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Rise Mobile App and Website

Rise is a habit-forming and tracking application that focuses on improving the health and wellness of working professionals through the creation of meaningful morning habits.

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Project Brief

Humans are creatures of habit. We all have healthy habits we'd like to build. Yet, even with the best intentions, building a new habit is something many people struggle to do. Why, when we know what we want, is it still so hard to follow through?

My design challenge was find a way to help people build lasting habits. I set out to identify the problem and possible solutions, and create a mobile app over 4 week-long sprints.

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PROBLEM SPACE

Working professionals find it difficult to maintain a work-life balance. They are overwhelmingly stressed, which leads to neglect of their physical, mental, financial, and spiritual health. They lack the tools to motivate and discipline themselves to manage their time and energy productively. Due to the fast-paced nature of modern life, people feel akin to robotic machines and disconnected from meaning and purpose. In order to be holistically healthy, it is necessary to focus on all aspects of wellness as they are all interconnected. A lack of self-efficacy can lead to the abandonment of the pursuit of desired goals. High self-efficacy is the optimistic strength of your belief in your ability to complete tasks and produce desired outcomes.

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today”
— Steve Jobs

PROBLEM SPACE REFINEMENT

Setting goals is one of the most necessary steps to effectuating change in your life. A common way to break through is to set reasonable, achievable goals. Your goals must be not only realistic to begin with but also constantly readjusted to account for what happens as you go along. By increasing and mastering your self-efficacy, you allow yourself to succeed in life by staying motivated, committed and optimistic about following through without prematurely giving up on achieving your reasonable goals and adjusting your destiny. 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

DESIGN CHALLENGE

How might we encourage and incentivise working professionals to form healthy habits so they that can balance their lives, optimise their health, and maximise their productivity?

 

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Secondary Research

As part of my research, I read "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg and "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey, and "The Miracle Morning" by Hal Elrod, all of which proposed some key concepts as solutions to my design challenge. 

 

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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE"

Be proactive

Talks about the concept of Circle of Influence and Circle of Concern. Don't sit and wait in a reactive mode, waiting for problems to happen (Circle of Concern) before taking action.

Begin with the end in mind

Envision what you want in the future so you can work and plan towards it.  To be effective you need to act based on principles and constantly review your mission statement.

Sharpen the Saw

Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, good prayer, good reading for mental renewal, and service to society for spiritual renewal.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "THE POWER OF HABIT"

Willpower is a limited resource that you can burn up quickly, but it gets stronger over time if you don't overexert yourself.

Habits exist as "loops" or cycles, and form most easily when they are repeated at the same time and in the same context.

Achieve goals faster by breaking long term goals into smaller, short term goals

KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM "THE MIRACLE MORNING"

By simply changing the way you wake up in the morning, you can transform any area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible.

Your personal energy and willpower is the highest in the morning. It is an opportune time to create a habit and make a change.

Every day you and I wake up, we face the same universal challenge: to overcome mediocrity and live to our full potential.

 

HYPOTHESIS

I believe that forming healthy morning habits will improve the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of working professionals. It will also increase their daily productivity, creativity, and efficiency.

 

PRIMARY RESEARCH

I conducted surveys and in-depth personal interviews to identify which habits people are most interested in building, and what kind challenges they face. 

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RESEARCH INSIGHTS

Based on statistical research, people prioritized health and well-being above their professional career and social activities. They were willing to invest between 15-30 minutes in the morning to improve their overall quality of life.

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USER PERSONAS

User Personas are Archetypes to identify user profile, behaviour, needs, expectations in order to design better for them.

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Using the key insights from my interviews, I created primary and secondary personas representing the goals and behaviours of my users.

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 EXPERIENCE MAP

An experience map is a visual artefact to empathetically understand and communicate a user's behaviours and moods throughout an experience. Experience maps help designers locate the pain points a user experiences to then propose solutions. I mapped out the typical morning routine of a working professional, and identified a number of challenges and opportunities that could potentially mitigate the challenges faced. 

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TASK FLOW

Micro habits are an action that requires minimal motivation or effort to complete. The idea is over time; a micro habit will slowly build on top of itself and result in something significant. The core task flow involves setting goals, completing smaller challenges, and raising the stakes to achieve those goals. A task flow diagram shows how users travel through the system templates while performing a specific task.

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SKETCHING AND WIREFRAMING

I started out with Crazy 8's to kickstart my ideation process. After many sketches, I transitioned into low-fidelity, grey-scale wireframes. After rounds of user testing and creative problem solving through iterative design, I finalised my grey-scale wireframes. Wireframes represent the skeletal, basic structure of a website or application. They are primarily grayscale to showcase functionality, content, flow, and usability.

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USER TESTING

I conducted usability testing with five users showing them an InVision prototype with my low fidelity wireframes. From there I created a session outputs document listing validations, improvements and other feedback notes from users.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The language used within the app was fine tuned to meet the needs of the target user.

  • The size of buttons was enlarged to draw attention to the clear call to action.

  • Focused on visual expression rather than verbal communication by reducing the text used. 

  • Did further benchmarking to understand Apple interface guidelines in depth. 

  • Expanded the Onboarding process to briefly communicate the features of the app.

  • Added quotes on the main habits dashboard to motivate people and fill negative space.

  • Worked on creating a cleaner interface and maintaining consistency. 

  • Revisited accessibility guidelines and checked contrast for usage of text and colours.

  • Gave users the option to view their main goal and active challenges in the same menu for ease of use.

  • Added versatility to the challenges to make them more engaging, comprehensive, and fun.

  • Introduced monthly stats for users to view a broader spectrum of information on their tracking progress.

  • Added versatility to the challenges to make them more engaging, comprehensive, and fun.

  • Introduced monthly stats for users to view a broader spectrum of information on their tracking progress.

VISUAL IDENTITY AND UI LIBRARY

For the branding and visual identity, I pulled colours from a mood board of inspiring images. Through A/B testing and attitudinal testing, I found that users preferred a cooler colour palette as they associated it with the brand values of energy, rejuvenation, and peace. 

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The interface design aims to be clean and confident. A simple colour palette, good spacing, and visual hierarchy give the user a sense of confidence and ease while using the app. It was important to choose a typeface that was easily readable but also modern. 

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HIGH-FIDELITY OUTPUT

Once the branding and visual identity of the app were completed, I implemented changes to the low fidelity wireframes with feedback received from user testing sessions and created high fidelity wireframes showing how the completed app would appear.

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PROTOTYPE

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It is most beneficial for product teams to prototype as early as possible to catch roadblocks before implementing or building in development.The task flow within the prototype is to add a healthy habit, set a goal, complete challenges, and track progress. The two habits selected for the prototype are to Meditate and Exercise. 

TAKE A TOUR OF THE INVISION PROTOTYPE

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Check out the demo video embedded below.

 

 

 

 
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MARKETING WEBSITE

To preview the marketing website,  click on this INVISION LINK

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT STEPS

1. Expand the Stakes and Statistics Feature.
2. Build out additional screens. 
3. Go deeper into micro-interactions in Flinto
4. User test all upcoming changes.
5. Iterate, iterate, iterate.