Interaction Design

  1. First, I brainstormed ideas on the paper provided to come up with a design for an app that could aid the high school students in collecting useful data to support their study and are able to report it to the scientist. Then, I used note cards to design more in details by sketching screens and then developed a prototype using the POP app which allowed me to create a working interactive prototype in low-fidelity. Since the app was mainly for high school students, I had to make sure that the app I designed, would allow them to easily collect data and be able to report and share through social media. In addition to that, the app I worked on is focused on the water quality in the Puget Sound area. When I was building this app, I had to make sure it supported important features such as being able to share numeric/sensor data, uploading geotagged photo, the option to share textual information with scientists, ease of navigation, and include a feature that would motivate users to keep on using the app.

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Brainstorming ideas to design and prototype a simple smartphone app.

2. I noticed that I included too many random texts that look like a button, and it can be a little inconvenient for the users. In addition to that, I realized that I didn’t include “Settings” option to give users the freedom to change their password, email, privacy and etc. Also, I spent more time designing the outline, texts, and buttons. Perhaps, I should be spending more time designing smooth navigate between functions. The question that raised is, how can a student compare and contrast data with his/her class? I was thinking that maybe in the future, I should include a section for a Pin Code, whoever have the Pin Code is able to access their classroom and be able to share their data and compare and contrast with the class. Also I want to include an “Additional Facts” button so if the user is curious about what a certain function does then they can look into the additional facts page.

Designing different screens, navigations and layout for the app.

3. I personally liked the planning stages, Furthermore, brainstorming ideas, designing the screens and figuring out ways users can navigate between functions smoothly. Moreover, I love the end result of my designed app when I display on the POP application. I really enjoyed this project because this was my first prototype for an app. I have always wanted to build my own apps but felt limited because I didn’t have the required programming skills to bring my apps to life. Also, I liked using POP because it helped me to see if my app has smooth transaction between functions, and make it interactive as if it was like the real app.

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