Travel App Design

For this Project, I was tasked with creating my own personalised app. I decided to create a comparison price travel app that allows the user to book flights as well as accommodation in any location possible. What makes the application more special, is that it automatically compares the prices of all airlines and hotels once the user inputs their details, so it finds the cheapest flights and accommodation for the user that best suits their needs.

I made this whole project on Adobe Illustrator including the icons, buttons and drawings. My chosen font was Futura because I believed it contrasted well with the layout of the app and icons present alongside it.

The main problem I faced with this project was creating the whole thing in Illustrator for a mobile phone. This is the first time I created anything for this type of platform. My projects are normally created for PC’s or Mac’s. So that means I create big. Nevertheless, I overcame this problem by acquiring a template of a mobile phone, that was mobile size from the likes of Pinterest. This helped me to cramp all my icons and content into one screen, without distorting the quality.

This was an independent task, I was responsible for the creation of everything; the idea, the content, images, icons, layout, colours, you name it. I had to gather everything from scratch.  
Sketching
When it came to sketching the app on paper, I only had a few different layouts to choose from. Mostly they were all quite similar because I had an idea in mind that I wanted to go ahead with, which is the one you see now. So, I decided to create this design in illustrator. Once this was created, my lectures asked to see it, so they could give me feedback. When designing it, I knew there were a few areas to improve on, but after receiving this feedback, I knew exactly what to do to make it more professional. I made the necessary changes and it really improved the app.  This feedback session helped me solved my problem.
One challenge I faced was deciding what type of colour palette to use. I research many different travel apps to try and get a rough idea as to what primary and secondary colours are generally included in travel apps. It required me to access many different colour palettes on google. In the end I found one that took to my liking. This challenged me as it took longer than expected.

The project in the end achieved goodmarks from my tutors, so it had a good effect towards my work and preparation. I was happy with the overall design and the corrections were a big lifesaver. I learnt how to become more organised when it comes to app design.
To have all the content presented in a content audit before designing. It has given me a real insight to the amount of time and effort that is required to create a successful app. I enjoyed my time creating it, as it was my first ever app I was responsible for making. I look forward to creating more in the near future.
One challenge I faced was deciding what type of colour palette to use. I research many different travel apps to try and get a rough idea as to what primary and secondary colours are generally included in travel apps. It required me to access many different colour palettes on google. In the end I found one that took to my liking. This challenged me as it took longer than expected.

The project in the end achieved goodmarks from my tutors, so it had a good effect towards my work and preparation. I was happy with the overall design and the corrections were a big lifesaver. I learnt how to become more organised when it comes to app design.

Process

Research it

I began the whole process by researching apps similar to my idea and using these as an influence for my own work.

Sketch it

Immediately after, I started sketching out different possible designs for my final project on pencil and paper. Until I decided on my final design.

Design it

After receiving feedback from my Tutor, I began the designing process on Illustrator. This also includes creating the icons and choosing a colour palette.

Experimental

These are some designs that I created as experimentals to my main design. These were my initial designs before I received feedback. As you can see they look quite rough and unappealing. However it did provide me with the foundation for my final design.
This design was the first one I created on Adobe Illustrator.  I researched some travel apps such as Qapital and Trivago to see the best way to layout a travel app. From that, it gave me a great insight to app design and helped me think of my own ideas for creating 'Travel Maker'. But of course before I began jumping into Illustrator, I sketched out a few designs on my sketchbook, so I was 100% sure that this layout will fit nicely with my style.
From this design, it was the starting point which lead to my final design. Even though this was only a prototype, I knew I was going in the right direction, with the different types of pages, for example; the search page, bookings page and so on. I tested out different colour palettes as well, to see which type suited the app best, even though this posed a bit of a challenge.