01. The Guide to the New East
The Calvert Journal is a guide to the modern culture of the post-Soviet states, the Balkans and the former socialist states of Europe. The Journal covers the New East’s vision and creativity through well-written articles, news, interviews and amazing photography.
02. Offline Challenges
When they approached us the Calvert team had just go out of an unpleasant relationship with another development company and were searching for a reliable partner to improve their existing applications.
Having had difficulties with their previous company, the team was very inquisitive about our process and how we were going to improve their applications. After several discussions the team was convinced that we should be awarded the design and re-development of their application.
The requirement was to create four easy-to-use applications that would integrate with their existing system and deliver the same great content but in a much easier to use way. The apps would have to provide visitors to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan with detailed articles about local venues they could visit.
The tricky part – the applications had to work offline and hold all of the data on the device, so that travelers could use it abroad without worrying about data roaming charges. The apps would also need to be updated manually or via push notifications.
03. Seamless Updates and Syncing Wizardry
Our design team started working together with the Calvert Foundation to craft the optimal experience for tourists. We started by removing all of the old and obsolete navigation and implemented an up-to-date one. Then we moved on to the product core – the listing of helpful articles. Since the Journal offered a vast amount of venues to its users, we crafted an intuitive filtering system that would ensure users got the right information in just two taps. In addition, we integrated Google Maps and Uber as means of transport to the selected venue.
In the meantime our development branch worked on to create a behind-the-scenes retrieval mechanism for the content. This way we would be certain that users have the latest content without bothering them with long loading times.
The result is a modern travel guide that features amazing content presented in the most useful way. And of course, it works offline as well.
This initial project was completed in 2014, but it just the beginning in terms of features and overall improvements that would follow up. Tourists visiting Russia can now easily find the most interesting venues around them without having to worry about wifi or data roaming. Because of the great content the apps are among the most useful ones for a visitors in Moscow and St. Petersburg.