Alistair Kenyon-Brodie is a British Product Designer based in Guangdong, China.
As an avid world traveller, I am constantly checking to see, as a citizen of Britain, whether I require a visa. This process is not as simple as you'd expect.
When checking for a visa, there are multiple issues.
These issues make it very difficult to navigate to the information you require.
I decided to take it upon myself to create the service I needed because no one else was going to make it how I could.
I wanted to focus on two key things: simplicity and Hierarchy.
I had to break down the information that people needed about visas to the essential pieces of information. I did this by deciding on four key categories.
These are self-explanatory. I wanted just the critical information and nothing else.
The hierarchy was essential. I had to ensure that it takes less than a couple of seconds to find the most crucial data.
Having a magnificent structure with only the information the user needs allows anyone to understand the exact procedure of applying for a visa in a specific country without ANY confusion.
I have copied all the relevant information required and created the following page;
As you can see, I have used hierarchy and simplicity to recreate a service that lacked in user experience. This project is ongoing and is currently in the development stage.
Hedgehop was a university project that I decided to carry on once I finished my degree. The point of the service was to encourage kids to learn about other languages and cultures. I wanted to ensure the service would work in the real world, so I trained as a TEFL English (Teach English as a foreign language) teacher and headed to China where I would spend the following year testing Hedgehop.
The service worked well and the kids loved a smoother process of learning individually and in teams using a touchscreen whiteboard to gamify the service.
During the time, I realized that...