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Erik Loyer

TunesMap Educational Foundation
Founder / Director of UX
USA
Erik builds apps and tools that help people make tactile, emotional connections to stories and ideas. He is co-founder and Chief Experience Officer of TunesMap (https://tunesmap.com), a media startup that delivers cultural context around streaming music, and is active in the digital humanities as Creative Director of the popular scholarly publishing tool Scalar. Erik is also the designer and developer of over a dozen interactive non-fiction works in collaboration with leading scholars, artists, and organizations, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He founded the interactive label Opertoon in 2008 to explore tactile storytelling, releasing the interracial love story Ruben & Lullaby, the touchscreen meditation Strange Rain, and the digital graphic novel Upgrade Soul, which have garnered critical acclaim and over half a million downloads. Through Opertoon, Erik has also originated a pair of creative tools — Panoply for digital comics, and Stepworks for electronic literature — which have been utilized in classrooms and workshops across the United States and Europe, as well as in commercial releases.  A two-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, his work has been exhibited in the Americas and Europe, and he has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.