Made me think of you was the final name of my graduate thesis project at ITP.
It was born out of my nostalgic personality, my borderline hoarder tendencies and the crazy amount of photos I take that aren’t categorizable by current photo apps standards.
It became an exercise on product conceptualization and product development.
The original problem was simple-ish enough: Memory gets triggered by different things. I usually take photos of these triggers. These photos are archived solely on the date they were taken and retrieving them is extremely difficult, which in a way, makes retrieving these memories hard.
So, how to better archived our photos and retrieve them?
I started researching and found answers in the theory of knowledge and the neuroscience. We create knowledge via context, we associate things to other things to create context and meaning. So, the way to find a photo would be based on what it makes you think off, the people involved, the place it was taken at, why did you take it in general.
With that in mind I was set on streamlining the process of creating this tags of associated knowledge to each photo. And Made me think of you was the first answer to that.
The app is a camera-based app that helps you tag each photo with a 5 contextual reminders of why you took the photo. When you’re looking for a photo you can use this context to find the photo. With that in mind, I started wire-framing and thinking about the flow of the app:
The result was a pretty personal app and a ton of first-hand knowledge on how to build one that was a direct response to a need I had. But the idea didn’t stop in organizing things better. I’m really interested in accidental knowledge and how one thing can take you to another, traversing in your own memories and making you remember other things.
With that in mind, I started working on traverse, and accompanying app. You can check the concept and process here.