What do you want to get out of your project?
I would like to create something that is more than just interactive infographics. It needs to be something that when made into a real app will function naturally, without explanation of the next step or where the user can explore.
What do your users want to get out of your project?
I want users to get a better understanding of the timeline of the movie, because watching either one of the movies, or only watching the movies once, leaves the viewer (at least this was my experience) a little confused about who was killed when and where. The movie’s timeline is broken up for dramatic effect, which works, but makes it pretty confusing when trying to map out information pertaining to characters and locations.
Who are your users?
Younger people that use newfangled devices, who are interested in Tarantino films, the RZA, and Kill Bill.
How would you measure the success of your project?
If I can create a deeper understanding of the movie timeline that is more digestible for the user, including information/relationships that they may or may not have picked up in their initial viewing of the movies.
How can you divide your content into categories?
Well, I was thinking about focusing on the main members of the Deadly Viper Assassin Squad, which will then lead into their own associates and other relationships within the movie. The categories would be things like gang association, weapon of choice, snake name, song, etc.
What sort of meta information can unite some or all of the content?
Well I guess it depends on what page you’re on? All of them fall under the scope of Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino, RZA, Deadly Viper Assassin Squad, soundtrack, etc. I’m not sure I understand this question.
Does your structure facilitate exploration?
Hopefully, I don’t want this to be strictly linear even though I am working with a timeline as the main premise. I want many different ways to navigate through the app, with the option of a traditional nav.
Would your structure support only 5 people? 100 people? 1 million?
Ummm, ? I guess I’d like it to support as many people as possible, but most likely in the hundreds.
What sort of functionality would your project need to be successful?
Easy navigation that transitions nicely between characters and screens. Interactive elements that allow the user a better view of the infographic information, maybe even a way to view the fact information from all of the characters in one place. I also think that incorporating outside information, like critic reviews or additional facts about the movie might be a way to expand the app beyond the movies themselves and allow for users to have a unique experience.
What functionality would be nice to have?
Something like streaming the soundtrack, or the music changing from page to page depending on the character might be kind of cool too. I would like to incorporate the music element into this project as much as possible, because the RZA and Quentin Tarantino are both geniuses.
What is the primary content of your site?
Primary content would be the facts about the particular character whose page you’re on. It would include an image of some sort, and then mostly text.
What is the supplemental content?
Additional content would be included in a sidebar, like the music player that could easily be accessed from each page. Some other form of navigation could also potentially serve as additional content.
Below are my preliminary user flows
This flow is based on a rhizome home page which highlights the 5 main characters. After clicking into each character the user is routed t a quick quiz page which allows for a unique viewing of the app by each user. If the question is answered correctly, the user is rewarded with additional behind the scenes information, if the user chooses incorrectly, they are routed to the correct answer. Either way, the user will then be routed to the character’s page which they originally clicked on.
This flow highlights the fixed timeline/soundtrack bar on the bottom, which can be used as navigation to other pages, as well as the rhizome style home page. This incorporates the soundtrack into the app more, and adds an additional level of information by including Quentin Tarantino and the RZA into the mix.
This user flow is based on a map style homepage, where the user chooses a location on the map, which is then routed to information pertaining to that location. This flow is less character based, and offers equal incorporation of the soundtrack versus map. The character pages would be more like third tier information, with the user choosing who they wanted to kill off first based on their choice of location, or maybe choice of weapon?
I have to say, I think that mapping user flow really has helped me to think about the app in a way that is more digestible, even though I am sure most of this will change by the final product.