Children’s lit and education fall smack into my sweet spot of personal interests, so I pretty much exhibited my own child-like glee when Jon Mysel at Catalyst asked whether I’d like to lead the visual redesign of two iPad apps for Catalyst’s client, Scholastic.
Responsibilities: client interaction, research, mood boards, iterative visual design and detailed style guides for Scholastic’s development vendor.
App #1 – Storia School Edition:
The goal: To create a cohesively-designed classroom iPad app with two distinct GUI’s, based on wireframes also developed by Catalyst.
The first interface allows teachers to quickly find ebooks within the Scholastic subscription service, create thematic collections, and assign work to their students with a series of robust classroom management and reporting tools.
The second interface allows students to independently find books that interest them in addition to reading books assigned to them by their teachers. The challenge here was to create an interface that functions intuitively for both younger pre-readers and advanced readers alike.
App #2 – Storia E-Reader:
This component works seamlessly with the afore-mentioned app. It displays a wide variety of picture and chapter (or “reflow”) books with all of the navigational functionality you’d expect in an eReader plus an array of menu bars including a dictionary, highlighters, and a notebook.