NYPL Biblion

New York Public Library

Potion designed the New York Public Library’s first iPad app: Biblion: The Boundless Library, released to the public in May 2011 for the 100th Anniversary opening of the Library’s Main Branch.

Biblion celebrates community engagement and discussion, and builds upon the Library’s core mission of universal access to content, expertise and scholarship.

In Biblion, each story, essay, or image gallery is visualized as a stack of documents, hanging mid-air in an information landscape. Each story has a unique shape, defined by its content — giving each story its own “fingerprint”. A collection of short stories might look like an archipelago, while in-depth essays might resemble tightly packed skyscrapers. Biblion brings back the experience of the library in a digitally serendipitous way.

Awards

  • Education App of the Year, Apple
  • Honorable Mention, Knight-Batten Awards

Press

Credits

  • Potion
    Graphic & Interactive Design
    Software Development

In 2012, the NYPL returned to Potion to create “Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle”, an exploration of Percy Blythe Shelley’s works and Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. In the app, users have unparalleled access to a treasure trove of digitized Frankenstein archives from the NYPL’s collections, providing a window into the genesis of Frankenstein and its influence across the twentieth century. In addition, the app provides users with a unique window into Shelley’s creative process by comparing digitizations of Shelley’s original handwritten manuscript against a transcript of the published edition.

In 2012, the NYPL returned to Potion to create “Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle”, an exploration of Percy Blythe Shelley’s works and Mary Shelley’s seminal novel. In the app, users have unparalleled access to a treasure trove of digitized Frankenstein archives from the NYPL’s collections, providing a window into the genesis of Frankenstein and its influence across the twentieth century. In addition, the app provides users with a unique window into Shelley’s creative process by comparing digitizations of Shelley’s original handwritten manuscript against a transcript of the published edition.

Awards

  • Education App of the Year, Apple
  • Honorable Mention, Knight-Batten Awards

Press

Credits

  • Potion
    Graphic & Interactive Design
    Software Development