Web-Based Mobile App: MFADT Thesis Symposium Guide

A screen capture of the iOS Simulator, running the web-based mobile app that showcased artists and projects exhibited in the 2011 Parsons MFA Design and Technology Thesis Symposium. Created using Sencha Touch, a JavaScript framework for mobile applications, in partnership with Lauren Gibbons. Check out the archived mobile app on the Parsons MFADT Symposium site.
Home Screen of the MFADT Thesis Symposium’s mobile app
The home screen of the mobile app, as it appears on a Droid X. One of my favorite features: the “Get Lucky” button, which takes users to a random project page each time that it is tapped. (In fact, it was such a fun way to interface with symposium projects that I added the “Get Lucky” feature to my own website.)
Emotibots, by 2011 MFA graduates Burcum Türkmen and Katie Koepfinger
The mobile app allows users to find projects by artist or project name. Each artist and project has a feature photo and a description. Pictured above: Emotibots, a project by Burcum Türkmen and Katie Koepfinger.
Artist list, displayed on an iPad
A list of artists, displayed on an iPad. Lauren and I chose to code the project in Sencha Touch so that it would be compatible across touchscreen-based mobile platforms: Android, iPhone, iPad, and touch BlackBerry devices.

'Project' => 'Create a cross-platform compatible mobile application in collaboration with fellow MFA Design and Technology student Lauren Gibbons to augment the 2011 MFA Design and Technology Thesis Symposium.',

'Challenges' => 'The mobile application needed to be compatible across as many mobile platforms as possible. Information about projects and artists continued to change until the day of the symposium, making information management quite difficult. Lastly, we wanted to include a means for introducing new projects to people—projects for which they weren’t specifically looking.',

'Solutions' => 'We made the symposium’s mobile application web-based in order to most easily manage information up to the beginning of the symposium. We programmed it using Sencha Touch, a JavaScript/HTML5/CSS3 framework, in order to maximize compatibility across mobile platforms. Sencha Touch is compatible with Android, iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry Touch devices. In order to introduce users to new projects, we added a ‘Get Lucky’ button on the homepage to bring people to a random project each time the button is pressed. Future steps that we would like to implement for the future are an interactive map of the installation spaces, plus categorizations of projects based on their formats and themes.'