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Warriors fan brings Super League to life through interactive app idea

26 June 2015

Becki McGeorge

Graphics student designs interactive rule book

A student with a love for rugby league has designed an interactive rule book to introduce newcomers to the sport.

With the 20th Season of the Super League approaching, Wigan Warriors fan Charlotte Riding, a digital graphics student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), saw it as an opportunity to design a beginner’s guide to rugby league in the form of an app for her final year project. She has come up with all of the visuals for the app and now would love to work with a programmer to bring it to life.

“Some people are put off rugby because they think the rules of the game are too complex but they don’t realise that it’s actually really easy to understand.”

“Most of my family are from Wigan, we’re a big rugby family so I’ve always gone to Wigan Warriors games from a young age,” Charlotte said. “Some people are put off rugby because they think the rules of the game are too complex but they don’t realise that it’s actually really easy to understand.”

The 21-year-old Freckleton student, whose family originates from Beech Hill, Higher Ince and Hindley, has a number of distant relatives on her grandma’s side of the family who have played for the Warriors including Shawn Edwards and Andy and Liam Farrell.

Charlotte’s app design, A Whole Different Ball Game, focuses primarily on Wigan Warriors and uses photographs of the DW Stadium and the pitch to bring the atmosphere of the game to the user. It explains the rules of the game, player positions, the scoring system, the Super League structure and even includes a few popular fan chants.

“I tried to make the design as easy to understand as possible by making it really visual."

She explained: “I tried to make the design as easy to understand as possible by making it really visual. The passing screens would interact with the user similar to the way that passing in rugby does – by sliding backwards! I also injected a bit of humour into some of the screens, with things like the half time pies fact and popular crowd chants to make it a bit more fun.”

To demonstrate how the interactive elements would work, the former St Bede’s High Catholic School also created an animation to help visualise the user’s journey. See Charlotte’s designs and the animation here.