Connecting the dots of family life
1. Design Task
As a mid-term project of the Prototyping class, the task is to design an application for family communication. My project outcome is called Pearl, which runs on both touch-based tablet end and mobile end.
Pearl will serve as a home communication center for family members to simplify, streamline, and improve scheduling and messaging. It also incorporates journal-like sharing and memory-keeping features to record the precious moments of family life. It takes advantages of the social networks family members may already have as well as the on-the-go nature of mobile technology.
2. Finding Metaphors
The look and feel of Pearl play an important role in the product. So, how do people communicate without an electronic device at home? Using Pinterest , I find that blackboard and pin board are common tools families use to display and share messages. Also, sketches or doodles give a homey feeling to this communication center. Inspired by these findings, the metaphors of blackboard and photo string are used.
3. Design Iterations: Low Fidelity
The design went through 3 iterations, at the first stage, paper sketch and a low fidelity prototype were created, and 2 users were invited for informal walk-through. *Tip: Hover to see the iteration.
Create Message Iterations
3. Design Iterations: High Fidelity
High fidelity prototyping also went through an iteration after a formal usability test, during which 4 users carried out tasks with a real iPad to emulate the real usage scenario. *Tip: Hover to see the final design.
Review Message Iterations
4. Interactive Prototype Demo