LSM student praised for iPad app

Sean at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011

Second year BA (Hons) Media Production student Sean Carr has just produced a brand new iPad app for Interflora to use as part of their gold award-winning display at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society Show at Chelsea.

Ros Garland, Senior Lecturer and specialist in digital media production was delighted to help one of her students to create the app, pointing out that “Working on this sort of project in the second year of an undergraduate degree gives the student confidence and some professional experience going into level 3”. He is already researching new ways of creating apps and suggesting solutions using the new iPad technologes.

The project came about as School of Media graduate David Clancy (former KTP Associate and now Video Producer for Interflora’s British Unit) was looking for a student to produce an iPad app for the Interflora stand at the Chelsea flower show. The brief was to quickly build a fully branded app to sit alongside Interflora’s floral exhibit at Chelsea this year. The app would need to display images and video as well as hosting a fully operational mobile site, all within a branded environment.

Sean had already chosen to specialise in digital media at Level 3 of his degree and was keen to work with mobile Apps and Flash. Ros had already added him to the media iPad development team she co-ordinates, and made sure he had the tools for the job. He worked very professionally with David and went to Sleaford to demonstrate a prototype at the Interflora office. Interflora were pleased with the result and he joined them in London as they prepared for the show, completing the job on site, incorporating video David had produced, and loading the finished App onto the iPads.

David Clancy was full of praise for Sean’s work, telling us that he “was great to work with, very mature in his approach and able to respond well to our requirements. I’m certain he enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot from it, and I wouldn’t hesitate in working with him again. The apps have been used by thousands of people across the week and feedback is very good. The exhibit won a gold medal, so has being receiving a lot of attention, not only at the show but via the press and TV coverage and we feel the app enhances the experience of those who visit it.”

Head of School, Sarah Barrow, said she was delighted with this exciting collaboration between an LSM graduate and current undergraduate student on a creative, professional project and looks forward to many more of these.