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Plant-It

A solution for green space in Chicago

As an interactive and social media project, a group of 4 students and I were tasked with conceptualizing and designing a technological solution to a need we identified in Chicago. We identified that need to be access to a green space for planting. We created this app to help solve that problem.

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Research

Most people don’t have a lot of land and people who live in apartments with rooftops don’t necessarily have access to that space. Chicago overall has a desire to plant, not only for decoration, but to provide fresh produce for themselves and others while also helping the population of bees. There are also a lot of unused lots that aren’t currently available for random people to plant. Overall, Chicagoans need space to grow.

We conducted research which consisted of 12 in-person interviews an a survey that received 26 responses.

Analyzing & Brainstorming

From our interviews and survey, we had a lot of data to go through. We started to synthesize it by creating affinity diagrams and user personas. 

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We saw that many Chicagoans want to plant but do not have the space or resources to do so.96% of the interviews conducted were with users aged 15-25, all who live in the city of Chicago. 76% of our users said that they do not currently have a backyard or large open space, even though 50% of them said that they were moderately or more interested in gardening.

 

From this research, we decided to create an app that could analyze a space in someone's home and determine what could be planted in that space, no matter the size.

Prototypes & Testing

From there we created a paper prototype, then tested and iterated it multiple times. We got valuable feedback that then led us to creating the digital design.

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Digital Mockup

Next it was time to create the app digitally and receive more feedback. Although I did not do the initial digital design of the app, I did create the prototype mockup of it using Marvel, as well as conducted user testing with it. We created 4 user tasks for our testers to follow.

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From the user testing, we received valuable feedback on how to make it more user-friendly, which we implemented. One of the biggest suggestions we got was to add a gallery feature where users could store and even share photos of their plants with other.  

Final Product

After all the research, prototyping, testing, and iterating, we finally reached our goal of producing an app that could help solve the problem of green space in Chicago. 

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Check it out for yourself at

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