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Month: April, 2013

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

So today I made the most of the lovely weather and arranged to go on the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour.


I got in touch with Lorcan Collins, who runs the tour, and who I had met back in January to talk about my app concept, which he was very interested in. He had invited me a while back to come along which I was meaning to do but Im glad now I waited till today because I also got to catch a few sun rays.

The tour began at The International Bar on Wicklow Street. There was a good turn out, with groups from all over the world – England, Germany, Belgium, America and Singapore. Lorcan began the tour downstairs in the bar with an overview of the history of Ireland beginning back as far as the Great Famine in the mid 1800’s and then running up until the main topic of the tour, the 1916 Easter Rising.

For the tour, along with listening to Lorcan, I also wanted to take note of what kind of facts the tourists took particular interest in and what kind of questions they were keen to ask. I had been advised by Daniel earlier in the week, that an experiment like that would help me put together a better user experience for the app.

The tour was so much fun and Lorcan is an absolute character, who is passionate about what he does. He was full of amazing stories about such an important part of our heritage. For me, it was amazing to hear stories and facts that I would not have learnt about in a textbook.

Following my research, I found that those on the tour where very keen to know about smaller details at each location, such as the bullet holes that have been left behind since the rebellion, or details about the 16 who were executed following the rising. A vast selection of photographic content will really enrich the experience for the user, with captions underneath that may tell a story about an individual in the photo or an explanation to a significant event relating to the photo.

I’m going to now look for as much photographic content as I can for each of the locations, and hopefully I come across some that may have some unique stories to go with them.

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Might have posted this before…… Once more won’t hurt.


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Buy my app for £19m too Yahoo!

This is another really cool app promotion video for Summly, which summarizes news articles into readable chunks.

The video animates, in an illustrative way, the functionality of the application. Its nice that its just the iPhone and app.

This is either the best thing ever, or the worst. I can’t decide.



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Photo content permissions

While in town the other day, I stopped into the National Photography Archives in Temple Bar. It is part of the National Library of Ireland, which holds the most comprehensive collection of Irish documentary material in the world. The National Library collections comprise a number of formats, which have been grouped into four categories: Printed (books, periodicals, newspapers, official publications, maps and music), Manuscripts, Visual (photographs, prints & drawings, and ephemera) and Digital


I wanted to enquire about how I would go about using archived photos from the time of the Easter Rising for my app.

I picked up some contact details while I was in the gallery for Glenn Dunne. He looks after the reproduction and publishing of National Library material. I sent him an email today, so hopefully he gets back to me soon enough.


Some more mockuuuups

So, the last few days have been dedicated to the actual content of the app. I’ve put together a document containing all the historical content I think would work for this app.

From the start, Ive wanted this app to be more focused on the locations and the photography, so I don’t want something that is too text heavy.

I thought, seeing as 2016 is going to be the 100 year anniversary, it’d be cool to do a ‘past/present’ type layout. I think this will work very well for the content, as many of the locations involved in the Rising have since changed. Many building were left damaged or completely destroyed with new ones having been rebuilt since.

Each location will contain a sub-header bar which will navigate the user to 1916 and 2016 sections. The user, will land on the 1916 section, where they will find information about the particular location. This will include, the address of the building, when it was constructed, its purpose, who was located there during the Rising, and any signifiant events. The 2016 section, will contain any information regarding the aftermath of the Rising, in relation to the possible reconstructions at the location, and what that building’s purpose might be today.

Here are some mockups to give you a better insight to my proposed page layout:




The JQuery Mobile UI Framework allows for simple construction of a page like this, using the data-role=”navbar” attribute. I can then work on adding in the content for each section.


NOW&THEN – The Rising


Came across this while doing research for the content.

Love this ‘now & then’ concept so much.