Hua Xia | immersive travel experience in rural area
This project is invited by DESIGN Harvests to enhance the immersive travel experience in Xianqiao Village, Chongming Island. We design an app to share stories by sound. It provides tourists with an audio-story's platform to get a profound knowledge of local humanistic and natural environment promptly.
8 weeks | 2016 April-June
Skill: User Research, Interaction Design, User Interface, Usability Test
Team: Shiyun Huang, Heli Li
FIELD RESEARCH How We Explore the Local Village
We spent 2 days in Xianqiao Village to experience the local life and communicate with local people. During the field research, we tried different ways of exploring the region, such as walking with eyes closed early on the morning, or following one day‘s life of an old butcher. Then, we think about how to promote tourists' experience of rural area other than nature and fresh air.
We record many interesting sounds that we never notice before. Also, we get a lot of local stories about history, culture, skills and environment from interview. They are so charming that we want to share with more people. Thus, we think about how can we preserve and spread those stories.
HOW MIGHT WE Enhance Immersive Travel Experience With Local Stories?
Stories X Audio
Advantage of Audio
Characteristic of Story
Iterations of Map Design
Since the initial version of map almost have nothing, we try to add on stuff which combines local feature and efficient information. There are 8 iterations on the map design. Practical issues, such as cultivating and keeping users, are also taken into consideration. For example, stickers of local landmarks combine with activities.
On the map, it shows different layers of information to provide users who are familiar with the region, who are not familiar with the region, or who are not at this region currently. It also guides users to step forward into the other two functions: sharing audio stories and form an audio-route guidance.
Task 1 Map - Select Audio Stories - Listen Stories - Back to Map
Task 2 Map - Filter Types of Stories - Choose Destination - Form A Route of Stories Map
Task 3 Create New Audio - Choose Location - Record Audio Stories
Length of recording
To control the quality of story and keep users focused on it, we compare different length of audio stories ---- 0’60/ 1’30/ 2’00/ 3’00. Finally, we take 2’00” as the suitable one.