Five Points to Five Notes Artistic Culture Walk App

Our Mission

Within this project, we aim to foster transformative engagement and place-keeping by creating a platform and virtual artistic walk that seeks to lift up the voices of local businesses, artists, and other members of the Five Points community.

Our Vision

Becoming a go-to conduit and channel where community members capture and feel comfortable sharing their stories, history, culture, and aspirations.

Culture Walk Overview and Experience


Initial Prototype

Over the course of 2021, our Comcast Media and Technology (CMTC) design team created an Alpha Prototype focused on highlighting major businesses and public art within the Five Points community. Within the application, our team worked to create interconnected experiences for each“stop” of our open-ended tour, creating a space for the community to interact in novel, informative and exciting ways.

For mid-fidelity prototype testing, our team has been using a combination of Figma and TestFlight. For any design tests we wanted to try out before adding to the code, we created mock-ups on Figma to show our team and community members. 

For features that had been added to the coding prototype, we used Test Flight to display the app as though it were published. This gave users the chance to move through the app at their own pace and understand how the app could function once testing has been completed.

Stop Content and Features

During the latter half of the creation process, we began moving content and designs into the Alpha Prototype. Below is a more detailed block-out of the features added to the Wayfinding app and each stop within the app so far.

Wayfinding App:

5 Points to 5 Notes is an application on a mobile device. Once opening the main page, a Land Acknowledgement is displayed, describing our intent to highlight, preserve, and acknowledge the BIPOC communities of Five Points. This also helps set our intentions of designing this platform as an anti-racist and inclusive tool.

Following the Land Acknowledgment, the user will be shown a map filled with pins, representing the colorful murals created by BIPOC artists in the Five Points community. In addition, this will be the main platform to access the stops. Clicking on any icon will display a picture of the stop or mural as well as any basic information describing it. If the user would like to visit the stop, simply click “start story” when you arrive at the designated area, and the interactive experience will start. The user will also be given the option to get directions via Apple or Google maps to each stop or mural location if they are unsure of how to reach it. 

Included Features: 

  • Land Acknowledgment: “We acknowledge that this city sits on Arapaho, Cheyenne, Ute, and Sioux land. We acknowledge the harm that this country – a settlercolonialist nation – caused by systemically and forcibly removing indigenous people from their land. We acknowledge the accompanying harms of slavery, white supremacy and systemic racism. We acknowledge the history of redlining and housing discrimination in these neighborhoods as well. Native people still live here. Black and brown people still live here. We pay our respects to the BIPOC people who – in the face of great harm – made even greater contributions to these neighborhoods and communities. We acknowledge that acknowledgement is not, in and of itself, enough. This platform was created as, among other things, a decolonizing, anti-racist tool to envision more equitable futures while engaging with our exquisite, resilient histories.”
  • Wayfinding Map
  • Stop Pins: Each stop has a pin which contains links directions and the stop specific features
  • Mural Pins: A selection of pins represent local murals and contain a picture and brief description

Black American West Museum Stop:

The Black American West Museum (BAWM) is an incredible collection of artifacts and exhibits curated exclusively by volunteers in the 5 Points and Colorado communities. The mission for their museum is to “promote an understanding of the role that African Americans played in the settlement and growth of the western United States through its collections, programs, and exhibits” (https://www.bawmhc.org/). Within the Five Points app, we wanted all members of the family to enjoy continued learning within the museum. To achieve this, the design team created a scavenger hunt activity that would excite younger museumgoers to explore the exhibits by hunting for codes. These codes would then be scanned by the prototype and provide more information about certain museum exhibits in a fun or unique way. In addition, we have provided a list of influential, historical figures important to the BAWM and a platform to share their newly digitized collection of historically significant music. 

Included Features: 

  • Influential Historical Figures: Pictures and descriptions of historical figures provided by the BAWM are presented here
  • Scavenger Hunt: AR tags left near objects of importance within the museum will reveal hints to lead participants to the next AR tag and object
  • Historical Artist Playlist: Digitized songs provided by the BAWM will be presented, along with descriptions of their historical significance (placeholder audio provided by https://www.bensound.com/ is currently in the AlphaPrototype)  

Coffee at the Point Stop:

Coffee at the Point is a staple business within the heart of 5 Points. We used the opportunity of working with Coffee at the Point to highlight the kinds of features we could use to amplify customer-business engagement. As such, we have created prototypes for both a calendar a newsletter, attached from Coffee at the Point’s existing calendar. What makes this idea stand out is that it could potentially be used in the future to showcase other surrounding businesses as well, if desired. In addition, we have added a link to their menu located on their official website, as well as a playlist of interesting local playlists which customers can listen to while enjoying their coffee. Finally, we designed a way to use AR tags to interact with local art. A user could scan an AR tag near an art piece and find new ways to interact with the artwork in 3D orAR with their phone (think Pokémon Go). 

