2022 AMI Online Salon

Project Detail

  • Entrant Name:  Ally Abel
  • Client: Iowa State University, Biological/Pre-Medical Illustration Program, Faculty Advisor:  Kim Moss
  • Copyright:  Allison Abel, 2022
  • Medium/software used: Adobe XD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Pixologic Zbrush
  • Final presentation format: Web Delivery
  • Primary Audience: General Public

Project Description

This piece, titled “Mushroom Mania,” was completed for an interactive media project. The objective was to create an educational and interactive online prototype as a first investigation into user experience design. In this work we were introduced to the basics of instructional design and worked with Adobe XD to develop an intuitive and memorable experience. This project is geared toward a diverse group of online users, primarily the general public that is interested in science and biodiversity. It aims to provide an interactive, social, and educational tool to be used by those interested in learning about foraging for mushrooms in their area. The prototype tackles the basic components used for identification by analyzing diagnostic characteristics in a common species, Agaricus campestris. Content scaffolding was designed to progress the user through logical steps; text and images were tailored toward a general audience. It encourages users to engage with an online community of individuals with similar interests and motivates users to take what they learn on the site and practice it in the real world. Users have a social account, engage in game-like features, and are encouraged to connect with other foragers. Users test their knowledge and progress in this comprehensive tool through quizzes and light-hearted competition.