I was tasked with defining the UI direction of an 80s music player mobile app, and to contributing further functionalities beyond what was directed in the brief.
I responded to this by adopting a distinctive 80s visual aesthetic, inspired by the neon vaporware style.
I also developed a unique system for browsing music, appropriately reminiscent of flicking through records in a record store.
I researched a range of existing mobile music player apps to learn appropriate design patterns.
I reiterated my paper wireframe design several times before arriving at the desired tab-drawer layout for browsing through albums.
User feedback played a pivotal role in determining the visual aesthetic, where a preference for the vaporware look won out over the memphis style.
Finally, I created a prototype in Origami Studio to showcase the browse tab drawer.
I used this project as an opportunity to develop my own unique icon set.
The icons changed considerably through the design process, as it became clear that styling with a neon colour effect would cause icons to appear blurry at small scale. This was overcome by slimming down the stroke weight for smaller icons.
I sought to fit high contrast colours within an established colour harmony rule, in order to ensure that some sense of balance might prevail within an otherwise loud and audacious aesthetic.