Aalto Design Project

User centered design / Prototype development


I spent the first year of my master's program with EIT Digital at Aalto University in Finland. During a course called "Design Project", I was part of a group that developed a language learning app for immigrants that makes use of simplified news programs provided by YLE, the Finnish public broadcaster.

Aalto Design Project

This project was started entirely from scratch; Before we started, not even the target audience had been defined. The course focused on user centered product and service design, which means we spent a lot of time talking to potential future users. In our case, those users were recent immigrants who came to Finland. They clearly have a set of problems to overcome in daily life, and "Uutiskylpy" (Finnish for "news bath") tries to alleviate some of those problems.

Aalto Design Project

The app works by showing the user parts of a simplified news broadcast. It shows subtitles, and pauses after every sentence. The user can tap on words if they don't understand them, or they can have the app provide a full translation of the sentence if they are struggling too much. The translations that are provided are enhanced; They provide information about the grammar of single words, and show the user which word means what when they are looking at a full translation. Below, you can watch a video of the prototype application that I developed for this course. It was built using Cordova.