About the project
For our IDBM Industry Project, we partnered with StartSOLE. They briefed us to create an interface to “pull students into Social-Emotional Learning”. Currently, they offer a solution solely targeted at teachers. Since StartSOLE is an app-based service, the final deliverable was expected to be a web-based graphical user interface.
Early on in the process, we established key success factors with StartSOLE: simple, credible, and transformational. They wanted us to focus on designing an "emotion picker" that'd allow a quick moment of reflection for children, without taking too much time from teachers.
For this project, my main areas of responsibility included prototyping, preparing presentations, facilitating workshop sessions, strategy work, designing the final report, and creating unique illustrations for the interface.
TOOLS AND METHODS USED
We took a human-centered approach and used design thinking to produce various forms of prototypes (White Horse, funky, functional, X-is-Finished, penultimate, and final).
We also utilized semi-structured interviews, user personas, BMI's Business Model Canvas, and Idea Sheet to map out StartSOLE's business ventures. In addition, we facilitated online and on-site co-design workshops in Finland and in the United States to gather feedback from users.
FINAL EXHIBITION AT Impact Gala 2022
As part of our final exhibition, we built a classroom-like setting that was inspired by our travel to Campus International in Cleveland, Ohio. At our booth, we asked visitors to choose a line drawing and colors that reflected their mood on that particular day. After a few hours, our blackboard was filled with creative impressions and depictions.
ABOUT OUR CLIENT
Founded in 2015, StartSOLE's mission is to make SOLE (Self-Organised Learning Environment) accessible around the world. The StartSOLE team consists of teachers, experts, developers, and students. They're based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jeff McClellan, Founder & CEO
Justin Duffy, Director of Technology
Shaun Yoder, Managing Partner
Steffen Jakob, Software Engineer
Frans Bouwmeester, Software Engineer
Team StartSOLE/Aalto University
Sofia Nissilä, Design & Illustration, Workshop Facilitation
Nicole Hußmann, Research, UX/UI Design & Client Management
Lara Render, Research & Product Development
Oula Airiola, Research & Product Development