Poppy app to commemorate World War 1

Few people can have failed to realise that 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War 1. As part of the commemorations we have been commissioned by Lets Go Global to create a responsive web app that showcases work produced by the Poppy project. Poppy is running in libraries across Greater Manchester throughout 2014. Artists and members of the community work together to create poems, illustrations, music, video and audio based artwork that reflects their contemporary and conceptual view of the Great War.

When a piece of content is uploaded through the content management system a red or white poppy is created in the app. A red poppy represents stories about war whilst white ones reflect more peaceful themes. Clicking on a poppy reveals the content and a number of share options – each time a poppy is shared on social networks it grows in size. The movement of the poppies across the screen is controlled by an algorithm which ensures that the motion is fluid and organic, much like poppies moving in the wind. Ease of use was central to the development of the app and the responsive design works across all digital devices without the need to download. The app is built using javascript and the HTML5 canvas element.

Karen Shannon, Director, Lets Go Global had this to say: "Corporation Pop has been a pleasure to work with. We came to them with a vision of a creative app that exhibits people's artwork, with poppies that flourish and grow as they're viewed. We're really excited by the finished app, and the website. They're a fantastic way to explore the Poppy project, and a beautiful tribute to the First World War."

Have a play with the Poppy app and share content with your friends.

Earlier this year we developed the Poppy website where you can find more information about the project.