Circles is an interactive exploration, exploring the different ways people fidget and play with their phones paralleled with understanding how users interact with social media.
So you've scrolled your day away on your various social media feeds, but somehow you didn't come across any of your friends' posts...
Algorithms. Algorithms. Algorithms. The social media giants (I'm looking at you Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter ) feeds all use algorithms to serve up content that they think you would find more interesting. Yet somehow these algorithms fall short. They serve content that we don't care about, burying our friends' and family member's posts in the deep web.
goals & objectives
With this project, I wanted to have fun experimenting with different ways of interacting and fidgeting with our devices to gain quick, instant access to the content that we care most about. I want to honor the intention behind finding and consuming social media content and create intentional friction that mimics that of a real-world object that we are familiar with.
less look, more feel
Because I wanted the interactions to drive this application, I focused on how the app would feel to use over visual style. I started by drawing circles, and then I drew more circles. I played around with literal representations of a rotary phone and completely abstracting the concept.
An application that provides access to your closest friends and family’s social media content, all aggregated on one platform for you. Eliminating the need to search for your people, while honoring the intention behind doing so.
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.
I had a lot of fun experimenting with creating different metaphorical interactions and dissecting the motivations behind the user's behaviors.
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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