- Geoff Oxholm, Research Engineer, Creative Technologies Lab
- Lisa Temple, Community Engagement Manager, Digital Media
- Seth Walker, Senior Experience Designer, Creative Technologies Lab
- Erik Natzke, Principal Artist in Residence, Creative Technologies Lab
- Sam Wick, Senior Experience Designer, Lead, Adobe Design
- Tanya Siadneva, Experience Designer, Adobe Design
- Mark Kuman, Jr., Project Manager, Creative Technologies Lab
- Tom Nguyen, Next Gen Creativity, DI Product Management
(Special thanks to our repeat volunteers Cézanne Baghdadlian, Patti Sokol, and Ileana Funez for supporting the team the night of the event)
All our testing helped us shape a streamlined final product for the de Youngsters event:
1. Users began their session by choosing from a collection of colorful props, including cut-out cardboard shapes, emojis, abstract frames, and glasses printed with art from the museum's collection (which they were free to keep as a souvenir).
2. Users were then directed into one of two life-sized "photo booths", activated by an Adobe staffer, which captured a sequence of images automatically on an 85" display.
3. Users moved on to a second 65" touchscreen display, where their images appeared automatically along with a selection of art from the museum's collection; here, a simple timed workflow guided them through stylizing their photos.
4. Users were then directed to the printing station – the last stop – where they picked up their finished images in a folio that matched their stylizations to the museum masterpieces on which they were based.
5. Each user's printout also included a password to retrieve their images online instantly at a secure website; from there, they could save their digital originals, revisit the museum works of art, and share to social media.
Together, we captured 312 unique photo booth sessions, stylizing almost 2,500 images and printing 600 takeaways over the course of the three-hour event.
What We Learned
The night of the Art Party was a tremendous success, during which we demonstrated several areas of improvement over 2016. Key takeaways included:
- Last year, we were plagued by too many points of choice in our experience, and we zeroed in and definitely fixed that issue in 2017. We created a streamlined, timed and controlled flow that allowed us to accommodate every family at the party (multiple times, even), with no major technical difficulties. This approach gives us a great framework in which to think about the product potential of this technology.
- We do, however, want to continue to challenge ourselves to keep experiences like these highly creative. What made our experience "messy" in 2016, also made it wild and expressive; we sacrificed some of that in order to have a smoother event this year and, going forward, we will continue to bring together our various team members' expertise in ways that help us marry the messy with the streamlined.
- The experience was built around a server that we brought to the museum and ran on a local network. While setting it up was easy, it's not terribly convenient and it's also risky, dragging the server around. A better solution would be to stylize from a portable machine, or to run the photo booths over the internet.
- There are still a few places for improvement in our UI; we noticed these during the calm points, when there wasn't a constant stream of users interacting with the photo booths and, consequently, learning from those that went before them.
1. Sharing our work with the Capture team, with the goal of "capturing" style from an existing image to your CC libraries.
2. Refining the existing algorithm and experience to allow for degrees of stylization, giving the user more creative control over altering their images; also, integrating professional Photoshop workflows such as masking, compositing, etc.
3. Adding support for video content.
4. Using the existing hardware/interface to explore other ways of altering photos, beyond neural style transfer.
5. Showcasing the existing photo booths at corporate locations/events as a uniquely Adobe employee engagement experience.