Stockholm Winter Olympics

How can we leverage streaming services to create a better Olympic viewing experience?

Context:
Brandcenter Project

Duration:
12 Weeks

Role:
Product Designer + Animator

Team:
Grace Geary (Art Direction), Erin Phillips (UX/UI, Illustration)

01 Overview

Background

The Tokyo Olympics had a viewership problem.

As a storied brand with years of history, the Olympics are a chance for host nations to showcase their unique cultural heritage with millions of viewers around the world. But, it all goes for nothing if nobody is actually watching the Olympics.

Solving the streaming problem for future Olympics

For a hypothetical future Winter Olympic games in Stockholm, we wanted to re-examine what the viewing experience could embody, and how a dedicated Olympic streaming service could elevate the Olympic brand.

Challenge

How do future Olympic games create a more interesting, immersive viewing experience?
02 Solution
A new streaming platform for a new Olympic game.

Just as the Olympic branding changes each year to reflect its host nation, we sought to create an updated streaming platform that sits as the centralized platform for Olympic viewership.

Part 01 / Interactive Streaming
A customized streaming platform

Our core focus when imagining a streaming platform for the Winter Olympics was how we could leverage components-based thinking to create a more customized viewing experience, with interchangeable widgets catered to specific user needs across digital mediums

Setup: What do you care about?

First-time setup allows you to choose specific topics and information that can augment your viewing experience.

Personal HUDs (heads up display)

By presenting personalized information widgets in a HUD-type experience, the extra layer of information is neatly layered into the viewing experience and allows for a flexible system that works across multiple breakpoints and AR capabilities.

Simultaneous personalization in AR

To take it a step further, we designed an AR experience where individuals can simultaneously watch the same sport in the same room, complete with unique viewing experiences. Hopefully, in the future, AR glasses are commercially available and a viable product.

Part 02 / Brand Identity
Unique branding for a stand-alone platform

To really drive home that this was a unique platform designed for the Olympics, my team and I created a new visual identity to separate this platform from typical streaming experiences. We then proofed it by testing it in Olympic mockups and settings.

A new logo

The cornerstone of the Stockholm Olympics; the logo was designed jointly between me and Erin as the key visual element that encapsulates the Swedish brand principles.

Style Guide

Our art director, Grace, chose a typeface and colors that enhances the brand cues in cultural elements across Sweden’s geography.

Identity in Use

Finally, we sought to apply our brand identity across various Olympic visuals, maintaining a cohesive look and feel throughout pictograms, signage, medals and mascot.

I also created a couple animations visualizing how 3D things can be translated into 3D low poly art.

Nils: Victory of the People

Following a low-poly theme, our mascot for the Stockholm Olympics was modeled by Erin after her Alaskan Malamute.

03 Strategy
Viewership at the Tokyo Olympics was historically low.

NBC Universal reported a 42% drop in viewership for the Tokyo Olympics. There were a plethora of factors, but it can partially be attributed to confusion in how the Winter Olympics were supposed to be viewed. Some were directed to NBC Peacock, others scoured cable for events.

How can a dedicated streaming platform help?

Our approach was to create a streaming platform specifically for the Olympics. We realized we could enhance this particular streaming platform as necessary in order to improve viewer comprehension of the sports they were watching, and to create a sense that the Olympics is bigger than everyday streaming content found on NBC Peacock.

Create a centralized streaming product for the Stockholm Olympics, complete with Olympic branding.
04 Process

Discover

Who is this for?

To create specific widgets for a varied viewing experience, we categorized our users into four basic personas that speaks to different types of media consumers.

Breaking down each persona into both tv viewing and mobile experiences, we took a look at the overall user journey in how these viewers would get from startup, to personalization, to viewership.

In the process of diagramming the user flow, it became clear to us that onboarding was a major pain point throughout the process, but immediately afterwards being able to browse widgets and customize the experience was a satisfying experience.

Thus, in the final screens we sought to link the onboarding and personalization aspect as much as possible, both visually and logistically.

Design

What does this look like?

After identifying personas, we created widgets that corresponded to each user's viewing needs and wants.

We then applied the brand identity to the widgets, in order to create a cohesive set.

The next step was to think through the mobile experience and tv streaming experience laid out through the user flows. For this, it was important to understand at which point customization should occur, and realizing that there was only one point between the two in which it was neccesary.

Finally, the HUD went through a couple iterations as proof of concept for the widgets, as they needed to be able to function as standalone components in AR in conjunction with 2D streaming.

Test

Does it match up?

If the widgets were meant to represent typical viewing experiences, we wanted to test widgets with people, and then tweak what they could look like to better serve their particular function.

This testing was done in user batches based on their viewer types, so we attempted to pair certain groups of widgets with perceived viewer types in order to see if there were unmet needs.

Refine

Putting it together

The complete viewing experience is then crafted and connected, bringing together brand identity with a unique streaming service.

05 Reflection
Streaming in the future

It's hard to tell what the landscape for media consumption will be in the future, but at the very least we wanted to push product design of streaming services further, intersecting concepts from other disciplines such as video games (HUD) with traditional methods of media consumption.

It was a bit of a challenge to take on a brand as massive as the Olympics, but it was pretty rewarding to be able to introduce a potential fix to a problem that I myself noticed when watching (or ignoring) the Tokyo Olympics.

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