Designing Interactive Cookbooks for Tablet Devices

By Celeste Martin.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Published online: April 22, 2014 $US5.00

Cookbooks offer a wide range of possibilities and specific challenges when designed as interactive ebooks. This paper explores the design process and workflow in the making of “Eat St. Cookbook” for tablet devices, an interactive cookbook based on a series of curated recipes from the television series “Eat St.” This project involved an assessment of current publishing platforms for the e-cookbook niche and included the development of personas, an online survey of the target audience, several stages of prototyping, and user testing. The project was funded by a Canadian national grant and developed by researchers at the Social and Interactive Media Centre, Emily Carr University of Art + Design. As a result of this project, we are able to conceptualize a series of design guidelines for interactive cookbooks.

Keywords: Ebook, Interactive, Cookbook, Publication Design, Tablet Devices

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 22, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 421.437KB)).

Celeste Martin

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Celeste Martin is an assistant professor at Emily Carr University of Art & Design. She has a background in communication design and specializes in typography. She has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. Her creative work examines the forms of written language, the shapes of letters, and their relationship to space. She is the editor of Current, Emily Carr’s research journal and a member of the university’s research ethics board. Martin is a researcher at Emily Carr’s Social and Interactive Media (SIM) Centre, and her current design research focuses on the development of enhanced interactive ebooks.