Munich, Germany – iOrnament, written by math professor and independent developer Jurgen Richter-Gebert, combines art and science, math and fun, creativity and education. Using your finger as a stylus you create intricate symmetric patterns that are “mind-blowing, truly wonderful, very cool, amazing, spectacular fun, beautiful, educational, hypnotic and addicting,…” according to the many user comments on the iTunes App Store.
iOrnament is created in the spirit of hands-on science exhibitions. While you act in a creative manner you almost unconsciously learn about the structures of possible symmetries. The app is likewise attractive if one seeks for creative experiences, relaxation, fun or scientific explanations. It addresses children as well as grown ups, and can be used also in teaching for a very broad range from kindergarden to school and university classes. For users who want to dig into the science a bit deeper iOrnament contains an interactive pop-up book that explains the mathematical backgrounds in a fun and understandable way.
The sole author Jurgen Richter-Gebert is well known for other international award winning visualization projects like the interactive geometry software Cinderella.2 or the internet portal mathe-vital.de. He also created the math exhibition ix-quadrat at the Technical University Munich and contributed interactive installations to various science museums. Among them the German Museum in Munich, which is the largest science museum in Germany with a 100 years history. All these projects are on the borderline of science, creativity, art and teaching. With iOrnament he wants to reach a broad audience with the message that science can be creative and esthetic and that math does not at all start with numbers only. “Math is the science of shapes and structures,” he says.
During a “free for 49 hours” promotional campaign on the occasion of the authors 49th birthday the app climbed into the iTunes charts. According to AppTrace it hit the global top 1% of all free apps. Currently the app is rated more than 120 times and averages 4.8 of 5 stars worldwide on the iTunes app store. It is one of the most positively perceived apps that have been released within the last 6 months.
Major Features of iOrnament include:
* Full support of all 17 wallpaper groups
* Supports also rosette symmetries
* Artistic color palette and pen
* Glow pen to add highlights
* English and German language support
* Export to photos, e-mail and facebook
* Adjustable color palette
* Extensive collection of tips for usage
* Preview of symmetries and fundamental cells
* Animated drawing process
* Change symmetry type on the fly
* Scroll, zoom and rotate
* Unlimited undo/redo
* Full featured iPhone and iPad version
* Interactive tutorial on math backgrounds
* Sampler of classical ornaments
* Based on mathematical theory
* “iOrnament is a feast for the eyes of color, symmetry and design art. Gaze in wonder at your creations built on artistry, math and scientific formulas.” – Cool iPhone iPad Apps
* “Let your creative side shine with this entertaining art app” – appAdvice
* iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 34.6 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iOrnament – The Art of Symmetry 1.2.1 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Entertainment category.
Located in Munich, Germany, Science-to-touch was founded in 2012 by Jurgen Richter-Gebert, mathematics professor and expert in geometry and visualization. It is a collection of projects which are aimed at interactive visualization of science. The basic philosophy behind the project is that visualization and interactivity makes science accessible, understandable and fun. The iOrnament App is the first release of Science-to-touch. Science-to-touch tries to provide high quality content that helps to get in touch with various interesting topics. All projects should be equally creative, informative and accessible. Get in touch with it! Copyright (C) 2012 Science-to-touch. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.