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UNI is a multi-platform application that helps young adults create and maintain relationships with close friends through the process of documenting and reflecting on a mutual experience through …

UNI is a multi-platform application that helps young adults create and maintain relationships with close friends through the process of documenting and reflecting on a mutual experience through storytelling.

Demo video for demonstration project in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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  • 1. UNIReport for Demonstration Project Shijie XU (David) Supervisor: Michael LAI Tequila CHAN
  • 2. Content Background .......................................... 1 Research and Analysis .......................... 3 Connection in Web 2.0 Intimacy Relationship Current Scenario .................................. 7 Personas Problem ............................................. 15Shijie XU (David)Interaction Designer Insights .............................................. 17@Hong Kong Concept Development ....................... 19 Experience Concept Ideas Proposed Scenario Proposed Scenario ............................. 23 Concept Execution ............................. 25 Interaction Model Information Architecture Key Interface Prototyping Video Storyboard Reflection .......................................... 37 Reference .......................................... 39 MDes Interaction Design 2011/12 Appendix ........................................... 41
  • 3. BACKGROUND UNI One direct impact is Facebook, Path, Twitter, Instagram, and pinterest gradually takes more and more spare time for ordi- nary person. When browser the website, enjoy any service, there might be small button for you to like/share/tweet/pin it into somewhere else. Frog Design’s vice president said “our Internet personalities have evolved into amplified personas that aren’t truly us”. This global party inspired everyone to share and evolve. The world becomes too small for people to reach each other, and too small to hide the true you in front of the screen. Socializing shall focus on the quality rather than quantity. So my topic want to explore a possible way to narrowing social function, and embrace nature way of con- nection. N owadays, socializing has been a must-add function for any services. No matter your personal life issues, like watching TV, go jogging, having dinner, and working issues, like planning, group editing, reading, noting, social network is embedded every where. The main reason that socializing rising has root in the spirit of Internet, which changes human’s interaction form and daily customs, and also because of the nature of human. Human beings evolves to be creatures that has strong need and desire for socializing. That’s why our ancestors could survive from the fierce competition in old days. So when the word “web 2.0” comes out, people feel that Internet finally becomes a tool to spread anyone’s sound, without limitation and classes. Source : SingTao Daily1 2
  • 4. RESEARCH UNI Connection What’s connection? The Six Degrees of Separation argues “Everyone is on average approximately six steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person on Earth”. Internet’s one purpose is to connect people, information and resource. Solitude What’s solitude? Famous philosopher Bertrand Russell describes solitude in a poetic way. “That terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss”. The connection and solitude of human being is always contradicted coexisted. For one point, human needs connection to help each other, gather power to survive from competition and worse environment. On the other point, human need to feel lonely times by times, which can act like warning from inner body, alarming for deficiency for intimate relationship.3 4
  • 5. RESEARCH UNI 1995 Connection in Web 2.0 (2) No one to talk with 2004 (1) Cannot stay alone From a survey in US, the average number of confidants decreased from to . Yvette Vickers, a former Playboy playmate and B-movie star. In 1985, only 10& of Americans had no one She was found died for almost one year inside her depart- to discuss important matters, 15% have ment. Until last month, no one noticed her. The computer only 1 such good friend. By 2004, this inside her room is still open and her last days were to number increased to 25,20. exchange messages with her fans from Facebook and email. We become lonelier. 2.94 2.08 We lost the ability to stay alone, and feel apart from the noisy Number of Confidants world.The purpose for online social network is to build a self-centered social circle and create value rather than natu- ral connection 3) Conversation to Isolation Sherry Turkle, professor from MIT Media Lab, describe how human being gradually turns from conversation, to connection and finally isolation. That all the digital devices helps people to make easy contact to be connected, leading to a flat and cheap connection. Conversation Connection Isolation5 6
  • 6. CURRENT SCENARIO UNI 4) Self-centered personality I FEEL therefore I SHARE Biologist and psychologist Jean Piaget found that children before 8 cannot think from other’s perspective. But when we grow up, we will learn to understand and think about what other people’s thinking. In current SNS, our mind seems to be more childish. Most serviced are designed self-centered. Has fear that no one is listening Jean Piaget to me. I SHARE therefore I AM Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) has been another impact from current SNS. People fear they may lost some key parts from 5) Purpose of Sharing other friends broadcasting, which most means nothing to them. The time and energy spent on this create a loneliness The basic purpose for people interacting on SNS changed feeling. from information exchange into a self-compelling behavior. Purpose changed from “I feel therefore I share” into “I share therefore I am”.7 8
