Today we both use business cards, LinkedIn and other faulty softwares to manage our contacts. However, the challenge today, we found, is not exactly a digital storage opportunity for contacts. Rather, it’s remembering them for what and who they are when needed. Further, it would not exactly hurt to spice the experience of doing so up a little bit with a playful design.

This was the starting point for an exam project carried out as part of my Msc. in Digital Design & Communication at the IT University of Copenhagen, more specifically a course named “Communcation Design”. Our concept reCallr targets the need to personally organize contacts and thereby being able to recall them when needed, and thus meets the the demand our research indicated. The approach of the course was to use design-thinking to create valuable concepts. There were no constraints on theme, stakeholders etc., so we had to shape the entire process from brainstorming on possible issues that could be re-designed, to interviewing, ideation and fast prototyping to proof the concept. The goal of the exam was to create an innovative communication design concept and proof of concept-mockup or prototype along with a paper.

reCallr is an app concept for smartphones, with which users can add searchable notes to new contacts in order to easier recall them. The contacts are stored as contact-cards to imitate the feel and idea of traditional business card. Then frontpage of the contact-card contains formal information, that can be connected with LinkedIn (illustration to the left). The back of the contact-card contains the users private notes to that person, which can be images, drawings, emoticons, text and small sound-files. They are all searchable except the images and drawings. This is a small video-demonstration showing the main navigation and adding notes to a contact-card:

This link contains the interactive mockup, made with Pixelate: (Download of mobile app necessary).

Via the app the user can also easily share contact-cards with other users. This is done by using the paperplane icon on a contact-card and the swipe the contacts card off imitated through the. This small video imitates how sharing a contact is done:

Unfortunatly we did not receive any feedback on the proces or the concept by others than the ones we tested an early version of the mockup on. The general feedback to concept was, however, positive. There are concerns though, on whether the user would “make the effort” of adding notes for a future benefit, but the feedback on the UI was very positive. Testpersons especially liked the sharing-feature and thought is clever and fun to use.

Feel free to ask me any questions regarding this project, if you are interested in further information.