Included Features: 

  • AR Artwork: AR tags left on the tables or cardboard sleeves reveal a variety of Art pieces (2D and 3D) with the section
  • Calendar: A local community calendar that include events head at the shop
  • Open Newsletter: A digital newsletter that mimics the shop’s physical newsletter/bulletin board
  • Podcasts: An embedded Spotify playlist of café-friendly, local podcasts
  • Shop Menu: The shop’s menu with a link to the shops order page  

Eyes on the Park Stop:

Eyes on the Park is the oldest standing park in the city of Denver. In the last 30 years, it has become culturally tied with the nearby Hispanic/Latin(x) community and was renamed from “Curtis Park” to “Mestizo-Curtis Park”. Located on one of the main facilities of the park, the “Eyes on the Park” mural created by Emanuel Martinez stands as a focused feature of this stop. In honor of the colorful sunglasses worn by the diverse people represented in the mural, we created a selfie filter that allows users to take a picture with the same sunglasses from the mural. We have also provided the user an artist bio of Emanuel Martinez to learn more about his life and his other public artworks. In the tradition of amusement parks, we have also created a playfully illustrated map of the park. This map also provides information regarding where users can sit down, play, work out, and participate in other notable activities across the park. Finally, we created an activity using collectible cards with AR tags to show off adorable 2D and 3D friendly critters that will say hello to younger users.

Included Features: 

  • Emanuel Martinez Artist Page
  • Sunglasses Selfie Filter: A camera filter of the same sunglasses in the Eyes on the Park Mural
  • Doodle Map: A drawn map of the park including a key and filter to mark out park features such as benches and water fountains
  • AR Monsters: An area for kids to scan AR tags to reveal fun and silly monsters  Emanuel Martinez Artist Page

Denver Legends Mural Stop: 

The Denver Legends mural is a recent art piece created by Thomas “Detour” Evans to honor local legends of the 5 Points community that have made a significant impact or contribution to the world. Just like the Black American West Museum, the design team created profiles of the legends depicted on the mural so that users can learn more about their amazing achievements and stories. And just like Emanuel Martinez, Detour has been featured with an artist bio and links to other public artworks. Finally, in honor of the incredible musical achievements via Charles Burrell and India Arie, a curated playlist was created to showcase a sampling of their music, Black American jazz music, and the music of the two legend’s friends, mentors, and orchestras. 

Included Features: 

  • The Legends: Pictures and descriptions of legends displayed on the mural.
  • Thomas “Detour” Evens Artist Page
  • Playlist: An imbedded Spotify playlist with songs created or inspired by the legends depicted on the mural

Additional Design Prototypes:

Below are additional designs that the team hopes to have implemented in the next phase of the project. The designers hoped to incorporate the Coffee at the Point’s newsletter and calendar features on an app-wide level, giving all business locations working within the app an opportunity to highlight their own newsworthy stories and events. The design team believes this may garner interest in users checking out businesses they may not otherwise. Other design alternatives to informational pages have also been designed to evaluate exciting ways to display information. 

Towards the end of this phase, we lowered our initial stop goal from 5 locations to 4. The Rossonian, the stop that was cut, had been created with other designs in mind. One such example was an interactive timeline to display information in a unique way. Below is a designed prototype of how this could look. The user could select a photo on a timeline, which would then display more information about the Rossonian. The team believes this tool to share information could be effectively used in future iterations of this prototype.

Locations and Businesses: 

During the 5 Points to 5 Notes project, our team met and collaborated with several businesses within the community.  Those businesses, along with other locations chosen for stop locations are listed below, along with website and address information.

Black American West Museum (BAWM) | BusinessWebsite:https://www.bawmhc.org/ | Address: 3091 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Coffee at the Point (CATP) | Business Website: https://www.coffeeatthepoint.com/ | Address: 710 E 26th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

Eyes on the Park (EOTP) | Artist Website: https://emanuelmartinez.com/ | Address: 31st Ave. & Curtis St., Denver, CO 80205

Denver Legends Mural (DLM) | Artist Website: https://www.iamdetour.com/ | Address: 2736 Welton St Exploration Studio, Denver, CO 80205

Rossonian (ROSS) | Informational Website: https://denverarchitecture.org/site/rossonianhotel/ | Address: 2650 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80205

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) | BusinessWebsite: https://cleoparkerdance.org/ | Address: 119 Park Ave W, Denver, CO 80205

Glossary

The Wayfinding App is the main screen of 5 Points to 5 Notes, allowing you to see all available stops.

