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Our App Connect addresses social isolation and loneliness. Our proposal was based on social isolation between adults and teens with mental health issues. Our concept has evolved over time as a result of talking to adults and our mentor, getting their feedback. Our project would help kids and adults to socialize and feel more secure sharing their difficulties with one another. This app would reduce social isolation among people suffering from mental illnesses.
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Feedback from the Judges:
I'm a trained UX Designer in multiple disciplines (visual, interaction, research, strategy) who can deliver production-quality front-end code. I love to work on web-based or native mobile applications that users use to get something done...and delight them while doing it! I'm a systems thinker and empathizer with a knack for translating business needs into user-friendly interfaces. I'm an explorer and a Toys R Us kid, constantly learning about myself and the world I live in.
I really liked your choice to use speech bubbles as what I felt was part of a brand strategy for Connect. And I liked the easy to get started quickly strategy for the first screen in the images above. That is called Gradual Engagement and is a very smart way to get users hooked. Give them access to the tool as quickly as possible!
I liked the design of the chat page too, using a well-known messaging app pattern of the person who is typing has their messages on the right side of the screen and their friend's messages on the left.
I wonder what the screens and experiences are for users to find people that they want to connect with? And how would you keep users safe from people that might not have the best intentions? Like a way for users to block other users or report them.
I once joined a startup that wanted to create a platform including a web app and mobile app for families to connect and help each other in a safe environment. Families dealing with serious issues like bullying and suicide. They also created a way for families to connect with professionals. This was part of their business model. While the idea is to help people, in order to help people you have to find a way to pay the electricity bills!
So I really like that you both decided to build an app that helps people dealing with isolation, out of all the apps you could have chosen to build. That deserves recognition and praise. Great job!
Ashley is a facilitator, design thinker, educator, and strategist committed to advancing equity through collaboration. Ashley has been a consultant at IDEO and Clear, Head of Creative at Tough Mudder, 7th grade English Teacher at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, and Director of TC NEXT at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a BA in English and Art History from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. She lives in New York with her partner and rambunctious toddler.
I especially liked the use of the mood meter; it helps users reflect on their own feelings, normalizes a range of emotions, and connects people experiencing similar emotions. Using this as a check-in before engaging with any sort of social media is, I think, a very compelling approach. I think the idea of the loading screen also provides a uniting factor.
One consideration: how might you create safe, facilitated places for people experiencing similar mental health challenges to connect and commune about those issues?
Kathleen Dolan is a Director in Accenture’s Strategy Consulting practice where she provides technology-driven strategy consulting expertise to a variety of the largest national and global communications, media, and technology companies. Ms. Dolan serves as the Vice President of the Mouse Associate Board.
What I do all day at work?
I teach graphic design and help prepare students as they enter their professional careers! I love helping students prepare their portfolios, how to negotiate their salary and prepare for interviews, and tips for self promotion! Before starting my teaching career, I had worked in the graphic design industry for 20 years and started a reusable tote bag company along the way. I continue to work on projects as an independent designer. You can check out some of my work at hollytienken.design
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Types of work that I do
Visual Art & Design
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Animal Rights, Community Advocacy, Mental Health
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