INFO

888

Nov 2020

ROLE interaction, visual and branding, illustration 

WITH Justine Guzman, Julie Cho

For UCI's first design-a-thon: 888 is a productivity and mindfulness desktop app that models the 8-8-8 rule of a balanced life (8 hrs of work, sleep, recreation) to help users find a healthy routine of work and play.

Given the short project timeline, we focused mostly on personal reflections, friends’ testimonies, comparative analysis of existing apps, and web research to carry out user research. It was revealed that:

  • Individuals relied on productivity apps for detailed brain dump to serve like a “second brain”

  • Individuals felt guilty or stressed if they don’t meet their end goals (to-do list for the day)

  • Individuals found it difficult for productivity and wellness to coexist

From these findings, we decided the product would identify the following key goals:

  • We want users to get as detailed and/or as holistic as possible when creating their daily schedules

  • We want individuals to celebrate the total work done and take it day by day instead of getting caught up on long to-do lists

  • We want the product to feature elements of both productivity and wellness

It was definitely a challenge to design a high-fidelity prototype during such a short amount of time. This project reminded me of the importance of user research. Given more time, I would have spent more time on user research specifically on ways to enhance wellbeing.

Research

The prompt asked to design a desktop app that integrates seamlessly with an individual’s daily workflow and advocates for mindfulness and productivity.

Modern-day productivity prospers conjunctly with capitalism - end-goal oriented production has become an obsession, but taking care of one's wellbeing isn't deemed productive. We wanted to design a product that could help with productivity and serve as a well-being tracker to break this chain of incessant overwork.

SOLUTION

888 allows us to see a holistic vision of what our 24 hour looks like outside of work. Color-coded by work, rest, and play, 888 features a 24-hour clock that visually represents how one's day is allocated to bring awareness to daily habits. With features such as opening breathing exercises, reminders of wellness, and a lock-in feature that prevents users from adding more than 8 hours of work per day, the app serves as a gentle shift in routine towards care and wellbeing.

The prompt asked to design a desktop app that integrates seamlessly with an individual’s daily workflow and advocates for mindfulness and productivity.

Modern-day productivity prospers conjunctly with capitalism - end-goal oriented production has become an obsession, but taking care of one's wellbeing isn't deemed productive. We wanted to design a product that could help with productivity and serve as a well-being tracker to break this chain of incessant overwork.

SOLUTION

888 allows us to see a holistic vision of what our 24 hour looks like outside of work. Color-coded by work, rest, and play, 888 features a 24-hour clock that visually represents how one's day is allocated to bring awareness to daily habits. With features such as opening breathing exercises, reminders of wellness, and a lock-in feature that prevents users from adding more than 8 hours of work per day, the app serves as a gentle shift in routine towards care and wellbeing.

Given the short project timeline, we focused mostly on personal reflections, friends’ testimonies, comparative analysis of existing apps, and web research to carry out user research. It was revealed that:

  • Individuals relied on productivity apps for detailed brain dump to serve like a “second brain”

  • Individuals felt guilty or stressed if they don’t meet their endgoals (todo list for the day)

  • Individuals found it difficult for productivity and wellness to coexist

From these findings, we decided the product would identify the following key goals:

  • We want users to get as detailed and/or as holistic as possible when creating their daily schedules

  • We want individuals to celebrate the total work done and take it day by day instead of getting caught up on long to-do lists

  • We want the product to feature elements of both productivity and wellness

It was definitely a challenge to design a high-fidelity prototype during such a short amount of time. This project reminded me of the importance of user research. Given more time, I would have spent more time on user research specifically on ways to enhance wellbeing.