The Lambeth Library Challenge is a website commissioned by Lambeth Council, that aims to get people engaged in the budget cuts faced by their local libraries.
The user is guided through the variable costs of running a library, allowing them to choose where to spend the available budget by using a simple slider and a budget monitor.
As a freelancing illustrator/animator for digital design agency White October, I got involved early on in the project. In meetings with the designer, developer and project manager we discussed the possible structure, look and feel of the app; how to make a strict council budget comprehensible and engage the user to make budget decisions based on what services they would like their local library to provide.
On the basis of the success of the Lambeth Library Challenge Lambeth Council commissioned a second app, the Lambeth Parks Challenge, which aims to engage people with the budgets of their local parks. more info