I was asked to explore a problem space where smart design could be leveraged to provide a solution. Through internal and external investigations, I was lead to text messages and their frequent misinterpretation in—and negative impact on—romantic relationships.
I branded my project as “Kiss Me Through the Phone.” Through in-depth research, I discovered text messages have a low capacity to convey emotion. Infusing text messages with nonverbal cues became the goal of my project.
Through extensive design research, I developed an app that uses animated weather backgrounds to communicate emotion. I delivered this extensive research in two research books: First Date and Honeymoon. I named the app Aura and designed a brand book. Lastly, I created promotional materials for the app.
This is how I felt as I developed my thesis project and found it important to evoke all emotions.