LAMBETH PARKS CHALLENGE
Following up on the success of the Lambeth Libraries Challenge, Lambeth Council has again teamed up with White October to publish a new app that lets people create their own virtual park and get involved with their local parks budgets.
White October commissioned me to develop the visual style of the park and illustrate/animate all the bits and pieces that make a park come alive.
During the course of the project I worked closely with Mariana, Pete, Stephen and Gareth from White October, who were a fantastically inspirational team to collaborate with. I was lucky enough to get involved in the creative process right from the start, which made the project all the more exciting; allowing enough time for cross-discipline chats, brainstorming sessions and general problem-solving.
You can read White October’s blog post about the design process here
My illustration/animation responsibilities were:
- develop the visual style of the park
- illustrate basic park ingredients, such as: trees, paths, signposts, fence, gates, bins
- illustrate flowers, shrubs and grass in three maintenance stages
(from low to high maintenance - changing from dried up to full bloom,
depending on how much budget the user applies via a slider)
- illustrate a collection of capital items that the user can choose from:
e.g. cafe, playground, tennis court, skate park, pond
- illustrate and animate people populating the capital items
(e.g. people in the cafe, kids on the playground)
- illustrate and animate a variety of staff helping out and organising activities
(e.g. cleaning, repairs, gardening, parks festival)
- illustrate and animate a variety of general visitors and animals
(e.g. dog walkers, family, birds, squirrel)
A huge Thank You to Darren, who helped me get my head around the isometric illustration style with his CGI-Previz wizardry.
"The Lambeth Parks Challenge is a creative public engagement tool that Lambeth Council hope will get more people involved in the future of their parks service.
The Cooperative Parks programme was designed to find out how Lambeth Council could support local residents and communities to have more of a say in what happens and what is delivered in their parks and open spaces.
For people who take up the challenge, this tool provides real insight into how much it costs to run a park and gives the user a chance to let the Council know what is important to them."
(Excerpt taken from the Lambeth Parks Challenge website)
Take up the Parks Challenge at:
The video above is a mock-up park flyover, which shows all the illustrations
and animations that I did for the Parks Challenge.
You can watch the video at full size on vimeo