This was an individual project.
Timeline: 1 week
We were tasked with a prototyping adventure exercise and I was randomly assigned the prompt “take your pill”. My first step was to create user stories. These helped me start my app prototyping already from the point of view of the user and really ask: does the user want/need that? My first insight from doing this was that “As a user, I need to be reminded to take my pills at an exact time AND context”. This is important because for this app, simple time reminders are not doing enough to help the user. Another insight from imagining myself as the user was that “As a user I need a reminder to take my pills with me before I leave the house”, because of course, if I’m at a friends house and I do not have my pills with me the reminder is useless.
As a second step it sketched on a white-board, where I translated the user stories into six screens to be prototyped. During this step I realized that it would be useful to have a worded and a visual reminder in the shape of very graphic icons that explain the directive to the user.
The third step was to use a template to sketch out my screens in real size. From this exercise it learned the following:
- For me it is better to use the templates that include a space for notes. Otherwise I will forget or have to clutter the sketches with comments on the margins.
- I want, as much as possible, to keep screens looking very similar in layout, where the only thing that changes is the color to indicate a forgotten pill, for example
- Context is central to the app, so it would work together with the GPS function and iCal to sync location and activity.
- Chunking is a design strategy that makes information easier to understand. My app would use this strategy in conveying information.
Next, I moved the sketches into POP, a great app to check functionality in minutes. Here is a link where you can check it out. My main insight from this part is that I was missing many screens to actually make all links work. But I decided to move to Hi-Fi and come back to the app in a later stage.
For my HiFi I chose to work with inDesign because I know it well and it exports interactive PDFs.