The Art of Apps

December 16, 2009

Apple’s iTunes App Store recently reported more than two-billion downloads of the 100,000 programs available in its collection of digital applications for the iPhone. One new app appearing in the store comes from the imagination of alumnus Jung-mi Lee (BFA 2007 Computer Art), who worked with other artists and programmers at Strategic Design Lab to create the game Rat Busters. The game is a point-of-view adventure that puts the player in the sewers and subway tunnels of Gotham City (loosely based on NYC), which is infested with giant rats engineered by the evil Dr. Wasabi. After choosing one of three different characters—Hans, Luke or Mia—gamers then start shooting the irradiated rats and making their way through 12 levels of action. Rat Busters is available through the iTunes Store for $1.99, and gamers can click here to read more or purchase the app.


In addition, students in MFA Interaction Design Department faculty member Christopher Fahey’s Interaction Design Fundamentals course have completed a class project that generated new apps specifically for use in New York City. The resulting apps ranged from Book ‘Em, a GPS-powered program that locates the nearest branch of the New York Public Library, to New Green City, which gives updated details on the city progress toward its goal to reduce carbon emissions 30% by 2030. For more on this project, visit the MFA Interaction Design Department blog.

Image: Screen shot from Rat Busters.

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