PKP Intercity was founded after splitting PKP (national rail operator). The company offers both the long-distance trains and fast express trains across Poland.
In 2014 the company had 39% market share calculated on the transport performance (1st in the country) and 9% market share calculated on the passengers’ amount (3rd in the country) .
The project’s main goal was to completely redesign the previous website.
Our tasks included implementing the website, which fulfils the WCAG 2.0 requirements, graphic designing, delivering an intuitive information architecture and optimization.
The website had to be consistent with Responsive Web Design principles.
Our main purpose was to deliver an intuitive website. As a part of our partnership, we created graphic projects and integrated the website with the previously implemented technological solutions.
The implementation was based on the open source ModX system. Working on the project, we took into account W3C directives concerning the simplification of the availability of the Internet content. It also fulfills the WCAG 2.0 requirements so we delivered friendly platforms also for the visually impaired users. The website’s code was optimized accordingly to the SEO best practices.
As a part of web development process we also integrated the website with external, third party services using APIs.
What’s more we designed and implemented a service presenting the current amount of the passengers on the trains, established on the basis of data from the seats’ reservation system
As a consequence we implemented a fully functional website, convenient also for visually impaired users.
A lot of PKP Intercity clients browse the website on mobile devices so it was necessary to implement a responsive version. The Front-end was precisely tested and optimised for numerous types of Internet browsers and devices, which guarantees a trouble-free display of the website.
A smooth adaptation of the layout to every device makes it easier for the user to browse the website and find needed content.
The main menu is divided into three basic categories, presenting the content in a logical way, what made the navigation on the website much more intuitive and easier.
Timescale: July 2014 - December 2014
“The travelling book” was an initiative created by PKP Intercity, ‘Matras’ and ‘Publio’ bookshops, and an online library ‘Free Reading’. The main purpose of the project was to make the PKP Intercity clients’ travels more pleasant. At the beginning travellers could choose from 27 books available to download on any device with the Internet connection. As the project was getting more and more popular the book base was expanding.
Our main task was to deliver an innovative website which adapts also to the smaller devices and is convenient for visually impaired users. The layout and used functionalities had to enable an easy browsing of the book list and comfortable online reading of the chosen book. Administrator panel had to be easy to manage and adding the new books also had to be simple for every website’s moderator.
We started the design process with creating a website’s concept and functional mock-ups considering the optimized user’s path. Having that, we created a graphic design based on the Brandbook provided by our Client. The main features of the graphic design were proportion, transparency and minimalism. For the users’ convenience we implemented on the website numerous functionalities (e.g. interactive sliders presenting the books’ collection, information section, the news panel, contact form), which also make the website more attractive and provide the users’ with positive experiences. The traveller visiting the website has the opportunity to read the book online or to buy its full electronic version. The implementation fulfils the WCAG 2.0 requirements, was based on a popular open source WordPress Content Management System and secured with "OWASP Application Security Verification Standard (2014)" certificates.
The partnership with PKP Intercity once more effected with delivering an innovative website, which reflects the project requirements. The implementation in a one page form, using a parallax scrolling effect, enables the user to smoothly familiarize with the campaign and easily choose a book to read after just a few clicks. The books’ collection has three categories (books from ‘Wolne Lektury’, ‘Matras’ and “Publio’) – that makes it possible for the user to easily browse the books’ collection prepared by the projects’ partners. The functionalities for visually impaired users (e.g. a contrast colours version, opportunity to change the font’s size etc.) make a big impact on popularization the readership among all Internet users. The campaign is really popular among the travellers who like to read on trains and use the www.ksiazkawpodrozy.intercity.pl website.
Timescale: may 2015 - september 2015