I fly to Chicago for a few days of hanging out with Bill, Brian and beer to discuss our ideas.
It is decided that a geography based story will make use of the iPad API’s in the best way, and provide good content for real human stories.
Two major ideas come out of these meetings. One, that a fun avatar based on geographic data should be the learning tool. And two, that I should take advantage of my global network of artists and animators to collect childhood stories as reference for the animation. We’ve found our fuel!
Designing the avatars is an immediate challenge, especially finding a consensus on a solid representational feel or a more abstract one. Lots of drawings and screensharing around this time.