Open House Perth

An iPhone app that helps people discover architecture in Western Australia

An iPhone app that helps people discover architecture in Western Australia

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Solving real problems

The annual Open House Perth (OHP) event lets attendees explore over 100 different destinations in Fremantle and Perth. However users need to use a combination of various print and online mediums – such as an event website, Facebook page and printed brochures – to plan their visit. This makes it difficult for visitors to locate destinations quickly, learn more about each property and decide which venues to visit. There is also no way for visitors to make a list of their favourite destinations. That's where the OHP iPhone app comes in.

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Filter destinations or browse by suburb and building type.

Filter destinations or browse by suburb and building type.

Filter destinations or browse by suburb and building type.

Filter destinations or browse by suburb and building type.

Filter destinations or browse by suburb and building type.

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Screen to filter destinations by open day, precinct and type.

Screen to filter destinations by open day, precinct and type.

Screen to filter destinations by open day, precinct and type.

Screen to filter destinations by open day, precinct and type.

Screen to filter destinations by open day, precinct and type.

Finding destinations easily

The iPhone app lets users browse, search and filter destinations easily by destination type, suburb or open day. Each destination can be explored further, and users can access additional details such as a brief location description, architect and owner info, as well as an interactive map. An destination map – accessible at any time at the bottom of the screen – helps users to judge the distance between different locations and allows them to quickly make their way from one destination to the other.

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Destinations filtered by suburb.

Destinations filtered by suburb.

Destinations filtered by suburb.

Destinations filtered by suburb.

Destinations filtered by suburb.

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Screen with destination details and map.

Screen with destination details and map.

Screen with destination details and map.

Screen with destination details and map.

Screen with destination details and map.

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Creating a 'must-see' list

Creating a 'must-see' list

Creating a 'must-see' list

I made planning for the event easier by implementing a 'saved destinations' feature. Users are able to save destinations they might like to visit by tapping the empty heart icon. All saved destinations are then shown in a scrollable list, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen at any time. Users can also 'unsave' destinations at any time. This functionality avoids users having to write down destination details by hand and speeds up the planning process considerably.

I made planning for the event easier by implementing a 'saved destinations' feature. Users are able to save destinations they might like to visit by tapping the empty heart icon. All saved destinations are then shown in a scrollable list, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen at any time. Users can also 'unsave' destinations at any time. This functionality avoids users having to write down destination details by hand and speeds up the planning process considerably.

I made planning for the event easier by implementing a 'saved destinations' feature. Users are able to save destinations they might like to visit by tapping the empty heart icon. All saved destinations are then shown in a scrollable list, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen at any time. Users can also 'unsave' destinations at any time. This functionality avoids users having to write down destination details by hand and speeds up the planning process considerably.

I made planning for the event easier by implementing a 'saved destinations' feature. Users are able to save destinations they might like to visit by tapping the empty heart icon. All saved destinations are then shown in a scrollable list, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen at any time. Users can also 'unsave' destinations at any time. This functionality avoids users having to write down destination details by hand and speeds up the planning process considerably.

If no destinations have been saved yet, a brief message is displayed telling the user how he can easily save a destination in the future. It was essential to create a useful 'empty state' screen that explains what happened and that introduces steps to solve the issue.a

I made planning for the event easier by implementing a 'saved destinations' feature. Users are able to save destinations they might like to visit by tapping the empty heart icon. All saved destinations are then shown in a scrollable list, which can be accessed at the bottom of the screen at any time. Users can also 'unsave' destinations at any time. This functionality avoids users having to write down destination details by hand and speeds up the planning process considerably.

If no destinations have been saved yet, a brief message is displayed telling the user how he can easily save a destination in the future. It was essential to create a useful 'empty state' screen that explains what happened and that introduces steps to solve the issue.

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Side project fun

Side project fun

Side project fun

Side project fun

As a visitor of the Open House Perth event I experienced the issues encountered by attendees of the 2017 event – and I decided to work on a possible solution. The app design was done as a fun, self-initiated side-project and was not commissioned by OHP. For my work I utilised the pre-existing brand guidelines developed by Aimee Chappell.

As a visitor of the Open House Perth event I experienced the issues encountered by attendees of the 2017 event – and I decided to work on a possible solution. The app design was done as a fun, self-initiated side-project and was not commissioned by OHP. For my work I utilised the pre-existing brand guidelines developed Aimee Chappell

As a visitor of the Open House Perth event I experienced the issues encountered by attendees of the 2017 event – and I decided to work on a possible solution. The app design was done as a fun, self-initiated side-project and was not commissioned by OHP. For my work I utilised the pre-existing brand guidelines developed by Aimee Chappell.

As a visitor of the Open House Perth event I experienced the issues encountered by attendees of the 2017 event – and I decided to work on a possible solution. The app design was done as a fun, self-initiated side-project and was not commissioned by OHP. For my work I utilised the pre-existing brand guidelines developed by Aimee Chappell.

As a visitor of the Open House Perth event I experienced the issues encountered by attendees of the 2017 event – and I decided to work on a possible solution. The app design was done as a fun, self-initiated side-project and was not commissioned by OHP. For my work I utilised the pre-existing brand guidelines developed by Aimee Chappell.

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Screen with project info

Screen with project info and link to external OHP website.

Screen with project info and link to external OHP website.

Screen with project info and link to external OHP website

Screen with project info.

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Tapping a destination on the map leads to destination screen

Tapping a destination on the map leads to destination screen.

Tapping a destination on the map leads to destination screen.

Tapping a destination on the map leads to destination screen.

Tapping a destination on the map leads to destination screen.

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Digital & Graphic Designer | Perth Western Australia