Digital Designer
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Sleep Cycle App

 

Sleep Cycle App

 

Background

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While looking for practice to improve my craft, I decided to do a few design exercises but in the mindset as if they were real products for real clients.  Yes, I had to do a bit of imagining but, I knew this was the best way to accomplish my goal. 

This exercise was to design sleep cycle app, in which you could see you overall sleep cycle information, your week by week sleep cycle stats, and set alarms for yourself. 

Goals : 

Self-explanatory and straightforward:  Easy to use without much of a learning curve for the user.  

Informative: Information and stats presented in a way for the user to easily understand.

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The Process :

01 : Mood Boarding and Research

 

I set some time aside to scour various places such as dribbble and such to brainstorm.  After looking through multiple pages and whatnot, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted.

Upon researching more about sleep cycles I found there are three dominate parts of your sleep cycle Awake (eye closed but still awake), Light (asleep but can wake up easily), and lastly REM or Deep sleep (harder to be woken, its when you dream, and when your body repairs itself).  How much time you spend in each of these stages can affect your sleep and overall restfulness immensely.

02 : Target Audience

 

I wanted to target college students for the fact that they could be one of the of groups to find this app the most beneficial.  50% Male, 50% Female ages 18-25.

 
Early Wireframe Sketches.

Early Wireframe Sketches.

 
Early Icon Sketches.

Early Icon Sketches.

03 : Wireframes and Sketches

 

I started with a few wireframes in pen to get an idea of the type of layout I was looking for.  I needed something that was easy to look at and navigate while still displaying all the information needed.

 
Left to Right: Stats Screen, Home Screen, Alarm Screen.

Left to Right: Stats Screen, Home Screen, Alarm Screen.

04 : Design

 

After nailing down the overall layout of the app, I moved to software to bring it to life. Starting with adobe illustrator to hash out the icons and other graphics I might have needed. I then moved over to photoshop to begin putting everything together. I stayed with a darker color palette since the app would be used primarily late at night.

 

Results and Conclusions

 

Beyond the pixels and gradients, from my perspective, I found this exercise beneficial and fruitful. It got me to focus on my creative process and how to utilize my time.  It was also enjoyable to work a personal project where I had complete creative control.