NASA App Redesign
This project was designed for my Advanced Topics in Interactivity class. The goal for this project was to create an interactive piece of a product that we would like to change or add to. The project began by finding a product that we believed could be improved, organizing how we would like the app to work to solve the problems involved and following the design process to develop these solutions.
Research, Wireframing, Prototyping, UX/UI
Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Invision, Sketch, Principle, Cinema 4D, After Effects
The problem with the current NASA app is that it is not user friendly. It is very hard to find what you are looking for, or even to find new information. The app is not organized and contains no hierarchy. There is random information in areas it should not be. Many of the sections do not make sense or hold the information you would expect.
To attempt to solve the problems I found with the current NASA app, I began by going through the entire app and sectioning off different areas. I then took all of the found categories and began searching for corresponding elements to understand where everything would fit best. After organizing all of the information, I found that the app could be broken up into four main categories. The first section being the home page to hold the information, the solar system section to share the planets, the NASA TV section to watch the live streams and the media section to show NASA’s images and videos. These sections will create an easier experience for the user and allow them to find what they are looking for.
These are the events that led me to the final prototype of the NASA redesign. Click on the buttons below to view the individual steps of process work before getting to the final goal of this project!
The Design Brief explains the goals I had for the NASA app redesign before beginning the process. This was the first step to building the prototype.
The app flowchart shows an organizational chart helping to explain the different sections of the app. This helped me visually understand where to put the different elements of the app.
The user scenarios explain who the possible users would be for the app. This was done to help me understand who I am designing for and why the user would want a redesigned NASA app.
The user flowchart looks at the personas of the users and how they would go through the app. It shows the flow of how the users would travel through the different sections they would be interested in.
The competitive analysis looks at apps that may have a relation to the NASA app and can be compared with it. The competitive analysis compares the similarities and differences the apps may have with the NASA app.
The Brand Guidebook
A book designed to keep the aesthetic consistent throughout the app.
THE HOME PAGE
The NASA home page is now the source for news for the entire universe! You will get live tweet updates from the NASA team and never miss any updates from space. You are able to scroll through the latest Nasa missions and discover what the latest plans for space are. You are also able to tap to discover more of the top news stories. Here you are able to filter through news articles or search whatever you would like to know. This home page makes your NASA experience much more efficient.
The SOLAR SYSTEM
The new solar system update allows you to easily glide through the planets by swiping your finger or tapping the planet you would like to learn more about. Here you can move around the planet to view it at all angles and tap to learn more. Now that you are on the planet’s information page you can learn more about it and discover the top ten facts about it. You are also able to tap to learn about the planet’s moons. The NASA app contains unlimited information about the solar system and now with the new app update you can learn everything with organization and ease.
The NASA TV section gives you access to NASA’s three main television broadcast systems. You can watch live events from both NASA TV public and NASA media. These channels both run 24/7 and give you live interviews from the astronauts, views from both inside and outside of space missions and much more. You can even live stream views from NASA’s International Space Station. The ISS travels around the earth and captures the beauty of our planet from space.
On the NASA media page you are able to look through the image and video database. Here you can look through the images and filter them by colour, date and amount of views. You can also click on each image to learn more and discover the meaning behind it. There is also the video section where an event is featured each day. Here you can search through moments and watch videos of the most exciting events taking place at NASA. There is also the settings page where you can decide if you would like to push notifications to give you live updates form NASA on your home page and you can also allow your location to be discovered for more personalized date.