In the redesign we decided to redirect the app flow towards the concept of topics and searching. This meant the user could start with a preset collection of topics delivered on a semi-regular basis. From that point onward, the user could make their own flow, ad hoc, by simply tapping to discover details as they saw fit in their research.
It was decided that the user should be able to easily discover their own path of connections between constituents, committees, legislation, news feeds and political contributors. This freely extensible research pattern would be stored in a history allowing the user to go back to a previous article and explore a different relationship in the data.
Search is a fundamentally useful function for research. A method to integrate Search with a first class UI flow was created so the user could find specific topics and associated data, and save their query for continued research as new data became available.
The decision was made to design and build a new “surf-able” front end for the data for iOS, specifically iPad. In order to achieve this we designed and implemented the following changes to the architecture and UX: