Role: UI Designer
Time frame: Feb 2019
Won 1st place in the Open Product Design Competition for developing a product aimed at helping relieve stress felt by students on campus. Makeathon is a 36-hour Prototyping and Design Competition held annually at the University of Michigan
Personal Stress Relief Environment
Window View of Oasis Settings
No cell reception
Customizable Sound & Volume Control
Dimming LED Lights
UV Sanitation Lights
I was responsible for the interaction design of the control panel and the large LCD screens within the Happy Pod. Through user research data, we determined that the controllable features within the pod would be the sound, light, temperature, and the calming image displayed on the large LCD screen.
Accessibility from one screen
Given the context of the environment for the control panel, we wanted to limit the complexity of the screen. We envisioned that many users would only modify the customizable features as they saw necessary. The oasis window is the main focus of our product and the control panel incorporates this by putting this at the center of the interaction.
Constant View of Time & Temperature
Due to the lack of cell reception within the the Happy Pod, we wanted to provide users with the current time while inside the pod.
of Control Panel
Type of Sound
Volume of Sound
Over the course of 36 hours we developed a product that took a holistic approach to wellness by creating a customizable, serene environment that would be unique to each user.
We also incorporated the a business model to our product, that included determining which offices and services on the University of Michigan's campus could sponsor our product. We also determined how information about the pods could be dispersed university-wide.