HACKATHOn 1st place / mobile app
Making post-pandemic dating a little less stressful.
During the first ever Product Splash Hackathon, I conceptualized Butterfly with Jeriann Hsiao and Jason Chen. I individually prototyped and tested interactions to realize our design decisions.
Isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns in the United States worsened many people’s mental health. Many people struggled to return to socializing normally after lockdown. How can people feel comfortable dating again?
From: Pew Research Center
Our 19 survey respondents heavily rely on their friends for emotional + mental health support when they dated before the pandemic.
Status Updates: share their highs and lows of dating
Boosts: Mutually support each other through custom messages, gifts, and pick-me-ups.
Separate Friends and Dating Network: Building relationships with friends and going on dates in the same app.
I led the ideation portion of the project. We began by looking at leading existing wellness apps to get ideas.
Users were not sure if Statuses and Boosts were visible to Friends and Matches. It could've been made more clear if Matches chat page were included in the prototype.
Users expressed feeling more connected if they could also see their friend's statuses on the home-page.
Users were confused in what context they were supposed to answer "How are you feeling?"
Status updates allow users to share how they’re feeling about their dating life with their Friends list.
Designing the design process is just as important as the design itself. I had to keep readjusting our milestone timelines in reaction to our design progress.
Every design decision has to be justified and backed with research, usability, or user insight. If we had more time, I would’ve liked to conduct in-person interviews after our surveys.
Knowing where each team member stands with their personal agenda for the project can help the design process as well. Our team knew we wanted to have a polished product instead of spending extra time making something radical.