In an increasingly digital world where friendships and interests can span countries - how can the physical elements of reading, book clubs, and recommendations between friends be adapted to a digital platform? Over the years multiple apps have perfected this concept in relation to music, movies, and tv shows, but we still lack an efficient space for interacting with and sharing books. Folio is designed to fill this need.
Developed with the vision of connecting readers digitally, and creating a space for sharing, discussing, and finding new recommendations of books of all genres. Folio allows users to form book clubs and group listening sessions, and makes it easy to share your most loved books. Already read and to-be-read titles can be saved to your digital bookshelves, along with your reader notes and recommendations. Go ahead - create as many bookshelves as you’d like, your space here is unlimited. Users can add, organize, and share books and even whole bookshelves to anyone across the platform.
I wanted to create one cohesive space that combined many of the elements of reading beyond the reading itself. Being able to meet, discuss, share, and save books easily makes it that much easier to be inspired and bond with others over a shared love of reading. I aimed to elevate the concept of your bookshelf at home - and increase your opportunities for inspiration and community.
As my final project for my undergraduate design degree, I aimed to utilize what I have learned in undergrad and combine it with my growing interest in UX design. Including both the research and design aspects. This app concept was a catalyst in my desire to learn more about UX design, and I hope to continue my studies through a graduate school program. While studying User Experience Design in grad school, I’d like to continue developing this project and continue improving upon the user experience of the app.