Gaby is one of our newest Alumni having completed the Foundation UX Course in June 2018. Before she attended the Academy, Gaby worked as an in house Graphic Designer for a cosmetics brand. Gaby made the decision to try and develop her career and get into UX design. She also hopes to develop an app in the future, which you can see more of below. She also says our Foundations in UX and UCD course has given her a much better understanding of UX and UI, and the processes behind creating/designing an app.
What are some the most valuable things you have learnt at UX Academy?
“How valuable planning is. Also, I am excited to have learned the different processes that go into UX and the thought behind the planning stages.”
UX Design Portfolio: BeeHappy
BeeHappy is a digital app that focuses on improving career progression and productivity by boosting employees health and wellbeing. Gaby’s idea when beginning to create BeeHappy was to create an app that improves the health and wellbeing of employees and thus increase work performance through the use of soulful techniques such as meditation, breathing, and exercise.
The importance of an app like BeeHappy cannot be understated. Gaby’s research identified that a third of days taken of work through illness in the UK are a direct result of work-related pressure or stress. This has a big impact on productivity and indeed the whole economy. That is why an app like BeeHappy could prove so helpful to workers and indeed employers across the country.
We believe that the future of sustainable design lies in an approach that puts the health and wellbeing of individuals. The subject of wellbeing in the built environment is something we have been increasingly focused on. We spend around 90% of our lives in buildings […] and this has an impact our health and wellbeing
To build an app that improves the health and wellbeing of employees, and thus increase work performance through the use of soulful techniques such as meditation, breathing, and exercise.
One third of days taken off work through illness in the UK are a direct re- sult of work-related pressure or stress. – The BMG Research Employee Panel
For current wellbeing programmes, the focus on mental health and physical activity continues to be important, so employee assistance programmes (EAPs), discounted gym memberships and health screenings will remain popular initiatives. – Employee Wellbeing Research 2017
Just 28% of emplyees say their organisation has a Wellbeing Strategy – The BMG Research Employee Panel
Primary research is particularly helpful to gather further information from potentional users in various locations. Questionnaires and interviews provide a qualitative method of gathering evidence, data and information about the intended project that I’m working on.
A crucial passage in UX design process because they define expectations, concerns and motivations. This helps us to understand how to design a product that will satisfy users needs and therefore be a success.
User stories help us understand situations, be more empathic with our target users and filling a situation withthose hidden details we will further follow all across the design process.
Low fidelity prototyping is a quick and easy way to test structure and design. The efficient method also allows greater opportunity for quick interaction and user feedback.
The next stage in the process is creating a more visual and realistic representation that incorporates design elements. This will also allow for users to provide feedback on the aesthetics and greater details of the app.
Beehappy has a simple and sleek design but also incoporates bold and vibrant splashes of colour that is somewhat playful. This has also been used to reflect the positive upbeat vibe of the app.
The completion of the User Experience development stage has enabled us to provide greater, more meaningful and relevant experiences to users.
Research has enabled us to uncovera gap in the market with mindful meditation apps. Combining mental wellbeing and career progression is currently a niche area where Beehappy is able to take forefront.
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