Mobile activity-tracking app

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Project
The goals was to create an app that uses the sensors on a mobile phone to help people get healthier. My team designed a pedometer integrated with a map that encouraged people to take longer, more scenic routes to hit their walking goals.

Role
Initial design concept, collaborated on interaction design and visual design

Mobile language-learning app

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Project
Create an app that uses  location (restaurant, work, etc.)  to help people learn Mandarin. We used a Foursquare API to prompt people for their location and then showed them relevant  flashcards to reinforce learning and encourage them to use the vocabulary when out and about.

Highlights

  • Based on in situ interviews in Beijing and Seattle, decided native English speakers in China would benefit the most from an in-context language learning app.
  • In 8 weeks, our team wireframed and coded the app, and then kicked off month-long field research phase.
  • Based on data from app use, we determined that the design prompting users to learn and use words in context helped them learn more words than learning without context.

Role
Ran the field studies, analyzed the results, wireframed the entire app (Balsamiq), contributing author on CHI paper (2011)

app demo

Axure prototype available by request