Final Project

For Lin’s discomfort field and her goal, I prototyped a physical activity for her and people feel difficult to wake up.

The initial idea is to let people have a rough plant of the coming day when they are waking up( during the period of time from they heard alarm till they finally wake up).

Material:

paper, pencil

Rules:

  • After turned off the alarm, keep eyes closed, grab the small piece of paper and pencil
  • Thinking of a person you’re gonna meet today ( or you may meet, or you have to meet)
  • Thinking of what you’re going to have for breakfast (if your breakfast is always the same, think of something you really want to eat today)
  • Thinking of the weather outside ( just feel and guess, don’t search for it)
  • Draw the above three on the small piece of paper when thinking about it, with eyes closed

 

I designed this short journey to let people wake up quickly in a really sleepy moment, they’re forced to focus on something they’re not sure but they’re going to experience today. Also, the way of drawing in blind can make people feel confused and be wondering during the process: I’m I drawing rightly? Is my guess correct? And people do want to see the result when they’re drawing with eyes closed. This is also a trigger to let people wake up.

I did a short user test:

 

Finalized idea

There’re some questions about the initial prototype design after user test and also some suggestions from Nick,

  • How do I give Lin an incentive to do the exercise (drawing the images for her plan)? Just like an alarm clock, there is a danger that she might just ignore it, “snooze” it.
    • A related question is how do you remind her to do it?
  • What form does the recipe take? Is this a booklet that someone would download that explains the steps? Is it a journal with the steps and also space to draw? Is it an app that has some other aspect like an alarm or a set of recorded instructions? Is it a device – a physical form that includes pen, paper, and maybe those recorded instructions (a sort of alternative alarm clock?)?
  • What happens to the drawings? In many ways part of the reward for doing this exercise is the record of all these strange sleep drawings. How can I provide an archive (a website? a journal? a box?)?

I redesigned this project after considering these problems.

Material

  • Related alarm app on the phone
  • paper
  • pencil

Rules

  • After turned off the alarm on the phone, keep eyes closed, grab the small piece of paper and pencil
  • Thinking of a person you’re gonna meet today ( or you may meet, or you have to meet)
  • Thinking of what you’re going to have for breakfast (if your breakfast is always the same, think of something you really want to eat today)
  • Thinking of the weather outside ( just feel and guess, don’t search for it)
  • Draw the above three on the small piece of paper when thinking about it, with eyes closed. During this process, the alarm will play a binaural sound to help to wake you up, it will turn off after you click “finished” button.
  • Taking a picture of the drawings and upload on your social media with a special tag within 12 hours,( to join the wake-up challenge and supervised by your friends.)

Discomforts

  • People are forced to focus on something they’re not sure but they’re going to experience today.
  • The way of drawing in blind can make people feel confused and be wondering during the process: I’m I drawing rightly? Is my guess correct?
  • Showing the drawing piece on social media also force people to wake themselves up in this discomfort way.

User Test

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