Regular visitors might remember that, back in January, I published a post about how I was hoping to give some of my illustrations more of a 'story' - having looked through my site, I felt that some of the work I've created would benefit from being shown in some sort of context.
So here we go...
First up, I thought it'd be fun - and potentially useful/interesting (for me if no-one else ;P) to mock-up some sort of app where users could browse and buy badges featuring some of the characters I've been creating for Twitter's regular #colour_collective challenge - they seemed to lend themselves to working well as badges, and I wanted a way of grouping them all together into a single 'product' - and so Freaky Pins was born...
To make this whole process as real as possible, I'm going to break it down into a handful of sensible steps - this post will focus on the brief and a bit of research, then I'll be back with further posts detailing how I go about creating wireframes, designs and finally some sort of interactive prototype. I might even ask you - yes, you - to help out with a bit of user testing and if things go well, I'll get some badges made and send them out to say thanks.
The Freaky Pins app needs -
to be easy to use - I'm going to be concentrating on phone users for this. Ideally everything will be within thumb reach.
to be fun and colourful, to reflect the daft artwork.
a basic login system to allow users to create an account.
to be simple to navigate.
to have a search option and maybe a system for filtering stuff.
to have a method for making buying badges as simple as possible.
Having looked over the brief, I decided to focus my research on apps and sites that feature some kind of scrolling gallery design, keeping the layout relatively simple to allow the artwork to stand-out. Some examples of things I'll be looking at will include Netflix, Instagram, Rightmove, ebay etc.
I'll be back with my thoughts on all of this, as well as some initial wireframes in the next post. If you'd like to know more about any of this, or if you'd like to volunteer to take part in some texting at some point, get in touch.