Overview, Context and Objective
The Modern Times was a hobby project that I did for myself to improve my UI skills. During my UX program at CareerFoundry I learned some basic UI principles. My goal was to deepen my knowledge in this field and to get some additional practice. For that I did a lot of reading on UI design principles and studied various best practices. Being a former editor at a newspaper I decided to create a news app.
Process and Approach
I started with a competitve analysis and looked at apps from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC News, ZDF, FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Deutsche Welle and Tagesschau. After that I started sketching some wireframes for the features that I had in mind.
After creating the inital low-fidelity wireframes I moved on to mid-fidelity wireframes. I created these using Adobe XD.
Creating satisfying high-fidelity screens was a challenge, where I learned a lot on the way. I spend a long time looking for the right color palette and for appealing and easy-to-read fonts. My goal was to create a visual language that fits for a serious news app. At the same time I wanted to design clearly structured and distraction free screens.
Duration and Credits
I started the project at the beginning of August 2020 and finished it by the end of August 2020. I was responsible for all the previously mentioned steps.