30 Jan LIFE BAND – “Pop Up Persona”
In the last 284 design class, I worked on the “AI wearable Life Band” project, which immediately sends an alarm to caregivers’ mobile phones when a wrist-worn silicone band detects an abnormality in a child’s body when a child plays in the pool. I learned that drowning in the water, one of the biggest causes of child deaths and accidents, was due to careless surveillance by their caregivers in the previous class research. I wanted to describe the situation that the child experienced when his/her mom was distracted by talking to her friends and didn’t watch his or her child while he was swimming.
My persona is an eight-year-old boy who lives in California. He is an active boy who likes sports, especially swimming. In the story, after a brief introduction of the persona, I described a simple story of what he experienced: He was playing with his friends in the pool last summer, and he was floundering in deeper water than his height, and he called his mother for help, but she did not see him. I gave interaction to key sentences or words that are central to the story in this book. Among them, basic interactions such as opening and sliding were used for static content, and interactions with more pop-up-like or active effects were used to highlight the child’s swimming or important sentences.
I struggled to set the layout of the book with sentences. At first, I wrote the stories by hand, but it was less readable, and the handwriting method was inefficient in designing the layout of all pages. Therefore, instead of writing by hand, I tried to set the layout by changing the font size several times in Figma. It was also difficult to come up with an appropriate interaction pop-up style that would show or decorate each sentence in an effective and interesting way. It took a lot of time to find and devise ideas.
I made a pop-up book for the first time, and I realized something after I finished making it. Even though a pop-up book is made with simple tools like paper and markers, thinking about the interaction style itself requires a significant amount of time and effort. Through that process, I learned various interaction styles and at the same time study a lot of design layouts for the contents to be placed. In addition, I discovered that interactions and pop-ups make the story much more lively than static text.