BBC Research & Development

I worked with BBC Research & Development to develop a web application to present storylines and character biographies for their Radio and TV dramas.

We first worked on a prototype for the BBC's radio drama The Archers, then redeveloping for their Home Front radio drama. Most recently we've updated this for their BBC Two drama, Peaky Blinders.

All three Story Explorers are built on a Ruby on Rails' application.

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The Archers' Story Explorer

  • Interaction Design
  • Front-end Development
  • Responsive

I was invited to create and apply a new design for the prototype, initially created by ShedCode.

This covers storylines with audio clips, character biographies and a custom built family tree. I observed some of their user testing workshops and went through three iterations of the design. The work remains an internal project.

Home Front Story Explorer

  • Front-end Development
  • Parallax Scrolling
  • Responsive

This Story Explorer was to be image driven, which gave us the opportunity to do some parallax scrolling.

The unique design provided some interesting responsive challenges. Along with the very large number and sizes of images, careful consideration had to be made for optimisation for mobile.

I also observed the UX workshops at the BBC, which helped us improve the design and build.

The Story Explorer contained audio clips and character biographies. It was showcased on BBC Taster and received a positive reception.

Home Front Story Explorer

Peaky Blinders' Story Explorer

  • Front-end Development
  • Mobile First
  • Responsive

The design for this iteration was completely different to its previous incarnation and it was to be initially built for mobile devices.

The site acted as a catch-up service for series 1 & 2 and contained video clips, character biographies and themes. It was showcased on BBC Taster and received a positive reception.

Peaky Blinders Story Explorer