Conversations revealed their struggle to work on long term goals because of overwhelming daily tasks. I compiled 6 interviewees in video call format. Each call ran about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
From the interviews I decided that they needed to separate long term goals from daily tasks. This solution would be a permanent companion that is easy to repeatedly visit and organizes what is seemingly unquantifiable, which could alleviate the mental frustrations they battled.
Personas allowed me to learn that the app would need: planning, creating, and documenting components to solve all user problems.
I also put myself in the process of long-term-goal achieving to identify high and low points of motivation. Since the timeline is usually greater than a month, I spotted opportunities to when the companion should motivate them to come back.
Through interaction architecture I learned some key modules could exist across all users: widget notifactions, timers, data visualizers. I also learned that a lot of interactions depend greatly on circumstance and lifestyle.
Wireframing taught me the importance of UX writing for realistic situations. But though they were comprehensive, these interactions weren’t sensitive to the time users spend on the app. Additionally, I simplified data visualizations from the last step.
Exploring Visual Design
I explored 2 visual directions inspired by the training styles gym pokemon. Visually each direction communicated a different speed. I chose the steady and continuous.
I learned a lot about using shapes and color to highlight pressed states and flat shadows to establish depth. After a round of critique I learned that this style didn’t meet the goal of adding value. It felt like a regular calendar with added features.
Applied Style: Sprint
More feedback taught me that it was difficult to understand interactions without any visual context. So I carried over type, color, shapes, and hierarchy.
I also felt that the shape language was too sharp and unfriendly. More organic, rhythmic shapes communicated a steady approach towards achieving one's goal.
Feedback through Existing Solutions
I recognized establishing an environment and visual metaphors became integral. Like Shopify, metaphors clarify the purpose behind intended interactions.
So I created some illustrations that allowed a lot of high contrast and flat shapes. These backgrounds clarified planning, building, and reflecting.
I applied these illustrations into the backgrounds of the entire design. The final result felt more intimate and established connection to a user's deskspace.