This project challenged me to conceptualize, design, and prototype an app for sorting and finding photos. With today's ease to load up cloud accounts with tens of thousands of photos, it's imperative to design more sophisticated apps to deal with these enormous libraries. My app concept is designed to filter, sort, and share photos based on color. As my photo Instagram makes clear, I am one of many people who take time to find and curate photos to match as a set. My app, Hue Hunter, would make this process a breeze.
With a library of 60,000 photos and counting, I knew I should demonstrate this interface with my own images.
For the core functionality, I had to plan out how the user would use this color sorting mechanism. The most natural way to interact with color is, of course, with a color wheel. The original concept I created involves live-viewing of results as you slide. This mechanism is what I chose to build the concept around and based off.
When posting photos that align to an aesthetic, some people like to match or complement colors. Seeing a dominant primary color, plus a secondary accent color is what I personally like to have in my photos. Being able to discern a primary, secondary, or even tertiary color in a photo is something we already see in apps and software—demonstrating how our devices can analyze and differentiate with ease.
To THOROUGHLY conceptualize the app, as well as make it enticing to use on a frequent basis, a simple search was not enough to make it stand out from competition. Working with features like an automatic finder for ideal photos, daily recommendations, and whole library access pushed the idea from a search and find function to a standalone app with a daily draw to open and discover what might be hiding in your library.
The updated dark and red interface was inspired by classic photo darkrooms. Matching the dark appearance with judiciously placed glowing red provides clear hierarchy while not drawing focus from the main content—similar to the red of darkrooms emitting just enough light to see where you are, but not enough to prematurely expose photos. Of course, the all-dark interface also lets your photos stay the main attraction. Now there's even less between you and your favorite photos.
As a final deliverable, I created a short video to demonstrate how this app would function in an average user flow. Displaying the search and navigation gives an idea of what it's like to use.