As part of the graduate course, Ideation and Prototyping, we were divided into teams. The Drama comprised of Joanna, Will, Ryan, Bonnie and Cherisha. Our design thinking project was focused on the following OpenIDEO statement.
We followed a rigorous design process to arrive at an effective solution to address the design challenge. The steps are detailed below along with the showcase of our work.
Our research included interviewing various people connected to sexual health around the world. My research focused on talking to an organization in India called How to Tell Your Child, which is a nonprofit organization that provides educators and parents a platform with easy, fun and interactive tools like animated videos, interactive books and merchandise to teach children tough topics like sexual abuse and puberty. I also interviewed Josiane Hudicourt-Barnes who is an education advisor in Haiti and Maureen Plaisimond who works with Matenwa, a community learning center which is an innovator in the field of education and has developed incredible programs in Haiti.
During the Ideation phase, we consolidated our research insights and came up with different ideas to solve the problem at hand. Our research indicated that one of the major issues was the increase in spread of STDs and rise in teen pregnancies in NYC. I was actively involved in gathering the insights from all the team members and facilitating the process to come up with a key solution to solve the challenge at hand.
During this phase, we came up with engaging narrative posters and a text-based interactive gaming experience for young teens in NYC to understand the consequences of casual sexual activities by learning in a more playful and interesting manner.
4) User Testing
After testing the posters and the gaming experience with users, we arrived at a conclusion to combine both the ideas and link them to design an interactive solution that effectively solves the problem.
Our mobile app design went through a couple of iterations. Based on the feedback received and the progress of our script for the gaming experience, I designed the mobile app screens with a few variations and repeated the process until the final design was agreed upon.
6) Final Design
The final design of the mobile game can be seen here.
The video below showcases the entire story line of our project.