Narratives - Christopher Cannon :: MFA in Interaction Design

Narratives - Christopher Cannon :: MFA in Interaction Design

SVA IxD Fundamentals Studio Project Assignment 09 NYC Big Apps Final Presentation NEW YORK Narratives New York Narratives app Christopher Cannon N...

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SVA IxD Fundamentals Studio

Project Assignment 09 NYC Big Apps Final Presentation

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New York Narratives app Christopher Cannon November 15, 2010

Overview

Platform Initially, the New York Narratives app will be available only for the iPhone (who we feel is the innovation leader of the smart phone market) and the iPad (which for now will not have the features that utilize the camera). If this app proves popular on that platform, it will eventually be available for most major phones, including Blackberry, Android, HTC, etc. User Scenarios The target audience for this app can be a New York local, a visiting tourist, a history enthusiast, or a photography buff. There are enough interesting facts and stories about NYC that will surprise or entertain life-long residents as well as curious visitors. The following are two possible scenarios in which different people interact with the app in different ways. A tourist visiting NYC heard about the Flatiron Building, and how it was one of the first skyscrapers built in the city. So he enters the search page of the app to try to find it. Since he doesn’t know offhand who built it, or what tour it is a part of, he simply enters the name in the search field. The tourist sees that the Flatiron Building is part of the ”Turn of the Century” tour. Another tap reveals the other sites included in this tour narrated by Charlie Rose. He arrives at the Flatiron building and starts to walk around it to get different vantage points. As he does so, a vibration from the phone notifies him of his proximity to the same vantage point that the 1903 photo was taken. He then can switch to his phone’s camera mode and use the augmented reality of the “Then + Now” feature, which allows him to overlay and compare the historic scene with the current one. He can take his own photo of the building and upload it to the app’s database of user photos. Another user scenario can be the New York resident who has lived here for 14 years. She has seen a lot of changes in the city just in the time that she’s lived here. Often she walks down the street looking at newly-constructed buildings and cannot remember what stood there just a few brief years ago. She often goes to the East Village to shop at boutiques and have dinner or drinks with friends and is fascinated to learn what a marginal and dicey place the neighborhood was in the 1970s and 1980s.

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While searching for guided tours by categories, she came across an early 1980s Art Scene tour. Since she loves the work of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cindy Sherman and the whole post-punk scene of that time, she found this tour a must-see. Instead of showing historic buildings and monuments in the traditional sense, this tour highlights where certain artists and musicians lived and worked and the (now defunct) cafés, bars and clubs that they frequented. The tour also has an optional audio narrative to it, as told by Debby Harry. At any time, she can rate this tour and share it with her friends. Social Aspects The user can share tours or individual buildings with their friends as well as rate them for the app’s other users to see (which affects the popularity listings). For the first version of this app, users do not directly communicate with each other, although that option can be reviewed and explored for future versions. The user’s presence can be displayed on the map, but this feature is optional and the user’s privacy is still upheld. Tangibility In addition to the standard tapping and pinching features found in iPhone apps, panoramic photos can be swiped to pan the view. Vibrations alert the user to their proximity of historic photo vantage points (or optional sound alerts through the earbuds). The augmented reality of the Then + Now feature uses the iPhone’s camera mode and takes advantage of its built-in accelerometer to show pictures in different orientations, as well as tilting to overlay historic photos with the current scene. Ubiquity The user can choose to simply find building or monuments and browse tours to see photos and information (and not even be in NYC). But for a more rich interactive experience, they would use the locator function on the map to find where they are and see what areas of interest are in their vicinity. Vibration alerts, using GPS calculations, notify the user when they are standing in the same spot that a particular historic photo was taken so they can then compare the past and the present.

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NY Narratives concept map NYC DataMine data Street name dictionary Library exhibitions MTA data ESRI street base maps Areas of interest GIS Neighborhood names GIS Building Perimeter Outlines Historic district maps NYC Landmarks / LPC Landmark Districts LPC Landmark Interiors / LPC Landmark Points Heritage Trail markers Map of monuments

New York Narratives app users User photo uploads Popularity ratings for buildings/sites/monuments

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Miscellaneous data New York Public Library photo archives New York Historic Society City of the Museum of New York New York Times Community Service Society of New York

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New York Narratives features Locator map (with info filters) MTA info Historic buildings/monuments Guided tours Search by alphabet, category, address, etc. Search by popularity

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Miscellaneous data Historic/vintage photos User photo downloads Then + Now augmented reality Misc. history/description text

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NY Narratives sitemap Version two

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Map (Location aware) “Then + Now” function alerts user when they are in proximity to a historic photo’s vantage point Then + Now (augmented reality)

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Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, it was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, Blondie, The Shirts, and Talking Heads. In later years, it would mainly become known for Hardcore punk with bands such as Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Murphy's Law, Cro-Mags, Warzone, Sick of It All, and Youth of Today performing there.

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Design Process

Original process I started this app idea from my love of New York City, its history and my interest in its ever-changing streetscapes. As stated before, it hopefully would be of interest to both locals and tourists alike. An iPhone/iPad app such as the Museum of London’s StreetMuseum shows an early start, but I feel lacks the interactivity and technological innovation that could make it more interesting. While planning this app, I was very conscious of feature creep and tried to find a balance between relevant functions and simplicity. I was also wary of augmented reality, fearing it might be too much of a gimmick and not very useful. Leland Rechis made the observation that in this context, augmented reality might find a useful purpose in juxtaposing the old and the new. For now, I feel the app’s features justify its goal of giving people a rich, detailed history of New York in words, photos and narration. As I worked on this in more detail, I realize there is a lot of questions that still need to be answered: the exact flow from screen to screen, navigation issues, the context in which certain features or icons appear, etc. Other considerations I need to develop further are how much would this app’s features be user-driven: are users given a platform to design their own tours to present to the public? As the app’s creator, how much control do I want over its content?

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Revised process Since meeting with Allison and Carrie, my NYC Big Apps idea became an exercise in editing out extraneous and redundant features. There was some expression in our group that it might be veering towards scope creep. Originally, I intended New York Narratives to showcase individual buildings and monuments throughout the city. Then I added the feature of narrated guided tours to add a voice (literally and figuratively) to the rich history and forgotten stories of NYC. Now I was faced with the choice of leaving both features or editing one of them out. After dwelling on it for a while, it became an easy decision to delete the first part. Compared to the tours, the individual buildings and monuments seemed a bit dry and academic. The strength of New York Narratives is the offbeat and individualistic choice of tours: from the East Village art scene of the 1980s to the punk scene of CBGB’s heyday to the bloody history of organized crime. Each tour is narrated by someone famous who is an expert on or has experienced the tour’s history (Debby Harry on the 1970s punk scene, Martin Scorsese on the Mafia’s rise and fall, etc.) The main point I learned from this exercise of paring down functions and features is that an app can do a lot of things moderately well, or it could do one thing excellently. I hope I chose the latter.

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