What a wild ride! 2016 was a year of incredible FableVision milestones, including celebrating our 20th anniversary, innovative new partnerships, and amazing continuing collaborations. To celebrate, we've crafted our FableVision Top 10 Moments of 2016—a year filled with rewarding memories and signature FableVision fun!
1. FableVision celebrates 20 years!
Happy Birthday, FableVision! We kicked off our celebrations with Drawing from Memory, a special blog series that captured the voices of some of our crazy-talented artist-friends. Our 20th anniversary bash brought in friends, fans, and FableVisionaries past and present in a party to remember. And it gets better—keep your eyes peeled for more exciting 20th anniversary updates in the New Year. In the meantime, check out our touching staff video.
2. A special visit
Touchdown! Who should stop by our office but our new creative friend, neighbor, and New England Patriots Tight End Martellus Bennett! Marty swung by FableVision with The Players’ Tribune to introduce himself and The Imagination Agency, and share his passion for animation—and we were beyond thrilled to host.
3. Thought leadership
It was a busy 12 months for our team! Amidst special appearances at the NYC Maker Faire, DML Conference, MassCUE, The Big Draw at the Peabody Essex Museum, and more, Paul Reynolds was awarded the Markwart Award as part of the National Technology Leadership Summit. For a special Dot Day celebration, FableVision founder Peter H. Reynolds traveled to Traer, Iowa, to celebrate Dot Day at the place where it all began.
Senior Producer Peter Stidwill explored the growing body of research on the value of well-designed learning games in an exclusive webinar with Digital Promise. Read up "Understanding Data Dashboards," a new white paper co-authored by Peter along with our friends at BrainPOP, Learning Games Network, Classroom, Inc., EdGE at TERC, codeSpark, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Compass Learning, and Curriculum Associates.
4. Another winning year!
FableVision brought home a lot of bling this year! We were honored with some amazing industry recognition for quite a few of the remarkable projects we worked on. Here are some of the highlights:
- 2017 Kidscreeen Awards Finalist for Best Web/App Series, Don’t Mix Us Up (Toca Boca)
- 2016 Phase 1 SBIR grant: Cyberchase Fractions Quest (FableVision, WNET, EDC, McGraw Hill)
- 2016 Association of American Publishers (AAP) REVERE Award, Beyond the Classroom, Play category for Zoombinis (TERC)
- 2016 Parents’ Choice Awards, Zoombinis and ParkPals: Kindness Rules (Committee for Children)
- 2016 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) MUSE Awards, bronze award for Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery (Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History)
- 2016 20th annual Webby Awards in Web: Youth category, official honoree for Bob the Builder site (Mattel and PBS)
5. New creative collaborations
We love working with kindred spirits on media that inspires, educates, and moves people to action. We’re excited to share new projects, including work with Georgia Public Broadcasting, Global Tinker, NWEA, Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning, and Northeastern University, Richard Lewis Media Group, AlphaBEST—stay tuned for announcements in 2017!
- Toca Boca (Toca TV: Don’t Mix Us Up and Messie animated series)
- Hobsons (Naviance for Elementary School Lessons)
- University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) (DIY Earth/Climate Explorer and Model It Out! museum interactives)
- Alliance Catholic Credit Union (Money Matters bilingual trivia game)
- Retro Report (Junot Díaz and the D&D Revolution video with animation)
- The Trustees of Reservations (Charley Eliot and the Knights of the Woods picture book)
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America (Operation: REACH game)
- Storybooth (animated shorts)
- Neshama Ryman/Make-A-Wish Foundation (The Klumz animated film)
To give back to the Unity community and make it easier for Unity developers like ourselves, FableVision has begun to release quick bits of code and art assets on the Unity Asset Store. Download Quick Bits for free and check out our super affordable Paper Pack Bundle!
6. Continuing partnerships
We're proud of our ongoing collaborations with innovative clients such as TERC, Florida Virtual School, Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at Boston University, Learning Games Network, Learning.com, ERB (Educational Records Bureau), Pearson, Concord Consortium, and more, who inspire us every year and encourage us to continue to push the envelope.
- Junior Achievement (It’s My Future and It’s My Business blended-learning programs)
- Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street in Communities Spinner Engines interactives)
- Classroom, Inc. (Community in Crisis and After the Storm games)
- National Geographic Kids (Dinosaur Road Trip animations)
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Strive for 5! website)
7. Ring in the New Year with good cheer
FableVision loves to give back! For the fourth year in a row, Team FableVision took part in Extra Life—a 24-hour gameathon that benefits Children’s Miracle Network hospitals—and raised over $5,000 for Boston Children’s Hospital! We’re nearing the finish line, donate and help us meet our goal!
Then, Team FableVision literally hit the ground running as we raised funds for Cambridge Family and Children’s Service at the Cambridge 5k Yulefest. We’re also taking part in the Adopt-A-Family program with The Home for Little Wanderers. Want to give back? Make a difference by participating in their gift drive and help provide gifts and essentials for thousands of children and families.
8. On the road with friends and fans!
This year, the 2016 ISTE conference was buzzing with action at the FableVision booth. We hit the road to learn from industry partners, creative educators, and friends from a host of gatherings across the state including: Boys & Girls Clubs of America National Conference in New Orleans, Sandbox Summit, Games for Change, Kidscreen Summit, Digital Kids Conference at Toy Fair, SXSWedu, GDC, Content in Context, E3, MCN, EdNET, and IDPF Digicon @ BEA.
9. New team members
Our fab team grew by five this year! Learn more about the new FableVisionaries who dazzle us:
10. Incredible intern projects
This summer, interns Ethan, Courtney, Mimi, and Yuri worked as a mini production studio to bring you Drawing Courage, an anthology of comics that center around themes of identity, love, loss, and self-care. Our fall interns Tessa, Jen, and Adam took recipes and stories from our staff and compiled them together into a beautiful (and delicious) FableVision Cultural Cookbook!
2017 is shaping up to be another extraordinary year with new challenges, new projects, and new friends along the creative journey! We don't know where our imagination will take us next year, or what innovative breakthroughs are in the future, but we're excited to take this wild ride with the best staff, partners, and friends any studio could ask for. Ready to join us for another year of telling "stories that matter, stories that move?" Onward!