Tempo

—IBM x SXSW

OPPORTUNITY

During my internship at IBM, I worked on a multidisciplinary team of 11 interns—representing visual design, UX design, front-end development and design research—to create an activation for IBM's SXSW exhibit in Austin.



We were tasked with creating an interactive display that leveraged the Weather Underground API which has in-depth hyper-local weather data from Personal Weather Stations around the world. And we had 5 days.

ROLE

Lead Visual Designer

With sticky notes in hand, we immediately began developing our primary persona, Stu.

Stu is a local Austin developer who is skeptical about the hype around IBM Watson, but is curious to learn about the other services they offer. He also bikes to work and (proudly) takes his coffee black.

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SOLUTION

Music is created from a real-time ten-day weather forcast, resulting in a visualization and auralization of the weather in cities around the world. We coined our application interface Tempo, a play on both temperature and music.

HOW IT WORKS

A unique music track was created for each weather metric chosen for our activation. The volume of the music track is dependent upon the metric value, creating a unique musical composition for each city. 

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