Petting Zoo app by
Christoph Niemann

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The animated animals in this app by illustrator Christoph Niemann react to prodding fingers (+ movie).

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

The Petting Zoo app was launched at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town last week and features a menagerie of 21 interactive animal characters.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Users can swipe or tap the creatures to see how they react: push the rabbit and it stretches towards the edges of the screen or strike the teeth of a crocodile to play a tune.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Niemann describes the app as an "interactive picture book" and there are no words because "animals don't speak English".

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

It includes thousands of hand-drawn animation frames plus music and sound design by South African electronic musician Markus Wormstorm.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann's work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Newsweek and Wired, and his work for The Times Magazine is archived on his Abstract Sunday blog. After eleven years in New York he now lives in Berlin.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Dezeen were in Cape Town for the first leg of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, where Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo took us on a tour of his hometown and explained why Africa today is a place of "renewal, regeneration and growth". Look out for more movie reports from Cape Town in the coming days.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Petting Zoo is available at the iTunes store and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

Credits

Concept and animations: Christoph Niemann
Developer: Jon Huang
Music and Sound Design: Markus Wormstorm
Executive Producer: Design Indaba

Petting Zoo app by Christoph Niemann

  • Timo

    I absolutely don’t get why this is on Dezeen. It’s just another app. The design is very plain and the concept is dull.

    • Hovis231

      It’s just another app: True. The design is very plain and the concept is dull: not true.

      I just downloaded it. It made me laugh out loud at least twice. It’s very witty and the transitions are clever and imaginative. Well conceived, well designed (which also answers your first point) and well executed in my opinion. I reckon my two year old will also have fun with it.

  • Sascha

    For those of you who speak German or French, here’s a video where he talks about the creative process leading to that app: http://creative.arte.tv/fr/space/From_Sketch/mess