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Wish us luck!

Wish us luck!

We're at the Big Chip Awards tonight and hoping to bring home awards for Best Use of Mobile and Best User Experience but we're up against some stiff competition. 

Our DazzleIt app for 1418 Now is nominated in the Best Use of Mobile category whilst our Course Finder app for Study Group competes for Best User Experience. Keep an eye on our twitter feed between 9 and 11pm this evening to see how we get on.

Good luck to all our fellow nominees. The full shortlist can be viewed on the Big Chip Awards website.

UPDATE: We're delighted to announce that we won Best User Experience for Course Finder at last night's Big Chip Awards

Everyone Learning branding and website

Everyone Learning branding and website

In 2010 the Department of Education announced a plan to establish around 500 National Teaching Schools by 2014. Based on the successful Teaching Hospitals model the aim of the programme is to give outstanding schools a leading role in teachers' training and professional development, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support. Schools which pass the stringent acceptance criteria then form alliances with other schools to deliver in-school learning programmes.

One such alliance is 'Everyone Learning', a partnership of 15 schools led by Hawthorns Community School in Ashton, Manchester. Having received their designation as a National Teaching Schools Alliance on 1st April last year they approached us and asked us to work on a brand identity, website, social media page branding and an e-newsletter template.

The brandmark features a lowercase 'e' encircled by three figures holding hands. The non-hierarchical relationship between the figures symbolises the spirit of sharing and cooperation that the Alliance embodies.

The website serves as a 'shop front' for the partnership and a place where ideas can be shared between partners and students. The responsive design means that the site's layout adapts to the size of browser window on which it is displayed. This means that people viewing on a mobile, tablet or desktop will each see a different site layout optimised for that particular device.

You can visit the site at: www.everyonelearning.co.uk

Lives At War online game for schools

Lives At War online game for schools

Today (19th September 2011) sees the launch of Lives at War, our groundbreaking new game aimed at secondary school children learning about life on the Home Front during World War 2.

Developed in partnership with Lighthouse, with funding from the Digital Film Archive Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, Lives at War is a virtual world presenting a fictitious Brighton street of the 1940s. The environment uses game mechanics to draw ‘players’ in to the lives and experiences of air-raid survivors, through a number of task-based activities.

Much of the content of the game has been developed with a group of school children aged 14 – 15 working with older people from Brighton who remember the war. Together they have visited museums, galleries and archives, participated in creative workshops, and investigated artifacts and archive films from Screen Archive South East.

We’ve been planning this project with Lighthouse for almost two years now so it’s wonderful to reach the point where we can finally show it off. When we first started scoping the game, browser based 3D worlds were in their infancy but as the project has developed so has the technology. But this process has been about so much more than the technology and one of the most rewarding aspects has been the involvement of the schoolchildren at each stage of the game’s development from researching real life experiences that drive the storyline to producing moodboards for the creation of avatars.

You can read more about the game in our case study and play the game at www.lives-at-war.org.uk

The launch takes place at Lighthouse in Brighton and is part of the month-long Brighton Digital Festival so if you're reading this on the 19th and happen to be in Brighton this evening come along and say hello!