Avian is an app made for aircraft lovers of all knowledge levels to help identify or learn more about the planes they may come across. Whether it's at an airport, across the sky, or overgrown in the middle of rural country side Avian is ready in your pocket to help identify these metal birds. The ultimate goal of this app was to help break down the complex characteristics of aircraft into four sections then further subdivided into components based on shapes anyone can understand.
The app is composed of five pages: the home page, favorites, identification page, contribute, and articles page. The most important page of this app is the identification page which was first developed on research and prior knowledge of planes. Aircraft can be broken down into the engine, tail, fuselage, and wings. From these components, they can further be categorized or described by their general shape or profile. Publicly available military and aircraft design manuals became the basis for the terminology and shapes used in the app's component shapes.
To help guide the user in the order the identification process occurs a radial wheel was chosen in the selection of aircraft sections in the clockwise direction. Each section requires a minimum amount of parts selected which complete a progress bar on the top of the page before the next section can be selected. Along the way, users can toggle on or off more advanced components which can be selected for each section to refine their search. Once all sections have a minimum amount of selected components, the results page is then available to view which shows the closest related planes to the user's part selection.
The app concept was given good praise by the reviewer of this project for the UI/UX design. He commented that is functional and all the buttons have appropriate spacing and sizing for a mobile app. The app concept was reviewed as very cool even for such a niche subject matter and would probably used by people who don't know much about aircraft. Good comments were made on how the app design is cohesive across all pages and how colors for static and interactive elements make sense.