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Sheridan Interactive Media Doubles HTML5 Teaching by adding CreateJS

October 29, 2014

Sheridan Interactive Media (IM), formerly Sheridan Interactive Multimedia (IMM), has taught both the HTML side and the Flash side of Interactive Media for over fifteen years. Now, with improvements in HTML and overwhelming industry support, IM will take the teaching hours from Flash and apply them to advanced interactivity in HTML, CSS and JavaScript commonly known as HTML 5 but perhaps it would be more accurate to use the acronym: HCJ.

HTML5Professor, Dan Zen, has been one of the longest standing supporters of Flash having amassed countless libraries of code – for instance his Flash Feathers series of advanced interface classes: http://flashfeathers.com. He will now work his way through the converting classes to the HCJ platform as have many Flash coders before him.

Flash Feathers

Advanced Interfaces in Flash to be converted to HTML 5

In addition to past Flash features, Zen has been building informational Web pages and apps in HCJ for many years and last year launched one of the most complex HCJ parallax projects for the entrance to the Dan Zen Museum at http://danzen.com.

Visitors can swipe, drag, mousewheel or page up the stairs of the museum and the characters on the stairs move in 3D parallax. “In a sense, the Museum steps project was a test to see the performance of HTML 5 and it turned out very well.” says Zen.

The museum feature was built using the CreateJS framework http://createjs.com and more specifically EaselJS to manipulate the new Canvas tag in HTML 5.

CreateJS - JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

CreateJS – JavaScript Libraries for Interactive Experiences

Grant Skinner, who founded the CreateJS libraries is a renowned Flash developer who moved over early to help out the HCJ world. Skinner says:

“We are excited that the CreateJS libraries and tools are being taught by prime educational institutions like Sheridan. Sheridan graduates have a strong influence on the interactive media culture and they will surely add to the success of CreateJS being used in creative digital applications such as Professor Zen’s Museum.”

Zen explains, “Removing Flash will essentially double the time applied to the HCJ platform allowing the students to go deeper into more advanced interaction like multiuser, physical computing, gaming and mobile apps essential to advancing our Canadian digital culture.”

We look forward to an exciting year in Interactive Media.

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FITC Awards (Future, Innovation, Technology and Creativity) for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grads

April 30, 2014

Congratulations to Jam 3 and partners who took home 3 FITC awards the other night! Enjoy Your Privacy (Best Narrative) & Heart of the Arctic (Best Visual Design and Best of Show!). Also congrats to John Iacoviello for Best Developer Website. And to Secret Location for Web Based Game in Flash/Unity. Well done Sheridan IMM Grads! We may have missed some too http://fitc.ca/awards/2014/10264691_10152349189096206_2192706178575113448_n

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IMM Students Win President’s Innovation Challenge

January 23, 2014

IMM students Leena Salem, Jason Smith, Chau Le and Candy Lee win the President’s Innovation Challenge with mentor Patrick Weir.

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Cisco Canada, in conjunction with Sheridan College, Fuse Marketing and Soft Gravity, would like to congratulate the winners of the President’s Innovation Challenge. Chau Le, Yee Ting Lee, Leena Salem and Jason Smith were awarded a $10,000 cash prize for devising an innovative application to be used during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games (TORONTO 2015) to enhance the fan experience and bridge rich connections between visitors, residents and businesses.

Official Sheridan Press Release

News coverage on CTV

Sheridan IMM Alumni TVO Ping Pong App Makes iTunes Front

February 1, 2013

Sheridan IMM TVO Ping Pong mobile app

Sheridan Alumni – David Neumann (2004), Paul McMonagle (2010) and Yohei Yamaguchi (2012) worked on the TVO Ping Pong App available in the iTunes app store at https://t.co/JfyZtoua.  The app was featured on iTunes Canada and has received over 10,000 downloads.  Congratulations!

Neumann is Manager – TVO IdeaShaker Innovation Lab and also teaches Web Design and Development in the IMM program.  He reports that the alumni created the idea for the app, the game play, interactivity and prototyped a proof of concept.  They also created HTML5 banner ads and other campaign assets.  The team including other IMM grads have made apps for TVO (http://ww3.tvo.org/apps) but in this case, due to campaign timing, the final development was outsourced.  What an exciting concept to play ping pong between two players with devices as paddles.

More news can be found here: http://torontoist.com/2013/01/polkaroo-provokes-public-to-play-ping-pong/20130123-carly-polkaroo/ and here: http://docstudio.tvo.org/special/ping-pong

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Jam3 Win Gold at Cannes 2012 – Cyber Lion for Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Alumni

June 21, 2012

Congrats to Jam3 for their Gold win at Cannes.  Below are a few screen shots of the excitement!  It is getting a little difficult to keep up with Jam 3 and their awards – wow.

Jam 3 (http://jam3.com) was founded by three Sheridan Interactive Multimedia grads – Adrian Belina, Mark McQuillan and Pablo Vio.  The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program is a one-year post grad taught in Oakville, Canada, just outside of Toronto. http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca

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PIXELLER – Kit da Studio Wins FWA!

May 3, 2012

Pixeller -try it out!

Kit Man (IMM 2002) has been creating excellent work for years at http://www.kitdastudio.com and has just launched a mobile pixel editor called PIXELLER.  The app has just won an FWA – so major congrats on a great app!

