Mobile App Design
GreenThumbs: Home Gardening Assistant
& Plant Growth Tracker
Could quantified-self improve a skill-set? How would evidence of skill-building be tracked?
For crafty, earth-minded people who find themselves living in unnatural environments: GreenThumbs can help reconnect with plant life and become enthralled in a successful gardening experience. This project aims to create a quantified-self app which helps improve the user’s knowledge of gardening as they track progress and consult with in-app resources.
The application reinforces an awareness to plant needs and gardening tasks through feature persuasion and preloaded resources. Target users will be a of a wide range, but most aspiring garden hobbyists live in urban and suburban areas. The application helps manage limited gardening space with simple step-by-step instructions automatically generated by the app. Simple commands are given to the user for basic tasks such as watering, feeding, or pruning plants.
Software & Resources Used
The proof of concept is portrayed in a series of mockups below highlighting areas of functionality throughout the app’s UX/UI design.
The areas of project research included the industry of quantified self, competitive analysis of existing gardening apps, and identifying the target users.
GreenThumbs is a quantified-self app that tracks progress of developing skills through photography and social media updates. The user is prompted when to take certain actions to develop a sense of routine. The user is virtually connected to an online community who is sharing their own progress where collaboration can freely occur. The application is designed to be comprehensive and a valuable resource of information about gardening.
This app was designed for GWAR course taught by Heidi Dunkelgod at SFSU (2017).
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