Massey Lectures iPad app wins major design award

The Massey Lectures iPad app has been awarded the prestigious Silver Cannes Lions award for Digital Online Design.

The app, which was released this past March free in the iTunes store, includes nearly 200 hours of text, audio, interviews and exclusive footage, that explores lectures from the series' more than 50 year history.

Margaret Atwood, Thomas King, Noam Chomsky and Martin Luther King, are just a few of the celebrated writers and thinkers to have delivered lectures. Last year, Lawrence Hill, author of the 2009 Canada Reads-winning novel The Book of Negroes, offered an intriguing examination of the social, scientific and cultural fascination with blood. Former governor general of Canada, journalist and author Adrienne Clarkson will be the 2014 CBC Massey Lecturer.

Digital design agency Critical Mass developed the app for House of Anansi Press Inc.

"The Massey Lectures iPad app shows how important design craft is in digital experiences," said Conor Brady, the Chief Creative Officer at Critical Mass. "Taking this storied publishing archive into the age of mobile was a complex feat, and one that could only be solved through great user experience. "

The Cannes Lions is the biggest international annual awards show for professionals in the creative communications industry.

Congratulations to everyone involved!