Damla Ayzeren is the talented writer and illustrator of the Turkish children’s book series “The Adventures of Cherry.” In 2012, Damla brought the series to the digital world using Corona SDK and Kwik. As a participant in the American Design Awards, a reputable and independent design organization, Damla’s “Cherry at the Stars” eBook was awarded 2nd place in the Application Design Category.
What’s your background as an illustrator?
Beside graphic design, I’ve contributed royalty-free digital illustrations to several image banks such as Shutterstock and iStockphoto. I have a portfolio of vector illustrations which is suitable for a large variety of usage purposes.
Two years ago, I had the chance to illustrate for kids with my first children’s book series, The Adventures of Cherry. Storytelling has always been my passion, and now I can use illustration as a visual means to express the words on the page. I find picture books as a perfect medium to combine my illustration, design, and writing skills.
Why did you decide to create a digital version of your hardcover The Adventures of Cherry series?
Digital publishing is getting stronger every day compared to traditional hardcopy publishing, as it offers a new form of production and user interaction. The competition between the eBook and hardcopy book is still a subject of argument, but it’s undeniable that the digital world offers a wide range of opportunities.
Please tell us about the eBook Cherry At The Stars.
Cherry At The Stars is the first book of the series for ages 4-8. The story is about following your dreams and finding ways to make them come true.
Can you please share your recognition at the American Design Awards? What was the criteria for winning?
In short, American Design Awards recognize and award the most outstanding, meaningful and inspirational design achievements in the design world. When I heard that Cherry At The Stars won 2nd place in the Application Design category, I was very excited that my hard work was recognized by design professionals.
Why did you decide bring your eBook to iOS with Corona SDK and Kwik?
With Kwik, I didn’t need to write a single line of code, and with Corona SDK I could easily build my application for all major platforms. In fact, it was so user-friendly, I decided to just create the eBook myself!
I designed the interactive app in an amazingly short time with Kwik’s simple tools, and a flawless production process with Corona SDK. I could see and test every step of my design in the Simulator, easily build the app for iOS, and send it directly to iTunes Connect for review. The whole production process was amazingly fast and simple.
For the time being, Cherry At The Stars is only book in the series available for iOS, but I plan to publish my eBook to other platforms in the near future.
Have you used Corona and Kwik to create any other eBooks?
What’s your next project?
And inevitably, I will make the digital versions of all future books that I’m going to write and illustrate.