ColorAway (CHI 2018)

Exploratory design to promote solo travelers’ mindfulness

ColorAway is a tool that helps solo travelers practice mindfulness through interaction with modified photos. It is part of a larger study on solo traveler’s technology use. The process and findings of this project have put into a research paper. It has accepted into 2018 CHI Conference Proceedings and the 2018 Convey UX. (Edited April 2018).

In this project, I produced prototypes and gave research insights from a literature review, interview coding, and affinity analysis. Later, I also worked on the visuals and art direction for the presentation given at the conferences.

Mindfulness != Meditation

  1. Recollection: remember or recollect past internal learnings
  2. Evaluation: contemplate one’s thoughts and feelings to distinguish beneficial from harmful qualities

Designing Mindfulness Tool

1. Recollection by revisiting memorable photos

2. Evaluation by imagining and making meanings

To arrive at these concepts, we first analyzed the interview data from the larger study and gathered solo traveler’s needs.

Testing Our Prototype with Solo Travelers

When the travelers finished with the prototype, we interviewed them to study their behaviors and thoughts interacting with the prototype. We then transcribed and coded the interview to gather insights.

candid photo of our team during interview analysis

We put our process and findings into a research paper and submitted it to conferences.

The Presentation (added in April 2018)

selected presentation slide design 1
selected presentation slide design 3
One of the main design guidelines. Read more at:

Moving Forward

Thank you my team for the work and achievements we’ve made!

Project Duration


My Roles


Students at ConveyUX 2018” — UW HCDE News

Link to Research Paper

Saper Vedere

Personal journal of learning “how to see” the world

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