I recently read an interesting article that relates to a project I’m working on right now, designing an iPhone app. The article is called Media on the move: personalized media and the transformation of publicness. The author, Kirsten Drotner writes about the relationship between people and media “how people can lay claim to public and private spaces when using mobile media technologies.” She goes on to discuss how mobile phones open up “ad hoc conversations” leaving messages in the open virtual space of conversation, unknowing of where or when the recipient is. “Unlike calls to particular places via landlines, mobile callers cannot anticipate the situated role of the recipient and hence virtual role-regulation is often part of the opening of conversation.” (i.e., where are you? what u doing?)
It is true, mobile technology has changed the way we view private and public space. We text on our phones in public settings but do so privately. We access phone applications that upload images and links to online communities. We use our phones to text in votes on reality televisions shows. We “check-in” at local cool spots in town to let people know where we are (or show off our glamorous lifestyles).
We have completed a mobile app design that will help Georgia State students in the art department create an online conversation of their work, connecting disparate disciplines and blurring virtual boundaries between studio spaces.
We are currently in usability testing phases.
Below are wire frames and skeletons of the designs.