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Who's Blogging

Karyn Lu

KARYN LU works in the Design Experience Group at, and is the User Experience Lead on, CNN's citizen news initiative. She is passionate about creating a great user experience across multiple disciplines and platforms.

Lila King

LILA KING is an online media producer living in Atlanta. She's pretty sure everyone's story is fascinating if you listen well enough. Echo is all ears.

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Project Blog: Echo

This public art and civic journalism project will produce and collect stories tied to physical locations throughout Atlanta. Signs with Echo phone number and location ID will invite pedestrians and cyclists to access a story about that site via cell phone, podcast or the Web. When a space becomes inscribed with cultural or personal stories, it transforms into a place of significance, said project leaders Lila King and Karyn Lu, movers behind CNNs user-generated site Follow their progress here. Visit their website.

December update

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Over the last few weeks we’ve been working on the back-end infrastructure for Echo. In addition to the giant flow chart we’ve created for mapping out how users will navigate the system, we’ve developed a spreadsheet outlining all of the pertinent metadata for each of our stories. We also just finished developing wireframes and content for the first phase of the Echo site, which will prominently feature an interactive Google map zoomed into Lake Claire, our pilot neighborhood. We can’t wait to see how our designer Ronnie translates all this into a beautiful visual interface for Echo.

In the back of our minds we’re also wrestling with an interesting challenge, which came about when a friend who lives in Lake Claire told us that his wife remembers the runaway pony story differently (hear it from our 9/8/08 entry). How do we showcase a story when multiple people remember the event differently, and can tell it from various perspectives? If we can find an elegant design solution for this, we can help evolve multimedia conversations online to a whole new level. If you have any ideas or would like to chat with us, drop us a line!

   • Posted by Karyn Lu on 12/10 at 10:25 AM