Numerous apps support anonymous text-based interactions, but there is a noticeable lack of social apps for recording sound. While many social media platforms incorporate location tagging, this is often used for text or images, not sounds. We wanted to explore this space by creating a platform for anonymous users to share sounds with each other.
Soundscape is a location-aware sound recording app that allows users to interact with each other and the world through sound. A user will record a sound sample on their phone, and then “place” it at their geographic location. When another user walks near the location where that sound was placed (e.g. within ~10 feet), the sound sample will automatically play on their phone. All samples are placed anonymously—there are no sign-ups or accounts. When “listening mode” is enabled, you can discover a world of sounds recorded by other users.
l worked with two developers over the course of eight weeks to create a functional iOS app. As the designer on the team, I created wireframes, designed an interactive prototype using InVision, created a logo and icon, created graphics for the iOS app, and designed a poster for our final demo. I also conducted user testing throughout our process to evaluate our progress.