We were inspired by the issues that COVID-19 highlighted and exacerbated with people's mental health, so we wanted to create something that helps the community and supports individuals through the uncertainties that this pandemic has created.
What it does
The product, MoodJournal, has a built in daily mood tracker for users, as well as a place to input journal entries and to do lists for personal reflection and productivity management.
How we built it
We built the prototype of our app on the Thunkable platform and designed interactive graphics using Adobe software.
Challenges we ran into
Given our fairly limited coding experience, we chose to use Thunkable as a way to gain exposure to app development. Nonetheless, this was still a challenging experience overall because we had to learn how to use the site first, then figure out how the app interacts with user input, and how the user interacts with the app itself (ie. swiping between screens, data collection and creation, etc.). In addition, we learned how to use applications such as Adobe XD to produce our own graphics and designs, rather than relying on premade ones from the Internet, so it took a while to get familiar with the software.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Overall, there were definitely a lot of challenges that we faced, but it was an incredibly rewarding experience in both developing and designing an app. We learned how to create something interactive that featured our own designs and user data. Ultimately, we're proudest of the way our final product took the challenges we faced and made them into something useful.
What we learned
We learned so much about design, interaction, and app development. Through this experience, we also learned how to plan and model—to take a potential solution and use technology to make it a reality.
What's next for MoodJournal
We hope to spend these next few months learning how to code in Swift and be able to produce a similar app for iOS use so that more people can have access to it. In addition, we hope to continue improving it and making it an even more functional journal for people to enjoy.