Reminder app for ArtCenter students.
Research – Concept – Prototype
Eighty percent of life is showing up.
— Woody Allen
70%User Interface Design
Starting with the broadest of strokes, I initiated my research by posting surveys around campus asking students what kinds of reminder they want to have on the app.
I quickly learned that beside getting reminders for their class time, students also want to be notified of other social and professional activities on campus.
I developed a subscription model for signing up to receive reminders and alerts for classes and events happening around campus.
One of the most dreadful moment of my time at ArtCenter happened on week 15 when classes had ended but my morning alarms still went off.
— Jose G., Student
Students are more likely to arrive late to class after a ‘white night’ during midterms and finals.
— Shri J., Professor
Why would you need anything more than the default alarm clock app on your phone? *stares skeptically*
— Jae L., Student
I asked several other students to jump in on impromptu co-design sessions where we made quick prototypes using pen & paper.
After several iterations, patterns started to emerge from the chaos.
Economy of Scale
If I can help a student shave just 1 or 2 minutes off the time they'd spent preparing for school, imagine how much time would be saved for the entire student body, over the course of 8 terms?
Seeing the big picture, I aligned the project’s success metrics along 2 key performance indicators.
- Measured in the amount of time spent completing a task
- Repetitive ‘chores’ should be avoided
- Scalable, working model for 95% of users
Ease of Use
- Best represented by the number and complexity of steps required to complete core tasks
- Each step should entail little to low mental effort
- Smooth learning curve among new users
One Account To Rule Them All
Instead of using yet another account to manage alarms, the Awake app would utilize students’ current ArtCenter portal account. This SSO (single sign-on) solution elegantly streamlined the alarm creation process.
Login to sync alarms
This is neat! I wonder why no one has thought of doing this before.
Form inspired by function
Beautifully designed alarms.
An alarm app that notifies you of class time
with zero or minimal setup.
Being on time is the first indicator of professionalism.
Sign in with your ArtCenter student account to sync class schedules.
Review and adjust alarms to fit your personal needs.
The app learns your waking up pattern and helps you make proper improvements.
How it works
An alarm clock with memory.
Adaptive Intensity learns your waking up pattern and helps make adjustments to improve it.
Wake up time