Friday, March 30, 2012

Resources [Post 17.1]

A site that lists emotions.

Times Getting Close [Post 17.0]

Some feedback that I was presented with from the last presentation was of the following:

- Is the thumb scan necessary to the story?
- Make sure that the narrative doesn't have too much of a disconnect from the screens, actions.
- Verbal/audio tagging?
- Could the app pop up and remind user while they're listening?
- Make sure navigation is smooth in transitions.
- Can it grab songs not in your iTunes?
- Work on the name.

On that note, I've been thinking about the name quite a bit. This method has sprouted from pulling different words and kind of throwing them together as best as that could mash up and fit. 

I always feel quite cheesy making names and I'm not very good at it. As of now, I have LifeTempo but I want the title to sound a little more personal than it actually is. 

Here are some scans of what I'm considering making changed to and outlining my scinerios too. From this, a checklist has formed of what screens need as far as buttons and how many types of screen I need to redesign. During this whole process I also need to keep in mind 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Presentation 2 [Post 16.0]

Senior Degree Presentation 2

Welcome to LifeTempo;  my new and final direction which will give users the ability to attach, or bookmark certain memories and emotions to music on their music devices. The final outcome will be an application that works for iPhone and iPods, iPads, and will possibly work it's way onto an online space for users to come together.

For my idea there are three main functions that deal with certain problems or considerations. Part one: Yo'ure playing this song and it reminds you of this time way way way back when and you want to document this: Part two: You're feeling super sad and want to change that or keep listening to that mood of song. Part three: You want to go back in time and check all the songs you've documented and categorized.

Through the scenarios, I plan to continue designgin and come up with more of a solid direction with the branding of LifeTempo. Who knows, the name might even change.  

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Experiment #1 [Post 15.0]

Testing self.

What do I feel when I listen to a song that heightens my emotions from a memory?
Song: Little Lion Man - Mumford & Sons

- I can remember where I was sitting and trying to hold back screaming.
- The air was stuffy and warm, like the middle of spring.
- It was almost my birthday.
- I can remember exactly how I felt and mirror that emotion again.
- The color I think of is red because I think I was sitting on a red blanket.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Coming Together [Post 14.0]

Having all of the pieces of an idea doesn't quite cut it sometimes. Being able to take all of the components of a situation and making them come together is part of what I do. For my senior degree project, I've sorted out what needs to be taken into consideration for the application to be effective.


- Users need to be able to feel something and listen to it; This is just as important as the other way around. When you feel something, music is there to help tie together a memory and make it concrete. (This final filing system is important).

- Users needs to be able to find music that may eventually come to setting that "perfect untouchable memory". Recording as many senses as possible will make going back to the memory more impactful.

- Not pushing the idea of listening to new music is also important. It should be an option but it's not very important to most people [especially as people get older].

Person 1 picks up their phone and wants to listen to music > They're tired but need to get some work done in the office > Person 1 picks up their iPhone and opens the application > They sign on to the application > After they're there, they place their middle finger on the phone which reads a heart beat. > The heart beat's rhythm is stored in their phone and they type in their mood so the phone can learn which heartbeat rhythm are associated with which mood. (After a period of time, the application won't need you to tag what you're feeling because it will learn associated with your heartbeat). > The application will show you where your heartbeat is and ask you if you want to change it (your mood/heartbeat)?

If you would like to change it, you can slide on the chart where you want to be.

If you want to keep it the same, press continue.

The application now knows, picking songs out of your iTunes [or on your iPod] what you should be listening to.

Certain songs are tagged with memories and these memories

Person 1 is randomly listening to a song on his iTunes. > Person 1 is reminded of his first kiss. > Person 1 wants to attach this memory to the song playing. > He clicks "attach memory". > Person 1 can type in a short entry about the memory, add a picture, and tag a mood with the memory. > Person 1 can then share his memory on the online hub (and also with Twitter, Facebook, his iCal, and other social sites). >

Because Person 1 has used this application tagged so many memories and his phone knows which memories to pull when Person 1 wants to bring back a feeling.

If someone wants to create a memory (which will later spark an emotional feeling), they can [again] press "attach a memory". If this memory is happening in realtime, Person 1 can record the noise around them (through the external microphone on the phone; because they cannot hear what's going on because they are wearing their headphones), take a picture, type in the experience they're having, and also grab information from other applications (like the weather) to mark more information about the event.

*Discloser: This may seem like it's fabricating the "holy shit this song brings me back" moments but I believe it's just like adding a "journal entry" and categorizes what you feel when you listen to certain songs. This system organized your music emotionally instead of from rhythm, "likes", number of plays, or just pulls them in a shitty order on shuffle.