An immersive web experience created for my Experience and Interaction class. For our final project, the goal was to create a piece of net art that could be experienced on the web. As an avid nature lover, I created a site that plays soothing nature videos and sounds while guiding you through meditation. Part choose-your-own-adventure game, part mindfulness break, Desktop Mindfulness is designed for students and office workers to take a quick break from their busy lives with some calming natural scenery.
CHALLENGES OF SCALING UP
In December 2020, Desktop Mindfulness was featured in several newsletters with national reach, bringing many more visitors than I had ever planned for to my site. Previously, the site were being served from a remote a storage bucket, but with the large size of the videos and increasing traffic, the costs of storage rose quickly and I had to take down the site temporarily in order to research ways to scale up the site in a sustainable way. I am currently working on refactoring Desktop Mindfulness into a React single-page application, as well as researching ways forward in terms of hosting this site. Stay tuned!