Accreate is a place for artists to upload, store, and organize all their photo references they may use for their artistic endeavors and also provides access to other users’ resources.
Think of Pinterest or Tumblr, except much more targeted towards artists who really need to keep their references organized and can do without all the other distractions of social media. Search for images by tags, the more tags the more the results will replicate what you are looking for. Users can also upload photos they have taken themselves for their own use or to share it with other users. Accreate stands out from other similar applications for its 360 view, which is useful for 3D animators or sculptors who need access to view from all sorts of angles…with just your phone.
PHASE 1: DEFINE
The app targets users who are artists of any kind–drawers, painters, sculptors, animators–who rely on their mobile devices to keep track of reference images. The app keeps users from having to dig through all of their photos, saved collections, and tags on different platforms to look for reference photos, allowing people to focus at the task at hand, the work in front of them. Using their camera, users can take their own reference images and be able to view images in 360, adding another dimension of possibility into users’ works.
PHASE 2: SHAPE
I was inspired by websites such as Tumblr and Pinterest from which I draw much of my artistic inspiration from. Although Twitter and Instagram have begun allowing users to bookmark images, that is not the primary use of these apps, unlike Pinterest and Tumblr. I feel that Pinterest and Tumblr are very useful websites for organizing references. Pinterest utilizes boards which users can customize and organize to their liking. Although you can search up as many tags as you want on Pinterest, the boards themselves seem to only utilize one single level of organizing and doesn’t allow for further filtering within each board. Tumblr allows for multiple tags within each post when you reblog something. However, it can get quite cluttered and its interface is not as user friendly on mobile. My app more or less sought to reconcile these two apps and include functions that makes the most out of the life references.
PHASE 3: PROTOTYPE
Stage 1: Proof of Concept
I began with the proof of concept on paper. I drew out the screens of the phone which featured the key features of the app. I explained each screen to my user and then I asked them questions. From this stage, I learned about other features users of my target audience would like to see (ex: break down frames of moving images).
Stage 2: Proof of Visual
Next, I began producing my app on Sketch. In this stage I also began thinking about the user flow experience on top of the aesthetics. From this stage, I got positive feedback on the light green color scheme.
Stage 3: Proof of User Flow/Experience
Then, I began putting the Sketch file into Principle and animating the app. During this stage, I had to think about what movements and buttons users would tend to go for when navigating an app like this. During this stage, I learned that color personalization is not a necessity for an app like this and that I should focus more on ensuring the user flow was easy and seamless.
PHASE 4: LAUNCH
For an app that strives to be achieve similar functions as Tumblr and Pinterest, it would wise if this app could also connect to these platforms so that people may conveniently synch their images into one app. Perhaps an option can pop up when saving an image found from these other apps where the user can choose to upload the image into a preexisting or new collection on Accreate, sort of like a cloud storage. Thus this app would instantly be marketable to artists who utilize these apps like such.
- How would I show the function of the 360 view using Sketch and Principle?
- How do I give users the incentive to upload their own reference images and not just mooch off others?