Over the last ten months, François and I shared on this blog our vision of a better Internet, that would care less about what people consume and more about what they create. We talked about a project-driven Internet fueled by inspiration, learning, and motivation reinforcement.
As we start our last year as engineering students in Paris, we decided to partner and start building a product around this vision. We want to build an application that will help people reach their creative goals, by inspiring them with great content, and motivating them on a daily basis.
In order to make it manageable, we decided to focus our first prototype on a very specific goal that François is very familiar with: learn to draw. The product is based on the idea that a great way to get better at drawing is to actually make a drawing every day. So that’s what we want our users to focus on: ship one drawing every single day.
Starting from there, we have to answer several questions:
- what teaching material will people use? Should we provide them with daily themes/challenges?
- what can we concretely do to motivate the user, on a daily basis?
- how will people get a sense of the progress they make over time, a sense of journey?
Right now, we’re working hard to answer these questions and build a first prototype that people can play with. We plan to ship something by the end of 2011, but we wanted to pitch this project publicly here to open the discussion and hopefully gather some early feedback and ideas.
We will give updates about the project on a regular basis, so stay tuned!
What do you think of this idea? Are you interested in trying this application? If you are, you can reach me directly at alexis.taugeron(at)gmail(dot)com, or on Twitter: @ataugeron.
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