To create a dynamic, interactive experience about dinosaurs employing cutting edge technologies that would attract users to an iPad app. Exploiting the capabilities of 3D animation and touch screens, the app would arouse curiosity and facilitate science learning in a range of ages and for a variety of learning styles.
To accommodate Real World Dinosaur's 3D visualization of fully animated dinosaurs and their environments, CGMuse designed a highly customized build for an iPad app using HTML5. 360 degree views of the dinosaurs, initially rendered as sprite sheets, switched to real-time graphics displays in WebGL in current updates. Users can select optional narration, which, along with visual illustration of the text in 3D images and maps, creates multi-sensory pathways for understanding and enjoyment.
Real World Dinosaurs was selected for the Showcase for Innovative Mobile Apps at SIGGRAPH 2014. Available through iTunes, it has been appreciated and sold on every continent (with the exception of Antarctica!) and has doubled the number of dinosaurs in the app. Regularly updated with new features and information, Real World Dinosaurs continues to expand its user base.
Users requested Real World Dinosaurs availability for the iPhone. Real World Dinosaurs Mini was conceived as a “pocket reference” version customized for the iPhone specs and capabilities. Maintaining the animation, comparative maps and optional text narration features, the app would allow a variety of users convenient access to the information in Real World Dinosaurs on their smartphones.
To create visually pleasing and comprehensible displays equivalent to the iPad version, CGMuse developed a new mockup for Real World Dinosaurs Mini tailored to the iPhone. Animated looping walk cycles were fashioned for each dinosaur and the content and design were modified to be seamlessly accessible to a variety of users on the new device, using the mockup as a guideline.
Real World Dinosaurs Mini, launched in 2015, successfully cements user loyalty, reaches a broader iTunes audience and has increased CGMuse's user base and brand recognition internationally.
To use the mobile space to arouse children's curiosity, imagination and love of language and narrative - creating active, engaged readers.
Inspired by the original story and line drawings of a five year old author, CGMuse created the app Pete and The Orange Fox in HTML5 for mobility. To maintain the look and feel of a story created by a child, CGMuse scanned construction paper pieces into the computer and created animated collages as illustrative moving images for the tale. Puzzles and surprises keep emerging readers amused and learning.
Pete and The Orange Fox was selected to showcase at NYCArcade and will debut soon on iTunes.
The Word Loft asked CGMuse to design a complex, multi-dimensional website to launch their new educational business, illustrating and explaining the caring environment and varied facets of their class offerings.
CGMuse designed a site guiding the user through the range of The Word Loft's classes and visually demonstrating the creative, informal atmosphere of the program. Effective messaging was conveyed through;
The website created huge buzz within it's target community of downtown New York families. Within the year website traffic was converting to applications to its classes and inquiries about bringing The Word Loft's programs to established schools.
Mountain House Pizza, a Rockland county landmark, approached CGMuse to build their first website. Business was slow, and the new owners wanted a site that would return them prominently in search results, accurately pinpoint them on Google maps and let them post their menus online.
To increase Mountain House Pizza's web presence in search results, CGMuse's site construction incorporates SEO expertise and includes embedded online recommendations, reviews and a Google map. The visual concept employs a warm color palette, and photography and design elements which echo the restaurant's rustic food and décor and feature both their regular and catering menus and specials.
The first eight out of ten entries of the first page of Google's search results for “pizza” in Mountain House Pizza's location return links for Mountain House Pizza. Google features the restaurant at the top right of the search page with Google reviews and a link to the restaurant site. Business is booming.
Daniel G. Heyman, Esq., a New York City lawyer, needed a way to help people referred to him locate his practice and understand the areas it emphasizes.
CGMuse designed a clean, simple site to give Mr. Heyman a web presence and invite prospective clients to feel comfortable contacting him for an initial discussion. Mr. Heyman's own elegant photography is incorporated in the site design.
Mr. Heyman's site and explanatory “snippet” is the first link, topping the page on searches for his name on all the major search engines.