The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has acquired the iPad music application Planetary, developed by Bloom Studio Inc., along with the underlying source code, which is being freely released to enable developers to build upon and incorporate it into other software design. Released in 2011, Planetary uses the visual metaphor of celestial bodies to represent the relationship between artists (stars), albums (planets) and tracks/songs (moons).
Planetary represents an important branch of interactive data visualization, which was a first in the consumer marketplace.
Find out more:
- Read the curatorial essay about its acquisition, what it means to acquire code, and how it is being preserved for future generations
- Read the article in Smithsonian Magazine about the acquisition
- Take a look at the object record from the Museum's collection database
- Download and examine the source code in GitHub
- Download a copy of Planetary for your iPad from iTunes (free)