10-week academic project (individual)
POC: User research, interaction design, visual design
Sponges is intended as a mobile application that provides people with quick, easy-to-find guidance on the best ways to clean and maintain things around their home, including objects and spaces they never even knew they should be looking after.
I created a POC for Sponges as my capstone project when I studied UX Design at BrainStation Toronto.
Two days before starting my course at BrainStation, I moved away from my parents' home for the first time. Upon this adjustment, I encountered many challenges in trying to live more independently. I particularly had a hard time knowing how to really clean and perform basic maintenance around my new home, and thought there was no way I could be the only one struggling with this. So, I did some research…
“How might we provide young adults (people aged 18-34) with information and tools so that they can more effectively clean and perform basic maintenance around their home?”
As I could not prototype the entire app within the timelines of this project, I needed to prioritize features that I believed would most effectively deliver on my solution’s value proposition.
To determine my value proposition, I asked myself:
“A mobile application that helps young adults to learn the best ways to clean and perform basic maintenance around their home”
After considering the opportunities and landing on my app’s value proposition, I developed a product backlog to list my desired app features and developed a flow diagram for what I deemed was the primary task of my core epic: learning how to clean a household object or space. (Click on the images to expand)
As I progressed through this project, I realized that to include both cleaning and maintenance in my prototype would be too ambitious with the time I had, so I chose to prioritize cleaning for the following reasons:
▫️Many of my target users rent, rather than own, their dwelling, and therefore are not responsible for performing maintenance.
▫️As I found through my questionnaire, my target users are generally less capable of cleaning, compared to maintenance.
▫️Some of my female interviewees expressed that they expect a man to take care of maintenance tasks for them.
▫️Cleaning is a routine task that brings about more daily challenges, compared to maintenance which only occurs ad hoc.
▫️My persona and experience map highlighted opportunities pertaining uniquely to cleaning.
As I close off my project, I considered the potential impact and future of my design based on some questions I drew from the Tarot Cards of Tech.
As the focus of the program was to practice core HCD skills, my project did not include comprehensive assessments of business viability or technical feasibility. However, I did give some thought to what would need to happen, from a business standpoint, in order to move Sponges into production.
2️⃣ Test your test scripts
3️⃣ Products don't always have to be "cool" to be great
4️⃣ Onboard your users
As my time at BrainStation and capstone project came to an end, I owed thanks to so many people for their contributions to my success during the program: