whenFall 2019
RoleDesign & Development
toolsFigmaXcodeSwift + ARKit

00. Overview

René is an AR app that turns your surroundings into a René Magritte painting.

In this quick two-week long project, I made an iOS app in Xcode and Swift that allows people to augment elements of René Magritte paintings and take pictures with it. Users can also read information about the artist and the paintings.

01. Ideation


I went to the 2018 René Magritte exhibition at SF MoMA and was inspired by the AR installations!

App's Functionality

  1. Augment elements of René Magritte paintings.
  2. Take a picture.
  3. Read information about the painting and the artist.

Early Sketch

02. Identity

Constructing the visual identity

Inspired by René Magritte's artwork, I designed a visual identity for my app.

App Icon
Launch Screen

03. Design

René app UI

Home screen
Golconda - Augmented View
Golconda - Painting Detail
The Son of Man


04. Development

A working iOS app

I built my app with Xcode and Swift ARKit library.

Golconda (1953)

Original Painting

The Son of Man (1964)

Original Painting

Man in a Bowler Hat (1964)

Original Painting

05. reflection

Reflections & Takeaways

With the abundant documentation and tutorials related to ARKit, creating an iOS app with AR was surprisingly easy. I'd love to take this project further and explore what else I can make with ARKit.