UX / UI project J:

StoryPort - Desktop version

The Challenge:

To reimagine coastal folklore stories for today's audience. Maritime heritage belongs to the rich historical coastal zones, land & seascapes containing tangible and intangible artefacts. We are all familiar with tangible artefacts like buildings and objects that can be viewed and assessed and placed in a historical context. However intangible artefacts like folk stories, songs and poems are oral histories that provide first-hand evidence of the past, giving a voice to those people excluded from traditional historical records, bringing new perspectives and challenging our view of the past and filling in gaps in our historical evidence with the result of securing a history at risk and enjoying the rich tapestry of oral Irish heritage.

The Solution: StoryPort

StoryPort is a mobile & Desktop application showcasing coastal folklore in context. Oral history and multiple functions is is invaluable to our identity and culture. Oral history can fill in the voids in historical evidence and secure history at risk. It can offer new perspectives and challenge us as a collective. It provides a voice often excluded from traditional historical records. The recording and performing of oral history documents traditions and ideas with subtle variations. It also contributes to the preservation of historical evidence and secures history at risk. StoryPort allows the public to reconnect with our oral heritage in its original context.

How the design can be used: We believe that designing a digital folklore performance space that builds awareness of maritime heritage will increase awareness of the importance of maritime heritage and sustainability among the general public. We know this to be true because the heritage council of Ireland has identified this as an area that is not sufficiently documented or appreciated and it has proposed that “encouraging and facilitating collections of folklore and stories associated with maritime vernacular structures and artefacts at both county and regional levels”. Heritage council p.14, (2006)

User Journey one:

Homepage and StoryPort / Howth Harbour.

User Journey two:

StoryPort / Howth Harbour and video media folklore page.