Making it digital

Digital applications that help users intuitively explore ideas, access services and archives and confidently buy products.

 

Restoring and preserving historic collections

We worked with the archives group at Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton to scan and digitally restore the heavily degraded glass slides of the Kingsley Robinson Collection, documenting the story of amputation, prosthetics and rehabilitation at the hospital since the First World War.

The archive is a learning resource for clinical staff installed in the Vitali Suite. 

We designed a browser based interface to explore the images on a 12.9" iPad, housed in a custom enclosure built to our design and carefully matched to its point of display. 

Developing in html means the archive can be further developed to take it online, extending its reach and functionality.

 Our custom iPad enclosure is a perfect fit for its environment
 A simple interface allows images to be browsed by anatomical classification and explored in close detail

A simple interface allows images to be browsed by anatomical classification and explored in close detail

 Images from the archive show this man with and without his prosthetic legs, and making legs in the workshop.

Images from the archive show this man with and without his prosthetic legs, and making legs in the workshop.

 The same man seated with his legs off
 And at work refining the socket of a leg
 Many amputees put unique insight to work in the Roehampton limb factories

Many amputees put unique insight to work in the Roehampton limb factories


Visualising and
choosing paint

Paint is a complex, multi-dimensional product. The paint you apply to a specific job comprises a colour, a finish, e.g. matt emulsion or gloss, delivered in a range of sizes from tester pots to 5L and bigger tins.

Our work with Brewers, from their very first retail paint site designerpaint to their complete home decoration venture Brewers Home has iteratively evolved into the industry standard online paint buying process.

Flawless roomset photography and retouching (both supplied by us) allow the user to experiment with the paint on many different walls, then choose their paint finish and add a tester or the final product to basket in a single click.

We worked very closely with Brewers to map out and design the complete customer journey for choosing paint, wallpaper (including calculators and how-to videos) and made to measure curtains.

The Brewers Home Paint buying interface lets you see the paint on the wall, explore the colour chart, see the essential finish information and order a tester or add your paint to your basket in one click. 


Caribbean Trip Planner – bespoke digital travel guide

Personalised Caribbean Vacation Planner delivered in the customers own language, with content tailored to their destination and activity preferences and with local travel agency contacts in their origin country.

We worked closely with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation in Barbados, New York and London to design their consumer facing website, their intranet and the personalised, downloadable Caribbean Vacation Planner. 

A matrix of 34 member destination countries, 25 distinct interest areas from casinos to cruises to ecotourism and seven distinct language markets meant creating an interface that worked for every potential visitor was a huge challenge.

We worked closely with the CTO and the member country tourism offices to design a highly personalised Caribbean Vacation Planner which created an individual PDF download for every customer with tailored CMS-driven content on destinations, activities, travel agents and places to stay in a few mouse clicks.

Clickable index links were tailored to each personalised IVP.

Content was tailored to each visitor, including specialist tour operators at each destination tailored to the visitor's interests, travel agents based near their home and relevant events scheduled at their preferred destinations during their visit.


Super-granular TV

Some of our early work saw us leading the UI design for BT labs video on demand trials. This piece shows our 2000's vision of disaggregated TV, with coverage of the Tour de France delivered in an array of on-screen components delivered from France 3 (pictures), BBC Radio (commentary) and maps and stats from UPS and Channel 4.

Today the BBC red button will allow you to enjoy Alan Green's 5 Live commentary over BBC1's images in big football games, but we're still a long way from a completely granular TV interface for sport. And a long way from lactic acid sensors.

 A concept for future TV, produced as part of a project for Accenture.

A concept for future TV, produced as part of a project for Accenture.


Browsing collections

Our kiosks for Connection and Division brought objects from the collections of the Derry Tower Museum, the Enniskillings Museum and the Fermanagh County Museum together in a single application browseable via iPad kiosks installed at both locations.

It was essential to ensure the kiosks needed the minimum of maintenance, so we designed the system as a web site delivered in the iPad kiosk via the secure, economical and reliable Kiosk Pro app.

The exhibition ran for six months with only one support issue at the very start of the project, easily resolved in a phone call.

Designing the content as web pages meant the content could be updated remotely from an online CMS.

Using iPads running Kiosk Pro meant a very reliable and secure delivery that needed minimum maintenance.