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Bringing the ambience into our screen

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Created by Seungmee Lee

This is a quick prototype of an idea, inspired by a bright sunny weekend in Singapore. Since I've relocated to Singapore, I've learned the beauty of spending my time outside, for walks, reading, or just to listen to a music without doing anything. You might wonder if it's hot outside, but actually, with a nice breeze under the shades of trees, and sometimes sounds of water from pools nearby, it's a perfect weather to chill. When I want to stay away from phones and works, I grab a light paper book that I borrowed from a library, and go out. Sometimes I go to a park nearby, and find an empty chair under trees, or go to a beach bed near a swimming pool. This prototype was also inspired when I was out for quick reading outside. When I was enjoying the moment, I started to imagine bringing this nice ambience to somewhere I spend time more often - to screens and website. How does it feel for you to have this ambience? Do you think it's going to help you feel better when you're reading boring articles or documents on a screen? When we build something, it's always about the priority. We focus on MVP, minimal viable product, and designers focus on user experience but mostly about usability, readability, accessibility and many more to ensure it's usable for most of users. These are 'must-to-have' But this prototype made me question to myself, whether there's a room for these type of 'nice-to-have', things that make users... just feel good. Especially as building an app or website getting easier and more dynamic with different librarys like THREE.js, shaders, and many more, I feel like we're at a good phase to experiment and build these niche interactions and products. It might not be highly profitable or appropriate for large audience, but there'll be niche users who appreciate for these little nice touches.