arcdive GUI Leila Byron

“arcdive” is a new bookmarking and knowledge sharing app that lets like minded readers find interesting online content by following experts in a certain field and giving time back from endless browsing.

The concept was formed from initial investigations with users on the topic of self surveillance. The empirical data led to first assumptions around the topics of general app usage and more specifically data collection. After several ideation rounds through brainstorms, the group agreed on a concept that tackles the problem of abundance of media content available.

With the metaphor of a record store in mind, the team focused on the record store owner – a figure that is perceived as a great selector, curating the in-store archive and serving customers with expertise.

The importance of this app was to make the bookmarking aspect as seamless and intuitive as possible. The ecosystem of reader and publisher is an important aspect of the app, at sign up you are automatically a reader, when you ‘bookmark’ an important link you become a publisher. The feedback loop created to entice publishers is a reward system based on readers input on the importance of the article to the ‘crate’.

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The prototype was made using Sketch and animated in Flinto.