Sprint 1: Interaction Design

For this sprint we were given the challenge to design an app to aid researchers in collecting data on Water Quality in the Puget Sound Area. I decided to make an app for the University of Washington students to rate the different water fountains on campus called ?How's the Water?.

Opening Screen for App

They were given the options to take a picture, add a Geo Tag and rate the water source on 5 different categories. I was really proud of my prototype so I made sure to show a lot of my friends- one even helped me with the creation of my video. Click Here to Watch the Video.

I really thought a lot about user design, especially consistently in style. For the app, I chose to use the water drop shape throughout the app design to enhance the application.

I had some problems with the scale of my application. I wanted to add so many details but I learned that a prototype is not at all a final perfect product. I created enough to get my design and concept across to users in a simple form.

Thank You screen featured after new entry. Featuring water drop design.

I really liked using the POP platform. Even though it did not work on my phone and was sort of a pain to use on the computer, I learned a lot. It was very fun and a great experience to actually create an application that could be used and tested without too much technical work. It was great to see my idea come to life.

I think that this kind of work is extremely important in the real world. I know one place we could use this interaction design strategy is in educational tools. I wrote about how a lot of library databases I use for class are a huge struggle to find the content I want. It is important to work on having great content but the content might not ever reach the public if the design doesn’t allow the content to be accessible! I also think that textbook layouts could really benefit from this. There is a noticeable difference between textbooks from the last 10 years to now, there is more graphics and smaller blocks of texts. But a little more interaction design and creation of prototypes could really enhance a student’s experience in reading a textbook just based on the placement of the information.

Interaction design is seen everywhere and can help everywhere!