Sophie Klevenow - Design, Illustration and Animation Portfolio

Lambeth Library Challenge

interactive online tool

  • type of work illustration & animation commission
  • medium digital, website
  • client White October for Lambeth Council
  • sector public service
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge screenshot - Help to design Lambeth's future library service. How would you spend the budget?
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge screenshot - pop-up book illustration of the staff section with illustrations of members of staff and visitors
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge screenshot - pop-up illustration of the ebooks section with illustrations of laptop, kindle, social media logos and usb stick
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge sketches - selection of quick drawings and tests of original ideas
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge sketches - selection of sketches of various stages in design process
  • Lambeth Libraries Challenge sketches - selection of sprites for variety of animated pop-up illustrations

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.

We decided on a pop-up book feel, in line with the topic of libraries, and started brainstorming possible pop-up visuals for the separate sections provided by the council (e.g. books, staff, maintenance). Once the illustration style and the content was agreed, I got onto illustrating the assets and animating a simple pop-up movement, which I delivered as separate spritesheets to be animated in css and javascript – popping up or down, depending on the state of the budget slider.

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

  • awards Nominet Internet Award for digital innovation in public services, Lovie Award
  • award nominations UXUK Awards, CSS Awards, CSS Winner Awards, Awwwards
  • featured in The Guardian