Fort Vancouver Mobile - A video overview

Courtesy of: Research Assistant Aaron May of Washington State University Vancouver's Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Produced in 2011.

Video highlights from the apps (36-minute version)

This montage provides a sampling of some of the video media in the Fort Vancouver Mobile apps. This app is much more than just a video distribution system, but these videos show the variety of content, from expositional segments to new journalism to those intended to prompt the development of interactive narratives.

Friday, September 28, 2012

FVM app 1.95 in Apple App store now

Update your app; lots of new changes, including reorientation of the Kane module to vertical (thanks again, Brady!)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New WSU Vancouver chancellor notes FVM project as model of community engagement

Mel Netzhammer, the new chancellor at Washington State University Vancouver, and also a communication scholar, praised the Fort Vancouver Mobile project as one of the primary examples of the university's efforts to balance community engagement and classroom education, in this Oregonian story, published this week.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Grand Emporium of the West interface

We have a new National Endowment for the Humanities app under development, not even in the Alpha stages of coding yet, but I wanted to share the prototype progression of the main interface. This app is being designed specifically for tablet computers (Apple and Android), and our idea was to use a historic map of Fort Vancouver to enable users to access content about the fort by simply touching different parts of the map. Because of the perspective needed, though, and the details to be included, no historic map would work, so we brought in star multimedia designer Marsha Matta to build a new map, based on historical styles, to serve this purpose.

Here are some of the examples we gave her:

And here is the amazing interface she has been building:

The final version will be available in the app, when it is released. So if you want to see the last few stages of development, check back.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dr. Rabby, testing the FVM project

Dr. Michael Rabby of WSU Vancouver recently visited Fort Vancouver and tested the Kanaka module. Here is his photo at the site, taken by the app, documenting his arrival and participation in building the history of the place. Thanks, Michael!