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Isarwasser – A storytelling approach to interface design

The Isarwasser mobile app provides information for river surfers in the area. In designing for such a local, tight-knit, but also rapidly growing community, the aim was to strike a light-hearted tone that would poke some fun at the „serious business“ of surfing river waves, while also support social connections within the community. To further this objective the concept followed a storytelling approach. Narrative structures can be found in all forms of human creativity. During the evolution of the computer, previous representational formats were translated into digital form. Today, the medium has long developed it’s own unique language. Yet we can still learn from comparison with the other arts. Drawing from Brenda Laurels new 2014 edition of her classic „Computers as Theatre“, this project wants to further explore the use of narrative techniques in interface design.
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