Chorley Remembers is a major heritage project devised, managed and delivered by the Trustees behind the Chorley Pals and funded by The National Lottery.
Heckford Advertising Agency were commissioned to produce a permanent exhibition space, on display at Astley Hall in Chorley. Heckford came to me to create a touch screen kiosk to illustrate what life was like for the Chorley Pals, who were on the front line of the battle of the Somme in 1916 and go on a journey through history, discovering the stories of the war heroes.
I began sketching out the screens, trying to keep the amount of screens down to a minimum and maximising the use of the 32 inch screen to simplify the journeys. I decided that a ‘hub and spoke’ model would be the best option, treating each journey as a separate task for the user. Each journey would consist of 2 screens, a navigation screen, and a result screen.
The main focus of the experience is for the user to search by name for the relevant record then view that individual file. The soldiers file consists of an individual photograph and several set fields of information, all stored in a central database. The aim was to make this journey as visually exciting as possible, to design a way to display the information beautifully whilst staying in-keeping of the style of the exhibition and Chorley Remembers brand. The user has the option of either swiping left and right through the full list, which includes photographic portraits and name, or narrowing their search by typing a name using an on-screen keyboard.
Once the designs had been implemented into the final build it was time to play. The developer and I tested the journeys, making tweaks to the sensitivity of the gestures and adjustments to positioning of design elements until we were happy we had produced a robust, simple platform that gave users an engaging, informative and special experience