Designing And Creating A Social Book App Using Open-source Technologies

Haig Armen (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
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Canadian designer, Haig Armen will share the strategy, design and technology used to create a new approach to a digital book – a social book.

Why not use open source content managment systems to provide a social layer, with comment moderation, contributor registration and even content syncing? See how a simple Wordpress CMS can drive a distributed social reading experience through a PhoneGap-based multi-platform social app which features a unique gestural interface with dynamically-updated content.

Participants will learn:

  • How to think about digital books as a micro-community using a distributed cloud-based content model
  • How to balance social functionality within a digital book and how to design gesturals interfaces to imply metaphorical meaning
  • See how to combine open source tools to build an affordable social book mobile application.
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Haig Armen

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

As one of Canada’s most respected and innovative digital designers, Haig has been designing brands, advertising, and interactive projects for 15 years. As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine, Haig created editorial, design and marketing strategies that have earned a die-hard audience.

Haig has had the honour of winning a variety of awards throughout his career, including no less than three Webby Awards, two Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club of New York to name only a few.

Haig Armen is the founder and creative director of LiFT Studios and holds a position as an Assistant Professor of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.


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