Quinn, A., Bederson, B., Bonsignore, E., Druin, A.
As the capabilities of smartphones and similar mobile
devices advance, opportunities increase to use them for
meaningful creative tasks. Incorporating text, images, and
sounds in documents is commonplace when using desktop
office or graphics software. However, multimedia
authoring interfaces for mobile devices remain
undeveloped. Working with a participatory design group
composed of children, older adults, and researchers, we
developed StoryKit, an iPhone application for creating and
sharing audio-visual stories on an iPhone. Our initial goal
was to support children making stories together with older
adults as a form of informal learning. To that end, it lets
users create books on the touchscreen device by arranging
their text, photos, drawings, and sounds on pages, and then
sharing them via e-mail and the web. The design of
StoryKit uncovered solutions to several general interface
challenges that affect a wide range of mobile authoring
applications. Thus, we think elements of the StoryKit
interaction design may serve as a starting point for
developers of mobile document authoring applications.
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