Wordnik Dictionary & iOS Development Kit

I led design for Plausible Labs as we developed this dictionary tool released as an iOS SDK and UI kit. Wordnik's API provides contextually-tunable dictionary data (for example, it returns business-oriented definitions and examples sentences from today’s Wall Street Journal when looking up words from a management book). I designed the dictionary widget for two discrete sets of users: readers on mobile devices and app-developers implementing the tool within e-readers, news magazines, digital textbooks and browsers.

The definition look-up and list-making experiences draws from print dictionary and web-2.0 conventions. The systems provides a concise system of visual hierarchy and elegant typography (within a bespoke Objective-C text renderer) to maintain navigability and readability for users, and offer developers the ability to style the tool to compliment their app design.

[UX & UI designer, 2010]