CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs Interactive Media Modules

February 27, 2015 by
CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs

CreateInTO Presents Dan Zen on ZIMjs

Inventor, Dan Zen, will give an introduction talk about the ZIMjs library of interactive media modules at the upcoming CreateInTO event, 7PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Handlebar in Kensington Market, 159 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada.

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Inventor, Dan Zen, introduces ZIMjs – a free library of interactive media modules. CreateJS gives us the nesting power of Flash. ZIMjs extends CreateJS to give us new hit tests, parallax, damping, components, swipes, grids, guides, responsive layouts for mobile and more making front end coding easier. Bring a colleague out to CreateInTO to learn about the new jQuery of the Canvas – ZIMjs.

 

CreateInTO is a user group of creative developers, designers, hackers, makers and more.  Everyone is welcome to the Wednesday meetup:  http://www.meetup.com/CreateInTO/events/220783293/ There will be two tickets to the FITC Conference given away to winning attendants, courtesy of FITC, a founding supporter of CITO.

Dan Zen is a professor of Interactive Media in the Sheridan Interactive Media one year post grad, Oakville, Canada where students learn to build mobile and Web environments in which users can create, communicate and play.

FITC Wearables 2014

November 15, 2014 by

Had a great time at FITC Wearables 2014 – congrats to Shawn and crew.  It was good seeing old friend Computer Steve (Mann) who was doing the keynote.  Also nice to meet Dr. Helen Papagiannis, Sheridan IMM (2001) who did a great job co-hosting the conference in digital dress (a MeU.  Professor, Dan Zen, was there wearing Hangy trying to convince everyone they can just wear their current devices.  Got to try the Muse and meet Kate Hartman.  Loved seeing the Myo in action.  It was great to see a bunch of IMM grads in attendance at displaying projects such as the award winning Sleepy Hollow Oculus Rift feature by Ryan Andal (IMM 2003) at Secret Location.  IMM 2001 grad Matt Fabb also worked on that project.  Our current students were out volunteering and connecting.

Sheridan Interactive Media Doubles HTML5 Teaching by adding CreateJS

October 29, 2014 by

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.

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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 by

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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Jam3 Inducted into the FWA Hall of Fame

March 20, 2014 by

Congratulations to Jam3 for their induction into the FWA Hall of Fame! Consistent and innovative work with a total of 33 FWAs, 3 Sites of the Montn and a Site of the Year

1890581_10151906282641403_1352653240_oJam3 was founded by Sheridan IMM alumni Mark McQuillan, Pablo Vio and Adrian Belina.

Joaquin wins DSE Awards for Crayola Installation Work

March 10, 2014 by

Joaquin Habacon (IMM 2012) and his team recently won the DSE Gold Apex Award and Bronze Content Award for their work on the Crayola Crayon Art Installation called “Art Alive”.

 

More on the work and the award on Joaquin’s blog

IMM Students Win President’s Innovation Challenge

January 23, 2014 by

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

Tech Studio Projects Fall 2013

December 11, 2013 by

Take an Arduino boards, add some sensors, mix in some code and action figures and you have the Fall 2013 Tech Studio Projects. A series of interactive projects ranging from a cookie jar alarm system, Artduino (the marriage of art and Arduino) and a sound visualization.1476003_10152056713438293_999269550_n

More projects and pictures on our Facebook page.

Design Considerations for Little Fingers

December 5, 2013 by

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http://www.paulolyslager.com/design-considerations-little-fingers/

Andrew’s new article on “Design Considerations for Little Fingers”

Designing interfaces and apps for kids is not just a matter of simplification or making the buttons bigger – it requires us to consider interaction models and user experience from the child’s perspective. Children are curious, inquisitive and love to explore.

More Arduino Fun This Year

September 16, 2013 by

Arduino fun starts early this year.

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