Last week, I had the idea of creating a journal app that also contains games to make the task less annoying to do. After the user testing, I had mixed responses. On one hand, the first group liked the style of the app because it gave off the sketch-like, DIY feeling. They also liked the idea of allowing the user create their own avatar within the app because it would make it more personal and enjoyable for the user. On the other hand, the other group was confused about the concept because the game aspect of the journal was not fully planned out, therefore, making the app’s purpose rather confusing. They suggested to make the design of the app based on the theme of the game so that it would be more in tact.
After all the feedback, I decided to get rid of the gaming aspect for this app because I felt it wasn’t what I was focusing on, it was more of like an addition. My initial intentions were to allow users to input their moods on a daily, writing entries of what happened during their day. I found out that these apps were called Mood Trackers and not only do they include those features, but they also include mood statistics, showing your average moods, monthly mood chart, etc.
With all this new information, I created a new prototype. Because moods are difficult to categorize as simply ‘happy’ or ‘sad’, I decided to use weather emojis because they can express various of emotions. So far, the features on this prototype are similar to that of the mood tracking apps that I’ve found, but I would like to add more features to it later on along with the transitions.
This would be an example of how the calendar and entry would be like.
Last week, we had out user testing for our interactive prototype. Since I didn’t have my transitions ready for that week, I asked if whether or not the transitions should be simple or have some sort of fancy transitioning. My user tester stated that because it is a mood tracker app, people would want to go through the app as simple as possible, so just a tap would be fine. I also asked if she were to use apps like this, what other features would she want in it. She mentioned about having song suggestions within the app depending on the person’s mood that day since music can greatly affect one’s mood. She also mentioned about articles and how they can benefit the user’s knowledge. Initially, I thought having two mood charts that show the same info would be redundant, but she said having both would be fine since one takes on the appearance of a dotted/line graph. She also brought up the idea of animating the emojis so that they’re talking about you mood/entry
This week, I added the article feature of the app as well as making transitions. I’m still thinking about the song suggestions because it sounds like a good idea. I am probably going to animate the emojis to talk since its a cute addition.