City Memoir

Learn about a city's memory in an AR experience

AR | Mobile UX/UI

BACKGROUND

Inspiration

Many cities are developing very rapidly in the recent decades, especially in developing countries like China. During the development, a lot of things happen. News things emerge, old things disappear or evolve.
Beijing is a good example of this. As one of the oldest cities in the world, it has been through great changes. Different styles of architecture have been built and some destructed, along with the changing of population and people's lifestyles.

How do memories of a city pass down?

Photogrpahy & Videography

Photographs and videos can offer an visual representation of reality in the past.

Literature & Art

Literary and art works reflect traditions and culture of a place in different times very well.

Word of Mouth

Oral communication is an important way that history go down and personal memories can be recorded into oral history.

Data & Statistics

Statistics can reflect directly a city's features and changes in certian aspects over time.

Problems

As Beijing being a city with great history, aboundant information are accessible about its past. However, most of them are neither too far away from normal people nor easily forgot in the fast pace of modern society. Sometimes when we reminisce, we found even our own memories are becoming more blurry and less vivid.

 

USER RESEARCH

Interview

What changes have you noticed in the cities you have stayed or been more than once?

How do you feel about those changes?

Design Purpose

To help users explore the city and its past in a multimedia way

To encourage users to share memories and help different generations know more about each other

To help users look back at the how the city environment and people interacted and developed together

 

IDEATION

Brainstorm & Mind Map

Users

Content

Features

Interactive media,
(image, video, audio, text, games...)
multifunctional map,
history database,
creative posts,
social networking,
events & activities,
...

Residents,

e-residents,
tourists,
students,
...

Highly interactive,

multimedia,

easy to operate,

portable,

customizable,

...

TECHNOLOGY

MR (Mixed Reality)

mix digitally rendered objects into our real environment
platform: Hololens

AR (Augmented Reality)

an artificial environment
platform: smartphone, AR glasses/headset (Google Glass)

VR (Virtual Reality)

an artificial environment
platform: VR Headset (Oculus Rift, PSVR, Google Cardboard etc.)

DR (Diminished Reality)

removing, eliminating, or diminishing the amount of perceivable stimuli from the world

*Google Cardboard

360° Panorama

VR photography
an interactive viewing of wide-angle panoramic photographs

 
 

FUNCTION

Main Function

Function Flow

 

USAGE SCENARIO

USER INTERFACE

 
 

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©2019 by Yuhan Zhou.