“Feel (A mental health application)”
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The social issue we wanted to go over as a group had to be one that was widespread and could be related to, so we chose mental health. It evolved from there because we discussed the issue in full, seeing how we each were personally involved in the topic and the solutions we had ourselves. Each Person is different and we recognize this, making sure it is flexible and open because mental health is not an easy thing to approach.
If the project would work, we would have it shuffle activities daily so that it could be a release for a few minutes per day at small intervals. Anything from music, coloring to sharing experiences will do, but if these activities are not successful there are going to be trained professionals available to talk to instead.
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My mission is to empower our society by designing experiences that are equitable and enjoyable. I thrive on cultural diversity as a catalyst for growth and enjoy collaborating with others. The "emerging" and "alternative" spheres of society excite me just as much as the analytical ones. My work spans between UX, growth, product, brand, and research. Ultimately, I would like to drive positive change for under-resourced communities through thoughtful and inclusive projects.
Hello! I am a Senior Product Manager at Etsy, working on internationalization and localization. I am a data enthusiast and studied the intersection of privacy and open data at the Oxford Internet Institute. I'm far from a software engineer but enjoy coding for fun and feel lucky to have spent time at The Recurse Center programming retreat in Brooklyn. I grew up in NYC.
Sariyah Idan is an internationally touring performing artist and educator. Recognized for her solo theater show “Homeless In Homeland” about Jewish identity and the occupation of Palestine, awarded by the LA Women’s Theater Festival and highlighted by the ONE Festival NYC. As a music artist she has rocked iconic venues like The Kennedy Center, The Skirball Cultural Center, and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. She is an educator with Pockets Change teaching financial resilience through hip hop culture.
Doug studied Computer Science as an undergrad at Princeton University and earned a PhD in Computer Science and Computational Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon. He now works as a software engineering manager at Google, trying to keep the search engine fast and reliable.
Something that might be interesting to consider for the app would be a way to collect feedback from the users. For example, they could use the app to indicate their mood at various times of the day. Perhaps the app could keep track of trends and reveal insights to the user, such as whether their mood really does vary with the weather, or if they tend to struggle certain days of the week or times of the day. Also, users could indicate which of the activities helped them. This could be used to improve the app for all users (finding the most inspiring quotes, songs, images, etc) as well as for customizing it for the user, to give them more of what works for them. Because someone who is depressed may not want to reach out for help, especially when things are really bad, perhaps the app could assist them with that. For example, it could notify your friends when you indicate that you aren't doing well. You've put some great ideas into this initial design and it seems like there are so many ways you could gradually build on that as the app evolves.
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This application helps young to adult be neutral with their struggles, 'coz it is fun and engaging. Its will boost someones mind as it shows great design. Thumbs up to the creators.
I would personally encourage someone to start with music because sound has a strong impact on mood, and it is always important to make a good first impression on our consumers to show them what our product is about. For the transition between features, it is up to the user to make that decision-- freedom is one of the things that this app wants to promote and the best way to do that is give them the wheel, so to speak. Thank you for the kind words and praise.
I agree with the approach to allow users to suggest quotes and give feedback that can reach other users in the future. This app aims to meet the needs of the overall communities mental health, no matter how simple or complex that issue may be. As for the music section, I would have loved to add more detail to it and I agree that the first step would be to define the music and the moods that it aims to get out of a consumer. I personally have a strong attachment to music as well, so the vibe can very well make or break my day and im aware this may be the case for others in similar situation. Thank you for the kind words regarding the work.
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