For the New Illiterate User: India

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I have already had a great deal with smartphones, but we know that we are a select fortunate few who have been able to keep up with technology. For those that have not, this is something that I would find useful, simple and intuitive. 

Home Screen: Once the app is opened, the user is taken to the home page which consists of 4 different places to click.

  1. Weather in India: Clicking here will zoom in on a more specific geographic rendering of India, where the user continues to click on the part of India where they want to know the weather forecast. It is a simple “click what you want to directly get what you want.”
  2. Weather in the World: The same click what you want design applies to all the other 3 icons. The weather in the world icon will pull up a map of the world and the user clicks on the part of the world where they would like to know the weather. 
  3. News in India: The News in India icon, when clicked will bring up a page of images that represent top news in India, like a picture of Ganesh Rakh who delivers India’s girls for free, or the cover of a new book that was released. 6 of these image-stories would solely take up the page. 
  4. News in the World: The News in the World icon, when clicked, brings the user to a page of images that represent stories, just as the previous icon. For example, a picture of a hurricane represents a weather catastrophe that might have struck New England’s coast, or a picture of Angela Merkel that represents something new in German/EU politics like the Syrian Refugee Crisis.

All of these image-stories would be conveyed in storyboard format, with either graphically created images or with actual pictures taken.  

In the News categories, storyboards would be useful to convey new discoveries, whether groundbreaking or just downright useful in everyday life. I decided to make a storyboard about something simple: how one whitens yellowed white shirts- kind of like a “life-hack”. The user would click on the initial image to take them to the storyboard, and clicking the right side of the screen would take them to the next scene in the story.

This is engaging because it is very simple, interface-wise and image-wise. There aren’t a great many different icons to click that do different things, and there are no words used, which allows the illiterate to take part in a technologically changing world.

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