News Brief is a mobile app with limited text and simple images. The design is intended to be uncluttered and therefore accessible to the illiterate or semi-literate. Through a combination of images, text, and audio, News Brief provides easily digestible content.
The home page allows the user to choose between world news and local news (India, in this case.) The graphics and images are intended to be low-resolution and therefore loadable on a range of mobile devices.
After selecting either world news or local news, the user is directed to this screen, which displays simple graphics intended to represent different types of news. The user selects one of the options and is then directed to a series of short articles.
This is the page introducing the first article, a story on the canceled meeting between Presidents Trump and Peña Nieto. The user can choose to continue to the next slide of this story by selecting “Read More.” He/she can move on to the next story in the series by pressing the button in the upper right. If the user selects the audio button, a segment on this story from a local radio station will begin playing. Although the image depicted here is a black-and-white copy of a color image, the real app would feature b&w illustrations.
This is the next slide in the article on the border wall. Again, the user has the option to play accompanying audio. In order to return to the previous slide, the user simply has to swipe up.
This is the final slide of the story. After 3-4 graphic slides with limited text, the user will have access to the full-length article. This feature is designed to make the app accessible to those with more reading capability. The user can then select to move on to the next story and begin a new sequence.