This just in: a video game designed by Rosenfeld Media author John Ferrara was awarded second place in a contest organized by Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative. John led a small team to develop Fitter Critters, a virtual pet game designed to teach 9- to 12-year olds healthier eating habits and change the way they think about nutrition. It was selected as runner up from a field of 63 entries by a panel of judges that included Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, and White House CTO Aneesh Chopra. John is the author of the upcoming book Playful Design: Creating Game Experiences in Everyday Interfaces, which explores how game-based interfaces can be used to achieve real world objectives. You can read more about the contest and game here.
Given how many devices there are out there, as well as a plethora of formats and channels, it's understandably confusing to get a digital book into your favorite reader. Worse, it seems that the digital publishing landscape changes every fifteen minutes or so.
We're pleased to add some great new perspectives to turn to for great advice! Executive coach and Internet pioneer Harry Max will join our strategic board, and IDEO associate partner/CCA faculty member Kristian Simsarian will join our editorial board. If you want to know more about who is guiding us, check out our list of advisors.
No, it's not another book signing, though news of at least one of those will be coming soon. Nor is it an incredible new library of UX-related content, though one of those is about to launch.
No, we're proud to announce that Rosenfeld Media has given birth to a strapping, healthy, 34", 200lb capacity UX Bookmobile! (And don't act surprised; we've been showing for months!)
With the completion of Luke Wroblewski's Web Form Design, we've just finished converting all of our titles to ePub format, so you can now read our entire library on your iPad, iPhone, or Android phone. (Of course, all future Rosenfeld Media books will be available in ePub as well.)
Our editorial advisors help us determine which books to publish, and by critiquing book proposals, how to make them better. We've already got a group of superstars helping shape our editorial agenda. Adding Google UX director Irene Au, Cooper alumna and acclaimed author Kim Goodwin, and usability god/part-time magician Jared Spool to the mix makes it seem almost unfair. Welcome aboard, new board members; we're thrilled to have you!