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Petting Zoo App

Petting Zoo App

In 2012-2013 I was the project manager on an app for kids, illustrated by New York-based German illustrator Christoph Niemann. Internationally renowned for his cartoon style of drawing, in particular on his blog for the New York Times, Abstract Sunday, and regular cover artist for The New Yorker, Christoph Niemann worked in animation for the first time on this app. An interactive picture book, the app allows children to swipe on the cartoon animals and see how they react.

The app launched at Design Indaba Conference 2013 and has been featured in Creative Review, Fast Company, Wired magazine, Dezeen, The New Yorker, PSFK, USA Today, The Guardian (UK) and the Mail & Guardian (South Africa).

“Possibly the loveliest app you’ll download this week/month/year.” — Creative Review

In June 2013 Petting Zoo was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award in the June edition of Children’s Technology Review. Only the highest quality children’s products in the interactive media category are considered for this award.

Available on Android and iOS.


Concept and animations: Christoph Niemann
Developer: Jon Huang
Music and Sound Design: Markus Wormstorm
Executive Producer: Design Indaba
Project Manager & Marketing: Sarah Jayne Fell



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