I Love Mountains

Forest Giant

As Forest Giant continues to enrich our portfolio as an iOS development team, we constantly are brainstorming ideas towards our next big project. Many of us, having children in our lives, have noticed that the iOS library is limited in it’s number of quality, engaging experiences for children. We’ve realized the entertainment and educational potential that digital publishing has, and, as fate would have it, we were presented with an amazing opportunity to work with an established illustrator, Amanda J. Bishop.

Amanda, of State Champs, earned her Masters in Children’s Book Illustration at a university in Cambridge, England. This educational foundation coupled with her love of outdoors brought us the tale of Sloan Graham. Sloan is the lovable, mountain-enthusiast in a bear costume, and the main character of “I Love Mountains!” Brought to life with endearing animation and playful interaction, her story explains how mountains are created, where they’re found, and also highlights the native flora and fauna. Using a combination of collage, illustration, and digital drawing to put the characters and mountain scenes together, “I Love Mountains!” is a full-featured application for kids (ages 4+) to interact with, learn about, and explore our planet’s amazing mountains. Like us on Facebook

SCHOTT Ceran: Video

02.13.2012 by Rich Merwarth

When Schott came to us looking for a fun, animated video to give a quick overview of how they make their CERAN glass-ceramic cooktops, we really didn’t know heads or tails about glass-ceramic. Given that, the first step in our process was to do a bit of research and learn for ourselves just what the stuff is, how it’s made, and why it’s a good choice for cooktops. While we were hitting the books, we sent a few videos over to the fine folks at Schott so we could get a better sense of what they did and didn’t like. Once we had our brains fully packed with glass-making know-how, it was time to write up the script & put together some design boards for the client to peruse. Based on what they liked & what what we thought would be visually interesting, we decided on a style that pairs simple, solid illustrations with tactile paper textures. Every piece of illustration went through a distressing process that involved printing them out on our laser jet, crumpling them up to weaken the toner and impart texture, selectively scrubbing them with an eraser to emphasize crinkles, then scanning them back into the computer for colorization. Whew. We tested every eraser we could get our hands on to see what worked best at removing toner from the prints. Why do all this? Well, we were guided by a couple thoughts: 1) If you want it to look tactile, make it tactile & 2) If you want the end result to be playful, be playful while you’re making it. It kinda follows that if you’re having fun doing the work, you’re more likely to do a better job, right? We must have been on to something, Because the team at Schott was quick to share the video with their colleagues in Germany, who liked it so much they immediately asked about getting a version translated to German for the European market.