Washtenaw ID Design Jam

The Washtenaw ID Project formed with the mission of creating a Washtenaw County ID which would be accessible to those who are unable to get State or Federal IDs, affording them better security, and access to services. Their measure to create the ID card recently passed, and so their goal was shifting from making the ID a thing, to helping people sign up for the ID. As a part of this change they decided to overhaul their … Continue reading

Architecting a Starbucks/Teavana integration

This was the final exam for my Information Architecture class at UMSI.  We were given a business challenge, and then 3 hours to architect a solution. Problem: Starbucks purchased Teavana and now needs to integrate these products into their current offerings. Process: Understand, Name, Architect My approach to this was first to understand what Teavana meant, and what it meant in relation to the other things Starbucks’ offers.  Next, I sorted these things into two … Continue reading

A Modernist App for Starbucks

Problem: Use Modernist Architectural thinking to architect a website for Starbucks. In order to understand the Architecture in Information Architecture, my class was challenged to architect a web presence for Starbucks which used the ideals of an architectural movement, instead of contemporary HCI ideals. My group were the Modernists. Process: Reasearch Modernisim, then start from scratch We started by quickly surveying Modernist thought and arriving at a shared understanding of what sort of modernists we would … Continue reading

Ontology for Rainbow Munch

Rainbow Munch is a mobile application I have been developing which aims to help users track their consumption of fruits and vegetables. One of the necessary development steps was understanding how people saw the fruits and vegetables they ate. Problem: My initial idea (and the source for the app’s working name) was to sort the foods by color. The ‘rainbow’ metaphor could provide an easy way to help users eat a variety of fruits and … Continue reading