Wonder Album

This project was selected as the finalist for 2013 CHI Student Design Competition, in response to the topic of “Empowering the Crowd: Changing Perspectives Through Collaboration”. Our goal was to encourage the cross-cultural conversation among college students in US. We designed a 72-hour collaborative photo collage challenge on the web which gives them a chance to show their own cultures and look at others.

 

Wonder Album

This project was selected as the finalist for 2013 CHI Student Design Competition, in response to the topic of “Empowering the Crowd: Changing Perspectives Through Collaboration”. Our goal was to encourage the cross-cultural conversation among college students in US. We designed a 72-hour collaborative photo collage challenge on the web which gives them a chance to show their own cultures and look at others.

Step 1: I wonder

Students will receive an invite from the college to join this online platform by the college. Every week they will get a notification to participate the challenge. The challenge starts with “I wonder”: students will be given 72 hours to ask a question for students from another culture, such as “What is your favorite food from your hometown?”. They can post their own question or vote up existing questions. The most popular question will be selected as the challenge topic.

Step 1: I wonder

Students will receive an invite from the college to join this online platform by the college. Every week they will get a notification to participate the challenge. The challenge starts with “I wonder”: students will be given 72 hours to ask a question for students from another culture, such as “What is your favorite food from your hometown?”. They can post their own question or vote up existing questions. The most popular question will be selected as the challenge topic.

Step 2: I know

After the question is populated from the last round, “I know” stage starts. Students are asked to take one photo as response to the question. They can simply take the photo with their mobile devices and upload. The system will open for 72 hours for submission. After the challenge is over, all photo submitted will be processed into “albums”– interactive photo collages.

Step 2: I know

Students will receive an invite from the college to join this online platform by the college. Every week they will get a notification to participate the challenge. The challenge starts with “I wonder”: students will be given 72 hours to ask a question for students from another culture, such as “What is your favorite food from your hometown?”. They can post their own question or vote up existing questions. The most popular question will be selected as the challenge topic.

Step 3: The Album

As the challenge’s time runs out, a collage of the submitted pictures is automatically generated. Notification of this new collage is sent through Facebook, email, and/or app notifications to all students involved, along with a new crowd sourced challenge, beginning the next round. To lay the groundwork for real world connections, students are organized into groups based on the likelihood of future connections (same dormitory, same class etc.)

Step 3: The Album

Students will receive an invite from the college to join this online platform by the college. Every week they will get a notification to participate the challenge. The challenge starts with “I wonder”: students will be given 72 hours to ask a question for students from another culture, such as “What is your favorite food from your hometown?”. They can post their own question or vote up existing questions. The most popular question will be selected as the challenge topic.

Step 4: Time to learn

Students have the freedom to explore each other’s submission. They can tag on the photo to leave comments or ask questions on specific items to start the conversation. Besides, students have the option to give out other ways to connect (email address, twitter handle etc.), so that they can keep the conversation going outside the platform.

Step 4: Time to learn

Students will receive an invite from the college to join this online platform by the college. Every week they will get a notification to participate the challenge. The challenge starts with “I wonder”: students will be given 72 hours to ask a question for students from another culture, such as “What is your favorite food from your hometown?”. They can post their own question or vote up existing questions. The most popular question will be selected as the challenge topic.

The Challenge

Students from around the world are now learning and working together side-by-side, but cultural differences still create gaps that can be hard to cross. We discovered that students on both sides believed they could benefit from the others’ perspective, but neither felt they knew how to start a conversation or find common interests. An underlying issue is that there are few, if any, formal systems in place to encourage cross-cultural dialogue. That leaves the students to form their own relationships, with international students in particular preferring to form friendships with other co-nationals.

The Challenge

Students from around the world are now learning and working together side-by-side, but cultural differences still create gaps that can be hard to cross. We discovered that students on both sides believed they could benefit from the others’ perspective, but neither felt they knew how to start a conversation or find common interests. An underlying issue is that there are few, if any, formal systems in place to encourage cross-cultural dialogue. That leaves the students to form their own relationships, with international students in particular preferring to form friendships with other co-nationals.

Personas

We designed 2 personas for this design: one International student Shan from Singapore and one US domestic student Linda. We based our design on building the story between these two girls getting to know each other in digital space.

Personas

We designed 2 personas for this design: one International student Shan from Singapore and one US domestic student Linda. We based our design on building the story between these two girls getting to know each other in digital space.

Scenario

I created the visual story of our personas, Linda and Shan, how they connect with each other by participating Wonder Album challenge. This no only helps explain our design concept as a whole experience in a visual, appealing form, also helps our audience relate their own experience to the design.

Scenario

I created the visual story of our personas, Linda and Shan, how they connect with each other by participating Wonder Album challenge. This no only helps explain our design concept as a whole experience in a visual, appealing form, also helps our audience relate their own experience to the design.

Research

Our solution was informed by its potential users and was influenced by user interviews, usability testing, and a social media proof-of-concept. We interviewed university faculty, both international students and domestic students as pilot research. In mid-way through the design, we conducted several testing session to test out our wireframe, and a proof-of-concept on Facebook.

 

Research

Our solution was informed by its potential users and was influenced by user interviews, usability testing, and a social media proof-of-concept. We interviewed university faculty, both international students and domestic students as pilot research. In mid-way through the design, we conducted several testing session to test out our wireframe, and a proof-of-concept on Facebook.

 

Project Details

TASK

Design a digital experience in response to the topic: Empowering the Crowd: Changing Perspectives Through Collaboration

Role and Contribution

User Storyboards 100%
Visual Design(UI and print material) 100%
Interaction Design 60%
Concept generation 50%
User Research 30%