Project Brief: 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 each age range to test each concept. To begin this project, I looked at various technologies used for elders and toddlers to identify unique interactions and visual elements that would have to be considered when designing for two. My research also included some of the neurological limitations both markets might experience with interactive screens which help inform the experience that might drive different parts of this narrative building application.
Identifying the neurological limitations for both story-telling users.
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 of them.
Based on feedback from peers, mentors and both users, it was encouraged to use an animated character to enliven and navigate the users experience. The prototype below was developed in Sketch and translated into a screen-based prototype using Principle.
In this version, parents preload family photos for Toby the turtle to discover. Family Tales begins when Toby is seen swimming and collecting family photos onto his back. When Toby introduces himself, he asks for help from the two users to help identify the people in each photo.
Narrative Building Activity
While the toddler interacts with the buttons on the interface, their grandparent helps them identify family members shown in each photo. In addition to tagging people in images, Toby the turtle encourages the two players to record a story about that image. With Toby's help, everyone works together to identify and record family tales within each image. Each photo is saved onto Toby's back where the toddler and grandparent can see and listen to later.