Windows Phone Design Consultation: UK Trains


In the latest installment of our series featuring Windows Phone design consultations, we catch up with Gustavo Guerra, developer of the free UK Trains app, which pulls in feeds from the national rail service and displays it in the app.

With the app, individuals can find a tremendous amount of real-time information, including:

  • List of nearest stations to current location
  • Map with directions to chosen station
  • Station departure and arrivals boards, including platform information
  • Live train progress during the journey, and expected arrival times

The app can auto-refresh that information every 60 seconds, even under the lock screen or when the app is in the background; and users can pin individual stations to their start screen for quick reference.

Clearly this is a wealth of information to convey to your typical train passenger. The design challenge at the time of the consultation was determining how to convey the essential information in a manner that is clear and concise.

Gustavo met with Dave Crawford, design lead at Microsoft, to get some ideas for ways to enhance the app for its users.