University of Iowa Honors Theses

Thesis Title

Envision: The Eye Patch Club App

Major Department

Art, Studio

College

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Degree

BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

Session and Year of Graduation

Spring 2017

Honors Major Advisor

Kee-Ho Yuen

Thesis Mentor

Brad Dicharry

Abstract

“Envision: The Eye Patch Club App” is an app designed for The Eye Patch Club, a program for children going through eye patching therapy. The Club includes monthly calendars to track and reward patching therapy, a print newsletter for parents and a Pen Pal system to talk with other Club members. As a past member of The Eye Patch Club, I conducted research to create this app that would be launched within the Club; a kid’s app that included simple games to train a child’s eye (video games helped me a lot during my eye patching, having to focus on a specific feature), a mobile version of the monthly patching calendar, and a profile feature where you can collect stickers. With research and my own personal experience, I’m happy to have now brought this app to life.

To develop the design and layout for this app, I researched other apps provided by the App Store and Google Play Store, and there was nothing like it in existence. I first got inspiration for the video game portion of the Club app from my personal experience playing them when I was going through eye patching. They helped me tremendously, and allowed for my bad eye to focus on one thing, thus strengthening that eye. I downloaded apps that provided games that were made to improve your vision, and this is where I got the most of my ideas for the motions and movements that made the eye focus the most. I added the Patching Calendar after receiving feedback that 1) it requires no paper waste (that the print out calendar would create) and 2) it is a more efficient way to track patching, since parents will most likely have their phones on hand. I looked into similarly-designed children’s apps, and they were colorful, engaging, and easy to use, resulting in the design and layout of the Club app.

After creating the design and layouts, I’m very happy with the outcome. I have received feedback that this would be a helpful app that should be developed into a real, functional app, that would be great for parents and kids. I learned how important this app would be to Prevent Blindness America and The Eye Patch Club, and how many people would get use from it. I’ve sent my rebrand to doctors and organizations in the Iowa City area in hopes that they’d be interested in implementing this within their patients and members. I learned how to layout a children’s app and with that, I received constructive feedback; if I were to go back into the design, I would make it even simpler than it already is. Although it was easy to navigate, I think I could’ve gotten rid of some content to make it even easier for the parent and child. Overall, I’m proud of the work that I produced, and I believe my design and research process, for this project especially, will be important to apply to any project I am completing in the future.

Keywords

design, app, graphic design, app design, art, vision, amblyopia, strabismus

Copyright

Copyright © 2017 Hannah Kopach

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URL

http://ir.uiowa.edu/honors_theses/62