Further updates on Secret Language… I am getting closer – yes, I keep saying this but building every little thing from the ground up is very, very time consuming. The writing is done; the app has been designed and built by me, I am now finalising all of the animations which will add interactivity and “accents” to the text. Close to finishing most of these- last night and this morning animating seaweed for a sequence ( see image below)… I am about to animate 27 chapter titles..wish me luck ( for I keep finding an excuse to delay, such as writing this post). It is very, very finicky as they need to perfectly match and then be laid on top of the main menu, all as separate files…it will probably take me a couple of days to do… Heaven forbid that I want to change anything…!!
I am also working with sound designer Michael Finucan to add sounds to the animations and interactive sequences- this is also quite tricky primarily because of the very short time frames we are working with, along with limitations regarding the capacities of tablets themselves and what they do to audio in terms of compression… Aaaahh, please remind me never to do any of this again!!
Below is a screengrab of the Edge Animate file I built to animate the seaweed.
I am getting closer to finalising the new creative work, The Secret Language of Desire, a digital narrative written and designed specifically to take advantage of the intimate and haptic nature of electronic tablets. Secret Language is comprised of close to 30 ultra short, highly compacted narratives / textual episodes enhanced with animation, sound and interactions that are triggered by the reader’s touch of various onscreen elements. The Secret Language of Desire is a kind of digital pillow book and electronic text, exploring – what happens to intimacy in a world of instant gratification?
Spent most of today working on a lovely little haptic effect for this new work… scratch ‘n’ sniff ( well, scratch at least)… A nice way of revealing hidden contents…
More work, more animation, more writing … more soon.
I am quietly and solidly working away on a new digital narrative, integrating text, image, animation and sound…exploring the haptic and intimate nature of tablets, and what happens to the reading experience, to the textuality, in an interactive, tablet environment. To be released before year’s end, with more detail soon. Meanwhile, here is another image.
Working with the beauty of real objects and crisp, genuine shadows… this may be a theme in the new digital work…
I’ve also been experimenting with handcolouring some old black & white photos, very gently, for a retro look. And I like it.
Weighing up the publishing options between Adobe DPS, Aquafadas and Mag+. All have pros and cons. Paying for CC, but not easy to decide. Likely will do some building in CC initially as a test. Multiple tablet sizes are going to be a bit of a drag with a complex layout and things needing to line up across screens…
It’s time to pull out of the writing and start experimenting with how this might look. Esp fonts, for a reasonably longform electronic literature project. I’m in a Typekit whirlpool. Serif, bookish, and highly readable when small are high on the list.
Fonts I’m liking
For quite a few weeks now I have been immersed in writing for a new work. It is coming slow and steady, a set of ultra short stories that will be shaped and published for tablets. The words will lead, supported by images and (some limited) interactivity. A secret language.