The National Parks App UI and Custom Badge Designs

May 11, 2012
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The National Parks App UI and Custom Badge Designs

The National Parks App from National Geographic allows users to experience the landmarks in a beautiful interface, providing an interactive guide to some of the nation's most beloved parks. The app helps users plan trips, discover new places to visit and offers a utilitarian experience for those interested in exploring the parks from a distance or tracking their experiences.

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Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark

The app design was created by Utah-based agency Rally Interactive, who stayed away from standard and sprinkled in an array of lovely icons and gorgeous textures, some of which appropriately reflect terrain and topography. The app includes a trip planner to find your perfect destination and then allows you to download trip guides for the parks you want to see. The first is free, but after that guides run from $.99-1.99. Each park guide includes a robust collection of info for before and during trips including local time, weather, directions, when to go, lodging matches, what to do, attractions—both popular and clandestine, and more.

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Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark

A combination of professional, archival and user-generated photography allow visiting app users to get the full spectrum of experience, both in-person and remotely. They can bookmark places to see that they might not have otherwise found, favorite items to review later, and more. And the National Parks includes photography tips from iconic National Geographic photographers, so users can try their hand at capturing beautiful shots. Currently the app includes only 20 of around 300 National Parks, but they have plans to build more parks in in the near future.

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Each pack comes with a custom-designed stamp to be collected once the user visits the park. The stamps are what initially made me investigate the app, and I would consider hanging a poster of the collection if it were available—that would make an for an excellent incentive to collect them all. The stamps were created by Salt Lake illustrator Valerie Jar, who has 37 more in the works for a future update.

Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark
Design, app, nationalpark

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Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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