User Interface Design
January, 2021 to May, 2021
Initially, we sent out a survey to users asking about their emotional needs. Multiple people from various backgrounds and age groups filled out this survey. As we analyzed the collected data, we found some interesting insights. We also did a 1:1 interview with our participants to understand their thoughts and the reasoning behind their answers even better.
"Most of the time, I cannot understand what my partner wants to say to me. Maybe he says something and means something else, which altogether comes across as a wrong thing."
- One of the participant
The first part of the user research h asks users questions about how often they communicate with their loved ones, and how often they express their emotions. The second part of the user research was more about getting to know the user's needs and requirements. This section covered questions such as expressing emotions, and being aware of emotional well-being. This user research helped us to gain information about users and their needs.
After the user research, there were a lot of opportunities we saw that could work. These possibilities majorly focused on emotional well-being and maintaining healthy relationships through conversation. We grouped these opportunities and worked together on one product that could solve them all.
Through our insights, we learned that how communication is a vital part of any relationship. It inspired us to move in a direction that can help people have healthier relationships by communicating genuine emotions. But before we could move forward with designs, we looked at some inspiration and references. Along with competitors and existing similar products, we also built a mood board that could guide us in our design. These inspirations and references were very helpful for us to understand the market and the potential of our product.
Expereal allows users to capture snapshots of their lives and tag the moment with an emotional rating, location, description, and photos. Users can then share these moments with others or use the analytics engine to visualize their emotions over the past weeks and months.
Empath is the world’s first emotional social network. Through a unique model of anonymous sharing, Empath allows people to be vulnerable and “put it all out there.” This innovative solution enables people to authentically share their full range of feelings in a safe environment.
We designed a product and an interface called Rooh(meaning soul). Rooh is a product that conveys human emotion by detecting and recording one's heartbeat. It uses the recorded heartbeat to create sand patterns on the Rooh that users can hold while feeling the heartbeat. Users can connect Rooh with their smartwatch and smartphone, through which they can record or send heart-sense to their loved ones. Rooh encourages and supports people to share their true feelings with their loved ones.
Allow loved ones to communicate their genuine emotions with each other.
This project was great learning and an opportunity to experiment with my creative boundaries. The challenges faced throughout the project were new to me, and through them, I discovered many new things. I learned new ways to do user research and educated myself about user experience's emotional side. Along with an interface, I was also able to develop a physical product.
For the following steps, I would like to push the functionality of this product even further. If possible, I would like to get feedback from users. This feedback will help me to improve the product and interface. What if we have portable Rooh that you can carry around in your pockets. This project and taking the Emotional Design class at Pratt Institute have opened many new doors and opportunities for me.