Research Design Solution



01 Brainstorming

So what are we going to build?

After building a persona and considering the needs of our user, we quickly recongized the potential health concerns that come with being a full time job/mom. Continuously on the move, mothers like Rachael put themselves at risk of physical exhaustion and stress related illnesses in the long term.

We felt that our solution had to accomodate our user's busy and fluid schedule. The mobility of our application addressed an aspect of this constraint, but we had to be additionally cognizant of where our application would be used. For this reason we decided to build an application that would be appropriate in the office or on a commuter train/bus.

Finally, because our solution was meant to de-stress our user, we began to expand on ideas that include:

  • Daily affirmations
  • Meditation
  • Immediate access to happy photos/videos
  • Breathing exercises
  • Hand stretches
  • Neck strain relief

At one point we did consider allowing the application to provide a mother with daily updates about their kids (provided by caretakers). We eventually removed this feature to preserve the true intention of the design which is to provide a mother with time for herself. (However short!)

Cork | Jain | Miller | Veerubhotla
BID 2010 . Human-Computer Interaction Institute . Carnegie Mellon University