Family Tales

An interactive narrative building app that encourages toddlers to learn about their heritage alongside their grandparents

Duration: 3 weeks, solo project; Skills: User Research, Wireframing, Prototyping; Class: Graduate Interaction Design, with Maria Mortati
Designing for Two
The prompt was to create a photo-driven app that both a 75-year-old and a toddler could use together. I used two family members who fit the age requirements for this assignment in order to test my designs. 
Vienna age 4                                                                                                       Carl age 75
My process began by looking at various technology and screen sizes both markets use in order to understand how each of them might drive different parts of this family tale interactive. I researched some of the technological and neurological limitations both markets might experience with interactive screens and used the findings to establish a visual language:
First Concept: Object Metaphor
Toddler finds an object around the house that corresponds to the family member in the photo. The grandparent is the storyteller, and the toddler is on a quest searching for heirlooms that match the family member in the photo:
Second Concept: The Storyteller
Using a character to guide the experience was well received by both users in that they had some kind of assistance curating the experience of finding people and recording memories about them.
Current Prototype
In this latest version, parents preload family photos which are the same one's Toby discovers. Family Tales begins when Toby is seen swimming and collecting family photos onto his back. When Toby introduces himself, he asks for help identifying the people on his shell. While the toddler navigates the screen, the grandparent helps the child identify family members in each photo. Toby encourages the two to record a story about that image. Toby, the grandparent, and toddler all work together to identify and record family tales within each image. Each photo is saved onto Toby's back where the duo can see and listen to later. 

Additional Work

Data Visualization
Sites Unseen
Augmented Reality
Hybrid Phonics
Phonetic Alphabet Experiment
Artsy Database
Data Visualization
Savannah Scanner
Augmented Reality
Et Sens
Sensory Branding Experience
Denotative Manual
Information Design
Pitti Party
UX Research
10 elements
Interactive Archive
Speculative Design
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