Yifei Liu, Nihar Dalmia, Robin Oh
UX/UI Research & Design, Animation, Front-end Development
"It kind of feels like our lives are made up of a countless number of weeks. But there they are—fully countable—staring you in the face." — Tim Urban, waitbutwhy.com
Life is short and finite. It takes 4680 weeks to turn a newborn into a 90-year-old. Sometimes people need to take a higher-level view of their life paths to reflect on their lives and be more conscious about time.
Our goal was to help people tell their life stories in a simply and visually compelling way. There are many journaling and calendar apps and websites in the market that help people tracking their life events and activities. Our research showed that most calendar apps are about capturing moments in a short life period, typically on a monthly or yearly basis. Most apps only provide standard yearly calendar, users cannot customize their calendars. There are more mobile apps than web apps, for example, Life Calendar is an mobile app that is visualizing life in weeks, available on iOS devices.
Based on the market research, we decided to take a minimalist design approach to keep the app simple and easy to use. A large device screen would be necessary in order to present a big picture of one's life week by week, thus we decided to develop a website app rather than a moible app.
We tested the prototype with several users and we found out that people liked the overall black&white look on the main calendar page. Once they added their data points to the grid, the grayscale page would become colorful and vivid. This users' feedback informed the final design.