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for all your building materials, timber and sheet

Team

Linda Janssen
Sabrina Doornekamp
Jelmar van Voorst
Aishwarya Babu

Commissioner: STIHO

Description

Stiho is a supplier of construction, wood and plate materials. Costumers of Stiho are construction companies active in building, renovation and the development of small new building projects. Craftsmanship and knowledge about product and application modes are disappearing rapidly in the Dutch construction industry. Ageing is the main reason for this development. The loss of knowledge and skills is already causing problems in maintaining the quality of project in this industry. The question is how these skills and knowledge can be preserved and circulated to future generations through digital storytelling? The target group that Stiho wants to reach consists of construction companies active in building, renovation and the development of small new building projects. The media application that has to be developed must make this knowledge accessible to craftsmen at the ‘Stiho-building square’ (together with the Giebels formula) and at building locations.

From the User Interface to Graphic Design

During the past few weeks we’ve been working on the look & feel and design of the app. We have created our graphic design. This graphic design has a very simple, clean and familiar look. This is important because we do not want users to experience any surprising features.

Using these designs we created an initial prototype in Axure to understand the flow of events in the app. Axure is software that helps you create the skeleton of a website, or in our case an application. We call this skeleton the wireframe of our concept. In other words this wireframe is a digital version of our paper prototype. In this prototype we created links and made buttons clickable with hover effects. This UI (User-Interface) Design will be further developed when we are test it. It is an iterative process where our design will change based on feedback from the tests and viceversa until end-user and we are satisfied with the result.

A fun example where you can see the effects of a wireframe being transformed into a design is the one from the CNN website.

Some inspiring links for designing:

Inspired UI 

Pattern Tap

Android Developer

Another important step in our progress was finalising the developer for our app. We went through the process of interviewing a number of applicants and then deciding who would be the best fit for our group. It was a learning process as we were expected to ascertain whether all our requirements could be met while negotiating the quoted price for their services. After evaluating the applicants we decided to hire Brian as we liked his enthusiasm and gauged that he would be optimally involved with us.

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