Parag (an initiative of Tata Trusts) as part of its mandate to promote children’s literature in Indian languages started work on building a digital library called Kitablet. This e-library app, India’s first for children’s books, will be initially available to students of grades 1 to 8 through schools on a subscription basis and will feature books from some of India’s best publishers.
Tiffinbox was approached with the task to design the app’s UX and UI. The challenge was to keep the design fairly simple (yet not boring) so as not to intimidate its young users with its seemingly complex and rich offerings, such as the convenience of accessing the library from one’s home in addition to the ability to continue reading at school, three types of unique ways to enjoy and interact with the books: read-aloud, animation and activities, three libraries to browse (on the basis of students’ grades: Junior 1, Junior 2 and Middle) and the possibility to access a browser based version of the app to generate user reports (a feature primarily targeted at parents hoping to find out more about their child’s reading habits and pattern).
While learnings from a pilot of a basic e-reader app (of which Tiffinbox was a part too) set the foundation for the development of Kitablet, sessions on requirement analysis effectively rounded up the visual and technical expectations of the product. And some of those key aspects of the product have been highlighted below from a design perspective.
We are proud to be associated with the great work Parag is doing in the children’s literature space. Since 2013, we have been working with them on projects of varying sizes and scope, from creating an award that honours excellence in Indian children’s literature to branding and designing an app for children’s books in addition to designing for events, courses and a diary.