The Great Barrier Reef is known for its breathtaking beauty. Millions of tourists come to Australia to visit the worlds largest coral reef. But most of people do not know that the ecosystem is facing bad influences daily.
This interactive communication system gives information about the current situation of the Great Barrier Reef. The system also provides general information about coral reefs, coral species and specific topics (e.g menace).
The interactive communication system is generated for the iPad. The user dives into a virtual version of the Great Barrier Reef and encounter different types of marine organisms that are sharing their knowledge about various topics.
It is build up like a one - pager website, what allows the user to scroll „deeper“ into the underwater world.
To have a clue which and how many information have been collected, the user can check the navigation bar on the top of the screen. The navigation bar also allows the user to „jump“ into a special topic (coral species, menace and turtle cam) by clicken on one of the three icons on the left side. On the right side of the bar, the user can see how many information have already been collected.
The different types of information are represented through different types of interaction objects.
Fish are providing general information about coral reefs as well as the Great Barrier Reef. The knowledge about different types of corals are shared through two corals, which are the representer of their genus. Swordfish are showing where the Great Barrier Reef is located as well as the location of warm and cold reefs all over the world.
Real recordings of the Great Barrier Reef are seen through the „Turtle Cam“.
(turtle cam, warm-cold reefs/location of the great barrier reef)
(coral species, threat)
To reach a good knowledge transfer, the user should have fun while interacting. An illustrated appearance creates a playful look, that keeps the user by interested.
For the waves we used a color change from light turquoise to dark blue.
The rocks have different shades of grey. The rocks which are more in the background are darker as the ones which are on the foreground.
To have a colorful underwater world, fish and corals have become brighter colors.
(selection of colors we used)