Air quality is a major issue that individuals living in some of the world’s largest cities face on a daily basis.
Air quality is a major issue that individuals living in some of the world’s largest cities face on a daily basis. Although poor air quality is a constant problem that affects everyone, there is no direct solution to help residents of these areas navigate these health hazards. Instead, they need to rely on either weather apps (Google Weather, Apple Weather) that don’t provide comprehensive information on Air Quality Indicators (AQIs), or AQI websites with clunky UIs. As well, neither source has any health recommendations tailored specifically to individuals users on how to stay safe in adverse air quality conditions. We are hoping to fill in this gap to provide an app that is a “one-step solution” that users can consult before going outside.
We conducted a user research interview with an individual who currently lives in an area with high air pollution (Beijing, China). The interviewee expressed to us that although they lived in such an area, they were not as concerned about the health effects of air pollution as their older relatives and family/friends with pre-existing health conditions. They also gave us insight into their daily habits with using technology. This interview helped us solidify what we wanted to deliver in our app. The two main values adds for Breathe are, firstly to provide a clean and easy way to quickly determine the AQI levels in a city and to secondly, give personalized health recommendations based on an individual’s existing conditions.
Qualitative user research(survey):
UX Research Study Plan for Breath
To validate our problem and verify the need for a solution, we gathered qualitative data from a sample of four participants by performing in-depth one on one interviews. Our goal was to understand their daily challenges of living in a polluted area and generate actionable insights from their experiences.
We believe that our product can provide value add instead of existing products because users have the requirements for:
User Story1: As a user I want to know the air quality index of my area so I can plan my daily indoor and outdoor activities.
User Story2: As a user I want to get personalized air quality information based on my health status so I can take appropriate actions based on the recommendations.
Based on the insights that we got from user research, we created user personas to represent our target audience. We narrowed our list of potential solutions to and decided to proceed with two of potential solutions:
The goal for Breath was to create a simple and straightforward experience for users so we used React library to create a more fluid user experience that revolves around a single page.