Stops are locations highlighted inside of our project that is displayed by pins on the Wayfinding App. Stops may include a business, specific location, or public artwork. Each has its own web experience used to explore and interact with the location. 

Web Experience (or experiences) are websites created to house all features relating to a specific stop, or location. Each stop highlighted in our project has a different web experience with a unique combination of features catered to that specific stop.

Features are a variety of activities and tools offered by the application which help foster engagement.  

Interactive Features are those that involve any sort of interactivity between your phone and/or your surroundings, such as Augmented Reality (AR). Some features included in this category are the Scavenger Hunt (BAWM), Sunglasses Selfie Filter (EOTP), the AR Artwork (CATP), and the Illustrated Map (EOTP).

Informational Features are those that highlight any information relating to the community or historical figures of 5 Points. Some features included in this category are the Legends Historical Figures (DLM), Martinez Artist Information Page (EOTP), and the Influential Historical Figures (BAWM).  

Audio Features are those that involve any sort of music or podcast. Some features included in this category are the Podcasts Playlist (CATP), the Legends Music Playlist (DLM), and the Historical Artist Music Playlist (BAWM).

Community Features are those that provide any information or interaction relating to the business of a stop. Some features included in this category are the Newsletter (CATP) and the Community Calendar (CATP), and Menu and Website Links (CATP).

A prototype is a design innovation tool used to emulate the function or form of a design in order to highlight and test specific needs required from the product. Prototypes can be anywhere between low fidelity (involving simple, quick, and low-tech elements) and high fidelity (involving highly functional and interactive elements). 

An Alpha Prototype (also known as a proof-of-concept model) is a prototype developed early in the design process to test the fundamental technologies involved. Within the context of the Five Points to Five Notes Project, our Alpha Prototype includes a medium-fidelity, fully functional, coded version of our application and web experiences. 

Augmented Reality (AR) is a storytelling tool and medium that uses visual and audible digital elements placed over top real-world environments to simulate reality or fictional reality. AR can be shown to the viewer through cameras, lenses, and other devices.  

AR Tags (this is not to be confused with QR Codes) serve as origin points for 3D space.  This allows our AR models to know where to be relative to the space provided. Our AR Tags also act as a link to the model or URLs we what to present.

Selfie Filters are digital designs that are placed over the image when taking a selfie. For further reference, a selfie is a picture you take of yourself, usually with a cellphone.  

Miro is an infinitely zoomable canvas and web-based whiteboard program which allows our team and guests to collaborate during ideation and design sessions.  To learn more go to https://miro.com/. 

Figma is a web-based vector graphics editor which allows digital designers to implement functional application design elements and features.  To learn more go to https://www.figma.com/.


Meet the Team

Team Leadership:

Prof. Kristin Wood | Executive Director, CMTC | Director, Inworks | Sr. Assoc. Dean of Innovation & Engagement, CU Denver College of Engineering, Design, and Computing 

Prof. Mark Rabideau | Associate Dean for Academic & Faculty Affairs | Associate Professor, CAM (College of Arts & Media)   

Brandon Vargas | BFA, Illustration | Design Lead, CMTC 

Dr. Arianne Collopy | Systems Innovation Design Lead, CMTC-Inworks | Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Engineering, Design, and Computing  

Molly Thompson | M.A., M.Lit | Associate Director of Business Relationships and Development, CU Denver College of Engineering, Design, and Computing  

John Futrell | Associate Director, Denver Art Museum | Community Outreach Liaison  

Katie Leonard | Special Advisor to the Dean and Activist-in-Residence, CAM | Community Outreach Liaison  

Design Innovation Team Members:

Ryan Breuer | Design Team Lead | 3D Animation, CAM 

Chilli Kellaway | Design Team Lead | 3D Animation, CAM 

Michael Sperandeo | Design Team Lead | 3D Animation, CAM

Ryan Buxton | Computer Science, CEDC

Stephanie Chesler | Digital Design, CAM  

Tammy Dinh | Digital Design, CAM  

Kit Hardin | Film and Television, CAM  

Davis-Jay Harris | 3D Animation, CAM 

Frenchy Valentin | 3D Animation, CAM

Gus Williams | Film and Television, CAM  

Gennaro Wood | Digital Design, CAM 

JT Wright | Computer Science, CEDC