302: Handwriting Aid app- research

For this product I started out my research with reading this document

This document is a instructional paper written by Jane Aulty, Jeremy Cosgrove and more from the Dept. of Neurology in Leeds.

This website suggests that weighted pens help with tremors which could be an additional component to my digital app. It also suggests writing in smaller letters. Holding your pen between your index and middle finger is also supposed to help.

I then started research into how to help people with arthritis in their finger joints with their handwriting. This website gave me a list of pens and the reason why they would be useful. A lot of these pen designs includes extra support for the grip of the user. This would be useful for people suffering with arthritis and tremors affecting their joints.

I found some videos that explain hand exercises for people with tremors which I will incorporate into my app as my app aims to help with overall health of joints along with improving confidence with writing.

The next step I took in my research was to look for similar apps that already exist both to gain inspiration and check for market value and space.

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302: Idea Creation

In this week’s tutorial class, me and a group of my classmates used a random word generator to quickly produce product ideas.

We wrote each idea down on a sticky note and used a class whiteboard to stick all the ideas up and organise them into groups of bad, good and very good.

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Each of us then took one idea from the very good pile to research for the product pitch deliverable at the end of this term.


The idea I decided to research was an ipad app to help people with arthritis and tremors with their handwriting and stretches to help the overall care of their wrists and hands.

302: Week 06- Business of Design


Business of design


This week were were given a new task, to design and create a proposal for a project.

The project given to us was to design a brand and website to represent ‘Hill Street’ in Belfast.

The deliverables of this task will be a pdf of a webpage and a its respective invoice.


Firstly we looked into the proposal and what should be included in the actual document.

What’s included;

  1. Overview – define what needs to be done in the project
  2. Approach – how it will be done
  3. Scope of the work- what’s involved in the project development
  4. Assumptions – client provides what you need and expectations
  5. Deliverables – what’s produced + extra
  6. Ownerships + rights – work for hire + licensing
  7. Additional costs – fees and expenses
  8. Pricing + payment schedule – your quote
  9. Acknowledgement + Sign off – agreement to start (your property until they pay you).

This week’s lecture went through all of these points in detail. However I needed some extra detail describing what’s involved in the assumptions section so I used this website, for help.

Assumptions

The website gave this example “a good assumption could be that you will be limited to four weeks [for this project]. In this time you will have space for a maximum of 5 revisions over the course of 3 weeks” – It may take more than this amount of revisions but the assumption is still necessary since you’ll need to budget for time and cost and you need to set goals. This is necessary to help you track progress.

The website states ‘ it is necessary to set up accurate and slightly challenging assumptions ‘


TheĀ benefitsĀ of using a proposal.

The main benefit of using a proposal is highlighting the end goal and ensuring this is well outlined in the document.

Proposals are also really useful for tracking the success of your project and evaluating the progress over time.

The proposal also offers a great time to explain to the client the final product and if there is an original product you are updating, it allows you to highlight the changes. It helps you explain exactly what will change and the steps involved.

The proposal is a great opportunity to let everyone involved in the project know exactly what is happening and how it will be done. This allows the designer and client to cross-communicate effectively and ensure everything will be processed efficiently. Proposals also decrease the risk of mistakes.

Proposals can act of a form of legal safety for the designer if the client decides to change integral parts of the project or would like to argue the pricings- it has already been agreed and signed off on by the client themselves.


After this I began an audit on similar websites to the one I am trying to build.

Hill street is located near the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It hosts an array of restaurants, bars, entertainment, retail and businesses.

We have been asked to create a brand and website to represent this street with a lot to offer, similar to how Titanic Quarter and Cathedral Quarter have their own respective websites.

To begin this task I looked at both of these websites to gather an idea of what I should be doing and include in my website.

Titanic Quarter Website

From looking through this website I’ve learned the important things to include in my own website:

  • explain what it is
  • what it’s used for (including statistics)
  • short bio describing the area
  • list of placed there such as offices, retail, media, tourism, leisure etc…
  • important things happening there – news

The navigation bar in the titanic website includes;

  • live
  • work
  • visit
  • stay

These are verbs to describe what you can actually do at Titanic Quarter and each link takes you to a page with more details. Deciding to design the navigation bar in this way is very smart as it draws the user in and puts them first as each heading describes what they- as a person, can do there.

live

This page gives the user a list of apartments and describes them as a ‘sought after location’ adding to the importance of this area.

This page also gives users some history on the area and gives them sale lettings and prices. This enforces the idea that this is a great location and there are homes available to the user.

The live page also covers the restaurants and cafes the quarter hosts to imply that this area can give the user everything they need to live comfortably. It also includes the Belfast MET under ‘education’ to further emphasise this idea.

Work

The ‘work’ page includes the 100 national and international companies that have buildings in the Titanic Quarter.

This page also includes the list of offices, media campus, retail, industrial projects and the efficient telecom coverage the quarter hosts. Along with future offices and projects.

This is very useful to show users exactly what is happening in this up and coming area and how they could get involved and the opportunities the Titanic Quarter hosts.

Visit

This page explains the maritime mile and a short history behind the Titanic Quarter.

It also includes the places the user can visit such as the ‘Titanic Museum’ ‘Vertigo’ ‘SSE’ and the ‘marina’. Each of these places when clicked on gives the user more details and contact information.

 

At the bottom of each page the user can click on buttons called ‘what’s on’ ‘news’ and the ‘media room’

These are obviously important pages as they are directed to for the user at every page. They allow the user to access important information without having to go through specific pages or the nav bar at the top of the page.

Readily accessible means the user will definitely see it so if I intend on using this idea it must be for pages that are important and well developed.