These notes collect my steps in meandering process towards the prototype. The order is roughly chronological, so it gets more concrete at the end.
diary in reddit thread
George H.W. Bush presidential diary:
journal as a part of cognitive behavior therapy: http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/02/15/how-to-use-a-thought-diary/
Day One Journal: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/day-one-journal-notes-diary/id421706526?mt=8
calendar, photos, password, touchid, timestamps, location
My Secret Diary:
ugly, secrecy, pin, girly, pink, sparkly, stickers, photo, music
evernote + dropbox + maps + calendar + instagram import, productivity, password, tag
Chronicle - Journal and Writing Notebooks:
focussed only writing, can only add dates/change sizes
beige, photos, places, tag, calendar view, integrations via links
flat, bright, simple, blog-like, photos, tags, passcode
multiplatform, focussed on days, writing, blogging, embedding — not attachment
Started diary to practice English — turned into notes w/ sketches more than words. Same notebook turned into notebook for classes. Not anywhere near daily. Wrote in spurts. Mutiple times a day for like a week, then nothing for months. Kept secret — bought a journal with a lock at one point. Would like an app w/ set reminders, but I’d probably delete eventually.
Diaries seem like a girl thing (not a woman thing either — a little girl thing). I used to keep a diary but I just stopped at some point in middle school. Something a little obsessive/creepy about writing down everything. I don’t think I’d ever write a digital diary.
postsecret-like, focussed on feelings. API seems broken
diagnostic tools for mood
API that tags emotion in text
Weather as emotion:
guidelines for presenting weather predictions on tv:
Stock Apple weather app
place cards, 5-day forecast, animation of current conditions
current conditions, Po, real-time notifications warn about weather events
Weather Underground wundermap
radar, temperature, forecast, PoP, news
radar, warnings, layered display — turn things on and off
character-driven, quirky, current conditions, forecast, GladOS-like voice, fictional locations
not well-liked, bright, sharp, geometric icons, social, reporting, mood, “it’s weather for ____”
Used to be a huge fan of weather apps — looked at radar a lot, and precipitation graphs. Deleted all other apps after getting dark sky. Just the information you need, when it’s relevant.
Thoughts after research & mindmap
Weather is typically a boring subject — e.g. “talking about the weather” but has the potential to be beautiful/interesting with the right visualization. Tied to emotion, tied to location. Enough weather information combined allows you to guess where someone is pretty precisely. Given in broad, regional forecasts but actually hyper-local. e.g. SF microclimates.
Diaries are a private activity that begs to be shared. They get stolen, voluntarily published as fictional books, history, and memoirs. Diaries as literature. Diaries as external memory — a way to keep track of day/distant past. Dichotomy between public, private, and anonymous. People willing to share most internal thoughts if they’re anonymous.
Users may want to keep the default prompts or choose their own.
This might work well. Pavlovian response to write when it rains. Writing during rain feels natural, at least to me — should ask others.
some places aren’t rainy, some places are too rainy
could have the weather be simulated, rather than real
that seems worse than never having a notification at all — disconnects from
reality and you need another narrative
might work if it were very game-like
since some places will never get a writing notification, it should work without them. Maybe shouldn’t go too far with the rain images
Should snow count?
could record sound of rain and/or writing, then play back during reading
still need to decide what weather info to show
Is there a better weather condition?
write when sunny — obviously wrong, people more likely to be outside
write when at home/another location — not connected to weather, which solves some problems but is a weaker connection
read calendar to find times to write
Should probably be private by default, with option to make public. passcode seems necessary, but probably not in mvp.
Should notification happen during rain or just before?
Rainy Day Diary? Silver Lining? Droplet Journal? Wet Ink? Pun on singin in the rain?
Raindrops — cool colors, blues, ink as water
lightning in spritekit
Cloud by James Fenton from the Noun Project