ColorAway is an application designed to enhance the mindfulness of solo travelers through interacting with modified photos.
I started this side project to explore the design space in mindfulness. I along with my team turned our learning into a paper. The paper was accepted and will be published at CHI Conference 2018.
A previous related work (will add to this site soon) I led was published in CHI Conference 2017 as one of the four international undergraduate representations.
CHI Conference is considered one of the highest-rank conferences in Human-Computer Interaction field.
Directed and Managed project roadmap in team of 4
Conducted literature review & data analysis with team; user testing & in-depth interview 6 target users
Led 3-phased design sprint & created prototype with team
Generated findings and academic paper; publishing at CHI Conference 2018
How can we design a system that enhances solo travelers' mindfulness?
Literature from western psychology and Buddhism were thoroughly reviewed to obtain an understanding of mindfulness
Analyzed interview data from the larger study, and understood solo travelers' needs for mindfulness
Incorporated findings from literature review and data analysis to ideate design ideas
Conducted a 3-phase design sprint to prototype design from ideation
Recruited 6 solo travelers and gave each of them a personalized ColorAway prototype. Interviewed them after they used the prototype
Analyzed the interview data from the user study and consolidated the findings into a paper. Paper accepted and publishing in CHI 2018.
This was by far the most intellectually challenging project I have worked on. Since I was the first author, I learned from first-hand experience on how to translate concepts from more than 80 academic books & articles to the team. Other than concept translation, I further honed my skills in conducting usability study and in-depth interviews. It was very fun to turn all the research into a concrete design piece in the end!