In a team of 4, we are designing an app for sending pennies to your friends, as well as using it to create microtransactions of joy.
How Might We:Attach an emotional value to sending 1 cent, and how can we leverage this for social good?
My Role:Designed Hi-Fi UIs and interactions.
Participated in user research, and prototyping sessions.
The joy of microtransactions contains elements of the joy in gifting, except the latter is usually achieved through a physical gift. Furthermore, gifting inherently contains feelings of obligation. Project Penny touches upon the merging of the joys associated with physical gifts with a digital artifact, while removing the feelings of obligation into a spontaneous “gift-like” activity.
Participated in rapid prototyping and conducted user research to validate or bust our assumptions and design choices.
Used animation to give delight and joy to once static interactions.
Rapid iteration and user research is a must for design, or else you will get tunnel vision and end with something unusable.
Adding animation can provide a feeling of fun and quirkiness in a design, as well as bring focus to important areas!