Interaction Design, 10/6/16 Studio
Using POP to design an App for Citizen Science
In the HCDE 210 studio session, our group began to think of mobile apps we could design for different users who wanted to practice citizen science on the Puget Sound. I chose to design “We Saved the Fish,” an app that would allow users to input the copper levels of the Puget Sound at different locations for scientists to analyze. This app would also allow users the ability to see the different data points that have been input across the sound. To do this, our group used an app called “POP-Prototyping on Paper” to link our drawings together and make them easily navigable. This app was specifically designed for families with children who desire to practice citizen science. The app demo video can be viewed here.
Reflection on this Process
This process that we followed does strike a few questions. What is the next step after designing an app and having it ready to present on POP? Would one pitch the idea to an app producer? Can the design be sold? I did have trouble uploading some of the pictures to the POP website to edit and link. Later, I found that uploading all photos at once works better than uploading them individually. I will make sure to do it this way next time I work with POP. I also encountered the problem of having to change some of my note cards after they were finished because of a slight modification in the design. In future projects, I will make sure I know exactly where my project is headed before I start on my final draft.
What was Enjoyable About this Process?
I liked the way we designed an app and put it in an app-format in less than a week. I imagined that the process would take much longer and that it would be much more difficult. However, I was wrong! It took a lot of work to design the app, but using POP was very simple and quick. I also liked that we were able to design an app for the unique needs of the area and gear it towards a specific user who would be interested in it.