It’s been seven long days since we last whispered in your ear, and we’re back with more good news. Well, some good news, and some progress updates. Last week, you got to know us. This week, we’re working on how best to get to know you.
Without further ado, let’s get into the nitty gritty.
A little nitty, mostly gritty
Like any big project, we’ve continually redirected our focal point due to various roadblocks. Last week, we met with Katy Redd, the Associate Director for Prevention and Outreach at the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center.
She offered little in the way of insight, but confirmed our heads were in the right place on a lot of things. She did suggest we avoid having positive and negative answers, a suggesting we fully plan to implement into our final product. She also feels we should focus on emotion, not mood, and we agree. Our app should serve as an encapsulation of emotional progress, and we risk an oversimplification of this progress by focusing solely on mood.
In a meeting today, we began to make decisions on our UI. Obviously no final decisions, but we are beginning to have a better grasp of how Vibrant should look and feel. The below images show a few possibilities for our login pages.
We are stuck at the moment on whether to go for something more minimal or something more robust, though the general consensus seems to favor minimalism for our general UI.
The other UI challenge we are facing is how, exactly, a user should select their emotion for a day. We have considered a list of words, a slider, a circle, or a combination of these, but the primary concern is how to categorize emotions without having a “top” and “bottom.” A circle UI would benefit from easy portability to the watch.
Speaking of the Apple Watch, let’s talk about that. Robert Quigley, a visionary and dreamer in his own right, has pushed strongly towards building a watch-first app. We’ve had several discussions about the merit of this suggestion, and we think we’re on board. Regardless of whether or not we decide to go that route, we still need to figure out how, exactly, our app is going to function.
These are the decisions facing us at the moment, and this week is when we hope to nail things down and get rolling on production. Needless to say, we’re stoked to get this thing together.