Apps are ubiquitous – Apple’s store alone has seen over 25 billion downloads since 2008 – but have you ever tried creating one? Many designers, like me, have little knowledge of coding. So knowing where to start when creating an app is frustrating. If a designer wants to create a print piece, they may turn to software like InDesign; for video, perhaps Final Cut Pro; for web design, Dreamweaver. But where do you start when designing an app?
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I recently had the good fortune to shoot a short film with Kippertie for one of our clients on the high-end Epic camera from Red. Our brief was to create a video to be shown to employees on a large cinema screen in Leicester Square – a great opportunity. The Epic is a relatively new digital cinematography camera, capable of shooting with a quality high enough for digital projection in cinemas.
The real advantage to me was in the edit. Because the Epic recorded at twice the resolution required for the final video, I had a much higher degree of flexibility than I would have had with footage from the usual high-definition camera. Where once the pressures of a one-day shoot could mean compromise in composition and effects, footage shot on the Epic allowed me to crop, reposition, and crash-zoom subjects during the edit, with no loss of quality.
I’ve recently been getting up to speed with new developments in technologies that could help to enhance, but are not exclusive to, our employee comms. offer.
These technologies are tricky to sum up in one catch-all phrase or category. But they all involve communication-based technological innovations which may well become part of the fabric of our lives in the near future. And which we would do well to be aware of in order to respond more creatively to briefs, or to proactively offer as solutions to clients.