A brief introduction on our MHCI Capstone Project.

The Team

Team Explora is composed of four Masters students in the Human-Computer Interaction program through Carnegie Mellon University and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI).

The Client

More4You is a Portugal based tour operator specializing in leisure travel experiences and providing comprehensive tourist services in Madeira.

Design Challenge

Promote the experience of Madeira in a dynamic and interactive way to reach the largest number of end customers through More4You’s domain: www.visitingmadeira.com

Our Vision

"We seek to understand the motivations and goals of tourists to design a traveling platform that allows them to better discover unique holiday experiences."

Summary Concept

Introducing Vignette, a social media platform for travelers to share their live broadcasts and discover unique travel experiences.

Our Design Goals

We want you to “Be There”, and see what the experience is really like.

Support Social Needs

Social connections and interactions with locals enhance tourist experiences

Support Contextual Needs

Tourists need immediate and familiar information as they are traveling

Address All Audiences

Be adaptable and easy to use for a wide range of users

Scale to Other Markets

Global tourism impacts how the product must grow with greater trends

Key Features

We want you to “Be There”, and see what the experience is really like.

Watch livestreams

View user generated live and trending videos of travel experiences in Madeira.

Broadcast live videos

Broadcast and share your travel experiences with the world through your own live videos.

Book activities

Book an activity that you just saw in livestream videos by connecting to our partner websites

Follow other travelers

Follow the content you want to watch. Follow friends and family to "be there" with them in their travels.


Share your travel experience with your friends and family with just one click.

Create a wishlist

Save the activities you watched that interested you the most to plan the ideal vacation

Concept Video

Introducing Vignette. A live video platform for discovering, socializing, and booking unique travel experiences.

We want you to “Be there”, and see what the experience is really like. Gone are the days when users are fooled by selective company reviews and stock photos. Vignette puts you as close to the real thing as possible.

Literature Reviews

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Field Research Destinations

Our Team

Sherry Wang

Project Manager

Sherry is a native Northern Californian and comes from a business consulting background prior to joining MHCI. As an artist at heart, pursuing a degree at the intersection of design, psychology, and technology felt like the natural next step for her. Outside of school, she’s passionate about photography, social impact, and music.

Gian Piero Spicci

Development Lead

Gian Piero Spicci (Caracas, Venezuela) completed his undergraduate studies in 2014 with a B.S. in Computer Science from Florida International University. Before enrolling in the Masters in Human-Computer Interaction (MHCI) at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), Gian worked with a team to develop an online platform for Smartinvest Capital LLC, a nancial consulting rm expanding into the world of alternative investment.

Ayla Walsh

User Research Lead

Ayla is from Orange County, California and prior to joining MHCI, she was curiously exploring why people think and act the way they do. She studied psychology and cognitive science at UCLA, continued by research involved with the brain. Ayla later stepped out of academia after learning about the value that psychology brings in designing for user’s needs. The domains she is particularly interested in are education, mental and physical health and brain-computer interfaces.

Jason Eaglin

Creative Lead

Jason is from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and comes from a background of Engineering/ Technology Education with a minor in Computer Information Systems and Technology. Jason has an interest in designing interfaces and technologies that both enhance and foster social interactions. In his spare time, Jason enjoys competitive gaming, traveling and experiencing different cultures, and politics.


Here are some reactions from our user testing