The world of illustration is always evolving, and with it, new and exciting ways to communicate using beautiful images. One way—and a favorite of mine—is through apps. There are so many different approaches to composing and interacting with them, and when they’re done well, it’s a wonderful combination of technology and art.
I’ve written about app-makers Tinybop before: they were featured in my How Did You Do That? series. I learned how they made Robot Factory! Now, they’ve recently launched The Earth, an interactive model that lets kids study and observe the geological forces that change our planet. As always, they have a talented illustrator creating their graphics, and this time it’s my pal Sarah Jacoby! She’s infused her gorgeous style into every aspect of the educational app. Don’t these screenshots look like landscape paintings?!
Kids learn how plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and deposition work by shaping the land with their fingertips. They can trigger earthquakes, set off tsunamis and rockslides, erupt volcanoes, make a glacier advance and recede, and create and destroy beaches.