Scholastica Mobile is an education app for iOS, Android and BlackBerry launched by The College of St. Scholastica in 2011. The app is built on the Blackboard Mobile Central platform. As the web designer for the College, I was tasked with customizing the default theme into something that was branded and fit in with other digital products. This was my first involvement in working with native apps and I enjoyed the challenge.
I had to stick with the platform specs supplied by Blackboard, but I had a lot of freedom to customize the icons on the home menu of the app. Designing for the Android platform was probably the toughest part. Because they have so many different device manufactures you have to create a lot of different sizes to meet the needs of all the variation in screen sizes.
If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find it on the St. Scholastica website (free app).
The app mainly ties in existing web services the College already had. Users can get easy access to online courses through Blackboard Learn. As an employee of the College, I find the Directory and Menu features most useful.