The MIT Sandbox Summit 2011 is right around the corner, April 28-29. Confirmed speakers and presenters include: Brendon Boyle from Ideo, Wendy Bronfin from B & N, Sara Dewitt from PBS and Carla Engelbrecht Fisher, a game designer & researcher. You can see the full list here.
Listen to the keynote from last year: "TOYING WITH TRANSMEDIA: THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT IS CHILD'S PLAY" by Henry Jenkins.
I really dig what Jim Babb is doing with transmedia and kids. Very COOL. Looks like #transmediakids to me! ; > )
Check out his presentation and the panel comments at POWER TO THE PIXEL. Well worth watching if you are ready to pitch.
There are some good ideas and constructive comments from Saneel Radia from BBH Labs, Marc Goodchild BBC, Matt Locke from Channel 4, Nuno Bernardo from beActive and Judy Adair from Disney on how to move a kids brand forward.
"What happens when we assign points to real-world civic actions? This controversial panel will explore the realities and theories of extending games into “real” actions like donating, giving voice, and volunteering - we might call them Direct Action Games. Featuring a designer of new game genres, several working games, technical and “spectacle” experts, this panel will challenge us to reconsider the bridge between civic learning and direct action. PANELISTS: Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy; Alex Eberts, co-founder of Akoha; Tracy Fullerton, Game Designer & Director, USC’s EA Innovation Lab; moderated by Benjamin Stokes, Co-Founder G4C, PhD student, USC Annenberg." -Games For Change Vimeo Channel
Take a look at this Game Mechanics Primer by Amy Jo Kim featured on GOOGLE TECH TALKS.
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I LOVE TODD PARR! His zany characters and simple message exist in the most colorful FUN PACKED world. I want to live there!
I can't count how time many times I have given this book away. Event to adults! Kids always giggle knowing it's a FUNNY & ODD for an adult to be talking about UNDERWEAR!
But that is the power of TODD PARR, in his colorful safe world, he can talk about anything.
Here are a few spread of the book UNDERWEAR DO'S & DON'TS, published by MEGAN TINGLEY BOOKS, Little Brown & Company.
Check out his Sesame Street video.
The voices are really GREAT. Voice plays a huge part in animation. APP developers should take this to heart. The APP for UNDERWEAR DO'S AND DON'TS falls short in translation of this great KIDS IP.
I would have liked to see something between the book and the animated short in quality. I think the APP experience could have been improved with more attention to detail.
DON'T RUSH It looks like the APP was produced quickly with very little attention to the details that can make a big difference in APP experience.
VOICE I think a kids voice would be more powerful than an adult voice. Not sure if that is Todd in the voice over. I think the voice in the Sesame Street video is perfect!
NAVIGATION BUTTONS The buttons on this APP are designed using pastel colors. WHAT! Just looking at his art, you could see endless possibilities for a FUN COLORFUL user interface. This was major FAIL.
TEXT BOX This is another design fail, in my opinion. Perhaps the APP developer, didn't have a design budget? Or didn't take the time to design something specific for TODDS ART. Placing the text over a white screened background just doesn't work. It's annoying and masks the illustration.
Whatever the reasons, it is the simple details that make a great APP experience.
On the other hand, THUMB ARCADE, created a really SILLY, FUN game experience for the book UNDERWEAR DO'S AND DON'TS.
Everything about it screams TODD PARR, and extends the TODD PARR STORYWORLD with games. I especially like the underwear eating monster! It made me laugh. They did a really great job at extending the TODD PARR STORYWORLD.
By the way, TODD PARR books are also available on iBooks and NOOk color too.