So the inspiration for emojiCal really Started with my grandmother. I observed her drawing a doodle of a cat on the calendar, in order to remind herself of a veterinarian appointment on that particular day, for her cat.
Note: My grandmother grew up in a culture where women learning to read and write was actively discouraged.
My Role: I served as the Lead UX Designer bringing his project's design from conception to manifestation.
Create an intuitive calendar interface that can easily be used by my elderly Cuban American grandmother, with little technology experience.
The research for this project was informed first by direct observation of what my grandmother was doing.
This was followed by an interview and a moderated study using paper prototypes where I guided her through the process of using the app.
Finding other study participants who were in her age demographic and lacked the scholastic skills of reading and writing posed a challenge. I decided to move ahead with the design process with what little data I had.
Grandma brought her family from Cuba to America years ago and never learned to read and write. she marks things on a calendar using symbols and "X's" in order to remind herself of events.
After immersing myself in data and fully understanding what this product was and what it needed to be I started sketching various wireframes and concepts ultimately settling on the layout you see today.
So What I can see, is at some point support for expanded icon sets, maybe even a marketplace for icon sets. I can even see a sharing functionality being included in a future version of this app. iteration and evolution will continue to happen I will revisit this project and the case study in the future updating everyone on changes that come of this project.
I would like to try and teach myself to use android studio and really see this come to life for my grandmother.