I’m currently designing and developing an “anti-dating” app (or a “pro-connection” app), which works as a diametrically opposed platform to Tinder and other various dating apps. Its intention is to emphasise the human behind the online avatar and facilitate connections between two people before showing any visuals or information pertaining to each avatar/individual.
After using various dating apps I disliked the notion that online dating was so binary and “checklist” oriented that it wouldn’t encourage people to particularly test outside their own conceptions or experiences of who or what they are looking for, effectively keeping people boxed within their own notions of the individual self.
I came up with an idea that some people might want to see what life — in all its irrational and indifferent glory — may provide its own means of worthwhile experiences (or at least encourage reflective evaluation of such experiences from the individual). I thought that to reproduce life’s happenstance, I could design a platform and experience which encourages people to connect through the intentions and language of the individual’s self-construct, but to purposefully expand the individual’s perception of self-construction by arbitrarily matching them into private 1-on-1 chat rooms with another user with using only the ability to chat to explore each other.
In conjunction, a list of chat features and users’ public details are progressively enabled/visible as the conversation between two individuals progresses — much like a real in-person relationship. At any point the users can disconnect (“break up”) from each other.
Other activities will be utilised throughout the app which require the participation of both users. This can include drawing a shape, speaking a few words, asking/answering a random question, to name just a few. The results of each users’ input are then combined to create a new output to display within the chat, adding to a collaborative and fun vibe that users can be delighted in viewing the results.
Currently this project is still undergoing its primary design phase.