Tablets! Tablets! Tablets! There’s a lot of buzz, but which apps really succeed on these devices and why? Peter Meyers, author of “Best iPad Apps,” interviews top app creators to help you understand the pitfalls and opportunities.
Author and digital book producer. I write about and help companies create reader-friendly digital books. I specialize in the “reading experience” and content design. Author of “Breaking the Page: Transforming Books & the Reading Experience” and “Best iPad Apps” (both O’Reilly).
I co-founded one of the first multimedia textbook publishers (Digital Learning Interactive, sold in 2004 to Thomson Learning). I’ve also written extensively about the strange and wonderful effects of computers on mainstream culture for many publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Salon, and the Village Voice. Some of my favorite pieces include a profile of Norwegian programmers who used pigeons to transmit information between computers http://bit.ly/bXtkAi, the evangelism of Edward Tufte’s information design seminars http://bit.ly/cwPvvJ, and one of the earliest articles on Wikipedia http://bit.ly/aXq3Vj. I also did a tour of duty at O’Reilly Media, where I served five very happy years in the Missing Manual group, finishing up as the series’ associate publisher.
My undergraduate degree is from Harvard, where I studied American history and literature, and I have an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. I live with my wife and two daughters in “upstate Manhattan” (aka Washington Heights).
Scott Stevens is the Founder and Creative Director of Tall Chair, Inc. Scott comes to mobile development from a background of game design and animation. Together with a talented team of stalwart professionals, Scott and his company Tall Chair have created a suite of custom tools called The Active Reader. With The Active Reader, the creation of interactive books is now easier than ever before.
Scott wants to encourage the world to go beyond recreating an existing experience on a new device, and empower users to create an entirely new type of experience all together.
Scott’s shipped titles include: Operation Ajax, Art Producer for Sony Playstation Home, Aurora Feint, Earth Eternal; Designer of Cowboys vs Zombies and Warner Brother’s Sherlock Holmes Mysteries. He has also defined himself by the following extra-curricular activities; Painter, (retired)Ballet Dancer, Urban Farmer, 3D Artist and Father.
Most recently responsible for design on the iPad app, the History of Jazz, T.J. Zark has been immersed in creating profound user experiences on technology platforms. She has brought her experience to projects and products that inspire and challenge people to expand and grow, using technology as a path of self discovery. Zark is facilie in guiding a project through the deveolpment process as a thought leader in conception, UX design, production, branding and deployment. Clients have included Coca-Cola, The Gates Foundation, Microsoft, McDonalds, AIG, US Department of Education, US Department of Defense, Capital One and 955 Dreams.
“I strive to ensure every project will be built on the proper mixture of objectives, investigation, user needs, UX design, technology decisions, attention to detail, and perhaps most importantly – soul.” TJ Zark
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