Back in 2015 the goal was to communicate the sports brand with a new state-of-the-art app and offer fans of Europe’s premier basketball competition a one-stop mobile destination.
In a partnership with the german digital specialist and award winning agency D/UNIT — responsible for the overall concept and visual design — we were assigned to lay the foundation for the future digital strategy of Euroleague Basketball.
In short, the app should become the mobile address to watch Euroleague Basketball games and keep abreast of the latest news and content wherever you are including the following competitions:
At the beginning of 2015 Euroleague Basketball was present with a web based mobile app on mobile devices initially developed in October 2012.
Back then it definitely was a good shot, but you have to go with the fast paced digital world. So, a couple years later the app was craving for a remake — preferably as a native/hybrid app with all the small usability advantages — matching up to a state-of-the-art mobile experience.
First let's take a look at the previous mobile app.
Under the direction of D/UNIT we started with a workshop at Euroleague’s HQ located in Barcelona in May 2015. The objective was to pin down all high level requirements, which we specified in detail at the office of D/UNIT in Munich shortly after.
One of the first conceptional steps was understanding the information architecture based on the fixed requirements and finding the right type of navigation for it.
Besides a common off-canvas menu for league internal navigation an elegant solution was found with the league-switcher. That additional navigation element enables switching between the three competitions.
During a meeting we realized that we were encountering a three month gap between the operational stop of the old app and the live-going of the new app.
Due to that we needed to come up with a solution and decided to develop one more app within two weeks — only interim.
For the added fan value Euroleague organized a competition to win two tickets for the Final Four weekend in Berlin. In return we had the chance to do some market/target-group analysis and got the most requested features via survey in return.
In parallel to the interim app development the concept of the main app was finished and the work on the visual design began.
Besides the Turkish Airlines Euroleague style above, we had to adopt the Eurocup and Adidas NGT styles too. With the help of an application-wide theming system, it was easy to customize each view based on the selected competition and its theme.
After nearly four months the new Euroleague Mobile app was available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Now that a sustainable foundation is in place, the way is paved for plenty new and exciting features to come.
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