PRODUCT DESIGN

PORTFOLIO OF

ADEM ONALAN

2016 / NEW YORK

THESIS

NOVO

Novo is a journal app that encourages and challenges you to bring novelty into your daily life.

The overall lack of novel experiences bends time together, and thus decreases the quality of time spent. I wondered how I could introduce novel experiences into daily life through design. I started by understanding what novel experiences meant to different people. After several design interventions I ended up with Novo.

We are stuck in the monotony of routines and experiences the feeling of shorter lives. We are not able to differentiate last December from last January and we don't remember how last 3 days have gone by. What have we done that's remotely interesting?

"Make sure you stretch your mental landscape by putting yourself in situations where you are learning something new. If you want to slow time down, seek novelty."

 

David Eagleman

Neuroscientist

Our brain doesn't process new memories as we age, things are no longer new to us. The reason that children experience the passage of time slower than us is because everything is novel to them.

NOVO

Novo is a journal app that encourages and challenges you to bring novelty into your daily life.

At the end of each day, it asks you if your day was novel or not. You reflect on your experience in the app and a beautiful pattern, unique to that experience, is created by using an algorithm.

Your memory attaches your experience with the pattern and when you see it you recall your extraordinary day.

 

Novo creates a calendar of extraordinary experiences and you can see where you had a novel experience where you haven't.

The Process

The overall lack of novel experiences bends time together, and thus decreases the quality of time and life spent.

 

I wondered how I could introduce novel experiences into daily life through design. I started by understanding what novel experiences meant to different people. After initial interviews, I quickly realized that novel experiences are very subjective. That led me to create a platform which provides basic tools to help encourage people to experience new things in their daily life.

Shown above, I mapped out the daily journey of several persona in order to see the right spots and opportunities for a design intervention.

 

 

 

 

After a comprehensive exploration, I came up with an smartphone application which functions as a journal app for novel experiences.

This is how the initial idea works: each day, the app sends you notifications reminding you to experience something new, out of the mundane. At the end of the day, it asks you to reflect on your experience. It asks you if your day was novel or not. If you say yes, the UI maps out your response through a unique visual language. A linear continuous line draws a circle and when you confirm that you had a novel experience it becomes linear again and moves forward.

However if you haven’t experienced anything new and your response is “no”, the line circles backs in. Until you experience novelty, the line continues to loop over and over again; it only moves forward when you’ve done something new. This data visualization shows where time bends together and where it stretches. Concentric circles mean that you are experiencing the same day over and over.

 

Once you confirm your experience, the app asks you document it by adding photos, typing or recording voice memos. All of your daily responses are visualized in a unique calendar. If you haven’t reflected any new experiences in last 3 days, they appear as one day since you experienced same day 3 times. Therefore your January calendar might consist of 20 days instead of 31 days.

 

 

When testing the wireframes, I learned from users that the app was always providing a negative feeling. Even though users were experiencing new things, it was very hard to see 31 days in their January calendars. The visual feedback wasn’t that rewarding.

 

Instead of deleting the days in calendar, I decided to show where time was experienced longer and where it was experienced shorter.

 

 

 

 

I also envisioned it as a smartwatch interface so that the line could continuously update in real-time and so that you could constantly view your progress. You can also give immediate feedback to the app when you experience a new thing instead of waiting until the end of the day and reflecting on it later.

 

In order to make the user experience more rewarding and shift the perception of negative feeling to positive, I envisioned an improved UI. In the new UX, the days with new experiences are highlighted, while regular days are still shown in the calendar instead of disappearing altogether.

 

I envisioned Novo as a journal app that creates new memories by creating extraordinary days. Each day it encourages and challenges you to bring novelty into your daily life.

 

 

ADEM ÖNALAN

Product Designer

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Core77 Design Awards, 2016

Student Notable, Furniture & Lighting (Project: Ounce)

 

Core77 Design Awards, 2015

Student Notable, Interaction Design (Project: Ditto)

 

Core77 Design Awards, 2015

Student Notable, Social Impact (Project: Spinute)

 

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Economy, 2014

Full Scholarship Recepient for Graduate School

 

IMMIB Industrial Design Contest 2014, Turkey

Professional-First Prize

 

TUBITAK Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award, Turkey

First Prize

TUBITAK : The Scientific and Technological Research

Council of Turkey

 

Asia Awards: The Student of Asia 2013, Japan

Nominated

 

Red dot award: concept 2013, Singapore

Winner

 

International Design Excellence Awards  2013, USA

Student-Finalist

 

A' Design Award Winner 2013, Italy

Silver

 

IMMIB Industrial Design Contest 2013, Turkey

Student-First Prize

 

iF Concept Design Award 2012, Germany

Winner