We are excited to announce that the new iPad app for Moleskine we have been designing and programming for the last several months is now available in the iTunes store. The new app, Moleskine Journal, features a whole set of tools for artists and writers. Conceived and designed from scratch we sought to implement and highlight key characteristics of the Moleskine journals we know and love.
The website we designed and programmed for the Joan Mitchell Foundation is now live. Using clean design, modern code and ExpressionEngine for the content management system. We will post an additional page about the process very soon.
As Adobe’s Digital Publishing Suite (DPS) beta program comes to end tomorrow we are publishing the two existing issues of VIEW as independent single-issue apps. These two issues will not expire, unlike the existing app.
We continue to work on finding a suitable publishing solution for future issues.
We worked closely with our long-time client, the Population Council to design & develop the online version of their 2010 Annual Report. The site includes an interactive map of that showcases the Population Council's work and achievements throughout the world. See the site here.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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
Last night’s event with Paul Shaw, Massimo Vignelli, Tom Geismar, Jan Conradi and other wonderful speakers was interesting and introspective. As Massimo noted when he went up to speak, most of the people in the room were not even born when he and Bob Noorda were hired to design the New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual.
Some additional thoughts and quotes I quickly wrote down yesterday include:
Massimo on design:
“Great thing about design is that it can simplify complicated systems”
“Design is not something you do to get rich, it’s a civil responsibility”
“Design is about problem solving, not adorning.”
Massimo on the MTA:
“When working with big organizations you have to make sure the implementation is done properly, because most often they will take your work and destroy it”
Massimo on the MTA map:
“They want to put too much information on the map, they want to make it into ‘War & Peace’”
Michael Hertz on signage condition:
“We used to say, when god wants to punish a typeface he sends it to Bergen Street”
And last one, from an MTA worker (I didn’t catch his name) in the audience currently working on designs and signs, to Massimo:
“The Graphics Standards Manual you designed is the bible, we just tweak it here and there”
It was a great and lively discussion, revealing the reality of working with very large organizations. I bought the beautiful Unimark International book that was on sale there and Massimo and Jan Conradi signed it for me (even Massimo’s signature is beautifully designed…). The beautiful and limited edition Helvetica and the New York City Subway System: The True (Maybe) Story, designed by Paul Shaw and Abby Goldstein was also available, as well as some of the original Graphics Standards Manuals.
You can see larger photos on flickr.