Client Work - Spring 2014

Kinscape is a family oriented social network that enables families to connect through privately shared stories built around videos, images and audio. The memories captured in Kinscape create a living family history that can be accessed and contributed to by future generations.

On this project I worked with a thoughbot developer and a non-technical client team.

Kinscape is about story telling and to build a powerful story telling tool we needed to deeply understand story telling in the context of families. Through interviews, research and experimentation with prototypes, we learned about the ways people share stories the things that motivate story telling and the things that make it difficult.

For Kinscape to work we needed to give all family members the to ability to tell great stories with little investment. To do this, we put media like videos, images and audio, media that people where already using to tell and share stories, at the heart of our story structure. This architecture enabled users to put together stories using media like building blocks that they could then elaborate on with captions and narrative.

Inline editing tools and auto saving enabled users to craft their story without worrying about loosing work or how it might look once it gets shared.

To ensure privacy, stories can only be shared with families you’re a part of. In the case captured below the user is not part of a family and has to create one in order to share their story.

A family is a private group. New members are added by existing members.

The Storyscape is an index of all the stories from all of the families a user is a part of. Basic searching, sorting and filtering functionality give users the ability to browse and revisit stories as the number of stories grows.

Stories that you are working on are saved as drafts in a private section of your profile until you share them.

We had learned through interviews and prior research that some people didn’t think that others would be interested in hearing stories from them but would be happy to tell them if others asked. This insight motivated us to build a feature that enabled users to request stories from existing and invited family members. This functionality also acted as customer acquisition mechanism.