Time Travel and Curated Playlists

A conceptual mobile app for time-travel. UI, UX exploration.

 
 

Overview

What if time travel was the next step for exploring and learning about history? You could, for example, jump back to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. In context, it's a part of the larger Civil RIghts Movement, the movement for nonviolent political action, and an iconic piece of rhetoric (in this project, I  think of these as "playlists"). And what progress have we achieved in the half century since? It's significant that we are 50 years out, rather than 5 years out or 500 years out from MLK's speech. My challenge was to prevent users from getting "lost in time" so to speak, to ground users in the context and significance of events they're visiting.

The design challenge:

Demonstrate how you can apply a common visual language for a NASA time travel app, which consists of a UI that identifies where in time you are, where in time you want to go, and an actionable affordance to initiate time travel (don’t worry about flows).

 

 
 
 

Where are you now? This dashboard tells you where you are in time or "your present", in relation to the "natural present".

 

Here you can view events to travel to in near time-proximity from your current time-location.

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Save or add the event to your playlist for future viewing.

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More coming soon!