Journey is a mindfulness app for tracking habits, moods, goals, self-affirmations, and displaying the resulting data visually. This provides a narrative arc to one’s personal journey, as well as feedback on habits and life patterns that may provide insight on how to change or improve them. This case study shows the design process for the Material Design version prototype of Journey.

THE STORY (and a Pivot)

Journey began with the idea that there could be a better to-do list mobile app that fits into daily routines. Along the way, there was a pivot in the design to something both much more specific and more expansive…


SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Angaza, a Pay-As-You-Go technology platform that makes life-changing clean energy products affordable to off-grid consumers, has closed a $10.5 million in Series B financing. The round was led by Emerson Elemental, and included investments from Rethink Impact, Salesforce Ventures, Social Capital, and the Stanford StartX Fund.

Through an innovative B2B business model, Angaza provides Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) technology solutions to solar device manufacturers and distributors worldwide. This technology makes it possible for off-grid consumers in emerging markets to purchase clean energy devices in small, affordable micropayments over time. Manufacturers utilize Angaza’s proprietary embedded software and hardware to add metering and monitoring capabilities to their solar devices; the devices then remotely activate and deactivate according to payment from the end-user. Distributors leverage Angaza’s comprehensive software platform to seamlessly manage their PAYG operations at scale.

The Angaza software suite consists of the Energy Hub cloud-based web portal and the…


Design decisions behind the branding update

At Angaza, we’re encouraged to hit the ground running. Not wanting to buck the trend, one of the first tasks I took on as the new marketing designer was to take stock of our logo and brand assets.

On first evaluation of the Angaza logo, even before I began working as in-house designer, my impression was that it was already quite good: an interesting name, clear letterforms, a unique pictograph. It’s a logo that stands on its own, but I could think of a few small modifications to make it even better.

Fast forward one month. After redesigning some initial…


We’ve been hard at work — and it’s time to expand our team. Are you ready to join forces with top industry talent to build technology that changes people’s lives? Are you driven to create solutions for big, real-word challenges and make a difference in off-grid regions? We would love to hear from you!

Angaza creates software and firmware for selling life-changing products in underserved markets.

When a family in Tanzania (or Kenya, or Nigeria, or India…) pays a weekly installment on their new home solar installation, their payment is processed by Angaza backend software. When they have a question about their account, a call center finds the answer using an Angaza…


One of the most prominent aspects of information architecture is it’s definition, or rather it’s lack of one. Information Architects, and those who write about the topic, seem to agree that the meaning of IA can differ depending on the field or area of information being referred to — whether it’s a website, a network of information, a system of organizing all the data and information of a large business venture, or a the system design of a particular information system.

Some of this jargon can get really arcane or overly academic to the layperson or IA novice fairly quickly…


Since my decision to attend DesignLab’s UX Academy, many people have responded to my decision with “Oh! Yeah I’ve heard of UX. I’m not really sure what that is though.” Some ask if I will be learning to code websites. Still others have never heard of UX at all.

So what is it? What will I be learning? What will I be doing when I’m done? UX is often described as a broad category of design that encompasses many fields; some skills of a visual designer, some skills of a researcher, some of a data scientist, of a developer, a…

Joseph Hren

www.jrhren.com • Product & Interaction Design

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