Since it first published in London in 1968, Time Out has become the world’s most popular weekly listings magazine, with regional editions available across the world, from Zagreb to Abu Dhabi.
The magazine is an indispensible city guide in any territory in which it has launched, providing inspiration and comprehensive information on how to make the most of the city you’re in, featuring the critic’s pick of the very best events, concerts, movies, restaurants and exhibitions on offer.
UI Centric were engaged to bring Time Out’s reputation for entertaining, in-depth content to the Windows 8 platform via an intuitive and stimulating user interface.
While Time Out apps are available on iOS and Android, the Windows 8 application is unique in that it offers users the option of switching between guides for 6 major cities – London, Barcelona, Los Angeles, Mexico, New York and Paris – making this the most international Time Out app available on any mobile platform.
The hub screen focuses on discovery, headlining the best and latest happenings in the city of your choice. Users can also find events via ‘What’, ‘Where’ and ‘When’ search functions. ‘What’ lists types of event, from comedy, to museums, to Things to do; ‘When’ allows users to select which day they want to be entertained (Today, Tomorrow, This weekend, Next seven days); and ‘Where’ allows users to select from a list of areas of the city they are in.
Using GPS functionality, the app can suggest events and places of interest close to the user, via the ‘Nearby Now’ search function. The application also keeps a history of events that the user has viewed for later reference. A general search function is also available, and snapview enables users to easily navigate through the apps various levels.
Touching a tile will take the user into a detailed overview for the selected event or location. Depending on the type of event or venue, the overview will feature a full review (including a 5 star rating from Time Out and other users), a guide to what’s on now and upcoming events, along with comprehensive venue information. ‘See Also’ tiles link to other events the user might find of interest.
Users are also able to book tickets, seats or restaurant tables via the app, share their discoveries via social media, and find out where they need to be (and how to get there) using integrated Bing maps.