The process of sending physical mail used to be to write the letter, fold it up, place it in an envelope, stamp it, and send it off on its way.
We can associate electronic mail to these actions through simple gestures, specifically swipes to mimick the moving of digital letter papers to their destinations.
Courier intends to ingrain email with cognitive feedback that enhances the permanence and finality of actions within the email space. The solution intentionally slows the user down to some degree. There is a balance to be had between meaningful friction that encourages a layer of thought, and overwhelming friction that discourages the user from continuing.
Courier mimics but simplifies the actions of sending physical mail, making the user work a little harder, and think a little more, as they send their email. Courier nudges the user to consider the physical consequences of these actions, such as where letters come from and where they’re going.
Courier brings tangible associations to emails, so that your email actions are more intentional.
This project was pitched as a very free form, rapid ideation and execution project. Despite not completing a fuller audit prior to designing, this was a good experience in bringing a quick concept to reality, from idea to visual comps to motion.