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Glow

Summary
Professional period cycle tracker App and habit guidance, best for PCOS patients.
Timeline
Fall 2020
Role
Concept & Research, Interaction, UI / UX Design
Scope
Problem framing, Concept Validation, User testing
Tools
Figma, After Effects

What is PCOS?

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders of reproductive-age women. Globally, prevalence estimates of PCOS are highly variable, ranging from 2.2% to as high as 26%.

This App will help PCOS patients to record and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.

Why do we choose improve living habit to control the disease?

PCOS is an endocrine system disease which need a long-term treatment.

The current main treatment way has a very obvious negative impact cycles, which makes disease difficult to control.

When patients only relying on hormonal treatment, will loss of weight control, cause more serious disease such as type 2 diabetes.

PROJECT GOALS

・The feature which tracks period cycles and symptoms to fit each individual PCOS patient.

・Establish good living habits (diet, exercise, mood).

・Provide professional medical suggestions.

Method

User Interview

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Currently, all period care app prediction/ record/ calculation functions are all set according to healthy people.

Most period cycles care apps don't provide medicine reminder and upload medical history features.

Don't have the very detail and professional diet or exercise regimen /schedule suitable for gynecological diseases.

PRODUCT PREVIEW

TRY IT WITH PROTOTYPE

DESIGN APPROACH

USER RESEARCH

Target Audience

Focus on PCOS patients, who feel tired of go to the hospital and take medication frequently. Hope to improve living habits to achieve a healthy life, and control the disease.

RESEARCH INTERVIEWER

Key Interview Questions

・Do you think period problems have affected your (or female friend) life.
・If so, please describe in detail what was bad things about it....

・Do you take any medicine during your period? (For example, contraceptives regulate hormones, pain relief...)
・If so, do you need a plan or reminders to take these medicines?

・Is your BMI index healthy? Do you need to lose weight?

・What bad habit is you most want to avoid in order to keep a health period? Why?

・What is your biggest difficult point in improving your living habits? Why?

・What kind of conditions or reminders do you think can help you achieve the set goals?

INTERVIEW QUOTES

I found 7 people as my interviewers. Include 5 PCOS patients and 2 patients with other gynecological endocrine diseases as the control group.

LEARNINGS & GOALS

Question 01.

Do users pay attention to their period cycles health and are they interested in the related apps?

Finding

All PCOS patients have the habit of using the period cycles care app because they have the need for treatment and track the disease. One interviewer in the control group chose to use a notebook to record the date.

Question 02.

What are the pain points and needs when our users are using these period care Apps, and why?

Finding

The reminder and record function is not designed for PCOS patients.
Most users can't understand the icons correct meaning in the record function (flow, pain, color, etc). No text notes function. History cannot be transferred to the new device.

Question 03.

How to design a feature which establishes effective life habits to help users achieve the goal of good period health?

Finding

Connect with other electronic products such as Apple watch to reminder or alarm. Build pop-up notice at computer. Form a support group to cooperate with each other. Three of interviewers have the habit of using the daily schedule, which can added habit goal to the calendar.

Question 04.

Explore what it is that makes users feel comfortable and safe when using those Apps.

Finding

The record feature is the most important for all interviewers and needs to be placed in the easiest place to use. Can use more interesting and humorous ways to reminder.

SOLUTION STATEMENT

Smart record and analysis feature that include period cycles and ovulation mode. Humanized reminder suitable PCOS patients. Support infographic export and cloud data.

Provider medicine reminder feature could connect IoT product or any electric device. Support upload medical history. User could add notes in each days on calendar.

Users can set their living habit goals, make support groups with friends or other users, achieve goals, win rewards. Our app provides professional diet, fitness, and emotional soothing guidance.

DESIGN PROCESS

3 CONCEPTS

Concept 1 _ Graphic

The home screen uses the circular graphic to display the period cycle data.

Feedback

Although this design is very popular, it's difficult to understand the accurate date. Recording process is very lively and interesting. Medicine reminder function design is a bit like an alarm clock, feel a little bit confused about how to use.

Concept 2 _ Dashboard

Use modules and data to display personal health information. Display all calendar-related functions on one page.

Feedback

Personal information is very easy to understand. Consider adding the graphics icons to help understand. The interaction of turning off the medication reminder alarm clock needs to be improved, which can refer to the first design.

Concept 3 _ Calendar

Use the monthly calendar to display users’ health information.
Record detail by the drop-down menu.

Feedback

Weekly calendar on the homepage will be more targeted. The monthly calendar can be displayed in the calendar function. The drop-down menu is not clear enough at a glance.

WIREFRAMES

First Version Wireframes

After the test of the 3 concepts, then merge the highlight point and feature into this wireframe.

TESTING PROCESS

User Testing

ITERATION

After user testing, I collected a lot of precious opinions. Based on these opinions, I started to improve my first design version.

Medicine Reminder

Through three times of medication reminder user testing. In the final design, the user can click the "Dot icon" to check each reminder status. When the user receives a notification to take medicine, the user can complete the task at the pop-up windows. After completing a reminder, it will disappear from the "Today" page. Users can click "See all" to view more medication reminders.

Record Symptoms

Redesign the icons in the record the symptom page. Changed the symptom description from the rectangle to the dialog box. Improved the treatment journal and deleted the "Add" icon that could cause misunderstandings.

Daily Diet

Users can edit the ingredients, the system will generate daily diet recommendations based on the ingredients they have. Because the recommended daily dishes take up a lot of space that cannot be put on one page, I split the diet generator step.

Personas

Main Features and Task Flows

Visual Guide

Branding

Vertical

Horizontal

App

Welcome Animation

KEY TAKEAWAYS

As a PCOS patient, when I had this opportunity to try medical topic, to design an app help PCOS patients was an undoubted idea in my mind. When you don’t know how to start your project, brainstorm and list your project’s problems. A detailed survey and interview can help you find the solution.

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