“Design is not for philosophy, it is for life”
Implementation and optimization of an intuitive digital user experience to take and view 360 images
Panono is a Berlin based startup that developed and manufactures a 360 photo camera which takes fully spherical images with an image quality of 108MP. Alongside the hardware Panono develops an app that can be used to take and process images; stitching software to create seamless images; and a website to view and organize the images. As Panono’s Head of Design I collaborated with a freelance UX and graphic designer and the inhouse developers to create an intuitive user experience on Panono’s app and website.
Once the team had decided on a workflow that would work from a user and a technical perspective (see Panono Concept Design) we collaborated to bring the app and website designs to life. My job, as part of the UX team, was to regularly check on progress made by the developers, test different version of the products with users and iterate on the designs when necessary. Our main concern was to keep the complex workflow consistent and understandable over the different touchpoints of the product system.
The Panono camera consists of 36 individual camera modules which all take an image simultaneously. These 36 images need to be processed and stitched together in the cloud before the user can view a finished 360 picture on their account. As the camera itself does not have a screen and cannot connect to the internet, a mobile phone and the Panono app is used to select and send images to the cloud. We developed a three step process which was used to structure and communicate the workflow to users in different parts of the product system.
STEP 1 – Connect camera to smartphone
Connecting the camera to a smartphone allows users to access images on the camera, preview them and select those they wanted to transfer to the phone. As its most important feature, the connection to the camera got a central place in the app.
STEP 2 – Send images to the cloud
Once images were downloaded to the phone, the user connects their phone to the internet in order to send the unprocessed images to the cloud. Status of the uploads can be followed in the processing section of the app and website.
STEP 3 – View and edit finished images
Processed images can be viewed, shared and edited on the user’s account. Basic functions are implemented in the app so users can share and edit images on the go. For more complicated functions or when editing large amounts of images the website offers more tools.
Want to know more?
Check out this review of the Panono camera and workflow
Or read more about the concept design phase of Panono’s app and website