SheaRo is a time management service to assist people with life-work balance and to help them use technology more efficiently.

 

Have you constantly received emails or messages while working? Technology is developing rapidly. There are many kinds of technologies involved in our life, especially smartphones and laptops. They do benefit our lives, but sometimes they interrupt our daily routines as well.

 

This project aims to assist people with life-work balance and help them manage their time efficiently.

- Focus on what matters - 

Ro: Portable speaker 

My Role: Group leader, Design Research, System design, UI design 

Tools: Sketch, Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Invision, Keynote

Team:  (4) Emely Vertiz, Micheal Zhou, Yaqi Zhang

Length:  10 Weeks (Spring 2017)

Design Research

Key Insights

   HOPES AND WISHES
  USAGE OF TECHNOLOGY
   WAYS OF FOCUS

When people feel the urgency to respond to something, it is easier for them to focus if they are also passionate about what they’re responding to.

Smartphones have become a one stop shop for everything people need. People mainly use technology productively for work, assistance and self-management.

"Everything is possible (in tech) right now."

People desire quality time to do more, such as have more face-to-face conversations with the people in their lives, and have control of notifications when working.

"Technology is more about bringing people benefits. It is about making your daily life convenient (efficiency)."

"I will be in my zone when I am focused."

User Archetype

How might we create a friendly service to help people do their work more efficiently as well as connect with others?

Click the model
ENVISION THE FUTURE STATE

Vision Story

Design Touchpoint

WEBSITE

You can download SheaRo app and purchase Ro speakers to get started with your experience.

MANAGE TIME

Using SheaRo App, you can start managing your time by setting up your agenda.

FIGHT DISTRACTION

After you set up your agenda, fight distractions by blocking your contacts and social media apps.

STAY FOCUSED

Keep yourself focused and productive by connecting your Spotify playlist to the Ro speaker!

GET REWARDS

While completing your projects, you and Ro both can evolve into a stronger bird, er uh human.

Navigation flow 

User testing 

PROTOTYPE: RO PRODUCT

 

 

The Original Ro figure is a portable speaker that connects to the SheaRo app using bluetooth.

POSTER

This is a complimentary poster with set up instructions. It is contained in the box. 

User testing 

What was the highlight?

"The concept of the friendly assistant and rewards at the end of the segment are really interesting."

           - Service Designer at Adaptive Path

                               

"The app was very thorough and fully featured. I might become friends with the toy penguin!"

           - Creative Director at Capital One

                               

What areas do you recommend refining?

  • Prioritize & clarify app functionalities

  • Being clear about distinction between desktop and mobile interfaces

  • Define the more functionality of physical product 

Process 

TAKEAWAYS:

 

> The human-centered design process 

> Core concepts & methods of service design, including experience mapping,

   storyboarding, and service blueprinting 

> Qualitative research for design 

> Information visualization 

> Visual storytelling 

> Service prototyping 

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