Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Redesign: Launcher icon

Of all the redesign issues we faced during the past several months, the launcher icon, in hindsight, seemed to be the lynchpin decision. I don't know if that is because the icon is the first image that users of the app see, or if that icon is the toughest to design, because of its small size, or if we focused all of our design reservations, frustrations and concerns onto that thumbprint-sized scapegoat. Whatever the deeper meanings might be, we had to have a launcher icon, for people to press and open the app. So, after various prototypes and discussions, lead designer Marsha Matta eventually developed the image of the Fort Vancouver palisade as a metaphorical barrier between the physical world and the digital world, with the gate of Fort Vancouver, represented in the gate image of the app, opening up exciting new worlds to visitors, if the just press this (the text on the mobile device, underneath this icon, will read: Fort Vancouver):

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