Interaction Design

A video demonstrating the basic functions of the app.

For this week’s sprint, our goal was to create an app that will enable citizens to help environmental researches collect useful data for their studies, specifically water quality in the Puget Sound Area.

Initial Brainstorming: Thinking of audience, potential water quality topics, and interactions.

During studio time the class brainstormed different citizen audience, potential topics related to water quality and also motivation for using these apps. After brainstorming and picking a topic, we had time to create interaction webs and also illustrate how the app will work along with special features. This app will not only help research citizens, but also researchers track data. My app focuses specifically on pH levels in the Puget Sound and will enable users to track pH levels.

My interaction web as I was figuring out all the navigation and different special features.

While working, a big concern I had was whether or not the users will be able to navigate through all the features I have implemented. I had a lot of ideas for what I wanted the app to do and it was difficult for me to strategically place the features in a manner that would make sense and be efficient for the users. I learned that in order to have less clutter, a lot of the features could be combined to make the app more efficient. I will use this new knowledge to make my next project less cluttered and more coherent.

It was my first time using the app “POP” and honestly I had so much fun. Even though it did take quite some time to create all the individual slides for the app to work, I was very pleased with the end result because I have never created something like this. Being able to interact with the end result as if it was a real app was really rewarding especially seeing all my individual ideas and functions work together as one. I appreciate how this project required creativity and everyone is able to create an app that is different from one another.

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