Poetry InPictures app aims to encourage poets to write and share new poems based on current affairs and provides a platform for a reading and social experience for poetry enthusiasts. The concept of the app is to pull in the daily photographs from the InPictures section of the Guardian website. The poet will then write a poem based on this visual reference to be posted and shared on the IOS application and twitter. Incorporating hashtags allows readers to view all poems related to a particular image and news story, while using twitter builds in the social experience allowing a global community to be built.
Poetry InPictures was developed as part of my third year Social Mobile apps module. The aim was to research, design and prototype a touchscreen app that creatively re-imagined the printed poem; acting as a communication tool and a social reader interface for both individuals and as a group activity. Drawing inspiration from the current social reading groups, applications and devices, I aimed to design and create a product for my chosen niche market, developing a solution that focussed around the shared digital marginalia. The solution had to include some aspect of touch screen mobile technology.
I developed the reader application, utilizing and improving on my wireframing, illustrator and xcode skills throughout the project. This was a solo project, meaning I was very focused throughout and set myself personal deadlines for each stage. The app design changed a lot over the course of the project, as a result of my research and iterative design process. You can read more about my design process in my blog and a full critical review here.