The objective of the project is to provide an interactive map displaying different cultural locations and events in and around Nottingham. There are plenty of other websites that show other “well known” places to visit, however in terms of something a bit different and more likely to be known by local people, there isn’t anything that fills this criteria. We wanted to be able to provide a way to find more cultural hotspots that are open all year round as well as temporary events.
I was given some guidelines and started off with doing some research on what similar projects already exist, with the purpose of finding gaps we could fill.
Moving on to the wireframes, I made sure to work “mobile-first”. A lot of users will be using their mobiles to view the map, especially if they are looking for places to visit while walking around Nottingham. It was also important to have a functional desktop mockup for people who were planning trips to Nottingham in the future and would be using their computer.
Once these wireframes were talked over with the team and approved, I moved on to designing the UI styleguide based on the existing visual identity created by Chris, Kind’s Head of Design. My aim was to set the same tone while making it fun, creative and visually accessible for all ages. This progressed to the high fidelity designs for mobile and desktop. I then presented the designs to the whole team to understand what was an achievable design both technically and was also within the budget.
One of the experiences that I’m enjoying most is being able to talk with the team about the different projects in the studio. This is one of the benefits of an internship at Kind. I wouldn’t have been able to refer to a team of people for feedback if I was solely self-taught.
I can’t wait to get fully stuck in to the next project!