This project is co-operated with the Southern District Council, aimed to promote the Southern District Literary Trail. The trail is formed by historical locations/ footprints that related to 5 of the remarkable figures in contemporary Chinese literature circle. Cai Yuanpei, a well-known Chinese educator, and president of Peking University. His grave is one of the tourist attractions on the trail.
A landmark, sundial sculpture is installed to the tourist attraction, which pays tribute to his attitude towards time and self evaluation.
1. Back in the day
To start the journey, roll the device to adjust the time marking on the sundial, which triggers the next step according to the time reading.
2. Retrieve and describe the memory
A memory (photo) is retrieved from the bundled social platform/ device library according to the time reading from the previous step. Assign a mood and comment to the memory, and saves it.
3. Mood landscape
After serval times of memory save, those life moments would be plotted on a timeline, and eventually form a holistic mood landscape for the user. Besides the personal timeline, another one is for the public, which had collected memories from others (optional) to co-create a holistic mood view based on the public/ society.
The app is designed to represent the sundial sculpture, which extended and accomplished the idea.
A participatory workshop with 6 participants had been conducted for the project before the feature was confirmed, aimed to test the suggested feature approaches in reality before entering the prototype stage. During the workshop, we had observed their mood and engagement throughout different approaches.
1. Time required for completing a task
The app is just for leisure and promotional usage, and the user would use it outdoor when visiting the place. We prefer a short task-killing time.
2. Association between the approach and the landmark
The sculpture had been installed in the place already before this project starts, and in order to keep things consistent in a holistic package/ story, the approach should be relevant to the concept.
3. Understanding of the context
The context/ meaning of the feature should be easy for users to understand, therefore it should be concrete.
4. Impact on the participant
Even the context is easy to understand, we hope the feature could have a deep impact on users, which deepens the concept of "self-review". At least the feature could hook up some of their feelings and attraction.
5. Budget and resource estimation
As this is a real client project, despite this is not the mandatory project requirement, we would like to consider this part, as it helps to eliminate unnecessary and impractical design. Estimation including the complexity, technology, etc.
In order to choose an approach, considerations for the judgment are listed as follow: