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Category: Inspiration

‘For the craic/the lols/the bants’

So I submitted my app to The Appys. 

The GSK App-cademy is about discovering talented student app developers and rewarding their ideas. Which is cool cause 1. I’m a student and 2. I like rewards!

I have to submit a Case Study by May 14th and then present it to a panel of judges on June 20th.

We’ll see how it goes ay?!

http://www.theappys.ie/app-cademy/

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Ragin’ I missed this!

So, unfortunately for me I came across an advertisement for this Easter Rising Conference a little too late, as it was sold out. Would have been really cool and helpful to have gone along. I will admit though, I did send a ‘cheeky’ email asking if they could squeeze me in somewhere. One of the organizers got back to me saying that it was completely jammed and for insurance reasons they couldnt allow it. Oh well, no harm in tryin’ I suppose ; )

http://1916conference.wordpress.com/programme/

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Redesigning my content

So I met with Daniel following our mid-semester presentations. In a nutshell, I had nowhere near enough content for the app.

I had an idea that that might be the case with it. The thing is, is I know theres plenty of content out there for my app, but my concern was trying to get permissions for the content.

I had recently been in contact with Photo Permissions at the National Photographic Archives. They sent me back an application form that I would have to fill out with all the individual photos that I want to use, which would then be reviewed. The time that the application could take, along with the possibility of them rejecting it was making me anxious. However, following my meeting with Daniel, he gave me the go-ahead to get my hands on every photo I could and use them for the app. For the moment, its a matter of submitting this as my final year project. Thats as far as it can go for now. But he reassured me that if I wanted to further development my idea that I could worry about copyright issues then.

I was delighted with this information as I immediately saw the benefits of having a wide selection of photos in the app.

It was also suggested that some video and audio would greatly add to the user experience. So with that in mind, I got in touch with Lorcan Collins of the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour. He would be perfect for this.

Building this app is a new experience for me, and I feel I have come along way in terms of what I have learnt about the process. However, I’m still a rookie at the end of the day, so guidance like this, from my lecturers, is greatly valued and appreciated.

I’m gonna re-think how I can create this user experience. I want to bring the app to that level.

BELIEVE IN YOSELF!!!!

The User Experience – Review of History Apps

The Rebellion Walking Tour that I went on last weekend really helped me in getting a look at things from the users perspective. To a certain extent I also became a user so I had to take note of the things that struck me most about the tour and about what questions I was eager to ask.

I did some more reading on the topic of interactive walking tours and how there are more and more apps being designed to try and recreate the experience of a walking tour. Below is a good article that I read on interactive walking tours and the experiences that can be created using our mobile smart devices.

http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2007/10/31/mobile-and-interactive-in-boston-on-the-run-with-untravel-and-urban-interactive/

“travel and entertainment content developed especially for mobile platforms”

“the devices’ ability to bring you information and applications that can vastly enrich your experience of the world outside your home or office.”

“forces you to look outward and learn about the world around you.”

““walking slide shows,” that combine audio and still images”

“full of nerdy but fascinating detail”

“electronic platforms can also enhance our experience and understanding of real outdoor environments full of hidden historical or architectural detail”

 

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

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

http://www.1916rising.com/

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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BIG LOVE 4 THE NOUN PROJECT

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

http://thenounproject.com/

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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.

http://designmodo.github.io/Flat-UI/

http://designmodo.com/flat/

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BELIEVE IN YOSELF.

belief |biˈlēf|

noun

1 an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists: his belief in the value of hard work | a belief that solitude nourishes creativity.

• something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction: contrary to popular belief, Aramaic is a living language | we’re prepared to fight for our beliefs.

• a religious conviction: Christian beliefs | I’m afraid to say belief has gone | local beliefs and customs.

2 (belief in) trust, faith, or confidence in someone or something: a belief in democratic politics | I’ve still got belief in myself.

PHRASES

be of the belief that hold the opinion that; think: I am firmly of the belief that we need to improve our product.

beyond belief astonishingly good or bad; incredible: riches beyond belief | the driving we have witnessed was beyond belief.

in the belief that thinking or believing that: he took the property in the belief that he had consent.

to the best of my belief in my genuine opinion; as far as I know: to the best of my belief, Francis never made a will.

ORIGIN Middle English: alteration of Old English gelēafa; compare with believe.

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MINIMETEO is a native iOS weather application that visualizes climate conditions through a minimal user interface working with a combinations of colors and icons.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/minimeteo/id526381557?mt=8

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