Here is the story from Kit – enjoy!

Why make it?

Coz there’s no such a serious-enough pixel art editor in the market, so i decided to make one – for myself and for people like us [:)] which allows us to create pixel art anytime anywhere when we have 5 or 10 minutes free

Why pixel art?

It is a style that never grow old; and it always remind me the golden age of gaming – which means the age where multimedia craftsmen need to push their skills, imagination and playability design to the very-edge under the limited resources. I still think the games of the 80s from Nintendo are the best game to spend time with.

What was a challenge?

I am new to the imaging part of objective-C. So I don’t really know where to start; after I’ve done sketches of Pixeller on scrap papers. The solution is step-by-step and bit-by-bit. I’ve broken things down into very small single tasks – and solve it one-by-one. Like playing puzzle. And through which I become more confident in programming [:)]

It looks complicated!

It has been a dilemma to me, to make it quickly OR to make it like drag-and-drop pixel art editor. Finally i decided to support more features to make it a serious-enough pixel art editor – reason : tools are here to support creativity and it can’t be too limited.  In the end, it took from design to product – 2 months time

What’s next for Pixeller?

I’ve done 80% of what I’ve sketched on the design notes. The next step would be ANIMATION ! With the introduction of a timeline – and pixel artists can make an animated GIF out of it ! the video and features info will be here – http://www.kitdastudio.com/?p=513 and screencaps can be grabbed from here – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pixeller/id511355490?mt=8 If you have more questions I would love to answer them [:)] Pixeller v1.1 http://www.kitdastudio.com

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Alumni Win at FITC Awards 2012

April 30, 2012

Jam 3 Crew!

Secret Location Crew!

Wow!  What a night at the FITC Awards, firstly, I was getting there early, walked around the corner and bumped into Vincent Morriset coming the other way – the doors were not open yet.  So we went for a drink at the Office Pub (current home of FITO) and had a great talk about interactive storytelling, etc.  Highlight of the conference for me and it was a great conference!

FITC Awards - Future, Innovation, Technology and Creativity

I arrived at the awards just as the first award was being awarded – and it went to Jam 3, founded by three IMM alumni (Pablo, Mark and Adrian) as did the next award.  That was followed by Secret Location winning (Ryan Andal is there) and then Jam 3 again – after that, I lost track ;-).  Joanna Ong, graduate from last year was a Developer’s Site finalist as well!  Congrats to you all and all the other winners!

More pictures of the conference are here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150856572211369.473397.515286368

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

April 20, 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia invites you to their Open House 2012

// Tuesday May 1, 2012
// 4PM – 7PM
// Studio Huddle
// 97 Niagara Street, Toronto

Come see the latest in Mobile, HTML5, Flash AIR, Augmented Reality, 3D and more!

Our Post-grad Graduates would like you to meet them and view their portfolios.
Partake in refreshments and mingle with the Interactive Industry.
Please bring colleagues and you are encouraged to pass along the invite.

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/openhouse/2012/

http://facebook.com/events/289635944448455/

See you there!

Dan Zen & IMM Crew.

Professor & Coordinator
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/

PS – portfolios currently online are still being completed.

Jam 3 Wins Best Design Team and Best Development Team at Digi Awards!

December 7, 2011

Jam 3 won two Canadian Digi Awards (formerly Canadian New Media Awards) this year – 2011.  The incredible fact is that one was for the Best Design Team and the second was for the Best Development Team.  Way to go!

Jam 3 was founded in 2003 by three Sheridan Interactive Multimedia graduates Adrian Belina, Pablo Vio and Mark McQuillan.  They have since grown into a most excellent interactive team which also includes a number of IMM grads.  You can see the folks at Jam 3 in their creative assessment of what their team does http://jam3.com.  Here is a quote from Adrian Belina, one of the founders:

It a special evening when you are honoured for being tops in both Design and Development. These awards are especially nice because they’re not just about one project that a few people worked on… they speak to the hard working, passionate teams that make it all happen, all year round. Very proud of everyone at Jam3 right now.

These awards are also a great success for the IMM program as not only the partners, Mark, Pablo and myself, graduated from the IMM class but we also employ 3 developers from the program as well. A true testament to the quality of the program!

Stitch Media founded by IMM graduate, Evan Jones, also won a Digi Award for Best in Digital Advertising for the site Drunk and on Drugs.  Congrats Evan!

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia is now accepting applicants for 2012.  Great jobs!  Great careers!  Advance our culture making interactive fun and useful stuff!  Designers, come on in and learn how to make your work… work!  Programmers come on in and learn how to program in an interactive environment beyond navigation. Other disciplines like Marketing, Engineering, Illustration, Animation, Computer Science, welcome!  Get with the mobile revolution!

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca (redesign on its way).

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David Neumann to Give First SPOTLIGHT HTML5 Talk

December 2, 2011

David Neumann, the Web Design / Web App Development teacher at IMM is giving the first talk at the Spotlight HTML5 event in Toronto on Saturday Dec 3, 2011.

In this session we will walk through the main features of the HTML5 Geolocation API. From privacy concerns to fall back plans if location can’t be determined, we will look at an overview of what is for now an optional “nice to have” on many mobile web applications, but will be in the future a standard feature with interesting potential.

Hope you can make it there – SPOTLIGHT HTML5


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