BBC Gardening: The Virtual Garden

The Virtual Garden Design Tool

We were asked by BBC Factual & Learning to develop an interactive tool for the bbc.co.uk/gardening portal which would allow users to try out different garden designs online.

We were asked to be particularly sensitive to the fact that many of users would have limited experience of interactive technology. The tool would initially be promoted as part of the How to be a gardener 2 programme support site, which we were also commissioned to develop, but would live on as a standalone product and be a major part of the bbc.co.uk/gardening offering.

We responded by coming up with the concept of an online 3D Virtual Garden design tool, built in 3D Shockwave and capable of taking inputs from HTML and Flash programme support sites. The product was also able to be downloaded as a PC or Mac executable if the user prefered this to running the product online.

The user experience was carefully planned and heavily user-tested through a number of sessions in a dedicated user testing suite. The result was a carefuly paced user journey through the application moving from simple interactions, such as entering garden dimensions, through to carefully introduced 2D “drag and drop” interactions, to finally viewing and being able to explore your garden design in glorious 3D.

The How to be a Gardener 2 homepageThe product fetaures 100s of plants, shubs, trees, flowers and 3D objects, all carefully created by our illustrators and 3D artists. The BBC have asked us to return to the product a number of times to add more items and to create more “pre-set” gardens from a Japanese-style garden to an urban “small space” garden.

The product was an immediate, and then long running, success. In the 6 months after launch it received over 1 million visitors and won that year’s Royal Horticultual Society “best website” award. Since then, thousands of unique gardens have been created with the tool, including many beautiful digital entries to a Virtual Garden design competition run in conjunction with the Chelsea Flower Show which representing some of the most technically ambitious user generated content bbc.co.uk has ever featured. The product has become one of the most popular tools on bbc.co.uk and has been a permanent feature on the Gardening homepage since launch.

Source: atticmedia.com

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