Researcher moving into UX
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Future Self

In addition to my other research, I'm developing opportunities for UX-specific work, including testing this portfolio.

Future Self is a simple iOS reminder app being developed in collaboration with Michael Veloso.


Current Status:

Developed strategy, scope, and structure documents; drafted user personas and scenarios. Using Balsamiq for prototyping and Trello for organizing / team communication.

Currently planning paper prototype tests and discussing implementation.

Strategy

Objectives:

  • Business:
    • Mike gets to code an iOS app
    • Em gets to design an app start-to-finish
    • Em gets to put the experience on her portfolio
    • Both of us get experience working with the other side of the process
  • User:
    • A user gets to feel reassured and prepared in a busy situation
    • A user can thank their "past self" for getting a few key tasks done that make the next day easier
    • A user feels prepared without feeling pestered

Constraints

  • Fine line between "reminder" and "annoyance" (cf. Clippy)
  • Since these are supposed to be tasks that shouldn't take longer than a few minutes to do, entering them into the app needs to take less time than doing the task.
  • phone screen size
  • Many users have changing sleep times, reminder times, and schedules

 

 

Trello card showing User Persona: Shan

Trello card showing User Persona: Shan

Scope

Must have: Ability to create, edit, delete, save reminders
Ability to set time for reminders
Ability to set recurrence for reminders
Ability to check off a completed task - and have uncompleted ones ping at a later date (e.g., next morning)

Should have: Ability to customize the reminder noise (within existing standard iPhone sounds, not importing new ones)

Could have: Ability to sort into lists that have global qualities

Won't have: graphics, connectivity to other apps / systems

A quick sketch of the scope: does Current Self or Future Self perform the task?

A quick sketch of the scope: does Current Self or Future Self perform the task?

Persona: Gwel (Persona names are intentionally not gendered)

Persona: Gwel (Persona names are intentionally not gendered)

User stories for Shan

User stories for Shan

User stories for Gwel.

User stories for Gwel.

Using the scenarios, I determined a set of views that I'd need to prototype for testing.

Using the scenarios, I determined a set of views that I'd need to prototype for testing.

I sketched up some informal paper views (yellow legal paper is 1st draft, grid is 2nd draft)

I sketched up some informal paper views (yellow legal paper is 1st draft, grid is 2nd draft)

Drafts in Balsamiq for Future Self's main view and taskmaker view

Drafts in Balsamiq for Future Self's main view and taskmaker view

Task reminders

Task reminders

Listmaker and List View

Listmaker and List View