In 2022, all my classroom projects explored mindset through different lenses. This year, I started out with the intent to find the viability of non-linear narratives to reframe our mindset in different contexts.
This project combined lessons from the last term to address well-being through storytelling in a completely unexpected manner.
Plaiwright intensively focused on reframing thoughts/journal entries as they give birth to a fictional narrative that evolves with the user’s journey. Providing tools to form habits of self-reflection in a refreshing way.
This phase of Plaiwright really honed into the aspect of systems and behavioral design. Most of the effort went into optimizing the flow and structure of the solution to reduce disengagement.
It was also essential to identify what aspects of self-reflection and journaling were more important to the users (Pain points, expectations, motivation) aka prioritization.
The flow and structure of the system turned out well based on testing but were missing a thought-out interface. But the path was laid out for the next phase.
Focusing on the primary elements of Plaiwright’s larger system came with rigorous testing and iteration:
After diving into the rabbit hole of systems and frameworks, focusing on design and interactions turned out to be refreshing. It also gave birth to an exciting side exploration of the "Stackable Design System" for the prototype.
Evaluated based on the following factors:
With a focus on the experience, came a new set of experiments and learnings:
The project received significant feedback & is set to blend emotional affordances as it scales towards other pieces - Reflect & Reframe
All the discussions, probes and learnings led to validate my research query for the rest of the year with respect to cultivating socially conscious behavior through interactive narratives.
Plaiwright raised a lot of intriguing discussions around habits, behavioral psychology and the impact of AI amidst evolving systems around us. These insights will transition into new mediums and contexts or bring whole new ideas to life, to be explored and tested.