The Isarwasser mobile app
... provides information for river surfers in the area around Munich. In designing for such a local, tight-knit, but also rapidly growing community, the aim was to strike a light-hearted tone that would poke some fun at the 'serious business' of surfing river waves, while also support social connections within the community. To further this objective the concept followed a storytelling approach.
"Interface design [is] aimed at creating representations of worlds that are like reality, only different."
— Page 16, Brenda Laurel: Computers as Theatre, 2014
The Isarwasser app does not only show real time data – it is itself a representation of the river surfing environment. The interactor navigates with swipe and scroll gestures.
Sensor data and the interactor’s input directly affect the virtual environment and influence for example the water level or the color of the river.
Figures: Water changing according to real time conditions. Tilt animation triggered by phone sensors.