MagneticNorth refreshes BBC Radioplayer

MagneticNorth has designed a major update for the BBC’s Radioplayer featuring animations, new scheduling information and a “Context Panel” providing related information and content.

The landing page for radio, and in the middle of the screen, the plug in, which pops out in a new window
The landing page for radio, and in the middle of the screen, the plug in, which pops out in a new window

The consultancy first redesigned Radioplayer in April 2012 and this latest improvement sees an interface and user experience update for the “plug-in” space, which pops out into a new window when a station is selected.

Programme information now animates into view, using what MagneticNorth lead developer Peter Hough calls “slick animation effects”.

Scheduling has been brought into the plug in so listeners can see what’s coming up, or listen to on-demand versions of programmes they’ve just missed.

The plug in as seen on different BBC stations
The plug in as seen on different BBC stations

The Stations panel gives at-a-glance information on what is playing on other channels.

Hough says: “You can see what programme is currently live and jump to that station allowing for better station discovery.”

The Favourites section allows you to build up a profile of your favourite programmes and to view these within the plug in window.

The Context Panel allows you to see large images of album art
The Context Panel allows you to see large images of album art

At the bottom of the plug in panel the Context Panel expands to show track information and large images of cover art.

Hough says: “I think listeners will like the extended track information in the context panel and hope they will also find the top tabs – Schedule, Stations and Favourites – useful shortcuts.”

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