Greg Goralski(*}tm New Media Prof, Interactive Professor, digital desing, mobile, tablet, ipad, iphone
It has been an exciting stretch this last few months with the latest round of the Humber New Ventures Fund and the growing emphasis on entrepreneurship at Humber. The most exciting has been the energy that the students have been putting into the process. Sitting at the Humber Hawknest startup weekend, I am impressed at how far a student driven event can go.
Congratulations to the Hawknest team and the Humber Student Federation on a great event!
And it is an impressive team that is going to get the Web Design and Interactive Media program off the ground.
Accomplished, Diverse, Practitioners:
- Andrew Dertinger: Publisher Manager, Carbon Ads http://twitter.com/AndrewDertinger/ http://inspiredology.com/
- Adam Leon: Owner/Creative Director, Transmitter Studios http://twitter.com/trnsmttr http://www.transmitterstudios.com/
- Linda Nakanishi: Art Director, Ecentric Arts; http://twitter.com/lnakanishi http://lindanakanishi.com/
- Fiona Ogilvy: Developer, Sapient Nitro, http://twitter.com/fionaogilvie http://fiona-ogilvie.com
- Christina Troung: Developer, Teehan & Lax, http://twitter.com/christinatruong http://www.christinatruong.com
Working away on getting the new Web Design and Interactive media program ready, Can’t wait to get this started; http://mediastudies.humber.ca/webdesignandinteractivemedia/Books
Hey Humber interactive Alumni, it’s a new year and there is a whole new batch of students (more than ever, again) that is eager to follow in your footsteps. What do you wish someone had told you at the start of the program? What was your secret of success? Email me and so I can share the advice in the first week.
And, as always, would love to hear what you have been up to.Digital Publishing
I am now about a week into the China part of the sabbatical and am starting to get a proper sense of the place. The most important thing so far, and this has come to me from numerous sources, is the need to look at the place with fresh eyes. There are many things that are different in China, and I can already see how assumptions carried over from the outside can make you miss the point, or misinterpret. Fresh eyes can be difficult, it requires after all suspension of judgment. But fresh eyes are one of the main reasons that I am traveling in the first place.
The excitement and optimism is palpable and I am enjoying all the fresh experiences.Digital Publishing
I am looking for entrepreneurial writers and creators for a tablet publishing startup. The startup is focused on creating non-fiction pieces (approx. 20-30 pages long) specialized for tablets (but also available via other means) and sold via the app store.
You need to have a passion and expertise in the topic, and be open to connecting with the community around it. Topics that can have a lot of images / media associated work best, especially if it is a topic that people frequently talk about (ie, travel, fashion, culture). Social media is a central part of the startup. If you have a topic in mind and are looking to publish, contact me directly at: greggoralski [at] gmail.com
2010 has been an important year for digital publishing; if 2009 is the year that the rapid growth in ebooks started, then 2010 is the year the growth put some real meat on the bones of the industry. Although the growth in 2009 was impressive at 177%, it just moved it from 1% of the trade sales to 3%. With 2010, the ebook market share of trade sales in the US is at 9% (Source:AAP) with a growth rate of 171%.
It is difficult to predict the future but that never stopped anyone: Forester expects digital publishing to be just under $1B in 2010 and $2.8B by 2015, Bain estimated 15-25% of publishing going digital by 2015. There are some indications that the industry still has a good deal of room to grow, possibly beyond these expectations. The first is that only 7 percent of people currently read books digitally, indicating that the industry is still in the early adopter stage and can expect a jump over the next few years as it enters the early majority and then late majority. Beyond that, those that do read digitally, read it a lot.humber
Humber College has just annoucned a new that will be giving awards of $3000 to $8000 to help students start a new business venture. More details in this pdf. Please feel free to contact me for more info.Books
The print version of the book is officially available. Got some copies sent to me this week, complete with that new book smellBooks
Here is some great advice for young creatives from the good people attending the 99 percent conference. What’s yours?Books
Here are the Foundation Flash Catalyst Exercise Files, sorry for the difficulty finding them on the Friends of ED site.Books
Here it is, the latest book in digital form (dead tree version coming at the end of the month)