While we typically don’t relate or mention the latest world news in our quarterly magazine, we felt that what is happening in Syria warrants some special attention. In solidarity with the civilian population there we prepared a special interactive feature juxtaposing photos that we feel are quite symbolic of this terrible, ongoing struggle.
In the same vein–the cover for issue 5–a photograph by Daniel Lohmann is also quite fitting. Taken in Damascus, a photo of the Syrian president looks faded and almost like an historical relic. Additional photos in Daniel’s portfolio are also featured in this issue and show his focus on sociological and architectural photography.
As we always try to do in our magazine the subjects and the images are wide ranging yet subtle in their approach. We enjoyed finding the work of Bridget Collins with her whimsical take on objects around her; Simon Kossoff’s bold images of our surroundings and Ryuji Sakamoto’s beautiful poetic view of modern Japan. All of that and more is now available for our subscribers to enjoy and explore.
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.
This update includes new features as well various bug fixes. The main new feature we added is a direct camera support so people can take a photo directly via the app and write text right on top of it. We also updated the interface graphics to support the new iPad retina display, fixed some bugs and allow for larger images (2048px x 2048px). Oh, and we have a new icon... iTunes app link.
Finally... It took us longer than we expected (technical difficulties mostly) but VIEW magazine is back, now on Apple's Newsstand. VIEW is available as paid subscription-based magazine and issues will still be available as single-issue purchase. The first issue will continue to be a free download.
We are working on issue 3 to come out this spring!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.