ARcadia

a social media AR app

ARcadia

project summary

ARcadia is an app that focuses on augmented reality and how it can be used to tell stories, create interactive experiences and bring friends and family together even when they’re not nearby. Users will create, interact with and explore posts all within a safe app that allows them to easily decide who sees what posts and when.

 

project goals

To design a social media app focused on augmented reality that is more than a gimmick and brings friends together even when they’re far apart. To build a safe and fun app to share or create experiences among users.

 

project deliverables

An augmented reality-focused social media app that focuses around a user’s location and friends. Screens that use natural gestures to navigate, an easy way to view and sort friends and an interactive map for the user’s stories as well as locating friend’s posts.

role

user research, ux designer, ui designer

sktch

ai

prto.io

frmrx

pen + paper

timeline

2 weeks

research

needs

%

need to be connected with those close to them

%

would go out of their way to visit a location posted by a friend or influencer

pain points

%

aren't sure what to do with AR

wants

%

want the option to use their voice about a business or location

define

personas

empathy maps

personas

empathy maps

storyboards

storyboards

ideate

wireframes

responsive ui

style tile

wireframes

style tile

responsive ui

test

ARcadia proto.io prototype

The prototype was built in proto.io and used with several users to test the functionality and overall appeal of the augmented reality use in a social media app. Some animations and gestures were implemented into the proto.io prototype, with a more comprehensive version completed in FramerX.

next steps

The first round of design was used to determine the basic functionality and proper use of the ARcadia app. With the feedback that I received during user testing, there are a few items that need to be updated and tested again, such as iconography for the sorting of friends as well as the gestures for seeing the user’s map or friend’s map. From there, the next sprint will include a few more functions and how they will incorporate into the current state. These may include events in AR, virtual meetups or photos and other social aspects that fit the AR-focused app.