Andrew Walker- Project Two

Six Rough Ideas

I apologize for my egregious handwriting. Come to think of it, maybe I should’ve typed them…

Three In-depth Concepts

1. Emoti-blocks. A series of five therapeutic stress balls in the shape of emotive rounded cubes. Each one is a different colour, and has a different expression, corresponding with the amount of resistance it will give you when you try to squeeze it. The cute, humorous expressions distinctly set them apart from most stress ball products. They can also make nice shelf decorations, or toys for young children.

2. Customizable T-Shirt. An ordinary T-shirt, except that it has a 9″x10″ square of plastic coating on the chest. The shirt comes with a matching dry-erase marker, and the wearer can draw whatever they like on the shirt, and erase it easily if they want to change. (Possible downside, there’s really nothing to stop people from drawing obscene things on the shirt and going out in public with them, but hopefully their consciences will guide them.)

3. Elastic Ukelele. A hollow wooden cavity with a neckpiece, very closely resembling a small guitar or ukelele. There are plastic hooks in the bridge and neck, and the user may stretch elastic bands over these hooks to create a makeshift instrument. The hooks are placed in optimal positions, and the Elastic Ukelele will come with instructions on how to string the elastic bands for best results. (Note, perfect musical quality is not guaranteed, nor is it guaranteed the user will have an easier time playing this than a normal ukelele.)

Prototype

Well, my final idea was completely different from any of my other ideas. Art from adversity really, since I really couldn’t fabricate a prototype of any of those things. (all my attempts fail miserably.) So I came up with a new idea; the Monster List. Essentially, it was a paper pad that you use as a list of chores, or life-goals maybe. Basically you list things you need to get done, but the list prompts you to imagine you are fighting a monster instead of simply taking out the trash or getting your daily vitamin A intake.

However, during user testing, I came to a disturbing realization. Everything sounds way better in my head. I quickly discovered the primary flaw in my idea. It required too much effort from the user, and offered no substantial rewards for the user’s effort. In fact, the user had to come up with and provide themselves with the reward. Not only that, but the system which I devised one would make use of the Monster List was much too complicated, and involved at least two people to use it effectively. There were two different sheets with different purposes that were exchanged between the two users at different points during the “quest.” All in all, it would only appeal to true D&D geeks, and let’s face it, they’re not exactly a giant demographic to market to. I knew some things needed changing, specifically finding a way to give the user feedback, as well as make it easier to use. What better stone to kill two birds with than the iPhone?

PROPOSAL: THE MONSTER LIST

The monster list is an iPhone app which transforms an ordinary list of chores into a simple. fantasy adventure game. The idea for the Monster List stems from the concept of augmented reality, which refers to enhancing our everyday experiences. The target audience of the Monster list are young adults who grew up around video games, and want to bring elements of gaming into their lives.

How does it work?

After downloading the app for a small fee, the user will be prompted to being assembling their List. This list is, in effect, an ordinary chore list, but is not limited to chores alone. The user may feel free to use it for anything they desire, such as making reminders of little things that need to get done, or setting goals for life improvement, like quitting smoking or losing weight.

The app will take record of the date on which you assemble your list, and you will not be permitted to make a new list until you have completed the current one. The list will consist of ordinary text boxes, which the user will click on and type their task into.

Once they select “DONE” the app will randomly generate a monster that will be defeated upon completion of that day’s list. There is a small database of sprites and colour schemes that will be chosen from. The monster will have a health bar, and it’s length will directly correspond to the number of tasks on the list.

Upon completing a task, you simply press the empty square next to the task name, and a green checkmark will appear. This will prompt the monster screen to appear, and an animation will play showing the monster taking damage from the “hit” you just dealt to it by completing the task.

When all tasks on a list are finished, the monster will be defeated, and you will be awarded experience points. The amount of experience points also corresponds to the number of tasks on the list; 100 points for each task. The points you earn are added to your total experience, which automatically calculated and kept on record.

If you earn enough experience points, you will Level up, and you can unlock extra content, such as new weapon animations, avatars, background images, or skins for the app. (In an ideal scenario, users could download skins of their favourite games for the app.) This content is purely aesthetic, but makes the app customizable, and therefore more rewarding.

Please follow the link below to view a brief animated demo of the Monster List in action. The animation will start immediately, so be prepared.

View it here.



4 Responses to “Andrew Walker- Project Two”

  1.   Alexandra Michiko Weaver Says:

    Nice ideas! They could probably all be fun for people our age and the emotiblocks could be collectible. Good luck choosing just 1 idea!

  2.   Caroline Van Says:

    i really like the shirt idea.
    a idea suggestion for it would be maybe instead of a tshirt you make a jacket of sorts
    cus the material would suit it better (if you are using the floppy erasableable material) and also you could draw on the whole jacket

    aaannnd

    it would be fun for art students in lectures or class cause then we can just draw on the person sitting in front of us instead of drawing in boring old sketchbook 😀

  3.   Yizhen Jia Says:

    Yes the shirt idea is really good. although i like the cube idea, but its sort of out there already.

  4.   Hilda Lam Says:

    i like the Emoti-blocks! i think it is really cute, and i like collectible stuff ~