A mobile app for migraine sufferers
Imaginer (an anagram of the word, migraine) is a combination of a wearable and mobile app that helps people manage their migraines. The app will be developed first for Android, adhering to Material Design and Google’s guidelines. In addition to the Android app, it’ll also be nice to develop an AI component to identify patterns and a companion smartwatch app (Android) for notifications.
End–to–end application design, research, information architecture, wireframing, logo design, illustration, interaction design, user interface design, prototyping, and testing.
My solution was to design an Android mobile app that helps migraine sufferers manage and track their migraines. I will also design a logo for Imaginer that is in line with the Google family. As a bonus, I will explore the design of a smartwatch app (Android) to display notifications and allows users to input data about their migraines.
Google (now Alphabet) has been recently investing more and more in the Healthcare space. They are improving Google search with specific healthcare cards and quick information for the user, as well as working harder on research and cloud initiatives.
What do people do when they get a migraine? What CAN they do?
To fully understand the scope of the project brief, I wanted to know how, when and why migraines affect people and what treatments and medications help them with their symptoms. What triggers peoples' migraines? What are the pain points migraine sufferers have when trying to track their migraines?
I quickly realized after taking a look at migraine apps already on the market, that there were many opportunities for improvement. Obvious pain points for users would be too many steps during onboarding, confusing iconography, and cluttered interfaces.
Surveys and 1–on–1 interviews
To better understand my target audience’s needs, goals and pain points when managing and tracking a migraine, I conducted 1–on–1 user interviews and user surveys.
- Stress is a major contributing factor to migraines
- What triggers a migraine is sometimes a mystery
- Keeping track of migraines takes too much effort, especially during a migraine attack
information architecture & use cases
To get a sense of the structure and flow of Imaginer, I created; a Site Map, a Task Flow and a User Flow for my persona. This User Flow is an example of designing for a stress case like trying to navigate through the app and track a migraine while experiencing a migraine attack. I wanted to make sure the steps were simple and our user could skip a step or quickly save her progress if she chooses to.
Who are we designing for?
Based on my research, I defined who I thought would be the target audience for Imaginer. My Persona, Sonia, gets migraines once in a while. However, since taking on a new role at work, she has noticed her migraines happening more frequently. How can this design help her manage her migraines and take control of her symptoms, instead of them controlling her?