Habit Tracking App

Propose a new mobile app designed to support building (or breaking) a habit. Based on user research, you’ll identify an opportunity for an app to improve people’s day-to-day lives.

Team Size

Individual

Duration

4–5 days

Materials

  • Index cards
  • Pens
  • Digital design tool
  • Word processor
  • Presentation software

Deliverables

  • Click-through prototype
  • Slide deck
  • Presentation
  • Design report

Brief

You will be proposing a new mobile app designed to support forming (or breaking) a habit. Based on user research, you’ll identify an opportunity for an app to improve people’s day-to-day lives.

Suggestions

Presentation

Your presentation should answer the following questions:

  1. What did your research show you?
  2. What variations on your design did you explore?
  3. How were your design decisions connected to your research findings?
  4. How would a user operate your final design?
  5. How did your design change based on testing with users?
  6. What would you do differently next time?

Prototype

For this project, use a digital design tool to make a mid-fidelity version of your prototype.

Suggested Schedule

Day 1

  • Choose a habit area to focus on
  • Plan the following days
  • Conduct 2–3 preliminary interviews
  • Prepare and send a survey

Day 2

  • Prepare and conduct more interviews
  • Finish your research
  • Gather the results

Day 3

  • Translate your research results in features
  • Sketch your concepts and conduct some concept testing
  • Make a first paper prototype
  • Prepare and run usability tests on your paper prototype
  • Iterate on paper and test again

Day 4

  • Move from paper a low-fidelity prototype in your design tool
  • Test & iterate further
  • Hold a critique session with other designers

Day 5

  • Clean up your prototype to medium fidelity
  • Finalize your slide deck
  • Practice your presentation
  • Present your work

Design report

For this project, you’ll be delivering a presentation as well as submitting a written report. The report is an opportunity for you to document your process, findings, takeaways, and iterations. It’s good practice to document as much as you can while you work, so we’re starting that practice early to make it a habit. This will make your life much easier later when you start compiling a portfolio of your work.

We’ll have time dedicated after the presentations of this project to write up the report.