Earlier this week two member of our research team, Mara and Luis, traveled to Berlin to run an experience prototype of the Yasmine Adventures, meet with Bianca Herlo and get more insights on the Mehringplatz neighborhood. We were received at Design Research Lab by Bianca and some elements of the research team that work on the Community Now? Project, it was great to learn more about the neighborhood and the projects that they have been developing there, specially get more insights on the PinPointing Mehringplatz project from which the content of our application was developed.
Then it was time to go to Meringplatz and start the hard work under the rush cold!!! Brrrr….
We had to decide the exact locations where the story clips were going to be uncovered, find locations to place the markers, make sure that the route between the museum and the neighborhood was simple enough, and take lots of pictures! By the end of the trip, we had a clear idea of all the locations, where to place the markers and a more refined story.
As we discovered some facts and learned from the people of the community we refined the content of the story. For example, we learned that one of the big murals was actually painted by a famous artist who did some artwork for the Obama campaign so we approach in the story. This trip was also essential to get to know all the locations in detail because we toke 360 degree videos from each of the locations so that we know how to portrait them in 3d virtual environment.
Below are images of the locations chosen to place the story clips. For some of the plot points, we had more than one option for the location that we wanted to discuss with the rest of the team.
Now it’s to start developing the project at full speed!!! There’s less than one month to go!!