Choosing Personality Traits
With the designs, I felt it was necessary to allow users to visualize the different types of personality through the use of icons and images. Also, the “drag and slide” gesture helps users to have a sense of progress and search results easily while picking one or more personalities trait.
Users can go through their sent and received messages in one go without having to exit the screen. By clicking on the tab above, they can see the number of messages sent and received.
This feature helps save time and sustained attention while executing a task.
Accessing Personality Traits
By being able to scroll, users can see the different pre-filled personalities and the recent messages that they have from different users.
To also give a sense of the unique personality environments, colors have been introduced to make it easy to differentiate each personality type while they are in the message inbox.
Adults Forum is designed for people who fall within the middle-aged adults (36 – 55yrs) and young adults (18 – 35yrs) population.
The project need was a result of an intergenerational sharing research where seniors had to share their stories with younger adults. While this intergenerational academic research began with seniors, the project has since evolved and is now focused on a new set of users (middle-aged adults and young adults). After observing a few long term care homes and gaining insight on how much sharing meant to the seniors, I had imagined, “How might a design solution help bridge the gap between two generations through sharing”. That was when the idea of AdultsForum was designed!
A critical part of the process was developing a "How might we.." question, which was "How might we design a solution for middle-aged adults and young adults to share stories using a personality pairing system that feeds into their lifestyle so that they can socialise and learn life lessons together?". One other critical part was ensuring that the app should fit into existing habits of users and how they currently interact with their smartphones.
The initial data was gotten through personal research work at a long-term care home, where I worked with seniors and realized that they had a lot to share if anyone was willing to listen to them.
The idea of the chat with adults was designed after a few sketches and explorations of how to design a system that allowed sharing between the middle-aged adults and young adults. This led to creating personas and designing the clickable prototype. I carried out usability testing using low-fidelity prototypes with friends and made multiple iterations to the prototype.
This project was quite unique in the sense that user research was as also a design pedagogy into the aging population while working as a researcher.
This simplified platform has been designed to make sharing easy through a personality pairing system.The system of pairing is part of the account setup process where users are able to create their profile by selecting from already existing personalities listed or customizing their preference.
The approach used in gathering insights was through contextual inquiries, observing interaction unobtrusively, and then sketching these insights.All of the happened while researching at a long term care home;
Key Insight 1: Adults find it useful when necessary to share with anyone who is interested and willing to listen to their interesting life stories.
Key Insight 2: Users would share stories that range from topics like politics and government to more personal anecdotes about family, friends and interests.
Step 1. Users activate the app, and lands on the home page.
Step 2. Middle-aged adult and young adult users create a profile, and choose one or more personality traits.
Step 3. Interaction is initiated between users types. A pair is created between a younger adult with a middle-aged adult.
Step 4. Users rate and share their experience with friends.
Here is a sketch of the wireframe.