Finished Products!

Over the course of the last eleven weeks our group has been working extremely hard to finish our product ReCollect!

We finalised the editing on our promotional video and posted in on Vimeo:

As well as that we took product shots of both the app and the frame:


Lastly, we completed all of the five presentation boards to demonstrate our idea and the process of our project. The one shown below is our exploded view and explains the interaction with our app and frame:


Thanks to everyone for following us on our design journey!


Video Development

For the last few days our group has been working on making the promotional video. Prior to the filming our group had already written up a detailed storyboard with a clear script. We planned it to be a manual motion graphics, to go along with our playful interactive theme.

The filming took place in the photography studio for the best possible visual quality. We decided to record the audio file after filming, since the camera’s sound quality wasn’t great. 17454771_1761518510530801_1118172439_o

Once everything was filmed, three of our designers sat down and edited everything. We fiddled with both the visuals and the audio files, cutting out the best parts of both files and lining up the sound to match the visual context. Utilising the editing options, we intensified the lighting to enhance the general clarity of the video.

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The last thing we did was to select the music for the background. We had a few song options, but in the end we decided to go with ‘Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard’ by Paul Simon. Once the video is done, our group will work on incorporating this video into our website and our our social media to further extend our branding.


Our branding and campaign has taken a few further steps in the past wee while. We have finished off our logo and began implementing it into things like the product and the app.

We’ve created mock-ups for our info website, and finally create a couple of pages for social media; to begin a following of our project to reach more of our target market.

landing page designRight now we’re just working hard to pull all of these separate bits together for the final submissions


Frame / Prototyping

Alongside the app, our group has been working on prototypes for the digital photo frame. Two of the Product Designers in our team have not only developed the desgin of the frame, but also looked into adding a stand to be able to place the frame on a desk or mount it on a wall.

Additionally, they spend a lot of time incorporating technology to be able to rotate the frame from portrait to landscape, both manually and with an Arduino servo.

Our group will now continue with the final touches of the frame, including painting it and getting the mechanism at the back to work.


App Development

We’ve made some really strong progress with our digital designs for the app. Two of our team’s designers created mock-ups of their vision for the app, and from there we chose our favourite parts and collaborated the two designs togther.

After this and futher refinement and tinkering we have settled on our final designs/app pages.

There are a couple of other smaller features we may include; more options, a notification screen etc. but for now- the main body of the app should look like this hopefully!

Getting stuck in

We have our idea, or so we think for now.

Our intentions for the product have changed slightly, but they still focus on reminding people of past events and memories, while simultaneously making people more aware of the amount and quality of photos they take.

Due to the largest contributor to masses of photos being down to smartphones, what better way to tackle it than from inside. Trojan horse style. Just without the attacking/hacking and the destruction. More like a Trojan shetland pony, it’s a little less scary, but more fun and kind.


Sketchbook diagram of the basic App and Product function.

We’re primarily designing an app. Along with a tie in product to further the experience.

The App
Our app will go through your phone and it will select a photo at random, potentially using a customisable AI. Allowing you to select what you want to be chosen out of your camera roll; people, places, events, pets, etc.

Facial recognition is getting scarily good recently so it shouldn’t be too hard. There’s already systems in development to recognise humorous photos. Scary.

How hard could it be to harness facial recognition and ways to distinguish other photos without faces…?

With said chosen photo, it will remind you that you have it with a little notification on your phone. (The timeframes for how often and when you want photos to be selected will be customisable in the settings, to tailor to how many photos you take.)

You will be taken to the app where you can decide what to do with it. The options will be along the lines of:

  1. Share your photo; send it to a friend/contact, perhaps share to social media
  2. You can skip the photo, if it’s terrible and you do not want to be reminded of it, however the skips would be limited. (causing you to consider how many pointless photos you would want to have on your phone)
  3. Finally, to display your photo – either changing your phone background to a temporary/ permanent one. Or to send it to the tie-in product.

The Product
It will allows you to display  your photos on a digital screen, similar to a digital photo frame, one that will be connected through wifi or similar means, perhaps to your account for the app.

The frame will (ideally) adjust itself from portrait and landscape positions according to the photo display, and will work wall mounted or sat independently. Additionally the frame will have a small printer build into the back of it, that, should you like the image enough you can press the button from the display to then print your image, in a very polariod-esque fashion.

