An App for the Gipper
The most legendary team in college football now has an iPad app to match. The University of Notre Dame's official app for all of its athletics programs, designed and developed by Joe Zeff Design, is now available in the iTunes App Store.
Notre Dame Athletics contains the University's first-ever Interactive Football Yearbook, with features about each student-athlete, coach and opponent; animated diagrams of Notre Dame Stadium; a recap of last year’s 12-1 season including the BCS National Championship Game; a 3D timeline highlighting the team’s storied past; and more.
Throughout the 2013 season, we'll work with the University to produce 12 issues of an interactive gameday program, presented by Coca-Cola. Each will be packed with previews, rosters, features and lineups for the upcoming game and multimedia recaps of the previous game. The interactive gameday programs will be available through the same app that contains the Interactive Yearbook.
We developed the app using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, which allowed us to deploy experiential content on nearly every screen: embedded video, animated typography, parallax-infused photography, an up-to-the-minute Twitter feed, social sharing tools, and more. The feature-rich app was produced in less than six weeks, far less time than a traditional app.
One highlight of the Interactive Yearbook — four gyroscope-enabled panoramas that put the user on the Notre Dame campus and inside some of the University's most hallowed spaces: the Main Building and its Golden Dome, the magnificent Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the athletics complex that houses seven Heisman Trophies and a National Championship trophy, and the Fighting Irish football locker room.
We began working with the University of Notre Dame in December as the No. 1-ranked Fighting Irish prepared for the BCS National Championship Game. Then, we designed and developed an iPad app in just 11 days that helped galvanize fans worldwide. Fighting Irish Digital Media (FIDM), which creates multimedia for Notre Dame Athletics, reached out during the offseason to create something even bigger this season.
We thank Dan Skendzel and Tim O’Connor of FIDM; Matt Cashore and Barbara Johnston of University Photographers for their incredible pictures; Director of Football Media Relations Michael Bertsch; and everyone at Notre Dame who supported this app with their ideas and contributions. Congratulations as well to our own team at Joe Zeff Design, all of whom took part in the design and development of this extraordinary app.
Next, we’re hoping to leverage the popularity of the football team to draw attention to the University’s other 25 varsity sports, and as well as its academic programs. Stay tuned as Notre Dame demonstrates what’s possible for universities and the iPad.
Below, a gallery of images from Notre Dame's Interactive Yearbook, but for the best experience download the app here.