The Parkside School is a specialist communication and interaction school that supports the needs of individual pupils who often have sensory or learning disabilities. The school has gained a very good local reputation but wanted to raise their profile amongst all the competition.
The Parkside School felt that a high-quality virtual tour would allow parents and children to view the school without needing to arrange a private visit. This way, it was possible to see what amenities the school had to offer and if necessary then make a proper visit before enrolment.
As you can see, the tour itself has sixteen rooms and my web team and I designed a ‘fun’ interface with a school theme that would appeal to young children who’d be spending so much of their time there. I chose a school chalk blackboard graphic as the ‘intro splash screen’, small blackboards as thumbnail image cases, and some sketchpad style standard vector graphic icons for the buttons. It’s attention to this level of detail that helps to set our work apart from mainstream virtual tour providers who use boring user interfaces from mass produced software tools. The tour also has ultra high 24k resolution (24,000 pixel x 12,000 pixel / 288 megapixel) which allows viewers to zoom in to close detail and really look around, along with a Google Map function to pinpoint the location in Norwich city.
The tour also works with Google Cardboard and similar types of VR headsets when viewed on a mobile phone device. This is proving to be particularly popular with autistic pupils who want to experience the school’s atmosphere without an actual visit.