Monarch Knitting are an international company who supply and provide industrial knitting machines throughout the world. Based in the UK, they wanted a partner who could provide an electronic solution to display the machines they supply, the fabrics produced by the machines and the uses for them. There were numerous challenges in the process, not only that there was a minefield of data which was mostly paper based, but also that it would need to be available on the internet and in an exhibition environment.
We identified the differences for both uses, the ‘kiosk’ system would need to be easier to view, while internet users may want to go into more depth, however the key was that both were user friendly.
For the exhibition kiosk system we created a ‘virtual swatch book’ which displays machines and fabrics depending on the selections made. The system displays the data in an easy to view Flash interface which looks like a book and allows the user to turn the pages in a tactile manor, it was built for a variety of widescreen and HD resolutions. Our team then designed and built a touch screen kiosk for the exhibition and liaised with the company building the stand to integrate our systems into it. An AV technician then flew to the exhibition in Munich to install the systems and as the construction of the stand was behind schedule, they ‘mucked in’ to help the other company to ensure it was ready in time.
The internet system has since been produced and is live, accessing the same database as the Kiosk system. Behind the scenes is a Content Management System, which allows administrators for the company to update and add information as required.