RSA Student Design competition
Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator
The competition made it clear that they were not looking for an average product/service that tells users to get 8 hours sleep. The explicit requirements of the brief were that they wanted you to “think holistically about what factors actively contribute to, or undermine the possibility of good sleep”. They wanted a product, service or system that thought about the role of nutrition, exercise, mental states, physical environments and more.
With this information, I added screens that allowed users to track how much they exercised each day and also added a function that allows the users to track the food they’re eating and it can tell them what packaging they can recycle. I added this certain feature into my app as the implicit constraints (found through previous winners and the website information page) wanted a project that would benefit the environment in some way. Adding to this, the implicit constraints also urged for a project that would benefit society and incite social change, therefore I included a ‘friends’ option within the app, to allow users to connect with others and help them on their journey of bettering their sleep.
I undertook primary research at The University of Hertfordshire to get a better understanding of the ways in which students sleep. I gave the survey to peers in my class and found out that half the students suffered with a mental health issue. This urged me to include a function within my app that would help them feel less depressed/anxious in order to aid their sleep.
In researching what function I could include, I found an article by JAMA Internal Medicine. The organisation's objective was "to determine the efficacy of meditation programs in improving stress-related outcomes (anxiety, depression, stress/distress, positive mood, mental health–related quality of life, attention, substance use, eating habits, sleep, pain, and weight) in diverse adult clinical populations." Finding out that meditation can help those affected by depression and anxiety, I decided to include a meditation feature within my app. It was important for me to do this as the explicit requirements of the brief clearly stated to focus on mental states and health and wellbeing, not just sleep.