Book launch with Tom Barker + talk on "The Future of Digital & Education"
Exclusive for guests: 10% book discount
The author Tom Barker is an entrepreneur in digital, design and technology. He is President and Chief Technology Officer of Six Trends Inc. a digital transformation business, and Adjunct Professor of Digital Futures at OCAD University in Toronto Canada. He is an advisor to the Emerging Media Arts program at the University of Lincoln Nebraska USA and the first Digital Experience Design Degree program at George Brown College Toronto Canada. Tom also teaches digital workshops around the world for communities, businesses and universities.
"Tom Barker leaves no variable (and there are a lot of variables) in today's world of digital experiences unexamined in this comprehensive and quite frankly entertaining journey through all aspects of conceptualizing, coding, and commercializing web applications. The book moves from theory, to example, to exercise with ease, establishing a comfortable rhythm that helps to sustain interest and fosters learning.”
– Dave Colangelo, Professor and Academic Coordinator for the Bachelor of Digital Experience Design (DxD), School of Design, George Brown College
"The advanced magic of the new mobile digital age requires a deep multidisciplinary approach and knowledge. Tom recognizes this and traverses the subject with an astonishing breadth and depth within a single volume. If any creative coder has one book on their shelves then this is it – whether your interest is in AR dragons that fly out of your screen, massively multiuser online games, or incredibly compelling Web Apps that drive customers to your business and use Chatbots to help with customer care. Tom provides hundreds of practical examples and plenty of advice on production, process and turning your brilliant creative ideas into a business."
– Megan Elliott, Director of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
“Go from using an app to building one in a matter of weeks! Every profession starts with a toolbox and this book will introduce you to the many tools that are needed to build a web app. Developing the mastery to use these tools is your job!”
– Leyla Imanirad, Senior Research Associate, machine learning data scientist, Bristol Gate high dividend growth portfolios
"Tom collaborated with me on the execution of several advanced digital artworks that combined the technologies of AR, Web Apps, IoT and user experience design. Merging art and technology requires deep technical expertise infused with creativity and design. Tom’s expertise in both disciplines made the project a huge success and it’s great to see that expertise written down for others to use.”
– Dennis Kavelman, Partner iNovia Venture Capital
“This book covers a huge amount of ground from general design techniques to integrating advanced technologies into a project. The examples are practical and they provide a clear step by step on how to build up complexity within an app. You probably won't need the entire book for a single project, but it will be helpful for the recurring questions that come up over multiple projects over the years.”
– Nick Puckett, Founding Director of Puckett Research+Design, Chair of the Digital Futures undergraduate program at OCAD University
“Given the huge scale the subject, it's amazing that the book manages to cover topics at both a high and a low level. Hugely ambitious, but packed full of insights and working code examples. Although this is an area where learning is never complete, this book gives you the best springboard for getting results in as short a time as possible.”
– Scott Basham, Vodafone UK, Manager of Remedy and Ticketing Applications
“One of the most comprehensive, thought provoking books on creating and becoming innovative – not only for digital creation but for design and design thinking. Tom brings his academic knowledge, technical expertise, business know-how, and passion all together. He gives the reader the best possible chance to succeed in making incredible digital Web Apps that will covert users into real customers. Highly recommended for directors and C-Suite leaders to understand the mobile Web App revolution, even if they simply read the compelling narrative and pass the book along to their Chief technology Officer to study the coding examples!”
– Lee Rennick, Chief Marketing Officer, Proudfoot
“Managing to be both extremely in-depth yet engaging and simple to understand, this book is perfect for any creative with big ideas to introduce themselves to the world of programming in the best way possible.”
– Eli Joe, grade 12 high school student
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It is hard to imagine how many versions of the title and cover design were created before we settled on this elegant clean look. The title's typeface is inspired by 70s SciFi movies and the coding books that I had as a teenager in the 80s. Obsessed with getting it just right, Tom Barker designed this typeface with help from Matthew, the publisher's graphic designer!
The cover and contents pages for the book can be downloaded as a PDF file here.
The book provides digital transformation strategies, design and tech skills to create responsive Websites, progressive Web Apps and full stack solutions to turbocharge your enterprise to beat the competition.
Offering integrated strategies and execution for coding, design and business, this book is the most complete guide possible for existing enterprises and students alike, as well as startups.
The book explains how to write great code and how to create, scale or transform a business through digital solutions. Powerful tools are introduced that are more accessible than ever.
The 7 Deadly Wins (TM) framework is introduced by the book. This is a powerful tool that provides insights into the nature and anatomy of blockbuster digital products and services, and how to achieve success in a crowded market. The purpose of the framework is to help teams conceive, build, launch and improve their digital projects so that they have the best chance of success in the marketplace. The author drew on his experience of hundreds of commercial projects. The result is simple and elegant and it works.
We asked author Tom Barker a bunch of questions about the book. Here's what he had to tell us:
It was a major undertaking completing the text and there’s a ton of content, and a lot of examples. Can you tell us some of the highlights of what’s covered in the book?
How is the content covered in the book helping students get better jobs today?
Tom: Okay, so this was number one on my mind as I started to write the book. Competition is fierce and although there is a shortage of people with digital skills it is still very hard to get a good job in the sector. The important thing for me is that it helps to create people who have both the knowledge and the technical skills to do a whole lot of stuff in digital, mobile and the Web, but also it gives them a broad understanding of how to do things like digital marketing, how they build businesses, how they do consulting. How they create a product or a service is really importantly and how do they actually monetize that? This is ideal for anybody who is intent on making their creativity and their intellectual property valuable in a way that can give them a fantastic career.
Can you tell me a little bit about what Digital Native students need – how are the higher education programs different or adapting?
Tom: Digital Natives have a head start and they are comfortable with learning technologies and the subject material. They can be well suited to the trend towards multidisciplinary learning in digital. What we are seeing now is upgrading of existing digital programs as well as the launch of a number of new programs in digital. These are starting to bring in not just the tech and design skills but also entrepreneurship and business aspects, as well as encouraging thought leadership. I think this is very important and these kinds digital programs are helping to create a kind of everything student. These programs are giving people the skills and know-how and the passion to want to go out there and to become entrepreneurs. They are the people who in five to ten year time going to be hiring people and growing companies.
Digifest invites you and a guest to register free for this special book launch taking place on Friday, April 26, 2019 at George Brown College's School of Design's new campus in the Daniels Waterfront - City of the Arts building.
Author Tom Barker will be talking with Kevin O'Hearn, Senior Portfolio Mangaer of McGraw Hill Education, about the future of Digital & Education at a time of unprecedented change and opportunity for students, higher education and publishers. Tom will be reflecting on how best to teach the next generation of digital natives and how to ensure they are successful in their careers.
Exclusive offer for the event: Attendees will receive a 10% discount code for ordering the book from Amazon.
We captured a series of short conversations on video between Tom Barker and Kevin O'Hearn, senior portfolio manager at McGrawHill Education. They discuss the book and the changing needs of education and industry in the digital sector.
This video captures an exciting moment when draft copies of the Full Stack Web App Playbook come back from the printers. The pages are in black and white instead of the colour of the final version but otherwise it is pretty much the final product!
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