Project: Create a prototype of a mobile app and present your design process in a video.
My mother is elderly and I wanted to use this project to think through a mobile application that would help her and me. After talking with my friends who also are caretakers for their parents I noticed a big communication disconnect - they all used mobile phones while their parents did not. Yet they still wanted a way to do "wellness checks," on their parents without having an hourlong phone call.
These caretakers are busy and mobile. Yet their parents are not. The challenge was to find a way for Caretakers using a mobile device to check in on someone who isn't tech savvy.
Pen and Paper Prototype
While Axure is the UX tool du jour, I love Popapp for low-fi/workable pen and paper prototyping. Using paper templates I drew the user flow process and uploaded to Popapp. The application allowed me to link pages and organize my sketches so I could discover any design flow problems. This was a much better low-fi prototype creation process than pen and paper alone. Working with another team member Elaina, who is awesome, we created The Caretaker. To flip through the user flow; use this link.
Mid-Fi Axure Prototypes
My partner Elaina and I used the paper and pen prototype to build a workable application with links and gestures in Axure using screens created by PhotoShop.
The app allows caretakers to do four main actions:
- Check in on their parents through voice and text.
- Order medications for them online.
- Shop for them online.
- Get responses from their parents.
The parents received wellness check communication on their television sets. :)
- Pen/paper sketch - It was important to actually draw the user flow action on paper because I wanted to physically trace the user journey through the app and sometimes it's tough to do that digitally.
- Surface video camera to record the presentation of the app for a client.