Below are my writings. I let my mind go free and I listened to me.
After free writing, I discovered that I had huge interest in gadgets, mobile apps, and technology. I didn’t realize the amount of apps that I have on my iPhone and the majority of them can be categorized under fitness and health. Let’s see…I have:
- iFigure: Food logger that works off a point system like Weight Watchers, but free
- Lolo Easy Abs: Guides you through quick 15 minute ab workout
- Lolo Easy Legs: Guides you through quick 15 minute leg workout
- Lolo Easy Arms: Guides you through quick 15 minute arm workout
- Lolo Easy 5k: Guides you through training for 5k
- Nutrition: Basic food logger
- MyFitnessPal: Awesome food and exercise logger. List more foods than any other app I have.
- Running by Nike: Cool graphic interface and tracks my runs by distance. Fun app that allows you to post your runs to FB with a nice map to showoff your hard work.
- Fitter: Calculates all things such as BMI, BMR, Body Fat, waist to hip ratio, etc. These things matter, right!!!
- Weight Watchers
- Weight Watchers scanner: Scans food UPCs to make tracking foods easy
- iFitness: Tracks and displays videos of various strength training exercises
- Livestrong MyPlate: Simple and I love the aesthetics of the graphics.
Wow…this list has really surprised me. Should I be embarrassed? I am a fitness app junky. Who knew?
Creating this list made me think about WHY I have so many apps. Sure, each one is unique and grasps me in some form or function. They are all built so that you can customize them to fit who you are. But do they all have limitations that hinder the user experience thus leaving me no choice but to download multiple apps that does similar things. How can an interface exist where the user has complete control over the content that was important to their individual needs right at their fingertips? Is there a place where the user can build an interface to include their unique interests? So rather than having multiple apps that served for different purposes, they can have one that allows them to display only the content that they use frequently at their fingertips?
What if these apps were altered in some ways and adapted an interface that made its functions more accessible to the user?
These are some questions that I began to wonder about.
Two days and a call from a tech guru later:
I finally received the call that I was waiting for to confirm or validate the technical aspect of my thesis direction. Before I could even spit a word from my mouth, my guru easily deciphered my interests based off my free writing. I was definitely impressed and glad that I was at least understood.
So basically I am into:
User interface design and
The role graphic design has in the user experience
“Does the user interface fails or succeed?”
“How does the user engage in the design’s interface?”
I need to determine a solid direction to take. Find a path and follow it to see where it takes me. It’s all unknown, but discovery is what makes us who we are and drives us to want to know.
My guru noticed that I like story telling and that my interest in photos says that I am not afraid of image theories.
But …there is a but in here. But I have narrowed my direction to thin. I must back up some and reflect on why I love fitness apps.
What is it about the fitness apps that draw me to them? There is a bigger picture present and this is what I must begin to seek out.
There is definitely more exploration that needs to take place here but I am at a good place. I am ecstatic about my new interests in the user experience and technology as it applies to mobile apps. I am confident that unit three will bring some new experiences with this topic. Of course the unknown is a bit unnerving, but the user experience is where much of this technology is headed and it can only be a good thing that my inner “me” is already telling me to head this way as well.