First-year students design app for Community Arts Center

Posted by Centre News in Academics, Computer Science, News 21 Apr 2015

gamecraftStudents in Associate Professor of Computer Science Michael Bradshaw’s course Mobile Apps for the Social Good partnered with Danville’s Community Arts Center (CAC) to create an interactive app to support the center’s mission of creating transformative arts opportunities for every member of the community.

Bradshaw’s class worked in groups to design apps that were presented to the CAC for suggestions and feedback, and from those, one stood out.

“There were four projects,” Bradshaw explains, “and while all were deemed a success, the app by Savannah Morgan ’18 best matched their current exhibit, ‘Gamecraft: The Art of Video Game Design,’ as it encouraged patron interaction with the artwork rather than trying to sell the work.”

Morgan led her team, including Alex Luken ’18 and Kelly Taylor ’18, to design an app based off their business analysis and what they believed would help the CAC grow.

“Each group presented their app, and the CAC decided what aspects from the different group’s presentations they would like to incorporate, as well as what problems they saw,” Morgan says. “An example is that they really liked the email aspect that one group proposed, so we incorporated it into the final app. They also enjoyed the comment feature but preferred that some pictures not have comments based on the artists’ approval, so we were able to disable comments for certain artwork if needed.

“They also gave us an idea of what they wanted the app to look like and how it would benefit their exhibit,” she continues. “They provided us with the pictures and descriptions needed to update the gallery aspect.”

The student-designed app is an interactive version of the gallery, currently available only for Android devices, that can be downloaded after scanning a QR code at the CAC.

“After registering with your email, you are brought to a screen that displays an item in the gallery,” Morgan explains. “You can easily access the art piece you are looking at by scanning the QR code provided with each piece, or by searching for the item. You can also search for other pieces by the same artist.”

Additionally, Morgan says the app incorporates a description of each gallery item designed to help deepen one’s understanding of the artwork, as well as an interactive social aspect.

“One can comment or ‘favorite’ the artwork and also see if others have favorited or commented on that specific item,” she says. “This page also features a ‘donation’ button and a ‘done’ button. Once finished, you will be taken to a page that asks for your feedback and provides links to social media pages.”

by Cindy Long