A project was designed for Fluxathon, a 24hrs interface design challenge to create an app that fits assigned theme.
My role: UX/UI Designer
Social media has been found to be closely linked to both depression and negative self-image for the users.
A solution that will allow users to overcome the negative impact they have been facing while using various social media platforms.
pos. will help filter out the negative impact based on users’ profiles and uplift them.
Research & Ideation
Approximately 16.2 million adults in the United States are dealing with depression through social media
Symptoms of Depression
Feelings of hopelessness
Loss of interest in normal daily activities
Suicidal thoughts, actions or plans
These symptoms most likely make negative impact on school performance, friendships and family relationships
Insight: these are the few symptoms that this app took inspiration from to create a plugin that would help people who are dealing with depression and negative self-image can get through their problems and connect to the people around them
Michelle | Age 19 | Student
Bio: Michelle is a currently a Freshman at the University of Texas. She started using social media at the age of 16, with her first smartphone. Everything started tumbling down as she made more friends online. She started to become upset seeing posts of everyone’s amazing adventures, which made her own life feel lackluster.
Goals: Be Positive | Know how to value herself | Feeling supported
Frustrations: Loneliness | Hopelessness | Ashamed about her body
Personality: Sociable | Enthusiastic | Sensitive
Noah | Age 21 | Student
Bio: Noah is finishing up his last semester at New York University. During his four years at NYU, he has met a lot of people and connected with them over social media. However, he has always been hyper-focused on school and has a hard time seeking out help from his friends and family, which has lead him to loneliness and depression.
Goals: Be able to focus on school | Get back his happy lifestyle | Self-care
Frustrations: Worthlessness | Lack of Energy | How to make real friends
Personality: Practical | Extroverted | Thoughtful
What does users need the most to recover?
People who are dealing with depression tend to feel lonely and a lack of support. Gaining that support back from their family and close friends, they start to value themselves more and share their emotions with others.
Depressed people usually forget to give themselves the proper care. Besides the attention they have from friends and family, they also need focus on themselves and how to bring joy to their life.
Introducing The pos. Mobile App
An app designed to help people overcome their anxiety and value themselves more by filtering out the negative part of social media and connecting with people.
How does pos. work?
Using pos. will give users a chance to filter out all the negative posts that they see on social media everyday.
Based on the user’s unique profile, pos. will detect which is a negative post for the user and blur it out with a message to keep up the users positive mindset.
How does pos. help with depression?
Positive Vibes Only
Enable “positive vibes” mode will let pos. filter out all the negative posts based on the profile that they put in
While reaching out to family and best friends, notes will help the users to jot down good insights about their calls so that they can reflect on it later.
After seeing the general message, users can chose resources to get in touch with suicidal/depression hotlines to get help immediately
Based on the user’s profile, pos. feed will only show positive posts that would help to brighten up users’ mood