Teaching: Red Barn

UX design and responsive site prototypes by
Brandon Edquist, Nathan Gamson & Mary Stalter

Red Barn

Red Barn

Brandon Edquist, Nathan Gamson, Mary Stalter, RIT '16:

The Red Barn is a rock climbing gym located in an antique barn on the outskirts of RIT's campus. The facility is used mostly by rock climbing enthusiasts, and is unknown to many on campus and the surrounding community, even though it is open to the public. A new responsive site would provide basic info about the facilities and rock climbing necessities. The current site has few visuals, and the information is presented in without hierarchy. A new site should be enticing to viewers and present information in a way that is easy and quick to interpret for the Barn's active audiences. Users will be able to quickly access information about events such as Red Barn’s annual Limoncello Dynasty and Glass Pumpkin.

Prototypes & Presentation PDF



PROJECT BRIEF

Web & Society: Considering Context

Web & UX Design | Junior level | RIT

Building on your basic RWD and UX research skills and working with a team, together you will research, design and build a context-specific mobile-first interactive experience that enhances or augments one’s sense of place. You will propose a theme (and content) for your experience based on a community location that you research and document. Your team’s design approach can incorporate time-based information, propose alternative uses or business models, or wildly re-imagine the existing location through the lens of a mobile/responsive experience.


Mary says:

Design-wise, I learned that it’s really easy in the beginning to start making something that’s well designed, but has no personality. I think sometimes that’s a struggle for designers, because we get caught up in the aesthetics.

I learned a lot about designing collaboratively. I was a little worried at first, because my teammates are both strong designers, that we would end up choosing one person’s idea, but that wasn’t the case. We actually were very good about listening to suggestions and letting each other experiment a bit on the devices.

This project really changed my outlook on “design” and “place.” At first, I was pretty disappointed when I got The Red Barn because it isn’t my type of place at all. Still, I’m glad I got work on it. I know that we don’t usually design for ourselves, so it was interesting to try to get into the mindset of those who really enjoy The Red Barn. I have a better appreciation for it now (though I’m really tired of red).
Red Barn


Climbing shoe size status live online. Realtime shuttle schedules. Chalk on your screen.



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