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Lumia - Great British Chefs
Great British Chefs
Mar 2014

Developed for Windows 8, this app is packed with over 300 recipes from Britain’s greatest chefs. Users can search for recipes by category or browse hundreds of How To videos illustrating common cooking activities such as fileting a fish or kneading dough.


Visuals

  • The user interface is high contrast and well aligned with the Great British Chefs brand.
  • The application uses the native Segoe font ensuring a clean, light, and open look.
  • Buttons, dialogues and iconography all use the default Modern UI look.
  • Lightweight photography is included with each recipe and chef bio.

Interaction

  • The application opens with an opportunity to login or create an account. Users can instead choose to skip this step, or swipe through a colourful slide show explaining the benefits of registering for an account.
  • Once past the login screen, users are greeted by a collection of featured recipes. These are arranged using a bespoke layout that contains a combination of vertical and grid based lists. Users can also swipe to access a binder containing saved recipes, a shopping list, and the entry point to the “Cooking School”.
  • The “Cooking School” contains more than 300 “how-to” videos organised by category. These outline cooking techniques, and common activities such as kneading dough or dicing an onion.
  • Tapping a recipe opens its detail view. Within this view, users can swipe to the recipe’s ingredients, step-by-step cooking instructions, information about the chef, and a list of related recipes.
  • Users can also tap icons on the application bar to add the recipe’s ingredients to their shopping list or switch to “Cooking Mode”, an easy to swipe landscape recipe view.
  • Users can navigate back from all views using the dedicated hardware key.

Overall

  • Users can pin a recipe to their home screen by tapping an icon on the application bar.
  • Users can share a photo of their creation directly from the app using the Side-by-Side feature. This Facebook-enabled feature provides a link for friends to compare their creation with the original recipe.
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