These four images to sell the user experience for 3 new mobile apps for the BBC achieved a commendation at the D&AD Student Awards. Prototype work was done in conjunction with the images to demonstrate how the apps aim to bring more personalised experience to the wider BBC audience.
BBC iPlayer is a global service across many devices for web, mobile and TV. To date I've worked across all 3 of these areas from conceptual thinking through to final delivery. I have worked on visionary pieces to provide the perfect user experience for watching video online as well as the development of live products to realise the vision. The challenges that face iPlayer are delivering consistent experiences and functionality across many different devices that work not only for the user, but for the business as well.
"Gobble" is a fully working prototype game for the Nintendo Wii. It was developed using WiiFlash and uses all the functionality of the Wii remote including the internal accelerometer and IR sensors for pointer movements. Gobble combines 3 different areas of gaming - social gaming, active gaming and mobile gaming. The outcome is an asynchronous game where each player must care for their own planet by visiting their friends' neighbouring planets to complete mini games and gain food. Over time the characters and branding evolved. Packaging and 3D models were also produced to accompany the game.
This project was part of my final year research at university. Lots of time was spent looking into emerging technologies, new UI's and evaluating the current TV space. From this I developed a prototype for a new type of television experience. One that combines the web and social features to make watching television a more active past time. By mimicking what you're watching on a tablet device you can begin to augment new content over the broadcast footage to enrich the experience, whilst keeping the TV screen a more lean-back experience. The interface was initially designed for a fictional device and later repurposed for the iPad.
With over 11 million listeners per week, BBC Radio 1 is the UK's second most popular radio station. I worked on both web and mobile products for the station including their home page and web app for iPhone. The web-app explored the content that users are more likely to engage with whilst on a mobile device. The process followed wireframes through to visual design that was then prototyped to give an instant feel for the app.
One BBC was an intense 4 week project that pulled together a team of top designers from around the BBC to define the future and direction of the BBC over the next few years. We looked at what the BBC currently offers along with emerging technologies and trends. This was used to paint a realistic vision for the future of the BBC. The project involved intense workshops, working prototypes and many late nights. The vision we painted continues to be rolled out across the entire BBC.
The launch of the new BBC TV homepages saw the BBC's first fully responsive website. I was one of the lead designers on this project from the beginning and the entire process has been a massive learning curve for everyone involved. One of the biggest challenges we faced was to come up with a responsive framework that worked around our wide offering of video content. We'll continue to improve on this framework and hopefully apply it to other BBC products in the future.
The Interactive Video Player, or IVP, was the first of its kind for the BBC and delivered up to 24 concurrent live video streams during the London 2012 Olympics. I was involved with this project at two different stages. In the first stage I worked on early concepts for what this service could be - Everything from detailed user journeys to working prototypes and a concept video to demo ideas and new features. In the second stage I was involved with fleshing out and prototyping very detailed interactions around the movements and functionality of the interface to bring the product to life.