was possible while we used the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite in its beta format, but that program is ending soon. I am hoping to find another solution that will allow us to (inexpensively) continue this publication in a similar format. Stay tuned on our Facebook page or follow us on twitter.

Happy Viewing.

Alon

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View Zine for the iPad - two month post launch stats

Posted in iPad, Photography

The first issue of View Zine for the iPad launched on March 3rd and I wanted to share some numbers concerning downloads. Since this is a free app we see fairly good download rates. So far the first issue was downloaded over 5,500 times in just a bit over two months. That's an average of 12.66 downloads per day. We see quite a lot of downloads outside the U.S., China in particular. See the chart below.

View Zine for the iPad

We are currently working on the second issue of View, which we hope to launch in June. It will be interesting to see how many times the 2nd issue is downloaded given the existing audience for it this time around. The 2nd issue will be free as well.

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Participating in a roundtable event: Designing Mobile Apps - the process and price

Posted in iPad, New York, Technology

I am taking part in a Spark panel discussing mobile app development on April 19th starting at 6:30PM at Noble Desktop (594 Broadway, New York City).

Here is the event information:

Mobile Apps are exploding in popularity and forever changing the way we communicate. Find out the latest in apps innovation, and how some smart designers are using it. Our panelists will discuss:

• Concept strategies that make them relevant for clients

• How to scope and price them. What the production process and timeframe entails

• What is the unique interface vocabulary that is being created

Panelists Include:

Alon Koppel
Alon founded FusionLab, Inc. in 1999 after working in NYC as a designer and art director. FusionLab focuses on information and interface design for web and mobile devices. They believe in clean design, hard work, and exceptional client service. Clients include Thomson Reuters, The New York Landmark Conservancy, Condé Nast, The Population Council, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, Architectural Digest, The Authors Guild, Montefiore Hospital, as well as local nonprofit organizations and businesses.

David Link
David is the co-founder and creative director of The Wonder Factory, a creative company that creates and manages humongous, complicated site launches. Clients include WebMD, Martha Stewart, Newsweek, National Geographic, Food Network and Flock.

David is a designer at heart and is happiest collaborating with hi UI and design team.

Garrett Murray
Garrett Murray has been designing and developing web and mobile applications for more than 10 years. His clients include Delta Airlines, Pfizer and the United Nations. He designed and developed Ego, a popular and critically-acclaimed iPhone/iPad application for tracking all of your important web stats in a single glance.

Recently, Garrett founded Karbon, a design/development agency in New York City where he and his compatriots are building fun and useful new applications and products.

Moderated by:

Sheri L Koetting
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of MSLK, a marketing and design agency based in NYC that just launched their own proprietary app, OTO. 

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View Zine for iPad Now Available

Posted in Design, iPad, Photography, Projects

We are excited to announce the launch of View Zine, an independent, tightly-curated photography magazine. The iPad app is available today as a free download from Apple's iTunes app store.

View Zine for the iPad

Inside you will find: “Views”, a portfolio review of mostly unsung, talented photographers (many of whom I found on the web) whose simple passion for looking is exciting; “Projects”, which highlights some long-term assignments or personal passions; “Quotes”, our sincere attempt to introduce text on the subject by some great writers; “While You Were Away” which explores a different place of conflict in the world - starting with Palestine - through the unique perspective of people on the ground in whatever capacity they find themselves in; and our “Overview” section, which includes an information-graphics map displaying stats about this issue’s contributors, our short manifesto and ways to connect with us online.

View was created using the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (prerelease version) which works quite seamlessly with Adobe's CS5 software, InDesign in particular. This is the same solution used by Wired, The New Yorker and other publications to create their magzines. We wanted to explore this exciting new way of communicating and View is the result of that work. We will write more about our experience and process of collaborating with far-flung photographers as well as using this new software option very soon.

Download View Zine for the iPad.

Like View Zine on Facebook.

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Eye Magazine reviews Thomson Reuters Marketboard app

Posted in Design, iPad

In the latest issue of Eye magazine, which we received last week, several iPad apps are reviewed. To our pleasant surprise the app we designed for Thomson Reuters is among them.

Alfredo Triviño writes: It's the best live-content dashboard of the App Store, with a fascinating feature called briefcase for managing briefs, transcripts, events, news and watchlists. Top content-driven design, extremely well presented. Lots of content but very manageable.

See Eye Magazine No.77/Vol.20, Autumn 2010

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Alfredo Triviño is creative director of NewsCorp's new digital venture for tablets only and is involved in the design of the Sunday Times iPad app. He was also instrumental in imagining the iPad app for The Times.

 

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Close Encounters, our One Day on Earth (10/10/10) video contribution

Posted in Art, Video, World

I decided to shoot video of nature near my house. I didn't want it to be too special, or too beautiful but rather a slice of normal life below my feet.

What would happen if one stopped and kneeled down to see the trail of his footsteps? The ants, spiders and other creatures in nature that surrounds us, quietly looking for food, shelter or mates. This is what I saw.

See more videos that people uploaded on the One Day on Earth website.

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image/words is a poetic discovery tool for photographers and writers

Posted in Art, Design, iPad, Projects, Technology

image/words is a poetic discovery tool for photographers and writers Just choose a photo from your album (or from one of our publicly hosted images), add freeform text and you’re done! Experiment with your text, thoughts or poems. Or just make custom LOLcats. The text can be large, small, transparent or opaque and in two great colors: black or white—but with a variety of fonts.

When you’re done and happy with your creation, make an iPad™ slideshow of all your hard work (and LOLcats). If your friends are too far away to hand your iPad over to them, you can email them or share on Facebook straight from the app. And if you just want to take your images and go home, save them to your library—the high resolution images you sync via iTunes will retain their size.

When you’re not feeling creative or when your cats aren’t doing anything particularly funny, image/words connects you to our library of images with texts to get you started. We plan future updates that will provide additional and more refined typographical controls and a universal version that will work on an iPhone.

Features:

  • Many fonts to choose from, currently in black or white
  • Free images periodically delivered directly to the app
  • Pinch to re-size text
  • Create beautiful, one-of-a-kind greeting cards
  • Display your images in a slide show
  • E-mail and share with Facebook directly from the app
  • High-res images can be synced to iTunes
  • Easily delete or rearrange images in your image/words library


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