Kristina Balbin
Visual + Interaction Designer

Mermaid Tales



mermaid tales

ux/ui and ar


Mermaid Tales: a Mobile App using Augmented Reality to Preserve San Marcos, Texas' History

Mermaid Tales is an interdisciplinary, collaborative project creating a location-based mobile app using augmented reality to engage visitors and local residents as they explore the history of San Marcos, TX. This project is a site specific mobile app using augmented reality (AR) that brings a unique history back to life. It should engage with a general audience of visitors and local residents to discuss and preserve the history and culture of San Marcos, Texas. 


  • Preserve, engage, educate and explore the history of San Marcos
  • Invite community participation with personal stories and images
  • Utilize AR to create a digital augmented layer over the physical landscape and/or architecture.
  • Work with AR on as well as AR off.


User flow Map


paper wireframes

Mermaid Tales App


App Walkthrough

colors and typography


Logo Illustration: Designed by Matthew Rios
Mermaid Photos: Marie Albiges, Community Impact Newspaper