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Getting kids to commit to nutritious choices can lead to a healthier lifestyle. Schools have the opportunity to foster good habits early on. But accommodating picky eaters and dealing with outside influences, such as the media, family, and peers, can be daunting. Design an experience where schools can influence students’ food choices. Show your process and how you arrived at your solution. Please include a sequence of hig-fidelity mocks from your design solution.
“n-grow” is an design ecosystem that helps schools inculcate healthy food habits in the kids. The playful and engaging methods of learning and refelecting keep the kids motivated to follow healthy food habits.
Preliminary research to understand the design prompt and current issues.
The objective of the study is to understand the food habits of kids and strategies used by the parents and schools to educate kid on healthy lifestyle fostering healthy food habits.
The study focuses on the school going children from ages 4-7 years. From the research it is evident that children of this age group are more prone to the junk food phenomenon but they are able to understand healthy food habits.
From the affinity map, I was able to capture all the user problems and the strategies used. The high level findings from the user interviews are listed and explained below.
From the affinity map I was able to capture all the user problems and the strategies used. The hight level findings from the user interviews are listed and explained below.
Before entering into the ideation stage, I defined a set of design principles, based on the research to help me to evaluate the design decision during the ideation phase.
It is the designer’s responsibility to keep kids motivated toward healthy food habits.
Kids leave the task if it is not playful and studies confirmed that gamified teaching has positive outcomes.
Educating the kid about healthy food habits is essential.
The design needs to be engaging so that the kid might not stop using it.
Design experience should sustain kid’s motivation and engagement.
The design output shouldn’t have adverse health and behavioral effects on kids.
To think and visualize the final goals I turned a current perspective into a new view for solving the child food habit concerns.
Evaluation the concepts against the design principles on a scale of 1 to 6 reflects that the data based concepts such as the watch, toy tree, and bending doll have higher rating.
Taking the products with the top rating into consideration I developed detailed concepts and prototypes. Since board games and apps can create high motivation and engagement in kids, I added them to the concept list along with the data based concepts.
“in-grow” is a design eco-system that includes three major components that comprise a mobile application, a toy, and board games. Using the app parents can track the child’s nutritional food intake and learn strategies to keep their kids food intake healthy and exciting. Teachers monitor the data and can provide personalized counseling and suggestions to the parents and the kids.
The kids being a core part of the design ecosystem plays board games while learning healthy habits simultaneously. The toy tree helps the kids to reflect their food intake and stay motivated.
Recommends food articles and recipes to the parent with basic food preferences information.
Helps the user to understand basic details about the interactions and app tools.
Parent can fill the food data with the kid by sliding and tapping.
Parent are notified to use the customized board game for the kids learning.
Kids are rewarded for their achievements.
Parents can track the tree health status.
Personalized recipes based on the kids preferences.
Teachers can track the kids with low healthy food intake using the status indicators and page filters.
Teachers can track the kid’s progress and reward their achievement.
The “in-grow” toy tree changes its shape based on the kid’s food intake. To teach that unhealthy food affects them later, the tree bends only after few days. At home, kids can reflect upon themselves by looking at the tree status and can develop self-motivation.
Card, board games, trivia and puzzles makes learning fun and playful.
Things I consider to do in the next steps are listed below.
It is my first project focussing on kids, food habits and parenting; the whole design exercise gave me new learning experiences. I learned thinking across multiple media to serve a single unified purpose. Working with a strict timeline taught prioritizing tasks.
If I were to design again, I might spend time on creating a quick prototype of one of the user flows and test it with the target audience, validate it and move to the next one. Finding areas of opportunity to work on minimizing the media influences incorporating behavior change techniques that can help.