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Local Digital Design Studio Claims National Award for Children’s E-Book, Every Walrus Can Fly

May 7, 2013 | Jacob Leffler

The Basement’s first children’s eBook effort claims award for Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book

Indianapolis, IN – May 7, 2013 – Local digital design studio, The Basement, has claimed a silver award with their first children’s e-book, Every Walrus Can Fly. The 17th annual Independent Publisher’s Book Awards named Every Walrus Can Fly the silver medalist in the Best Children’s Illustrated e-book category. Over 5,000 books total were entered in the awards. Only 372 total winners were announced.

Headquartered at historic Fort Benjamin Harrison, The Basement typically spends its days producing custom, cross-channel media for local, national and international brands, but executive creative director Brian Phillips encouraged the studio to apply itself on an internal project. Now, shortly after the e-book was released via the Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble’s Nook platform, the Amazon Kindle platform and Google Play’s Bookstore, the studio wins its first national award for the effort.

“We couldn’t be happier. We enjoyed bringing this idea to life and it has been fun receiving positive reviews and feedback from people who have purchased the e-book. This award is really a bonus. We are grateful to the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards for the nod.”—Brian Phillips, executive creative director, The Basement

The Basement is no stranger to national awards, having snapped up a National Addy in 2009 for Best Online Video Game for work performed for KFC. The difference this time is that the creative effort is wholly owned by the studio, it was not a client project, “We normally are creating innovative work for our clients, so to get recognized for something we did for ourselves is a different feeling for sure.”—Jacob Leffler, president, The Basement

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About the Independent Publisher’s Book Awards: The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

About The Basement: Founded in 2007 by Brian Phillips and Jacob Leffler, The Basement is a digital design studio that builds tailored user experiences across mobile, desktop and TV. Based in Indianapolis, The Basement delivers multi-channel digital media projects for some the world’s top brands and agencies. Building on a foundation of interaction design, marketing and animation principles, The Basement’s designs fuse objective, functionality and appeal.