This presentation was put together be the BBC for students answering the D&AD Student Awards brief to "Create a suite of widgets to delight and inform users, and engage them with the BBC's content in new ways."
Text of D&AD Student Awards - BBC interactive brief
1. The BBC BriefD&AD Student Awards
2. Some interesting facts and figures
9 national TV stations, 50 local radio stations
Global online audience > 38,000,000
233m people used BBCs News services on tv, radio, mobile or online
93% of adults in the UK use BBC services
3rd most visited website in the UK (12,000,000 unique visitors)
Run the most popular Interactive TV service
Most visited mobile site in Europe
3. 18+ different brands and 100s of content topics 4. on multiple platforms
BBC iPlayer - for example, has a different interface appropriate to each platform Web, Mobile, TV, Wii
To help maintain our global brand the BBC has increased its use of consistency in both visual and interaction design:
A global design grid across all websites.
A global media player - listen or watch using one set of controls.
A consistent global navigation
The design patterns library - We hope, in the future, to share our patterns with everyone.
6. Ok, whats this got to do with Widgets?
A widget is a single-purpose web application that can be taken away from its parent website and embedded on a third party site.
Single-purpose means they allow a user to achieve one goal.
Today, widgets are ubiquitous they appear on a computer desktop, a mobile phone and even on games consoles and modern TVs
7. You could say our homepage is Widgetised
Each box on the homepage allows a user to quickly achieve a certain goal.
Catch up with news headlines.
Check the radio listings.
Check the weather.
Check the BBC iPlayer.
With true widgets we can go further, we give people ways to consume our content that mean they dont have to come to the BBC homepage (or anywhere else on our sight)
Installing a widget means the content goes to them.
8. Some of our early widgets may lack consistency
BBC iPlayer TV and Radio
BBC iPlayer Radio
Football News and Gossip
5Live Football Player
World on the Move Natural History
But as students responding to this brief, you can help us design and create better and more