  • 7. CURRENT SCENARIO UNI exchange of intimate information Intimacy Relationship produce regular positive feelings K aren J. Prager writes in The Psychology of Intimacy about two core values of intimacy relationship. First, it need exchange of intimate information. Second, it need produce regular positive feelings in order to be tightly connected. Brain + Hormone Trust and Love Progress of forming intimacy To form intimacy needs to pass three stages. Self-disclosure, Biological Resource for Intimacy keep intimacy, social-identity support Benefits from intimacy. From General Social Survey in 2004, confidents’ number of 10% Happiest Students Americans decreased from 2.94 in 1995 to 2.08 in 2004. People’s trusted friends has been decreased in current situation. Another research from Martin Seligman finds that 10% of the Stable Intimated Friends & Family happiest and unworried students has a similar situation in social relationship, that they all own intimate friends and Happiness family who they can frequently get social support. Martin proposes that if we want to be happy, we had better to build social skills and intimate relationship with friends. Enjoyment Engagement Meaning (Long Term) Martin Seligman’s Research on Source of Happiness9 10
  • 8. CURRENT SCENARIO UNI Case Study 1: How Daniel form an activity with Angela and Eva? Personas Take&Share HIS Broadcaste to his audience emotion photo Daniel video Daniel, 23, Student Strong desire for outdoor activities Case Study 2: How Daniel manage experience with Angela? Info. Mutual Experience Plenty of time on SNS everyday Chat history Upload photos of current activities Mailing Facebook, Instagram... on Facebook Address Titanic iPhone Memo Photo Have less than 5 tight friends who he can talk personal issues with Her Computer Phone Rose Number QQ, Maibox Facebook History Twitter QQ... Message & Current Mails Status Intimate: Angela Eva11 12
  • 9. CURRENT SCENARIO UNI Timeline Unorganized Self-centered Normal Friends Daniel Facebook Angela Path Eva Instagram Case Study 3: How Daniel record and manage a mutual trip experience with Angela and Eva?13 14
  • 10. PROBLEMS UNI John Dewey wrote in Having an Experience about what defines an experience. 1 People are easily distracted by current experience recording and sharing ways An experience should have a name That means the experience must be recalled easily, and have a summarized name to call it when people mention it. So it contains in involved people’s memory, and can be recognized by other people if you review it together. 2 Intimate friends’ information is outdating, incomplete and unorganized Experience are stories The key point of being a story or not lies in whether it has vivid plots and information. We may recall on 3 Current SNS is human-centered, memory from one image or word, but we will recall more and divided into isolated friend profile interesting things related, because of these highlights together makes the story different. Therefore, experience shall have memorable moments at beginning, in the middle and afterwards. 4 People has less time to schedule and start new experience with intimate friends Meaningful, Emotional, Memorable, Durable Keywords to describe a good experience. It should mean a mutual experience to people, and can be review after a long time, and bring these people back into times they get together. And these experience and produce positive or moving moods to people involved. Intimacy Relationship John Dewey, “Having an Experience”, Art as Experience15 16
  • 11. INSIGHTS UNI F rom above research and analysis. I gained following insights for my projects. 1. Create and sustain intimate relationship can produce regular positive feelings for intimate connection 2. Mutual experience is important points to maintain intimacy and shall be together shared and enjoyed 3. A shared experience shall recall people’s emotions and memory even after a long time 4. Current social network services ignores people’s strong connection for experience sharing and creating 5. The quality and connection intensity is more important than quantity and time.17 18
  • 12. CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT UNI Exprience Strategy Agent Help Young People Purpose Create and Sustain Agency intimate relationship through Action creating activities, story telling and reflect mutual experience Scene together with your intimate friends.19 20
  • 13. CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT UNI UNI UNI – a multi-platform application, helps people to create and sustain intimate relationship. Story Telling Create + Sustain Intimacy Relationship Through Create Activity Story Telling and Reflect Mutual Experience Together with your intimate friends Experience Centered Wish List Group Profile Friend Profile Multi-platform21 22
  • 14. PROPOSED SCENARIO UNI Planning Document Moments Create Story Reflection Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Review23 24
  • 15. INTERACTION MODEL UNI Joint Selection UNI Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 425 26
  • 16. INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE UNI Name Add Cover Photo Type Video FB, Twitter Account Brief Map Story Content Show Weather Sign In Timeline Wish Edit Drawing Chapter Brief Notes Friend Edit Related Stories27 28
  • 17. KEY INTERFACE UNI 1. Sign In 2. Story List 3. Friend List 4. Edit Story 5. Chapter 1 6. Chapter 229 30
  • 18. PROTOTYPING UNI Prototyping Slider for timeline function in Story31 Editing page and Story View page 32
