Story Journal combines maps, photos, and videos to tell compelling travel stories. It makes it easy to share and discover photos and videos with location references.
Create an app to help people tell their travel stories
I interviewed people to learn their needs of capturing the moment when traveling. I asked them questions about how they take photos and videos and what could help them share those media.
Quotes from users
Stories on existing social media apps
Easy to consume but do not emphasize user curating
Need to record travel experiences
Stories or journals that do not expire; longer stories for trips
Need to know where stories happened
Want to know where photos or videos were taken. Locations are part of a story.
Based on my research findings, I created a persona to help guide my design decisions. Sophia has motivations and frustrations similar to what I learned from the user interviews.
The stories format has been one of the most sticky features in social apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Users put together videos, photos, and texts to share their moments and experiences. Below is a brief summary of the Stories feature in popular apps.
The app has to allow users to manage their travel stories, including locations, photos, and videos.
Create stories with texts, photos, videos
Save locations from media or user input
Show stories along routes on a map
Follow others’ stories
Like, bookmark, comment, and share stories
Add location information to a photo
View other's story
Photos missing location information
View own story
View locations information
Edit photo/video information
5 users tested
Create a story from a recent trip
Edit locations of photos for a story
Edit own profile
Have to import photos and videos first.
Unable to add more photos once the creation started.
Not sure where to find story drafts.
Unable to mark locations on the map
The location input does not look like a search input
Unclear what the settings look like
Selects a friend who travels with you
Select media from photo library and import them into the story.
Edit location of photos
View the published story.
A structured design process can save a lot of time later.
Important to develop information architecture and task flow first before jumping into designs.
Wireframes need to show details of task flows.