Some Working principles in designing for an older audience
Once a year a small group of us get together for a bike ride. Rather than trying to set a PB on Strava the aim is to leisurely make it from A to B whilst taking in the sights. There's always a range of gear, some riding bikes that have gone across the alps and some riding a rusty bike they found in the garden shed.
This year we took a train to Ipswich and rode 75.8km to Saxmundham in Suffolk. For most of the group this was the longest they had ever ridden.
It's been a while since we last wrote a blog post about Picle, in fact it's been over a year. The last post promised a re-worked version with group picling, an instagram-like feed where you could interact with friends and a simple discovery mechanism for watching Picles from around the world.
We launched Picle (currently only for iPhone) at SXSW back in March for this year's South by South West Interactive. Picle adds sound to iPhone photography, allowing you to capture a little audio clip when you take a photo. This photo-plus-sound clip is called a 'Picle', and the app makes it quick and simple to lace individual Picles together into 'Stories'. We are coming to the end of the first version of Picle and we are currently working on version 2.0.
We are really pleased to announce that Film 4 are using Picle as a submission method for their ‘Scene Stealers’ competition.
Scene Stealers is a competition that challenges aspiring filmmakers to recreate iconic moments from Film 4s 30-year film history, a new creative talent search launched under Film 4s innovation banner Film4.0.
Instagram has changed the way I look at photography, from taking single images of beautiful found ephemera to sharing sequences of images as an event or moment unfolds. These moments become a journey through your life, one that is both shared and intimate (as @malbonster mentions in his recent blog post; Making sense of life through photography).
This made me think about the way that photography has evolved and integrated into our lives. It also made me wonder how literal photographic journeys could evolve. How could the day of a social group be documented though more than just a camera lens? To capture more than just one media (or sense)?
This led to an experiment: could the 'development' of a photographic journey be through the addition of sound bites? What would the experience become, would sound enhance or disrupt the imagery?