In general, when designing for older people there are certain usability factors that you should keep in mind. These include an option to enlarge the text and an optional text reader service for those hard of hearing. Aim to keep the design minimal which will help to prevent an overload of information on the screen. For the overall design, choose larger icons and make sure you create a simple, easy to use navigation structure. You should also bear in mind, that this app is all about helping to create sociability and opening up new networks and so consider how you could allow people to easy to connect with others through the homepage and personal profile pages.
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'Bella Vita' is a UK based charity which focuses on providing support and improving the lives of older people. They believe that, through the creation of social groups and local networks, they can help to reduce feelings of isolation and depression often found in older people and help to build more independent and resilient communities.
Senior citizens are becoming increasingly tech-savvy and adept with using tablet and smartphone devices. With this in mind, the client is looking to commission a designer to create a simple and intuitive app for older people. The app would promote their community groups by advertising events, enabling people to easily sign up for classes in their local area and helping to build wider social networks. This app would be tailored to the person's interests and link in with their existing social groups.
The client would like you to come up with a simple layout and colourful user interface that viewers can easily navigate. To kick off the design, they would like to see an example of the homepage layout and one profile page as well as a simple logo and set of icons.
Get researching your favourite examples of modern app designs and get inspired by creating a mood board. Get sketching out your initial UI layouts, have fun with it and enjoy the process! Once you have a chosen direction, choose your favourite design software and make a start on the layouts. Once you're happy with the overall design, start to place in your text (using Lorum Ipsum for the time being) and create your logo and colourful key icons. To complete the brief, choose a tablet and smartphone mockup and place in your awesome design work!
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Timescales and deadlines
2.5 days should be sufficient to complete this design. Spend the morning of your first day researching usability factors when designing for older people. And take time to find clean, simple, app designs which you could use as inspiration. Once you’ve chosen a set route, start to sketch out your ideas and basic logo. On your second day, scan in you initial layout ideas and get to work building up your final designs on screen. Spend the remaining time adjusting the designs until you’re happy with the final outcome and mock them up for our design community to review!
Here is a selection of images by awesome designers to give you some creative fuel! Remember don't copy this directly, use them as inspiration only.
Branding by Chalon Seniors 13
App design by Leah Wei
App design by Matteo Della Chiesa
App design by Pedro Brandão
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