To create an easy way for Harvard first-years to browse the events of their orientation week called "Opening Days," through a mobile app.
I remember as a first-year feeling both exceedingly dumb and frustrated with having to carry around a giant brochure filled with Harvard's orientation events. Beyond being a physical nuisance that everyone lost, the paper copy was hard to read and navigate, so I have decided to create a digital design for the Opening Days schedule. This mobile app will enable students to ensure they always have their schedule information with them, and gives them an efficient way of sorting through the hundreds of orientation events.
After reviewing the Opening Days brochure, I decided that it was most useful to sort the events into 3 categories: by event type, event location (near me), and event time (happening soon). This insures the ability to search for events not only by interest, but also by convenience. This app would make use of Google APIs such as the Google Calendar in order keep track of an individual's events and Google Maps in order to locate certain events.
Here is the user flow chart I came up with based upon my and my peers' experience:
As part of my design research, I experimented with many different colors and font types. I wanted to choose the color palette surrounding Harvard's official color, crimson. I also wanted to create a range that was crisp, clean and modern, as most of the original guide was in monochrome. The fonts that I chose reflect a traditional yet simultaneously contemporary feel, much like Harvard itself.
The video below shows a prototype for how my app works. It starts off with the welcome video that would be played upon first opening the app, and continues through the user flow diagrammed above. I designed all of these individual screens in Sketch and created the product flow in InVision.