Cross-channel service for movie experiences
Information architecture, UI, UX, Design research, Information design
MA Information Design project
Brief: Design a new information architecture for a large database of content and develop an usable cross-channel digital service that explores new possibilities for structure, display and interactivity.
- Explores the near-future context for the specific topic
- Desktop and mobile services help users with different actions
- The mobile app explores augmented reality functions available
- Understand how UX and context informs design decisions
The strategy proposed for MUBI involves a mobile application based on augmented reality search engine that could help users identify movies based on similar filming location through architectural features. This way movies relate to travel and to architecture, domains that help users browse information in a way that creates more serendipity.
View internal project report PDF (with detailed content on information architecture, UX, user journey, touchpoints strategy, research methods).
The current MUBI website represents a platform that is highly curated and always presents quality films. Most of the users have a background in cinematography, fact that makes the folksonomy work well for rating and reviewing. People can count on the choice of other people and the community gets more bonded.
Nowadays, technology helps people search and browse for different things in futuristic ways. For example, more and more virtual and augmented reality applications start to appear on the market and the searching methods become more sensorial, through image and voice recognition, just to mention a few.
Through market research and user-oriented methods like task-flow analysis, in-store observations, competition analysis and persona developing, some key insights have been identified in order to improve the information architecture of the MUBI website:
- the mobile application of the service could be more helpful and could help users discover great films in creative ways that involve social activities
- in-store observations identified the fact that people tend to trust the reccomandations from formal institutions, such as festivals and production houses; this observation could lead to an improvement of the website structure with the addition of a category dedicated to festivals
The new digital platform is an augmented reality mobile application for phone and tablet that helps users search and browse for films, cast, festivals, lists and movie locations in a very detailed way with the help of a very faceted search system and OCR camera with GPS system. More metadata is pulled for this kind of search, integrating image recognition that helps users identify movie scenes by architectural features detected with the help of the augmented reality system. The real-time view allows users to identify film locations and save them.
On a desktop, the scenes discovered could be browsed in a map mode and involve visualizing the discoveries that other people made in a creative way. Some pattern could be identified and the folksonomy could get very efficient. Users could also search by image input and could save scenes and locations to a private dashboard, like a journal.Technology offered today provides the elements needed for the platform to perform this kind of searching system and can get better, by learning, in time, from users. Clicking on a scene moment takes the user to the scene page where he could see where the scene was taken, who took it, what film is it similar to and what other users say about it.
For the client-facing document I started to develop a storyboard that would tell the near-future context and the whole story in a more clear way than words. I based my scenario on Irene, the film critic that travels and likes to take note of every little details she can find related to films. She writes articles about cinema and likes to find details that nobody noticed before.
Information architecture for the website
The system would work based on relational databases. My strategy for accessing information was based on an interesting article about information architecture that introduces search-enhanced information architecture, Beyond findability (in Journal of Information Architecture, 2(1). [http://journalofia.org/volume2/issue1/03-spagnolo/]).
The schemes presented in the articles showed how different attributes are mapped are sorted based on the groups of topic they take part of. Different groups of topic could be browsed as a whole, based on generic faceted filters, while other in-depth information might be search by specific attributes.