We would use the same technology we investigated in our previous idea, a ZINK (zero ink) paper, with a small digital, adjusted, pocket printer. essentially a bluetooth Polaroid printer but vamped up a bit. We’d scale up the printer from the existing product technology to deliver slightly larger photos.

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That’s pretty much our idea as of yet. Currently we are in the development of a look, to get started with developing the branding, the app’s UI and the aesthetic for the photo frame too. Allowing us to challenge the norms and aesthetics of app and product design.

We’re pretty excited to get working on this and to finally get stuck in.




wtf is happening

After coming to a rough team conclusion and deciding on a direction for where we wanted our product to go. We had decided on what technology we wanted to use, and were debating over what form the product would take.

Then along came the bearded man.

We explained our idea, probably missing out most of the important information that we all took for granted in our team’s collective idea ‘cloud’

He mentioned a lot of things including;

  • controlling time, and how tech works over a period of time. (instantaneous snapchat vs 3 month old disposable cameras)
  • looking into slow technology
  • giving user controls over privacy and security
  • ‘the cloud as a metaphor’ (???)
  • Look at predicting how technology could evolve, what could be phased out.

Essentially asking us to look at the platform, rather than the physical object.
(time being one direction, and audience being the other)

From this, we got the impression of  ‘wtf is happening’ ?

After spending the week overanalysing what he had said to us, we came to the conclusion that they weren’t a fan of our idea. It seems that the product being based around time and working around a waiting period of 1, 2, 5+ years at a time was not tackling the brief for a ‘future'(proof) product.

There could be a lot of things that could be phased out in that time period, USB’s, Wifi, smartphones even. So perhaps we need to make a product that will be useful for all of that time, instead of after the time has passed.


Our three weeks of research are up now, and after collecting our survey results, interview answers and collecting our own personal research elements, we collaborated our efforts into a couple of research boards to holistically show off  the results.

We summarised our research into a few interesting key points, and came up with suggestions of how we might tackle the problems

  • Restrict the number of photo people take? Make them more precious?
  • Find a way to make photos more valuable again People like having printed photos – make it easier / more accessable somehow?
  • Film cameras(disposable) are fun because they’re cheap and suspenseful
  • Make developing SLR/Films easier or create a blend of digital convenience with the fun of SLR

We will be considering these results and points during our next stage of development of idea generation to create our product/experience.


The current state of the Camera


Research; thoughts and summary on already existing Cameras and their issues.

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After conducting some initial research into the current world of Photography it became apparent that due to there being so many different forms of Photography, Cameras and Social Media Platforms that Photo’s have become much less precious than they were when photography was a ‘new-fangled’ wondrous invention.

When cameras were introduced the proposition of being able to take a snapshot of a moment was amazing, but it took time. Loads of time. As technology progressed we got portable film cameras. (amazing!) However this takes too long for the impatient, and the effort of having to go out to somewhere to print them, wait a few days or weeks then have to pick them up is laborious.

Enter the digital age; Photos galore! Hundreds of photos on one device? It’s almost like magic! No need to wait for them to develop! You can print them from your home printers! Load them into your fancy personal computers! Amazing!

Then some bright spark decided having a separate device to take photos and to make calls and texts would work so much better on one device. You could maybe even then send photos to people from phone to phone!

Where we stand now is somewhere past this. The phones we have, have stronger cameras to the compact digital ones, they don’t have as much creative flexibility as a professional DSLR camera’s in terms of the photos it takes. But what will come of the ‘Future cameras’ and world of Photography in a few years time?

With everything shifting to digital format- the ability to take a photo needs only a button press. Additionally the digital format tends to be much more convenient when it comes to storage; it doesn’t take up much physical space but that means you can take many more photos that you could with a camera using film or plates. Due to the mass of photos we take, because of how easy it can be, the value of photos area greatly depreciated. Instead of taking a few treasured photos, thinking about the subject matter, lighting, angles etc.Our ability to take many photos rapidly means the ones of value are lost among the mediocre.

In order to bring back the value of photos and enhance their personal worth we need to try and limit ourselves, or come up with a way to really make us think about the photo’s we take.
Not to mention the less photos we take, would surely increase the quality of subject matter too, and it would flush out the garbage that clogs up all our social media feeds.

Perhaps reverting to a blend of the limiting and suspenseful analogue cameras, and digital file quality and convenience, we could make a much better, more valued experience with photography in the future.