Background: This project was a part of Interaction Design Association (IxDA)’21 Student Design Charette. As a finalist, I collaborated with some of the most talented designers and mentors from all around the world. This project addresses the tension between individual data and global well-being as a part of the overall theme “Design in Perilous Times”. Though we did not win the competition, it was a great learning experience and our project was appreciated for its novelty and impact.
Sponsor: TTC Labs @ Facebook
Duration: 8 weeks (Dec 2020 - Feb 2021)
Team: Anna Schreit (Hungary), Jack Flynn (Ireland), Shriyash Shete (USA)
My Role: User Research, Interaction Design, Visual Design, Prototyping & Testing
Mentors: Siddharth Muthyala (Lego Ventures), Francesca Desmarais (independent)
How might we achieve greater collective well-being through the power of our individual data?
Remote working parents can contribute contextual data regarding their work location, companions around them, break preferences and well-being reminders. They can also share the schedule with their family members.
Parents can modify the AI-generated recommended schedule and choose to keep it separate or integrated with their work calendar. They can view collaborators' schedules and partner with them to manage their shared tasks more effectively.
Based on the preferences, the calendar recommends breaks with refreshing activities to motivate remote working parents. Besides the usual meeting reminders, well-being notifications engage parents by providing interesting prompts and fun facts.
At the end of the last event on the schedule, users are rewarded with a summary of their day. They can review their accomplishments, feel content and switch off from work.
We received 60 responses to our survey from all over the world. We learned how people are dealing with the new normal of remote work. We included WHO-5 questionnaire to calculate the well-being index.
From our survey respondents, we chose seven remote working professionals from different countries such as US, India, Hungary and Ireland to understand their approach to remote work.
1. Remote work experience and challenges?
2. How does it affect your mental health?
3. How do you plan, organize, prioritize work?
4. How do you maintain work-life balance?
5. How do you switch off from work?
6. Thoughts on data contribution and privacy?
of the people said their work time and personal time are not separate
have poor well-being index according the WHO-5 questionnaire (meaning that they need to test for depression)
prefer working remotely in some capacity post-pandemic
How might we use data to assist remote working parents in maintaining their personal well-being while they balance work and childcare?
• No clear purpose for data collection
• Needs more thought, functionality
Dedicated workspace on web
• Works like a remote desktop on VPN
• Does not add much value
Personified assistance (quantified self)
• Needs to be integrated with some app
• Can't be too pushy with notifications
70% of adults rely on digital calendar. The most popular desktop calendar programs in use are Google (15.44% of all users), Apple (7.77%), Outlook (5.15%) and Windows Live (4.76%).
- ECAL 2018 statistics