  • 19. VIDEO STORYBOARD UNI How much better it would be if you exchange Introduce UNI,a multi-platorm application retell and exchange a shared story with your your happiness with your close friends? intimate friends Daniel, 23-years-old, studies in college UNI helps him to create and sustain intimate He can add wish in his iPad application and relationship sync up with his friends Daniel plan a Taiwan trip with Angela and Eva It is fantastic, they take many photos, videos, Whey come back, they come together to retell33 and stories their memory 34
  • 20. PROPOSED SCENARIO UNI UNI helps them to recompose the journey into Daniel add a video for seaside chapter, while They together add some drawings, notes and chapters angela and eva have photos and jokes about it relevant information all of them make contributions to a shared UNI make it so easy and attractive for young It will help maintain your intimate relationship reflection for this Taiwan Trip people like Daniel to exchange stories with and create more their friends Meaningful, memorable, durable, UNI, exchange your stories together with your35 friends 36
  • 21. REFLECTION UNI J onathan Eve said in video for Retina MacBook Pro, "To create something really new, you have to start again". For me, When I finished all my presentation, I feel my project may not be a really new one. It has shadows of close interaction prod- the capstone process is just an opportunity to start what I ucts, journal photos and Google Event. Some scenarios are a have learned in this program into a new project. little idealized because of the weak interface and guide. But I still think it make sense in creating a new way to interact At the beginning, I am really lost in finding opportunity to with your close friends. Its not new for activities intimates do start. There are so many things interesting, but not attracting together. Actually they should interact like this or even more my mind to follow, until I read a passage talking about tightly in physical world. Just due to their addiction to cur- loneliness in Facebook from the Atlantic. This is really rent socialized services, every one they are not connected so attracting me to study interaction design before I come to tight than before. Although they are friends and could check Hong Kong. I want to learn and make research not only on everyones status in Facebook, Twitter, Path, Instagram, one field, like computer science, biology, or physics, but RenRen, Google Circles... UNI reminds people, especially absorb information from a broad way. Social science, arts, close friends to rethink their relationship with each other. psychology, history, such kind of fields all make me excited, Think about what makes them feel truly comfortable with although I am a engineering student before. So interaction their intimacy, activity sharing, interacting scenario and design is a perfect combination to approach, it focus on communicating tools. It also reminds people that no matter human behavior, focus what they do with each other, and how effective, realistic and convenient technology brings to what effect and reply these actions would cause. So when I communication, it still cannot cover values from face to face see loneliness in Facebook, I sense it talks about how talking. Its a human nature that people talk in front of each socialized technology influence humans emotion and other, with possibility to touch, to laugh, to lose temper, to behavior, its really a worthy researching topic for me. pay attention, to feel temperature, and to make mistakes. Tech can never be a good friend to provide assists to human I borrowed bunches of books from PolyU library, random but nature, but can never be an alternative. recommended by public course professor. Some books mention how children build their recognition for others, why Thanks a lot for Michael Lai, Tequila Chan and classmates human connect in terms of sociology, how to talk with hearing, advice and time together in capstone. We can strangers, and what is intimacy. I enjoy these kinds of course UNI in future. background study to explore things looks theoretic but interesting, helping me to understand deeper for my topic and finding problems. Your David, 18/07/201237 38
  • 22. REFERENCE UNI [1] Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from [9] Irving Singer, Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology and Less from Each Other, Basic Books, 2011 Technology, Open MIT Courses [2] John T. Cacioppo, Loneliness: Human Nature and the [10] Bernard Reginster, Nietzsche on Mind and Nature, Open Need for Social Connection, W. W. Norton&Company, 2008 OXFORD Courses [3] Stephen Marche, Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?, the [11] Susan T Fiske, Shelley E Taylor, Social Cognition, Atlantic, McGraw-Hill, 1991 cebook-making-us-lonely/8930/ [12] Eviatar Zerubavel, Social Mindscapes: An Invitation to Cognitive Sociology [4] Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? [video], TED, [13] Stephen Marche, Is Facebook Making Us Lonely, Altantic ml Magazine, May 2012 [5] John M. Grohol, FOMO Addiction: The Fear of Missing Out, [14] Karen Karbo, Friendship: The Laws of Attractions, PsychCentral, Psychology Today, May 2012 diction-the-fear-of-missing-out/ [15] Terri Thornton, How Social Media ‘Friends’ Translate into Real-Life Friendship, Mediashift, July 2011 [6] Jeffrey Zeldman, Web 3.0, [16] Karen J. Prager, The Psychology of Intimacy, Guilford Press, 1997 [7] Paul Bloom, Introduction to Psychology, Open Yale Courses [17] John Dewey, Having an Experience, Art as Experience, 1934 [8] John F. Kihlstrom, Psychology: Social Cognition, Open Berkeley Courses [9] Irving Singer, Feeling and Imagination in Art, Science, and Technology, Open MIT Courses39 40
  • 23. APPENDIX UNI Focus Single-tasking Intimate Comfortable Real-time General Multi-tasking Normal Careful Late-time Analysis on Online and Offline communication Poster41 42