RESEARCHER, UX DESIGNER, UI DESIGNER
"Achieving healthier lifestyles by exercising together".
The challenge started from a case study about Harvard University´s walk-in clinic with a team consisting of three industrial and service designers to come up with a new approach to dealing with health in college.
I took responsibility for the research process and transforming the insights into the prototype we suggested. The first steps were those about understanding our college users and with them later ideate and design our solution.
We started by talking directly with other college students, both in academic buildings as well as in more sportive places like the gym or parks. We focused our initial understanding of the matter on three key points.
Our initial goals were to understand
What health means
What do students do in order to stay healthy.
How comfortable are students changing to achieve healthier lifestyles.
This is how we achieved it
The research suggested that the students could be divided into 4 different categories depending on the amount of physical activity they engage in.
The team clustered those categories into 2 different personas. This decision came out from understanding that basically there was a group that engaged in routinely exercising and a second one that did not.
Hi! I am Nicolas
Nicolas is passionate about living a fit and healthy life. He does exercise on a daily basis as it helps him to deal with stress caused by college.
He loves to motivate others into becoming their better selves as exercise and a healthy diet did for him time ago when his big brother encouraged him to start exercising.
Hey, my name is David
David is a shy freshman wanting to do friends. He has started to feel that college life is taking a toll on his health.
He would love to start exercising to keep the “freshman 15” away but also so he can get fit, his dilemma is that he doesn’t know where to start but would love to given he could be guided and accompanied by someone else.
"A solution should bring
students closer, not distance them".
After the research, the team decided that a solution should be bringing students together, regardless of their physical condition instead of dividing them.
To achieve that, we considered what made them different but also what could they share and how to bring them closer.
So we started visualizing a platform where the participation of both, physically active and inactive students, would make it work and both would get the chance of accomplishing their goals with the help of others.
What makes MED unique?
Its for students, by students.
The team thought of a solution in which all students could participate regardless of their physical condition. One in which everyone had a role but most importantly support and flexibility.
For this solution we used the 2 personas groups we previously constructed and assigned each a role.
Meet the Mentors and the Mentees.
Hi! I am Nicolas
Mentors have developed lifestyles where physical activity is key and now they want to share it with others. Their role is to offer physical activity "classes" whenever and however they want, guiding and
encouraging others into a more
Hey, my name is David
Mentees are users that for different number of reasons, from wanting to lose weight, become fit, get tknow more people or just for fun are willing to engage and let themselves be guided by others to achieve their goals
and help others achiever
How does MED work?
This model was made to help illustrate how MED would happen for both Mentors and Mentees. It shows the flows they both would follow as they experience MED either as Mentors or Mentees and how if one wanted to become the other could happen.
Select the class that fits you the best.
It was important for students to be able to be part of activities that really interested them, so MED lets them search for classes that fit.
Students can filter classes through their intensity, the kind of activity, the number of people and the duration.
Share your passion.
Create a class.
Mentors are half the equation that makes MED. Creating classes, they can share their active lives with others and encourage them to adopt them too.
MED makes it easy for mentors to create classes as they feel more comfortable with.
Your class is ready,
time to warm up.
After creating a class and it is uploaded to MED, all members of the app can see it and be part of it if the details match their interests.