Exploring different ways people play with their phones, and working to put meaning behind the fidget.
This project seeks to play off of the unconscious behavior of touching and interacting with our phones, aiming to create a series of unique interaction "sprints". These interactions will live in a conceptual app that looks to solve the problems specific to endless feeds and social media.
The nature of the beast
So you've scrolled your day away and still managed to miss all of your friends' and family's social media posts.
Social media is the content funnel to rule them all. Each app serves users content through the use of algorithms. Whether it’s sorting based on the users’ friends or what the app deems “most relevant”, users are missing out on the content they care about. These sorting algorithms sift through content differently, but one thing remains the same; users are frustrated with the inability to control what they see.
circles will provide access to your closest friends and family’s social media content, aggregated on one platform. Eliminate the need to search for specific people, while honoring the intention behind doing so.
Distilling the research and conceptual model down into one (or three) fun, delightful interaction.
I started by drawing circles, and then I drew more circles. I played around between having a literal rendition of a rotary dial, to pushing the abstraction in the interactions.
With all these sketched circles, and anywhere to go, I iterated through 3 different types of interactions revolving around entering a circle. I experimented with a literal rotary interaction, and then expanded to different ways people like to fidget with their devices.
Circles will provide access to your closest friends and family’s social media content, all organized on one platform. Eliminate the need to search for specific people, while honoring the intention behind doing so.
Circles Due to a short timeline and the end of the semester sprint to the finish I had to reduce the scope of this project. Post-mortem I would like to revisit the visual design of this project, as well as fully tackle the UX challenges that would come with this app, such as creating groups, editing groups, and onboarding. Interaction-wise, I would like to create a suite of 5 possible interactions for entering a group to further explore the possibilities of translating intention and user interaction.
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