3 – Design development & application of design languages
First, I started with the carer UI where I originally had 4 menu categories:
- Activity (showing the activities patient had when using a tablet (second UI))
- Diary (containing personal info and patient routines)
- Admin (place to manage the photos, music and games displayed on the tablet)
- My Space (space for carer with breathing exercises, calming sounds etc)
The font I chose for this app is sans serif Aspira typeface and components from iOS UI Kit because of their well known, beautiful clear interface.
I read a lot about dementia and carers, but the information I got didn’t seem enough. So I decided to contact some nursery homes and have a chat with a carer in a hope they will have answers on some of my questions.
I scheduled an appointment in a nursery home in Leopardstown, and had an interview there with QPSM (Quality and Patient Services Manager). She preferred to stay anonymous.
She gave me some handy advices on how to set the menu and which categories should be prioritised so they can be easily available to the carer. I also got some slides (Nursing Management of Insomnia & R.B) which helped me a lot with content I did in the app. After I did couple of tweaks my prototype looked like this:
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