Storytelling Web App

Project Details
  • Client: City Of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Guidance: Edinburgh Napier Univeristy
  • Location: Edinburgh Scotland UK
  • Timeline: 5 Months
  • Completed: May 2015
The Brief

The city of Edinburgh is a city of culture, development, and history with a wealth of location-specific folklore to be shared. The challenge was to create an engaging yet simplified means to find the locations of and hear these stories.

Design Process

The design was to inlcude a way to seek, find, and consume the story nodes throughout the oldtown, with specific considieration given to general conditions a tourist might have while traveling abroad. Utilizing Wix as the design platform for this prototype, I was able to quickly move from the wireframing process to full-fledge app that could be tested.


The final prototype included (7) tales with the ability for the user to submit new ones as they traveled the city. Stories were collecting using NFC/QR code "storytags" hidden throughout the closes of old town. Eventually a printed map was designed to accompany the app as data connection proved to be spotty. User testing for this application showed positive responce.

Project Client

The City of Edinburgh is a local government agency that works with the day-to-day of a vibrant, tourism driven city. They provide help to the small local museums, as well as, provide information to tourist around the world. Visit Scotland is a government driven body that specifically works to develop the tourism industry of all of Scotland. They work to create new and exciting developments by sponsoring groups, events, and products. This project was made in response to the available options presented by both The City of Edinburgh and Visit Scotland. The target market for this web app was second-time visitors and those looking for something beyond the standard tourism options.

Project Guidance

Edinburgh Napier University is a public university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Napier Technical College, the predecessor of the university was founded in 1964, taking its name from 16th-century Scottish mathematician and philosopher John Napier. They nurture talent and create knowledge that shapes communities all around the world through an international focus, commitment to growing their academic reputation, delivering an excellent personalised student experience and building innovation, enterprise and citizenship.

Making everyday places communicate.
Wayfinding // Placemaking // Exhibits // Technology